TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Illinois State won its first Missouri Valley Conference Championship Sunday morning at the LaVern Gibson Cross Country Course. The Redbirds finished the race with four runners in the top ten to clinch the title.
They were led by freshman Krista DeCeault (2nd – 17.40.0), senior Aisha Praught (3rd – 17:46.6), junior Elise Sigg (5th – 17:57.8) and sophomore Kristen Zillmer (10th – 18:22.9). Those four earned All-Valley honors with their top-10 finishes.
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Sophomore Rachael Brewer solidified the victory, crossing the line in fifth position for the Redbirds. She finished 24th overall with a time of 18:45.8.
This was the first MVC title in school history for Illinois State. Head coach Jeff Bovee couldn’t be more proud of his team.
“We went out there and ran the perfect team race,” said Bovee. “We knew that our top three had to match up with Wichita’s top three, and we did just that. The key for us today was our four and five. Zillmer claiming the 10th spot and Brewer winning her battle with Wichita’s number five runner was the difference in this race. I couldn’t be more proud of these girls than I am right now. It was a total team effort, something we have been building for a number of years now. To grind it out and finally win it, its just awesome.”