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    Northwestern Set for Friday's Illini Open

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Junior Angie Henry is one of 15 NU runners competing in Friday's Illini Open.
    Junior Angie Henry is one of 15 NU runners competing in Friday's Illini Open.

    Oct. 20, 2011

    Northwestern 2011 Meet-By-Meet ResultsGet Acrobat Reader

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Fifteen Northwestern runners head downstate on Friday to compete in the 5K Illini Open hosted by Illinois, the same course that will serve as host of the 2011 Big Ten Championships in just one week. The meet is a chance for several runners to secure a chance to run for Northwestern in the conference meet.

    Northwestern is one of four teams in the smaller field, along with host Illinois, Bradley and Southern Illinois-Edwardsville. A year ago, Northwestern tied for first in an eight-team field at the Illini Open.

    The 5K course includes two loops around the University of Illinois Arboretum located at the corner of Kirby/Florida Ave. and Lincoln Ave. Next week's Big Ten Championships race will be of the 6K variety.

    Competing on Friday for Northwestern will be: Julia Buford, Hallie Busta, Madeline Elkins, Elizabeth Fierro, Angie Henry, Libby Kocha, Janelle Li-A-Ping, Allegra Mayer, Kayleen McMonigal, Michelle Moriset, Sheila O'Neill, Nicole Oliver, Katie Perkins, Moira Ryan and Charlotte ter Haar.

    Last Time Out:
    In her last race before Big Tens, Northwestern junior Audrey Huth came within two seconds of matching her own 6K school record set last year, placing 22nd at Friday's Wisconsin adidas Invitational with a time of 20:37 at the Zimmer Cross Country Course. Huth's season-best performance came against a field that included 16 teams ranked in the top 25 nationally and helped the Wildcats place 31st out of 44 squads with 664 points. The NU junior was the second runner out of the Big Ten across the finish line.

    The Wildcats were just two points back in the standings of Stony Brook and eight shy of fellow Big Ten member Indiana. In addition to topping two teams that came into the meet with a higher ranking than NU in the Midwest Region in Nebraska and Kansas, the 'Cats also bested Big Ten foes Purdue, Ohio State and Illinois.

    NU's performance vaulted it from No. 9 to No. 5 in the USTFCCCA Midwest Regional rankings.


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