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Davis, Craddock lead Illinois cross country teams

Davis, Craddock lead Illinois cross country teams

By Jared Farmer, Staff Writer

December 18, 2017


Filed under Cross Country, Cross Country, Men's Sports, Sports, Women's Sports

After the first year of combining both the men’s and women’s cross country teams into one program, Illinois cross country has ended its first joint season. This season was highlighted by the rise of sophomore Jon Davis, who individually qualified for the NCAA Championship 10,000-meter race by wi...

Record-breaking cross country career ranks high among legends

Record-breaking cross country career ranks high among legends

By Jared Farmer, Staff writer

November 15, 2017


Filed under Cross Country, Men's Sports, Showcase, Sports, Top Stories

Sophomore Jon Davis just became the third Illini ever to win the NCAA Midwest Regional. He joins Trent Hoerr (2007) and Illini Hall of Fame member Craig Virgin (1974-76). Davis’ time of 29:06 ranks second fastest on Illinois’ all-time list for 10,000-meter races, behind Virgin’s 28:26 at Nationa...

Sophomore becomes second in Illini history to win regionals

Sophomore becomes second in Illini history to win regionals

By Jared Farmer, Staff writer

November 11, 2017


Filed under Cross Country, Cross Country, Men's Sports, Sports, Women's Sports

In the Big Ten Cross-Country Championships two weeks ago, sophomore Jon Davis finished ninth place overall. Dissatisfied with the finish, he went back to basics. Despite earning All-Big Ten honors, Davis was confident that he could’ve won. This Friday at the Midwest Regional, he did just th...

Illinois cross country teams compete in Big Ten Championship

Illinois cross country teams compete in Big Ten Championship

By Jared Farmer, Staff writer

October 31, 2017


Filed under Cross Country, Cross Country, Men's Sports, Sports, Women's Sports

The Illinois cross country teams traveled to Indiana on Sunday to compete in the Big Ten Championships. Sophomore Jon Davis led the Illini men’s team, running a 24:20.6 in the 8,000-meter race and finishing ninth, contributing to the team's fourth overall place. “Jon was battling stomach issues...

Two seniors get one last shot

Two seniors get one last shot

By Jared Farmer, Staff writer

October 29, 2017


Filed under Cross Country, Men's Sports, Sports

In preparation for the Big Ten Championships, the Illinois men’s cross country team rested its main lineup during the Illini Open Invite. With the top runners out, some of those runners who usually compete in the races got the chance to be the main scorers on the team. For this year’s Illini Open...

Illinois cross country closes out regular season at home

Illinois cross country closes out regular season at home

By Jared Farmer, Staff writer

October 25, 2017


Filed under Cross Country, Cross Country, Men's Sports, Sports, Women's Sports

The Illinois men's and women's cross country teams competed in their final meet of the regular season at home. Senior Alex Gold led the men’s team while freshman Kelli Callahan led the women’s to close out the 2017 regular season at the Illini Open at the University of Illinois Arboretum. Gold...

Illini Prepare for Stacked Ed Nuttycombe Invite

Illini Prepare for Stacked Ed Nuttycombe Invite

By Jared Farmer, Staff writer

October 12, 2017


Filed under Cross Country, Cross Country, Men's Sports, Sports, Women's Sports

Fresh off a week off from competition, the Illinois cross country team will be heading up to Madison, Wisconsin, for the ninth annual Ed Nuttycombe Invite. The event — set for Friday, Oct. 13 — will be one of the more competitive meets for both the men and women’s teams so far and may be one of ...

Davis Reflects on sub-24:00 performance at Greater Louisville Classic

Davis Reflects on sub-24:00 performance at Greater Louisville Classic

By Jared Farmer, Staff writer

October 4, 2017


Filed under Cross Country, Men's Sports, Sports

Illinois cross country runner Jon Davis may have finished in 12th place with a time of 23 minutes and 43 seconds at the Greater Louisville Classic, but he finished in fourth in the Illinois record books. Davis' time is thirty seconds faster than his previous race at Beantown (24:13), and is the fa...

Reiser finishes first; Illini shine at Beantown

Reiser finishes first; Illini shine at Beantown

By Jared Farmer, Contributing writer

September 26, 2017


Filed under Cross Country, Cross Country, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories, Women's Sports

Illinois men's cross-country finished second behind No. 3 Syracuse while the women's team took 13th. Junior Jesse Reiser had the top time for the Illini in the 2017 Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown 8,000-meter race Friday, finishing with a time of 24:12. Sophomore Jon Davis finished one second ...

Men’s cross-country runs away from competition at Indiana State

Men’s cross-country runs away from competition at Indiana State

By Will Gerard, Staff writer

September 12, 2017


Filed under Cross Country, Men's Sports, Sports

As expected within the program prior to the meet, Illinois men’s cross-country took care of business Saturday, winning the John McNichols Invite, hosted by Indiana State in Terre Haute, Indiana, behind strong performances from the six-man roster. Redshirt junior Zack Smith led the way, finishing with a...

Men’s cross country wins John McNichols Invite

Men’s cross country wins John McNichols Invite

By Gavin Good, Assistant sports editor

September 11, 2017


Filed under Cross Country, Men's Sports, Sports

Four Illinois runners placed in the top five at the John McNichols Invite on Saturday, which helped the team to a first place finish. The Illini posted a score of 22 points, 32 lower than runner-up and host Indiana State. Redshirt junior Zack Smith took second place overall and led the Illini with...

The Illini are ready to go back-to-back

The Illini are ready to go back-to-back

By Meghan Rest, Staff writer

August 27, 2017


Filed under Cross Country, Men's Sports, Sports

The 2017 men’s cross country team looks a lot like last season’s squad, with a few adjustments. Take away two of 2016’s top seven NCAA qualifiers, and add a summer’s worth of strength training, and you have this fall’s magic formula. A mixture of experience and skill that 2016 Midwest Region...

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