Cross Country Completes Competition At Notre Dame Invitational
Oct. 1, 2011
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The UIC women's cross country finished in 17th place and totaled 459 points and the men's cross country team finished in 11th with 312 points at the Notre Dame Invitational Friday at Notre Dame's nine-hole golf course in Notre Dame, Ind. Freshman Tess Ehrhardt (Geneva, Ill./Geneva) led the Flames in the five-kilometer race with a 38th-place finish in 18:43. Senior Brian Denk(Darien, Ill./Hinsdale South) led the Flames in the five-mile race with an 18th-place finish in 25:36.
"I was excited to see we snuck by Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Wisconsin-Green Bay, but we will have to do a better job against Valparaiso and Youngstown State," head coach Jim Knoedel said. "Our top three runners continue to do a job and Ariel (Kirby) and Vanessa (Connelly) are closing the gap on the number-three spot."
Grand Valley State (40 points) won the gold division and Northwestern (56 points) was runner-up. Youngstown State (280 points) placed tenth to lead the Horizon League teams. Valparaiso finished 16th (447 points), right ahead of UIC in 17th (459 points). Wisconsin- Green Bay (501 points) finished behind UIC in 18th place and Wisconsin-Milwaukee placed 20th with 535 points.
Freshman Tess Ehrhardt (Geneva, Ill./Geneva) led the Flames finishing in 38th place in 18:43. Junior Jaime Johnson (River Grove, Ill./East Leyden) finished second for the Flames in 79th place in 19:25. Following Johnson was freshman Rebecca Zaiter(Elmhurst, Ill./York). Zaiter finished in 96th-place in 19:42.
On the men's side, Grand Valley State won with 45 points and Windsor was runner-up with 50 points. The Flames finished first out of the Horizon League teams with 312 points. Wisconsin-Milwaukee finished in 15th place (371 points), Youngstown State finished in 17th place (502 points), Valparaiso finished in 18th place (555 points), and Wisconsin-Green Bay finished in 19th place (609 points).
"I was happy to see the guys beat our Horizon League rivals," Knoedel stated. "The windy and wet conditions made times slow, but it was good to have Roger Pinon and Arash Darbandiback running for our team."
The Flames were led by a trio of seniors. Senior Brian Denk (Darien, Ill./Hinsdale South) led the Flames finishing in 18th place in 25:36. Senior Sam Kehoe (LaGrange Park, Ill./Lyons Township) finished second out of the Flames in 50th place in 26:06. Senior Tyler Hinckley(Geneva, Ill./Geneva) finished in 84th place in 26:45.
The men's and women's cross country teams return to action at the Bradley Classic in Peoria, Ill., Friday October 14. The competition begins at 4:15 p.m. (CT).