Cross Country Teams Remain Solid At Purdue

Danny Smith paced the men's cross country team at Purdue on Saturday
Danny Smith paced the men's cross country team at Purdue on Saturday

Sept. 7, 2002

West Lafayette, Ind. - The University of Illinois at Chicago men's and women's cross country squads took to the road this weekend to compete in the inaugural Purdue Great American Legends race, where the Flames competed against the likes of Marquette, Illinois, Louisville, Bowling Green State, as well as Horizon League rivals Butler, Wright State and Cleveland State, and of course the host Boilermakers.

There were no team scores.

The women's squad competed very well, as Jenni Goebel led the Flames with a fourth-place finish, covering the 6K course in 23:06.

Not far behind was sophomore Sara Jeffers who followed up her impressive performance from a week ago with a sixth-place tally in 23:25.

Lizet Diaz finished 29th (24:47), while Jessica Pancoska grabbed 36th-place in 24:57.

On the men's side, the Flames were not running full strength as head coach Jim Knoedel chose to rest last week's Horizon League Athlete of the Week, Rich Daubert. Danny Smith (26:44) and Joe Marren (26:55) picked up the slack taking 22nd- and 23rd-place for the Flames over the 8K course.

UIC will lace up the spikes again next weekend, as the Flames travel to Manhattan, Kansas to take part in the Kansas State Wildcat Classic.