Cross country coach Chris Bailey took a squad of five individuals to
compete at the 11 a.m. 6K. Laura Kennedy finished her career by
placing 35th with a time of 21:38.55.
"Laura beat a couple of
conference runners who she finished behind two weeks ago at the
conference meet," Bailey said. "Laura's finish was a great way to
evaluate her career and see the strides that she has made. She ran
20 seconds faster than her personal best."
Others competing for the Redbirds included Diana Ainsley, who
finished 98th with a time of 21:38.55, and Leah Smith, who placed
111th with a time of 23:07.25. Suzy Turner was a 133rd-place
finisher (23:41.56) and Liz Callham was 160th (24:25.33).
Bailey and the rest of the cross country runners now shift their
focus toward the track-and-field season, where Kennedy, Ainsley and
junior Betsy McDonald are expected to make big contributions in the
middle-distance events. Kennedy was an all-conference performer in
the 3,000 steeplechase last season.
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On the men's side, Jeremy Doherty and Dan Tripp will look to
defend their titles in the outdoor 1,500 and indoor 800
"We're going to take some time off from training to let our
bodies and minds heal," Bailey said. "It's time to start shifting
our focus though, do our part in training and get ready to have a
successful track season."
The Redbird track-and-field season begins when Illinois State
hosts the Redbird Open on Dec. 11 in Horton Field House.
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