Krista DeCeault Wins Bradley Classic; Ryan Rutherford Finishes Third
Oct. 14, 2011
PEORIA, Ill. - Freshman Krista DeCeault ran to a first-place finish at the Bradley Classic in Peoria, Ill., Friday evening, pacing the Illinois State women's cross country team to a second-place finish overall. Ryan Rutherford finished third in the men's 8K race with a time of 24:57.0.
The women's team finished in second place behind Missouri with the help of three runners finishing in the top-10 overall. Joining DeCeault was junior Elise Sigg (21:19.9) in sixth place and senior Aisha Praught (21:28.8) in ninth place.
DeCeault continues her undefeated streak, this time, in her first collegiate race at the 6K distance. Praught's time of 21:28.8 marks a personal-best 6K time for her, on a day that proved to be tough for the runners, as there were gusts of wind up to 20 mph.
Head cross country coach Jeff Bovee was pleased with the second-place finish of the women's team.
"We fought and battled, and did the best we could," said Bovee. "We have been dinged up the last couple of weeks and didn't really know who would be racing today and to finish second to a good Missouri team, we did alright. There was a tough wind on the course today, but we managed. We still need to be better at the four, five, six and seven spots as a team."
The men's race featured the same elements on the course as did the women's. For the third-straight race at the 8K distance, Rutherford broke the 25-minute barrier and for the second time, placed in the top three. Scoring with him as part of the top-five for the Redbirds were John Navarro (25:19.2), Wade Reeves (26:07.6), Jake Trancoso (26:35.4) and Mat Smoody (26:40.9).
Coach Bovee couldn't be more proud of the men's teams.
"That was the best team race of the year by far," said Bovee. "There was a lot of focus out on the course today and they ran very tough. Navarro ran his best race as a Redbird and I was very pleased with the efforts of Reeves and Smoody. We can walk away feeling like we have made some progress, headed into the conference championships in two weeks."
The Redbirds are back in action Sunday, Oct. 30, as they travel to Terre Haute, Ind., to compete in the State Farm Missouri Valley Cross Country Championships. Race time is set for 11 a.m.
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