Trojans Open Season at Illini Challenge
Monday, September 5, 2011
by Jordan Argo
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – The Hannibal-LaGrange Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams opened up the 2011 season in the sweltering heat last Friday. The Trojans ran against several NCAA Division I schools at the Illini Challenge hosted by the University of Illinois.
“This was a great but tough race between the heat and the competition,” commented Head Coach Tracy Jex. “Despite the heat, everyone on the team ran very well. It is a great starting point for the new year.”
Sophomore Breanna Newton was the first Lady Trojan to cross the finish line. She ran the 4K in a time of 16:06 to finish 22nd overall. Following Newton was sophomore Mandi Riddle (17:20; 37th), sophomore Sarah Erickson (17:23; 38th) and freshman Jennifer Yoder (17:35; 41st). Rounding out the top five for the ladies was junior Jessica Bailey (18:14; 47th).
For the men, senior Philiph Tonui was the top runner, finishing the 6K in 22nd place with a time of 19:59. Freshman Troy Pace (21:31; 48th) and sophomore Tyler Malone (21:57; 53rd) were the next two Trojans to cross the finish line. They were followed by senior Zach Lewis (22:32; 57th) and senior Brett Jones (23:26; 59th).
The Lady Trojans finished the day with a fifth place team finish while the men’s team finished in sixth place.
The Trojans will now come home as it plays host to the Trojan Invitational this Saturday on the Hannibal-LaGrange campus. The women’s 5K race is scheduled to begin at 10:15 a.m. with the men’s 8K race to follow.
HLGU is a Division I NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) school and a member of the American Midwest Conference.
Contact InformationCarolyn Carpenter
Director of Public Relations