EIU Cross Country Teams To Compete in Invitational


Published on September 13 2013 10:04 am
Last Updated on September 13 2013 10:04 am
Written by Millie Lange

CHARLESTON, Ill. Eastern Illinois mens and womens cross country return to action on Friday evening competing at the Illinois State Country Financial Cross Country Invitational at the Weibring Golf Course in Normal. 

The field includes teams from Bradley, Illinois-Chicago, Illinois State, Loyola-Chicago, North Central College and Northern Iowa.  The womens 5K race begins at 5 p.m. followed by the mens 8K race at 5:45 p.m.

The Panther men are coming off a first place finish at last weeks season opening EIU Walt Crawford Invite.  Mike Hesslau won the individual title for EIU and was named the OVC Male Cross Country Runner of the Week.  EIUs Pablo Ramirez and Bryce Basting posted top five finishes for the men at the Walt Crawford Invite. A member of the squad is Effingham High School graduate Taylor Fatheree.

The EIU women had a strong finish with a relatively young squad as they were second at the season opening EIU Walt Crawford.  Freshman Emily Brelsfoard was fourth overall earning OVC Female Cross Country Runner of the Week honors.  Brelsfoard posted the fourth best time in school history at the 5K distance and the fastest by an EIU runner on the Panther Trail.  Sophomore Victoria Quarton joined Brelsfoard in the top ten placing ninth.

The Illinois State Invite features a strong field for both the men and women.  On the mens side Loyola-Chicago is ranked 10th in the Midwest Regional rankings while North Central College is ranked No. 1 among all mens NCAA Division III programs.  On the womens side Illinois State, Loyola and Bradley are all regionally ranked with the Redbirds of ISU the highest at seventh.