Huskies Encounter Mixed Results at UIC Opener
Sept. 3, 2011
PALOS HEIGHTS, Ill. - The Northern Illinois Huskie cross country team kicked off their 2011 season Saturday at the UIC Opener. Despite a strong showing by their top three runners, NIU dropped all seven of the duals.
"I knew what we were up against," said Huskie head coach Greg Hipp. "We have a long way to go to be a competitive team and we'll have to see how we react with this next week of practice. "
Junior Courtney Oldenburg produced a strong showing on the two-mile Horse Trail Lake, finishing first among the Huskie runners with a time of 11:48.90. The West Salem, Wis., native finished 12th overall.
According to Hipp, though, there is much room for improvement.
"We needed to race a little more aggressively," Hipp said. "We got off the line a little too comfortable today and we needed to show some more urgency."
The Huskies will return to action next Saturday, Sept. 10, when they host the NIU Open. The women's 5K race on the NIU North 40 will begin at 10 a.m., followed by the men's 8K at 10:40 a.m.
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