2008
Cross country steps off season at Elmhurst Earlybird

Cross country steps off season at Elmhurst Earlybird
August 30, 2008

Dave Beyer, Sports Information Director
(630) 829-6143
dbeyer@ben.edu

The Benedictine University cross country teams took the first steps of the 2008 season on Friday afternoon at the 2008 Elmhurst College Earlybird Invitational. The races took place at Eldridge Park in Elmhurst. Neither the Benedictine women's or men's team sent full squads to the meet, and thus were not eligible for a team score. Individually in the women's 4K race, the Eagles were paced by junior Jen Murray (Zion, Ill./Zion-Benton Township H.S.) who finished the course in a clocking of 17:05 minutes. Murray was 49th in the 132-runner women's field. Senior Hannah Miller (Joliet, Ill./Plainfield H.S.) was 70th overall and turned in a time of 18:06. Freshman teammate Danielle Smith (Oak Forest, Ill./Marian Catholic H.S.) was close behind in the 74th position and a time of 18:11. Stacy Aloisio (Aurora, Ill./Aurora Central Catholic H.S.) was 83rd overall (18:35). In the men's 6K nightcap, it was junior Alex Arman (Bensenville, Ill./Immaculate Conception H.S.) and freshman Danny Graham (Ottawa, Ill./Marquette H.S.) leading the way for the Eagles. Arman circled the course in a time of 21:55 minutes, good for a 56th place finish among the 132 male entrants. Graham, in his first event wearing the Benedictine red, was right with Arman as he placed 58th overall and registered a time of 22:02. Freshman Jason Hantak (Bolingbrook, Ill./Bolingbrook H.S.) was the only other Eagle to compete and placed 90th with a time of 23:13.

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