EUREKA – Eureka College cross country coach Chris Robinson announced the first five runners to join EC's relaunched program on Thursday.
The recruiting class includes three juniors, one sophomore and one freshman. Two are transfers, two are current Eureka students and one is an incoming freshman. There are three men and two women runners.
"I am really excited with the group coming in this year," Robinson said. "We have a solid mix of talent, experience, and enthusiasm that is going to help us build, and create great traditions here at Eureka College.
Cross country was a club sport at Eureka in 2006, and the school competed in the SLIAC from 2007 to 2016, but it has been dormant since 2017. This fall, EC is planning to compete in six meets, starting with the Titan Opener in Bloomington on Sept. 1.
Callie Aten (JR, 5-6, Psychology, Peoria, Ill., Dunlap, ICC)
Alex Benson (JR, 6-2, Communication, Metamora, Ill., Metamora/ICC)
Our next cross country recruit of 2020 is Alex Benson.— Eureka Red Devils (@EurekaRedDevils) June 25, 2020
A junior transfer from Illinois Central College, Alex ran at Metamora High School and has a three-mile personal record of 18:36. #MeetTheRedDevils pic.twitter.com/VGdTYVHYMe
Javy Garcia (SO, 5-6, Secondary Education/History & Political Science, Plainfield, Ill., Plainfield Central)
Bryce Logsdon (JR, 6-2, Criminal Justice/Sociology, Boise, Idaho, Timberline High School)
Our next cross country recruit of 2020 is Bryce Logsdon.— Eureka Red Devils (@EurekaRedDevils) June 25, 2020
A junior at Eureka College, Bryce helped Timberline win a Class 5A Idaho district championship in high school, and he's a member of the EC men's basketball team. #MeetTheRedDevils pic.twitter.com/g4XPE0WO8K
Riley Reuter (FR, 5-3, Biology/Music, Henry, Ill., Henry-Senachwine)
Our final cross country recruit of 2020 is Riley Reuter.— Eureka Red Devils (@EurekaRedDevils) June 25, 2020
An Honors Student who was in the top 10 of her class at Henry-Senachwine, Riley was an all-conference honoree and an individual sectional qualifier in Class 1A. #MeetTheRedDevils pic.twitter.com/UOQr7sEETv