Redbirds Battled Tough Conditions at Griak Invitational
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Sept. 29, 2012
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - The Illinois State men's and women's cross country teams battled warm temperatures and a hilly Les Bolstad Cross Country Course at the Griak Invitational Saturday afternoon. Rachael Brewer was the top performer on the day, finishing the Women's 6K Gold Championship race in 11th place with a time of 21:37.0, a personal-best.
The day started at 12:20 p.m., as the men's team headed for the starting box for the 8K Gold Championship race. Pacing the men throughout the course of the race was freshman Tyler Morse, who ran a time of 27:33.4. Sean Senf followed shortly behind with a time of 27:43.9.
With Ryan Rutherford scratched before the start of the race, the Redbirds were forced to battle straight from the start of the race, finishing the team competition in 15th place. Aidan Askin finished with a time of 28:13.9, D.J. Taylor crossed in 28:31.0 and Scott Janusick rounded out the top-five for Illinois State with a time of 28:54.6.
The women's race saw warmer temperatures than the men's and still managed to go out strong, with the top runners opening with a 5:23 mile. Brewer ran with the lead pack the majority of the race, overpowering many down the home stretch for 11th place. Her time of 21:37.0 was 44 seconds faster than her previous personal-best time that she set last year at the Bradley Classic (Oct. 14).
Crossing the finishline in the second position for the Redbirds was Elise Sigg, who turned in a time of 22:42.0. Kimberly Christensen (23:27.1), Sarah Castel (23:51.0) and Kelly McShea (23:52.6), rounded out the top-five for Illinois State, all running personal-best times. As a team, the women finished in 12th place.
Both teams return to action Friday, Oct. 5, as they travel across town to Illinois Wesleyan to run in the Titan Invite. Race time is slated for 4 p.m.
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