Cross Country Impressive At Bradley Open|
Sept. 11, 2004
Peoria, Ill.- A slew of outstanding individual performances highlighted an excellent day for the University of Illinois at Chicago cross country team at the 19th Annual Bradley Open in Peoria's Detweiller Park on Friday afternoon.
Senior Mikhail Davidyan led the men's squad for the second week in a row with an 18th-place time of 25:47.92 in the 8,000-meter race, setting Bradley Open personal bests in both time and finish. Davidyan, who led UIC at last year's Bradley Open by finishing in 46th place, shaved almost 28 seconds off his previous high in the annual event.
Susie Martinez was the leading runner for the women's team, finishing the 5,000-meter competition in 22nd place with a 19:12 mark. The sophomore from Chicago cut her previous-best final ranking in half after completing last season's Open in 44th place.
The outstanding performances for the Flames didn't end there. Jim Sulzberger continues to shine as the second-year standout finished 23rd after running a 25:52.84, crushing his previous UIC 8K personal-best of 27:02. Teammate Sam Watson wasn't far behind, as Sulzberger's fellow sophomore placed 28th with a 26:09.08, setting a new career-best time as a Flame.
Bob Dron (26:16.89/33rd) and Jorge Flores (26:35.06/49th) gave UIC five competitors in the Top 50 for the 126-entrant event, while Jose Macias wasn't far behind at 65th with a 26:58.67, helping the men finish fifth out of seven teams.
For the UIC women, who sent an incomplete squad, Lisa Petty continued to look solid by repeating her 2003 Bradley Open time of 19:31 at this year's event to come in at 33rd. Rachel Covert finished 50th with a 20:02, and newcomer Renee Koziol made her Flames debut by finishing in 23:33.
The Flames run again on Saturday, September 25th at the Huskie Invitational hosted by Northern Illinois in DeKalb, Ill. at 9:30 a.m.