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Bilitz, Hurst paced the Phoenix in fifth-straight meet of the season.
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Cross Country Wraps Up Regular Season at Bradley 'Pink' Invitational

Courtesy: Green Bay Athletics
         
Release: October 16, 2015
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PEORIA, Ill. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) – The men’s and women’s cross country teams were in Peoria, Ill., this afternoon for the Bradley ‘Pink' Classic. The men competed in an 8k for the third time this season, while the women covered a 6k course for the first time this year. The men’s squad saw five finishers cover the course in less than 28 minutes, collecting them a 21st-place finish out of the 26 teams. The Phoenix women performed well in the first 6k of the season, collecting a 26th-place finish out of the 30 participating teams.

Mitchell Bilitz led the Phoenix once again with a 57th-place finish and posted a career-best mark of 25:02 , fourteen seconds better than his performance in the five-mile race at Notre Dame two weeks ago. Eric Bilitz was the other lone men’s finisher under 27 minutes, crossing the line in 26:15 in 164th place.

Kimberly Hurst stayed true to form despite the extra kilometer for the first time all year, as the sophomore finished in a career-best time of 21:56 and crossed the line in 79th overall. Teammate Sarah Mauel was on the heels of Hurst in the final race before the conference championship, with the senior claiming a 99th-place finish in 22:07.

The Green Bay cross country team will return to the course in two weeks when the team travels to Dayton, Ohio for the Horizon League Championship hosted by Wright State on Saturday, October 31.

Green Bay Women’s Top Finishers:
1) Kimberly Hurst, 21:56
2) Sarah Mauel, 22:07
3) Alexandra Kershner, 23:25
4) Breanna Suess, 23:50
5) Rachel Crites, 24:41
6) Taylor Stelter, 24:47
7) Erin Schmitt, 24:48
8) Marissa Cherek, 25:50
9) Heather Plough, 26:31

Green Bay Men’s Top Finishers:                          
1 Mitchell Bilitz, 25:02
2) Eric Bilitz, 26:15
3) Austin Gokey, 27:16
4) Erik Johnson, 27:26
5) Samuel Engel, 27:43
6) Eduardo Navarro, 28:03
7) Jacob Fierst, 29:15
8) Riley Shelton, 29:43
9) Riley Garbe, 29:49

Women's Team Standings:
1) Illinois State
2) Oakland
3) Loyola
4) Kansas State
5) Saint Louis
6) Marquette
7) Iowa
8) South Dakota
9) Drake
10) Creighton
11) Oregon State
12) IUPUI
13) NIU
14) Eastern Illinois
15) Dayton
16) SE Missouri
17) Nebraska
18) UIC
19) Milwaukee
20) UNI
21) Bradley
22) DePaul
23) Missouri
24) SIU Edwardsville
25) Wright State
26) Green Bay                                                                      
27) Nebraka-Omaha
28) Valparaiso
29) Western Illinois
30) Chicago State

Men’s Standings
1) Illinois
2) Nebraks
3) Iowa
4) Illinois State
5) Dayton
6) Eastern Illinois
7) Oakland
8) Saint Louis
9) Loyola
10) Kansas State
11) SIUE Edwardsville
12) UIC
13) UNI
14) Missouri
15) South Dakota
16) Drake
17) SE Missouri
18) Marquette
19) DePaul
20) Creighton
21) Green Bay             
22) Valparaiso
23) Milwaukee
24) Wright State
25) Chicago State
26) Western Illinois                                                              

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