The Daily Illini

Illinois men’s cross-country looks to the future with youth movement

By Thomas Donley

May 14, 2014

With 17 underclassmen on the roster, it was expected for the Illinois men’s cross-country team to experience a down season while grooming its young athletes for NCAA competition. However, senior Jannis Toepfer and the Illini put together a solid campaign on which to build for the future, finishing in ...

Toepfer disappointed with finish at nationals

By Thomas Donley

November 24, 2013

Looking to improve upon his 64th-place finish last season, Illinois senior Jannis Toepfer finished his cross-country career by placing 115th out of 253 in the NCAA National Championships in Terre Haute, Ind., on Saturday. The Bochum, Germany, native finished the 10-kilometer race in 31 minutes and 25 se...

Toepfer ends Illinois career at nationals

By Thomas Donley

November 21, 2013

Jannis Toepfer’s life has had many chapters.  Born in Germany, he moved to Japan at the age of 5 before moving back to Germany. Toepfer spent time as an exchange student in St. Louis, and did his undergraduate studies at Delft University in the Netherlands before winding up at Illinois for his last...

Illini disappointed with NCAA Midwest Regional finish

November 18, 2013

For the second time in as many races, the Illinois men’s cross-country team was disappointed with how it finished.  Coming off the Big Ten meet in which they felt they should have placed higher, the Illini, yet again, failed to live up to their own expectations Friday, taking seventh place at the N...

Illini disappointed with finish, Toepfer qualifies

November 17, 2013

For the second time in as many races, the Illinois men’s cross-country team was disappointed with how it finished. Coming off the Big Ten meet in which they felt they should have finished higher, the Illini yet again failed to live up to their own expectations Friday, taking seventh place at the NCAA...

Illini face biggest challenge yet at NCAA regional

November 14, 2013

Coming off a disappointing showing in the Big Ten Championships, the Illinois men’s cross-country team will try to bounce back at the NCAA Midwest Regional in Ames, Iowa, on Friday. The regional will be the Illini’s last chance to rebound from a fifth-place finish at the Big Ten Championships, at whi...

Morris has improved “extremely” for Illini cross-country

November 13, 2013

Graham Morris’ journey has been one of progression, from Lawrenceville, Ill., to Eastern Illinois in Charleston, to Champaign-Urbana and the Illinois men’s cross-country team. Morris, one of two seniors on the cross-country team this year along with fellow captain Jannis Toepfer, grew up on a farm ...