Cross Country Begins Season With Strong Performance at Home Opener|
Sept. 1, 2012
PALOS HEIGHTS, Ill. - The UIC cross country team kicked off the 2012 season with a strong showing in its home opener on Saturday morning at the Willow Springs trails in Palos Heights, Ill. The men's squad took home the team title as six UIC runners finished in the top-10, while the women earned runner-up honors being out paced by Northern Illinois. Both teams bested Horizon League-foes Green Bay and Milwaukee in the dual meet scoring system.
"We got the season off to a great start today," said head coach Jim Knoedel. "Our frosh were an important contribution to our team's success today and I know they will continue to do so in the meets ahead."
Out front for the UIC men in the 4.1-mile race was freshman Billy Clink as he placed second overall with a time of 21:11.3. He was immediately followed by Angelos Karkalis and Arash Darbandi for third and fourth place with times of 21:27.3 and 21:28.6, respectively. Sixth-place honors went to freshman Pat Niyork with a result of 21:36.0 as Matt Zaluckyj (21:52.8) and Kosta Papazoglou (21:52.8) picked up ninth and tenth to round out top 10 overall.
The women competed in a two-mile race as sophomore Tess Ehrhardt (11:42.6) guided the Flames with a sixth-place showing. Emma Preston (11:45.9) and Lauren Lindholm (11:53.6)were just of Ehrhardt's pace, finishing seventh and ninth, respectively.
"Ehrhardt showed great leadership for the women," said Knoedel. "She pulled the team through the early stages of the race and then turned on afterburners the last mile to close strong on the NIU team."
The Flames will be back in action on Friday, Sept. 7 for the NIU Invitational in DeKalb, Ill.