Reilly, Panthers Take Third At League Championships
Oct. 27, 2012
Kenosha, Wis. - Jake Reilly ran with the lead group the whole way and was just shy of an individual title, taking third overall to help the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men's cross country team to a third-place team finish at the Horizon League Championships at the Wayne E. Dannehl National Cross Country Course at UW-Parkside Saturday.
UWM had three runners in the top-20 and finished with 90 points to edge past Detroit (98) and Wright State (114). Loyola won the meet with 22 points.
"It was nice to see Jake in the mix to the end to have a chance to win," Milwaukee head coach Pete Corfeld said. "I always say `if you don't win, make sure who ever does know you made them earn it' and Jake for sure did that. He ran a PR for this course so there is no complaint about effort."
Reilly paced the field right out of the gates, leading a group of about 30 runners after the first mile. As the course wore on and the group started to fade back, Reilly continued to surge forward. He found himself with a pair of Loyola runners down the stretch and all three made their attack on the finish at the same time with Reilly crossing the line just 12 seconds from a league title.
"I was really impressed with the league this weekend," Reilly said. "The race came out really fast; we came out in five flat, which is pretty fast coming up that big hill. We ended up finishing right around 25 flat. I was really impressed with Sam (Penzenstadler) and Jake (Autio) from Loyola, pushing the pace with me. It was a real big positive compared to last year."
Freshman Weston Brusky finished second for the Panthers and 18th overall with a new personal-record time of 26:06. Right with Brusky the entire race was senior Bobby Glotfelty who was 19th on the day at 26:08.
Milwaukee returns to action in two weeks at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championships Nov. 9 in Madison, Wis.