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Illini’s men's cross-country season highlighted by second-place finish at Big Ten Championships

By Will Most

December 9, 2015


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By Will MostStaff writerAfter a few years of struggling to make a name for itself in not only the NCAA but the Big Ten, the Illinois men’s cross-country team had a breakthrough season that ended second place at the Big Ten Championships in NovemberRB.After a couple smaller events to kick off the year, the Illini ...

Lafond prepares for NCAA Championships

By Lauren Mroz

November 19, 2015


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With its eighth place team finish at the Midwest Regionals last weekend, the 2015 Illinois men’s cross country season is complete with the exception of one member of head coach Jake Stewart’s team. Junior Dylan Lafond finished eighth individually at the meet, which qualifies him to compete this...

Illinois men's cross-country season ends on a sour note

By Will Most

November 16, 2015


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After a thrilling finish at the Big Ten Championship — where they took second — the No. 19 Illini men's cross-country eighth-place finish in the Midwest Regionals effectively ends the Illini’s season. However, junior Dylan Lafond’s individual eighth place finish earned him a bid to r...

?Illini men’s cross-country look to continue strong season

By Will Most

November 11, 2015


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After the Illinois men's cross country team slowly realized that they had taken second in the Big Ten Championship, the joy spread across the team's faces was evident. Suddenly, the team's season — a promising one, but one with no big wins — had an entirely different spin. The Ill...

Illinois men's cross-country take second at Big Ten Championships

Illinois men's cross-country take second at Big Ten Championships

By Will Most

November 2, 2015


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With just about a hundred meters left in the race, freshman Dan Lathrop kicked into a higher gear and started accelerating towards the finish line.With just about every other stride he passed his opponents, eventually crossing the Big Ten Championship finish line in 20th, helping the Illinois men’...

Illinois men's cross-country searches for success at two different meets

By Will Most

October 14, 2015


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Just a couple weeks ago, the Illini finished fifth in the Greater Louisville Classic, a finish which made a statement that the Illini deserved to be recognized as one of the better teams in the Big Ten.lbSuccess at their upcoming meets this weekend, however, could make an entirely different statement.W...

Top men’s cross country recruit makes his Illini debut

By Will Most

September 20, 2015


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Jesse Reiser could have run anywhere. With an impressively quick 8 minute 55 second two mile and top-10 finishes in both Foot Locker Nationals and Nike Cross Nationals, freshman Reiser was in the conversation as one of the very best recruits in the nation. Of all the universities he could have attend...

Illini men’s cross country heading to Spartan Invite

By Will Most

September 17, 2015


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Illinois cross country’s Sean Pengelly is heading home to Michigan. His trip back home, however, won’t lead to him relaxing with family, catching up with friends or enjoying the comforts of home. Instead, Pengelly, a transfer student from Michigan Tech, will attempt to follow up last weekend’s tea...

A little luck could have gotten Illini men’s cross-country to Nationals

December 16, 2014


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Jake Stewart may be spending this offseason looking for a good luck charm. The head coach of the Illinois men’s cross-country team watched his team fall 2,000 meters short of qualifying for Nationals, as the team ended its season by placing fifth at the NCAA Regional meet. Stewart claimed the team...

Illinois men’s cross-country ends season at Regionals

November 17, 2014


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Had Friday’s NCAA Midwest Regional cross-country meet been an 8K instead of a 10K, Illinois would have been preparing for Nationals instead of untying the shoes of another season. With 2,000 meters left in the race, the Illini were in second place, an automatic qualifying spot for Nationals. However...

Illinois men’s cross-country gears up for Regionals

By Matt Gertsmeir

November 13, 2014


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Brendan McDonnell ran for three years on Illinois’ club cross-country team before impressing coaches and earning a spot on the varsity team. Bryce Basting used to wear an Eastern Illinois uniform before transferring and running in an orange and blue one. Jannis Toepfer studied in the Netherlands bef...

Home away from home for Illinois’ Jannis Toepfer

Home away from home for Illinois’ Jannis Toepfer

November 11, 2014


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Check Illinois men’s cross-country results from the last three years, and one name is consistently at the top: Jannis Toepfer. This season is his last for the Illini and then the 25-year-old graduate student will finally end his collegiate running career. But if not for one family’s open arms, and one c...

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