Cross Country Concludes Action at the Illinois Intercollegiate Championships
Sept. 13, 2013
NORMAL, Ill. - The UIC men's and women's cross country teams concluded action at the 2013 Illinois Intercollegiate Championships on Friday night at the Weibring Golf Club in Normal, Ill. The women took home third-place honors, while the men finished sixth.
"Kyle Hauser was the bright spot for our men," said head coach Jim Knoedel. "It's rare that a freshman is our number one man in his very first race, it shows the talent he possesses."
Freshman Kyle Hauser piloted the men's team with a sixth-place finish in the 8K, earning a time of 25:45.91. Following closely behind was junior Gunner Sterne, crossing the line at 26:06.60. Other contributions to the sixth-place finish came from Arash Darbandi (26:13.05) and Photis Karkalis (26:19.95) who finished among the top-50 runners.
"I was very happy with our women's finish," said Knoedel. "Tess (Ehrhardt) raced with the leaders in the latter stages of the race and produced the number two cross country time at UIC. She's looked great in practice, so I was not surprised to see how fast she ran tonight."
On the women's side, the squad finished in third-place guided by junior Tess Ehrhardt who took fifth individually and posted a career best of 17:44.01 in the 5K race. She was followed by teammate Emma Preston who finished in 21st place with a result of 18:30.18. Lauren Lindholm and Rebecca Zaiter were the other Flames to finish within the top-40 with times of 18:47.79 and 18:52.39, respectively.
The Flames return to the course on Friday, Sept. 27 at the College of DuPage Invitational with a scheduled start time of 4:00 p.m. CT.