Cross Country Shines at the 2012 Horizon League Championships
Oct. 27, 2012
KENOSHA, Wis. – The UIC men’s and women’s cross country teams had its best Horizon League Championships outing in program history on Saturday as both sides took home runner-up honors at the Wayne E. Dannehl National Cross Course in Kenosha, Wis. It was the women’s highest all-time finish at the meet and just the second ever occurrence for the men (2006). Six total Flames were named to the All-League first and second teams and freshman Pat Niyork garnered Male Newcomer of the Year accolades.
“Our day got off to a good start,” said head coach Jim Knoedel. “The women had their best finish ever and the men closed with a matching effort. To win Newcomer of the Year was a well-deserved award for a runner that will challenge the league’s best down the road. Niyork ran with the lead group the whole way and demonstrated what a great talent he is.”
Out front for the women was sophomore Tess Ehrhardt who placed sixth overall with a time of 18:20, securing her position on the All-League first team. Three Flames were represented on the second team including freshman Emma Preston, sophomore Rebecca Zaiter and freshman Lauren Lindholm. Preston and Zaiter finished ninth and 10th with times of 18:34 and 18:41, respectively. Lindholm trailed Zaiter by three seconds to post a result of 18:44, finishing 12th. Junior Jamie Johnson just missed the top-14 cut with a 16th-place showing and a time of 18:52.
“Tess Ehrhardt has shown steady improvement week-to-week, but nonetheless I was amazed by her results,” said Knoedel.
Junior Angelos Karkalis piloted the men’s squad as he crossed the line sixth overall in a time of 25:27, earning a spot on the first-team All-Horizon League. Niyork followed Karkalis by two seconds in 25:27 to place seventh and also claim a first-team All-Conference selection. Freshman Marcus Garcia took home second-team laurels with an 11th-place finish and a time of 25:45. Senior Matt Zaluckyj (16th) and freshman Billy Clink (20th) rounded out UIC’s top-20 performances with results of 26:04 and 26:08, respectively.
Below is a list of the All-Horizon League Teams and Individual Awards:
Men’s Coach of the Year:
Randy Hasenbank, Loyola
Men’s Newcomer of the Year:
Pat Niyork, UIC
Men’s First Team All-Horizon League:
Women’s Coach of the Year
Randy Hasenbank, Loyola
Women’s Newcomer of the Year
Sydney Stuenkel, Loyola
Women’s First Team All-Horizon League
Women’s Second Team All-Horizon League