NEW ORLEANS – For the second straight week Eastern Illinois women's cross country has been ranked in the USTFCCCA Midwest Regional Rankings as the Panthers are 15th for the second straight week.

Last Friday EIU competed at the Bradley Intercollegiate finishing second in the race behind Bradley which is ranked 13th in the Midwest Region.

Senior Maria Baldwin posted her second consecutive second place finish of the season as she posted a time of 17:07.4 on the 3-mile course. Freshman Kate Bushue was ninth in the event with Ali Gutt and Grace Rowan both finishing in the top 20 for EIU.

EIU will be back in action on Saturday, Sept. 30 as they will face a strong field at the Louisville Classic.

Minnesota moved into first in the Midwest rankings followed by Iowa State, Oklahoma State, Missouri and Kansas in the top five. Missouri had been ranked number one last week. Northwestern is sixth with Oklahoma, Northern Illinois, Illinois and Tulsa rounding out the top ten. South Dakota was 11th followed by Iowa, Bradley, Northern Iowa and Eastern Illinois .

EIU men's doubles team places second

RIVER FOREST – Eastern Illinois men's tennis opened the fall portion of its season competing at the River Forest Collegiate Invitational over the weekend. The event included singles and doubles flight draws with competitors from EIU, Marquette, Northern Illinois, Saint Louis, Detroit, UIC, Valparaiso and Youngstown State.

EIU had two players advance in the winner's bracket in singles play. Freshman Logan Charbonneau finished third in the No. 6 singles draw. Charbonneau defeated Andre Romanello of Marquette (6-2, 6-4) in the opening round. He then was defeated in the semifinals by Brian Pecyna of Valparaiso (6-2, 6-0). Charbonneau bounced back in the third place match to beat Justin Nogalski of Saint Louis in straight sets (6-0, 6-3).

In No. 5 singles play, Trent Reiman placed fourth after winning his opening match against Marquette's Scott Christian (7-5, 2-6, (7)). Reiman would fall in the semifinals to Matt Kritzinger of Youngstown State (7-6, 6-3 (3)). In the third place match, Reiman fell to Kenji Yanaba of Saint Louis in straight sets (6-0, 6-3).

In doubles actio,n Reiman advanced to the championship match with doubles partner Freddie O'Brien. The doubles team played in the No. 2 doubles draw. O'Brien and Reiman beat the doubles team from UIC in the opening round (7-5). In the semifinals they beat Marquette's doubles team of Romanello and Christian. The Panthers double team would fall in the championship match (6-5) to Valparaiso.

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