Thats the first top-10 finish for the Redbird women since 2003.
A total of 604 student-athletes will attempt to advance to nationals in Louisville, Ky.
It was the first time since 1984 that the Redbirds successfully defended their title
It will be 11 years to the day since Illinois State hosted its last cross country championship
The women were the preseason favorite to win conference
Redbird Invitational 2013
Redbird XC - Illinois Intercollegiate Championships
Earned All-Conference honors...Top finisher for the Redbirds in every competition this season...Competed in five events on the season, including the Midwest Regional...Finished in the top-20 in four of his events, including a second-place finish at the Illinois Intercollegiate with a career-best 8K time of 24:25...Notched an eighth-place finish at the Missouri Valley Conference Championships with an 8K time of 24:49 to earn All-Valley honors...Concluded the season with a 10K time of 32:37 at the Midwest Regional to finish in 88th.
Finished third at the Northern Illinois Open with a time of 27:03.05 in the 8K event ... ran a season-best 24:56 8K at the Illinois Intercollegiate Championships, finishing 12th ... finished third at the Bradley Classic with an 8K time of 25:57.0 ... ran a 25:37.1 at the 2011 State Farm MVC Championships, finishing 13th ... named Valley Athlete of the Week for his performance at the Illinois Intercollegiate Championships Sept. 16.
PRIOR TO ISU
University High: (Cross Country): Four-year letter winner ... conference, regional and sectional champion ... placed 11th at the state meet ... team finished third overall at the Illinois State Meet ... ran a personal-best 3 miles in 14:43 his senior season ... voted MVP two-straight seasons ... two-time all-state honoree ... holds cross country school record. (Track): Four-year starter and letter winner ... earned all-state honors his junior and senior seasons ... placed second at the 2011 Illinois State AA track meet in the 3,200-meter run ... holds school record in the 3,200-meter run (9:16) and the 1,600-meter run (4:21) ... placed ninth at the Illinois State Meet in the 1,600-meter run.
Personal: Born 7/2/1992 ... son of Steve and Sue Rutherford ... one sibling, Megan.