Cross Country Heads to Peoria for Bradley Open

The Illinois State men's and women's cross country teams will head west on I-74 into Peoria, Ill., to run in the Bradley Open. The two-race meet will kick-off with the women's 3-mile race at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men's 8K race at 6:15 p.m.

Both the men's and women's races will be run at Detweiller Park, the home site of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Cross Country State Championships, which almost every Illinois native on the Redbird roster has competed in once in his or her career.

"This is a familiar course for many of the runners on our team," head cross country coach Jeff Bovee said. "I felt the guys didn't really know where they needed to be in the race a week ago at Illinois, and I hope this week they can run a team race as some of them will get their first 8K under their belts."

Competing for the men's team in the 8K event will be freshmen Aidan Askin, Gran Grimshaw, Scott Janusick, Tyler Morse, Travis Trevizo, and sophomores Griffin Nykaza, Ryan Rutherford, Andrew Sandoval and Sean Senf. Junior-transfer D.J. Taylor will also head to the starting box, as he will make his debut in a Redbird uniform.

Bovee is excited to see how the women improved, after a solid effort by the young crew a week ago.

"I thought the women ran well last week, being it was most of their first collegiate race," Bovee said. "Shannon Nemetz is going to open up and make her 2012 debut this season, and she is looking really good. I am excited to get her in the mix with this young group starting tomorrow. I would like to see the women who raced last week continue to improve and step it up a notch."

The women's team will see six faces in the starting box, including Nemetz, Ellen Devereux, Meghan Duggan, Ashley Kamin, Jackie Mink and Kimi Sanden.

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