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Markham, McDonnell return for Greater Louisville Classic

By Matthew Gertsmeier

October 2, 2014

At 6:30 a.m., while most Illinois students are still slumbering in dreamland, Liam Markham and the Illini men’s cross-country team have just started practice. This week, the team’s focus at practice has revolved around the Greater Louisville Classic, scheduled for this Saturday in Louisville, Ken...

Basting leads cross-country to 7th-place finish

By Matt Gertsmeier

September 29, 2014

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 ready for Roy Griak Invitational

Illinois men’s cross-country ready for Roy Griak Invitational

By Matt Gertsmeier

September 25, 2014

After three weeks off from competing, the Illinois men’s cross-country team will face 30 other teams Saturday at the Roy Griak Invitational in Minneapolis. “We’re going to see a lot of different teams from a lot of different parts of the country that we are not typically going to see,” said hea...

Men’s cross-country finishes second against Portland

By Christopher Kennedy

September 8, 2014

The Illini men’s cross-country team flew across the country this weekend to run against the No. 7 Portland Pilots. Portland won with a low score of 19, besting the Illini’s 36 in a meet where neither team ran at full strength. Several Illini are yet to make their season debut and only one of Portl...

Illini men’s cross-country coach returns home

By Christopher Kennedy

September 4, 2014

Jake Stewart is returning home. Born and raised in Kelso, Washington, he grew up as much at his home as he did at Tam O’Shara Park, where the Kelso High School Hilanders’ cross-country course lies. He spent hours on long bus rides through the Cascades to the Washington State Meet and on runs after ...

Illini men’s Cross Country kick off season with Illini Challenge

By Christopher Kennedy

August 28, 2014

The Illini men’s cross-country team has won the season opening Illini Challenge nine years in a row. After a long summer of training, they’ll try to make it ten. “Even though it’s a first early season meet, we still want to win,” said junior Paul Zeman. “Big summer of training ... We’re r...

Illini men’s cross-country’s veteran squad full of potential

By Christopher Kennedy

August 25, 2014

Last year, the Illinois men’s cross-country team entered the national rankings for the first time in 16 years. Its stay in the polls only lasted two weeks.   Look for them to stick around much longer this year.  The entire top seven from the Big Ten Championship and NCAA Regional lineups returns...

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...

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