Cross Country Prepares for the 40th Annual Loyola Lake Front Invitational

Senior Maggie Banasik
Senior Maggie Banasik

Sept. 27, 2012

CHICAGO-After having last weekend off, the UIC men's and women's cross country teams are set to compete in the 40th Loyola Lake Front Invitational, Saturday, Sept. 29 at 11:45 a.m. CT. 

"Last week was a chance to get away from routine, sometimes the routine drives them crazy," said head coach Jim Knoedel.  "It's also a chance for us to do a lot of hard training without having to worry about recovering and resting for a meet." 

Prior to the off week, the Flames participated in the Illinois Intercollegiate Championships (IIC) where the men's squad placed eighth among 36 collegiate programs.  Freshman Pat Niyork finished in eighth place in the 8K with a time of 25:03, as teammate Billy Clink clinched the 10th spot with a result of 25:12.  This weekend the men's squad will compete in a 8K set to begin at 12:15 p.m.

The women came in 11th place among 30 teams at the IIC with freshman Emma Preston leading the pack, earning 18th place with a time of 18:17 in the 5K.  The women will be running a 5K in the Loyola Lake Front Invitational beginning at 11:45 a.m.    

"I want to make sure that they do their job, and as long as we practice doing our job then down the road we will be fine," said Knoedel.  

The Flames look to race against more than 50 teams during competition Saturday morning at Montrose Avenue Beach along Lake Michigan.  The last time the men contended in the Loyola Lake Front Invitational, they finished 12th out of 41 teams, while the women's squad finished 25th overall.



With the Horizon League Championships one month away, each upcoming race is a measurement of how prepared the Flames are for competition on the big stage. 

"We've been doing some hard workouts and these are the important weeks of the season, so I'm hoping we have athletes that get through and are ready to run fast," said Knoedel.