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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...

Illinois men’s cross-country fails to place at Illini Open

Illinois men’s cross-country fails to place at Illini Open

October 27, 2014


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In its final regular season meet at the Illini Open, the Illinois men’s cross-country team did not place. Only three Illini runners finished the race. The NCAA requires a minimum of five runners to finish for a team to place. Bradley took first in the four-team field, excluding Illinois.  However,...

Men’s cross-country, Markham prepare for Illini Open

Men’s cross-country, Markham prepare for Illini Open

By Matt Gertsmeier

October 23, 2014


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For most of the Illinois men’s cross-country team, the Illini Open means a chance to run in front of friends and family. However, for junior Liam Markham, his family will be just as far away as they are when Illinois races in Minnesota.  Friday’s Illini Open will be the final meet of the regular se...

Illinois men’s cross-country finishes 28th at Wisconsin Adidas Invite

By Matt Gertsmeier

October 20, 2014


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Illinois’ senior Jannis Toepher took a tumble Friday and Illinois did too. The Illini men’s cross-country team’s troubles at the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational in Madison, Wis., began in the opening 800 meters when Toepher was tripped. Toepher, an All-Big Ten runner last year, was aiming to stay...

Illinois men’s cross-country heads to Wisconsin Adidas Invitational

Illinois men’s cross-country heads to Wisconsin Adidas Invitational

By Matt Gertsmeier

October 16, 2014


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With a two-week break from competition, the Illinois men’s cross-country team is set to race in the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational on Friday. This will be the Illini’s toughest meet so far, going up against 19 nationally ranked opponents in the 38-team field, including conference opponents No. 9 Wisc...

Illinois finishes 12th in Greater Louisville Classic

October 6, 2014


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In a meet meant to give younger runners race experience and return a couple of runners coming off of injuries, Illinois men’s cross-country head coach Jake Stewart was satisfied with his team’s 12th place finish in the Greater Louisville Classic meet Saturday in Louisville, Ky. “I think we did...

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