SIUE Women Finish 19th at Bradley Classic
PEORIA, Ill. - The SIUE women's cross country team was led by a fresh face for the first time in more than a year as sophomore Dede Lofton ran a personal best at the Bradley Classic Friday night.
The Cougars finished 19th of 21 teams competing on Newman Golf Course.
Lofton ran more than four minutes faster than she did at the same event last year covering the 6,000-meter course 111th overall in a time of 23 minutes, 33.74 seconds.
"Dede has been coming along well and continues to progress," said SIUE Head Coach Eileen McAllister. "Despite a tough week of practice, she ran pretty well."
Also setting a personal best was sophomore Claire Brown. She finished the 6k in 23:38.26 for 119th place of 230 runners.
Senior Aftan Noon was the third SIUE runner to finish with a time of 23:55.13 for 130th place.
Sophomore Hannah Lee traversed the course in 24:56.35 to finish in the middle of the seven Cougar runners.
"We didn't run at all what I expected coming into today," added McAllister. "I expected faster times."
SIUE looks to rebound in its final meet of the 2011 season traveling to Champaign for the Illini Open Oct. 21.