DePaul Faces Talented Field at Bradley Classic
Oct. 11, 2012
CHICAGO - DePaul encounters a rugged cross country field Friday at the Bradley Classic in Downstate Peoria.
The favorite in the men's 8K race that starts at 4:25 p.m. at the Newman Golf Course is Illinois, which is ranked No. 8 in the Midwest Region by the United State Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Right behind the Illini are No. 9 Southern Illinois and Purdue, ranked No. 13 in the Great Lakes Region.
There are six regionally ranked teams in the women's 6K race that begins at 5:05 p.m. Illinois is No. 4 in the Midwest and is followed by No. 5 Northwestern, No. 9 Bradley and No. 15 Illinois State.
Purdue is No. 11 in the Great Lakes Region and Marquette No. 12.
This will be the Blue Demons' final competition before the BIG EAST Championships on Oct. 26.
The Newman Golf Course is a USTFCCCA certified course and has hosted several Missouri Valley Conference and NCAA Midwest Regional Championships. The course consists of two 2,000-meter loops.
The first 2,000m loop is run once and is mostly flat. The second 2,000m loop consists of rolling hills and will be run three times for the men's race and twice for the women's race.
Newman Golf Course 2021 W. Nebraska Avenue (Sterling Ave. & Nebraska Ave.) Peoria, IL 61604
Earlier in the week, 20 sprinters from the Blue Demon track team spent an hour making inspirational cards for pediatric patients throughout the Chicago area. They gathered in the Athletic Center's second-floor conference room for this community service project.
Their handiwork will be distributed to hospitals by the Cardz For Kidz, a group dedicated to orchestrating events where people across the country make uplifting cards for pediatric patients. DePaul assistant track coach Stephanie Williams helped to coordinate the project.