Rutherford Grabs Career-Best Time to Finish First at Redbird Invite
Sept. 13, 2013
NORMAL, Ill. - Illinois State's Ryan Rutherford barely bests North Central's John Crain in a neck-and-neck finish to claim the top spot of the leaderboard in the men's 8K race Friday, at the Country Financial Illinois State Invite at Weibring Golf Course.
Rutherford notched a career-best 8K time of 24:21.96 in his 2013 debut to help lead the Redbird men's cross country team to a second-place finish with 36 total points, 14 points behind first-place North Central.
"I was just really pleased with our guys on the improvement that we have made in one year," Bovee said. "It has been fantastic. Ryan Rutherford came back and was ready to go in his debut race of the season with a win. I am really happy with Ryan, and Tyler Morse has made a phenomenal improvement in this past year. Tyler has worked hard, and he was rewarded after today (Friday)."
Paul Steeno finished in 30th with a time of 25:39.59, and not far behind Steeno was Ryan Bybee, who captured an 8K time of 26:12.41 to place 42nd. Marcelo Burbano, Jesse Hahne, Travis Trevizo and Brendan Hoskins finished neck-and-neck with times of 26:22.59, 26:22.22, 26:39.58 and 26:42.31, respectively. Scott Janusick rounded out the Redbird squad with a time of 27:06.25.
On the women's side Rachael Brewer led the way for the Redbirds capturing a third-place finish with a 5K time of 17:27.16. Kelly McShea and Kristen Zillmer both ran personal-best times of 17:48.00 and 17:57.72, respectively, to finish seventh and ninth.
Haley Goers picked up a 5K time of 18:14.25 to finish 15th, while Kaley Ummel notched an 18:27.30 to finish in 18th. Kim Christensen, Haley Verbeke, Sarah Castel, Ellen Devereux and Ashley Kamin finished within eight spots of one another with times of 18:41.39, 18:45.03, 18:46.21, 18:51.13 and 18:53.31, respectively.
Krista DeCeault ran a 19:06.76, while Kimmi Sanden rounded out the Redbird lineup, crossing the finish line in 19:20.25.
"As far as the competition goes, I am a little disappointed in the women," said Bovee. "We came here and got beat at home, but credit to Bradley. They came and ran a fantastic race. They packed it up and had tons of depth. We just did not have the kind of depth that we needed to have. The first three were in that top group, but we needed our four through seven runners up there as well. On a positive note, we had some great individual performances. Rachael Brewer, after a long layover, is coming back really quickly. All of the women have a lot of upside based on training and where we are at."
As a team, the Redbird women finished in second with 47 team points, 16 points behind first-place Bradley.
The Redbirds are back in action Sept. 28, as they travel to St. Paul, Minn., to compete in the Roy Griak Invitational.
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