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Illini men’s track and field dominates in Las Vegas

By Will Small

March 30, 2015


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After wrapping up a promising indoor season earlier this month, the Illinois men’s track and field team kicked off its outdoor season with a dominating performance at the UNLV Spring Invitational on March 20-21. The Illini placed first as a team at the meet, and won numerous individual events. Whi...

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...

Illini men’s cross-country season ends at Regionals

November 15, 2014


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The Illinois men’s cross-country team’s hope of continuing its season ended Friday when it failed to finish in the top two of the NCAA Midwest Regional. The team took fifth place out of 29 teams in the 10K race at Bradley in Peoria, Illinois. Oklahoma State and Tulsa finished first and second, respectiv...

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...

Illinois finishes 6th at Big Tens

Illinois finishes 6th at Big Tens

November 3, 2014


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IOWA CITY, IOWA — Disappointed expressions lurked on the Illinois’ men’s cross-country team’s faces after its sixth place finish at the Big Ten Conference Championship meet on Sunday. With a chance to beat four ranked Big Ten opponents, Illinois came into the conference championship hoping f...

Illinois men’s cross-country to send balanced group to Big Ten’s

Illinois men’s cross-country to send balanced group to Big Ten’s

October 30, 2014


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Jake Stewart doesn’t feel experience is going to be a deciding factor for the Illinois men’s cross-country team at the Big Ten Championships in Iowa City, Iowa, on Sunday.  Even so, his team has plenty of it. Illinois’ nine-man roster features three seniors and three juniors on the nine-man ros...

Basting leads cross-country to 7th-place finish

By Matt Gertsmeier

September 29, 2014


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Bryce Basting has competed in many races during his collegiate career. Saturday, however, was different. For Basting, Saturday’s race was his first-ever wearing the Illinois orange and blue. Basting, a transfer from Eastern Illinois, finished second for the Illini and 20th overall in the Roy Griak Inv...

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

By Thomas Donley

May 14, 2014


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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 ...

Illini come into Twilight Invite with strong early outdoor season

By Christopher Kennedy

April 11, 2014


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This Saturday marks Illinois’ first home outdoor track meet since 2010. And after four years, the team is ready to put on a show for its home fans.   “We’re going to be out in full force and everybody’s gonna be out on the track,” said head coach Mike Turk. “Every event’s going to ha...

Illinois Twilight Invite will be Illini men’s track and field team’s 1st home meet in 4 years

By Christopher Kennedy

April 10, 2014


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It’s been a while since the Illini last hosted an outdoor track meet. The Illinois Twilight Invite was last run in 2010. A few months earlier the Winter Olympics wrapped up — in Vancouver, and Peyton Manning just lost the Super Bowl to the Saints. “I get friends that ask me like ‘When’s our home meet?...

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