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Hawkeyes Win Early Bird Open
Both UI cross country teams win Western Illinois Early Bird Open.
Junior Katherin Rehn took the women's individual title Friday.
Junior Katherin Rehn took the women's individual title Friday.

Aug. 31, 2012

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MACOMB, Ill. - The University of Iowa men's and women's cross country teams grabbed the title at the Western Illinois Early Bird Open Friday. The men's team turned in a team score of 18, while the women tallied a score of 21.

Sophomore Kevin Lewis won the 6K men's event when he crossed the line in 18:35. Junior Jon Michael Brandt (18:44) and Sam Chaney (18:53) finished second and third, respectively, while freshman Anthony Gregorio clocked a time of 18:58 to finish fifth. Freshmen Taylor Soltys (7th; 19:10) and Sam Fourman (8th; 19:12) rounded out the Hawkeye line-up.

"Both teams ran very well," said head men's cross country coach Larry Wieczorek. "I think we accomplished our goal of getting off to a strong start."

Junior Katherin Rehn took the title in the women's 4K, clocking a time of 14:51. Junior Lena Placzek followed close behind finishing second with a time of 15:05. Redshirt freshman Jocelyn Todd ran to a fourth place finish with a time of 15:41, while redshirt freshman Rachel Price (15:52) finished sixth. Brook Bierhaus, a redshirt freshman, rounded out the Hawkeye line-up finishing eighth with a time of 16:10.

"It was a great start for the Hawkeyes getting an individual and team win," said head women's cross country coach Layne Anderson. "It's a great meet to build off of."

The Hawkeyes will return to action Sept. 7 at the Bradley Open in Peoria, Ill.

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