Rayfield rates national honor
CHAMPAIGN — Illinois soccer coach Janet Rayfield was selected as the first female recipient of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s Honor Award.
The award, which has been given annually since 1942, is the most prestigious distinction the NSCAA presents to an individual. The award recognizes a person’s contribution to soccer and to the NSCAA.
“Janet is one of the best coaches in America. She is outstanding in everything she does,” U.S. Women’s U-20 coach Steve Swanson said.
Rayfield will accept the award in January at the NSCAA convention.
Cross-country runners off to nationals. Hunter Mickow and Jannis Toepfer qualified for the NCAA cross-country meet Friday, leading Illinois to fourth place at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships in Springfield, Mo.
It was the Illini’s best finish since 2002.
Mickow placed sixth, finishing the 10-kilometer race in 30 minutes, 29.27 seconds. Toepfer was 13th in 30:40.51.
Illini women finish ninth. Redshirt freshman Alyssa Schneider and senior Courtney Yaeger earned All-Region cross-country honors, leading Illinois to ninth place Friday in Springfield, Mo.
White, Kopinski eliminated. Rachael White and Melissa Kopinski bowed out of the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships on Friday, losing 8-5 to USC’s Gabriella DeSimone and Zoe Scandalis in Flushing, N.Y.