Brian Denk Places Third At Horizon League Cross Country Championships
Oct. 30, 2010
CHICAGO - The UIC cross country squads took home three all-league awards, lead by Brian Denk's third-place finish at the 2010 Horizon League championships, hosted by Loyola at Montrose Beach.
The Darien, Ill. native pushed the pace for the entirety of the race, ultimately finishing seven seconds behind Butler's Kris Gauson, who claimed the individual crown.
"Brian did a phenomenal job," said head coach Jim Knoedel. "Last year, he finished 26th, and today he's third in the conference and turned in his best time of the year. His hard work has really been a boon to the team."
"We had good performances from our top three, who all ended up all-conference," said Knoedel.
While Butler would run away with their 13th consecutive league title, the Flames were neck and neck with their city rivals for the runner-up position. Loyola would take second with 69 points to UIC's 83 for third place.
"I knew it was going to be close in the final laps," said Knoedel. "We just couldn't close the gaps on Loyola that we needed to. It's frustrating. It's a nice finish by the team but I wanted more than what we got."
Jaime Johnson would pace the women's race for the Flames, finishing 12th to earn all-league accolades in her first season donning a UIC singlet. Senior Rosie Gillam would be the Flames second finisher in 26th, leading a young squad to a 7th place finish.
"We were where we should have been early on in the race," said Knoedel. "There's always a time and a place where you begin to fade and fall off a little bit, and that's what happened in our women's race today."
"Jaime did a tremendous job to get all conference; that was phenomenal. Despite some injuries, we had solid performances from Rosie Gillam, so I'm pleased with that."
The harriers of UIC now prepare for the NCAA Midwest regionals, hosted by Bradley University in Peoria on November 13.