The Women of LUXC
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Loyola Women’s Cross-Country/Track & Field
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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
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! 😉