The Illinois State University women’s cross-country team competed in the 64th annual Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational in South Bend, Indiana, on Friday. The Redbirds finished in ninth place out of a total of 25 teams. 

The women’s cross-country team was coming off of a fifth-place finish in Columbia, Missouri, at the Gans Creek Classic. They were able to parlay that finish into another top-10 finish in South Bend.

The big story of the invitational on Friday was all of the personal records that were set by the Redbirds, with five women turning in personal best times on Friday. Sophomore Rachel Hickey paced the Redbirds with an overall finish of 14th and a personal best time of 17:24.29.

Other personal bests include redshirt junior Grace Beattie in 22nd with a time of 17:36.29, freshman Mackenzie Brownrigg in 109th at 18:43.12, sophomore Maddi Exline in 126th at 18:59.20 and the final personal best time was senior Hattie Plumb finishing 132nd with a time of 19:02.35.

Both the women’s and men’s cross-country teams have the week off before they compete again in the Bradley Classic in Peoria on Oct. 18.

BOBBY SELZER is a Sports Reporter at The Vidette. He can be contacted at Follow him on Twitter at @BoboSelzer

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