Cross Country Stays Strong in Heat

Freshman Zeke Timmer of the BenU cross country team.

By Clare Lopez-Kaley
Published: Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Benedictine University Men’s and Women’s Cross Country team competed in their home meet on Friday.  Taking place at the course near Lisle High School, the Eagles set out to make a big impression on a warm day for running.

“The warm weather had a little bit of an effect on us today,” stated senior captain Danielle Smith, “but we’re always prepared for any kind of weather.  You have to deal with warmth, cold, rain and wind all the time.  It’s about adapting to the conditions and pushing through them.”

Even with the heat, the Eagles had a strong showing at the Benedictine University Eagle Invitational.  On the men’s squad, personal records were set by senior Jason Hantak as well as freshmen runner Zeke Timmer.  Also showing a great improvement was sophomore runner Hugh Gill, who accomplished his best time so far this year.

“It is great to always see strong times from both the veterans as well as the freshmen,” said Danny Graham. “It shows how well the new runners are adapting to the collegiate races.”

On the women’s side, many new and old faces had great races in Lisle.  Freshman Julie Carroll lead the Eagles with a 27th place finish, followed closely by sophomore Samantha Harris.  Right behind them were experienced runners: sophomore Krishna Patel, junior and captain Jordan Cart and sophomore Megan Ryan.

The Eagle runners will hit the course again on Oct. 18 when they race at the Brooks Invitational.  It will be the last race before the Eagles compete in the Northern Athletics Conference Championships in Somers, Wisconsin on Oct. 29.