Women’s Cross Country Team Wraps Up Regular Season at Illini Open, Gears Up for the Missouri Valley Conference Cross Country Championships

The Women of LUXC

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Ally Spiroff

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Women’s Cross Country Team Wraps Up Regular Season at Illini Open, Gears Up for the Missouri Valley Conference Cross Country Championships

Hannah Magnuson captures third place finish for the Ramblers

Photo credit: Simon Lochbrunner (https://lochbrunner.wordpress.com/)
Photo credit: Simon Lochbrunner (https://lochbrunner.wordpress.com/)

URBANA, Ill., October 27, 2015 – Loyola University Chicago Women’s Cross Country team closed out the regular season Friday, Oct. 23 at the Illini Open with a sixth place finish. The race was hosted by University of Illinois at the UI Arboretum, 2001 S. Lincoln Ave.

Despite the rainy and slightly windy weather, the women raced their way to a couple of season-best times. Hannah Magnuson led the team with a third place overall finish, clocking a season-best time of 18:13. Next to cross the line for the Ramblers was Kelly Janokowicz, placing 35th also with a season-best time of 19:33. The scoring was rounded out by Emily McCoy (season-best 20:01), Erin Falsey (20:05), and Ashley Wile (season-best 20:07). These women, all finishing within six seconds of one another, placed 44th, 46th, and 48th overall, respectively.

Loyola also experienced a taste of the Missouri Valley Conference competition that they will face next week at the conference championships. Once again this year Bradley proved to be tough competitors, winning the meet with four runners in the top ten overall. Illinois State also competed in the meet, finishing behind Loyola in seventh place. The teams (including Loyola) all held out at least a few of their top runners, in order to give them a rest before the conference meet. Illinois State is currently ranked 11th in the Midwest region, and Bradley is ranked fifth. Loyola is ranked 12th.

“I think the meet on Friday was a great confidence booster going into the MVC Championships this weekend,” said top Loyola finisher Hannah Magnuson. “Our team is peaking at the right time and we are ready to compete with any other team in the conference. Although a couple teams are ranked above us like Bradley and Illinois State, I think our pack is strong enough and confident enough to surprise a lot of people this weekend.”

The next time the Ramblers toe the line will be in their first post-season meet on Saturday, Oct. 25 at the Missouri Valley Conference Cross Country Championships. The meet is hosted by University of Evansville in Evansville, Ind. on the UE Cross Country Course. Follow along the action on Twitter @TheWomenofLUXC.

About the Women of LUXC

The Loyola University Chicago Women’s Cross Country team is comprised of 21 talented and fast female athletes that are currently ranked 12th in the Midwest region. As a Division I team, they compete across the nation against all of the best cross country teams. They are a part of the second oldest athletic conference in the U.S., the Missouri Valley Conference. Their races are mostly either five or six kilometers in distance and take place in parks, wooded areas, or on golf courses. Loyola University Chicago is the only NCAA Division I program with the nickname “Ramblers” for its teams. After an injury-plagued season last year, the healthy and stronger-than-ever Ramblers look to build off of their fourth place finish in the Missouri Valley Conference Championships and their tenth place finish in the NCAA Division I Midwest Regional in 2013. The team finds a lot of strength in their tight pack known as “the pelvis,” the women that run in a group together up in the front of races. Race along with the Ramblers on Twitter @TheWomenofLUXC. Be careful: they are fast! 😉


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I am Ally Spiroff, and what seems like seven short years ago I created a Twitter account, @runningforlife2. I tweeted how I felt and what I was doing. I tweeted about my greatest passion in life, running. I also tweeted about my other passions, food, music, movies, books, pop culture, writing, traveling, and life. Before I knew it, people (mostly those people in the running community but others too) began to latch onto my life. Then, I realized, “hey, this Twitter thing is pretty cool.” I get to write about what I love. I get to tell my story. The world around me, all of my people, get to ride along with me as I take on the world, one day at a time. People can watch me grow. I can watch other people grow. The Twitter handle has evolved into @allyspiroff over time. With it, the content has also evolved, but the same crazy woman is behind the content. :) So what exactly is my story? Who exactly is Ally Spiroff? I graduated with a Master's in Communication from Loyola University Chicago in May 2017. I was a Division I collegiate athlete there for five years, all four of my undergraduate and one of my graduate years. I graduated with honors in May 2015 with a Bachelor’s in English. In the winter/spring 2015-2016 due to a redshirt season of indoor and outdoor track, I returned to run a fifth year. Since I have always thought that it is more fun to jump over water and other obstacles than just run normal laps around the track and I like a good challenge, I am a steeplechaser by nature. I got to chase fast steeple times for one more season at Loyola, as well as run the 3k, 5k, and even the mile/1500 with my teammates that double as my best friends, sisters, inspirations, and the greatest people you will ever meet. Now, you might ask, how did I still run at Loyola if I graduated in the spring of 2015? I started the cutting-edge graduate program Digital Media & Storytelling in the fall of 2016 at Loyola. It was a two-year program, so I was blessed with another year at the wonderful Jesuit institution to finish up my Master's degree. After obtaining both my undergraduate and graduate degrees, I have become an experienced writer and researcher. Through graduate work, I have become well versed in Adobe Creative Commons software programs, specifically Photoshop and shooting and editing video in Premiere Pro, and in Google Analytics, along with other search engine optimization tools. Through an abundance of internship experience, I became extremely proficient in news editing software programs. I have lots of experience in the newsroom and writing for news producers as well as out in the field on assignment and in working with a variety of people. My experience as an undergraduate and a graduate student while simultaneously being a Division I collegiate athlete on Loyola’s cross country and track teams as well as in a variety of jobs/internships and volunteer work has helped develop my confidence, drive, responsibility, time management, sense of teamwork, people skills, communication, troubleshooting skills, attention to detail, critical thinking skills, leadership, planning skills, and even a sense of humor. I also have extensive experience with all outlets of social media. As I mentioned before, I am an avid tweeter and Instagram user, with 1,450+ followers on Twitter. I have lots of experience with creating and building content for websites. I also run the website I created for my graduate school capstone project, titled "Wise Old Women." I am on Pinterest, Foursquare/Swarm, and Facebook as well. I wrote in the arts and entertainment section of my university’s award-winning newspaper, The Loyola Phoenix. You can find my running profile on the Loyola Ramblers website. You can find all about my collegiate running career on TFRRS. Of course, you can also catch me on LinkedIn. I am lucky because I get to tell people’s stories for a living online, through digital media and other means. Currently, I live in New York City and I'm the Digital Editorial Assistant at Runner's World magazine, and I'm a freelance writer for VICE's health vertical, Tonic. I really love life. I have big dreams. I do not know where my dreams will take me, but I am confident that they will take me far. I am an open book. I like sharing myself with anybody who wants to listen. I am enjoying the opportunity to further my education every day and perfect my craft. I love learning something new every single day about myself, others, and the world around me. Besides being a multimedia journalist and a city dweller, I am a literature (Hemingway and Plath are my favorites) and grammar nerd, a hippie, a music fanatic, a foodie, a concert-goer, a traveler, a huge sports fan, a fashionista, an art lover, and an urban explorer who likes natural adventures (like hiking up mountains in Alaska) as well. Wherever I go and whatever I do, I conquer it. I was born and raised in Milwaukee, though, and no matter where I go, I never forget my roots. Milwaukee will always be my city and where my heart truly lies. I have quite the eye for unique knick-knacks. My spirit animals are the grasshopper and the gazelle. When I take the Essential Enneagram Test, I am #3. I am a hard worker with relentless energy. I am everyone’s sister. I am nutty but in a way that I like it. I think that God is so good and we are blessed to get to walk this earth every day. I believe that every person has the right to be exactly who they are. I am dreaming big, with my head in the clouds, but there is still some common sense in there somewhere. ;) Turning over a new leaf in my life, at the start of grad school, I wanted to create a comprehensive website where I could connect you to all of my social media outlets. I will continue to share my running experiences and life journey through this awesome outlet we now have called the World Wide Web, and I hope that everyone continues to enjoy all things Ally Spiroff. Peace, love, and running (fast), Ally Spiroff

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