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Men's Cross Country/Track and Field Bios

2005-06 Men's Cross Country/Track & Field Bios 

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Returnees

BRYAN CROCE
Junior
Newburgh, Indiana (Memorial)
Major: Undecided

2005
INDOOR TRACK:
Set a school-record in the 55 meters, finishing 16th at the GLVC Championships with a time of 6.75 seconds...competed in the 60 meters and the 200 meters as well as on USI's 4x200 and 4x400-meter relay teams...helped USI's 4x200-meter relay team set a school-record with a time of 1:32.28 at the GLVC Championships...relay team finished second at the conference meet. OUTDOOR TRACK: Individually, finished 12th at the GLVC Championships in the 100 meters...had a top time of 11.23 seconds in the 100 meters and 23:15 seconds in the 200 meters at the Stan Lyons Invitational...also competed on USI's school-record setting 4x100 and 4x400-meter relay teams that finished third and sixth, respectively, at the GLVC Championships.

2004
INDOOR TRACK:
Ran the 100 and 200 meters as well as a leg on USI's 4x200-meter relay team...finished 17th at the GLVC Championships in the 100 meters with a season-best time of 6.95 seconds...ran the 200 meters in a season-best and school-record time of 24.05 seconds at the DePauw Classic...helped USI's 4x200-meter relay team to a school-record time of 1:36.95 at the Tiger Invitational. OUTDOOR TRACK: Finished fourth in the finals of the 100 meters at the GLVC Championships after recording a school-record time of 11.16 seconds in the prelims...ran the 200 meters in a season-best 23.63 seconds at the Little State Championships...finished 24th in the 200 meters at the GLVC Championships...helped USI's 4x100-meter relay team to a school-record time of 43.56 seconds and a third-place performance at the GLVC Championships.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from   Memorial High School where he earned eight varsity letters in soccer, track and field, and wrestling...will compete mainly in track and field...was a regional qualifier in the 4x100 during the 2000 season and earned the All-Sports award in 2003...helped MHS to the 2000 and 2002 sectional championships.


JESSE DAVIS
Senior

Bloomington, Indiana (Bloomington South/Ball State)
Major: Social Science (Teaching)

2004-05
CROSS COUNTRY:
The GLVC's top returning runner in 2005, earned All-GLVC honors after finishing second at the league meet with an 8k time of 25:46.22...was USI's top finisher in three meets and was USI's second finisher twice...top 8k time of 25:29.91 was recorded at the University of Evansville Invitational...finished 18th at the NCAA II Great Lakes Regional Championships with a 10k time of 33:01.61...earned Academic All-GLVC honors. INDOOR TRACK: Earned All-GLVC honors in the 800 meters and the Distance Medley Relay...finished second at the GLVC Championships with a school-record time of 1:55.93...also compted in the 1,000 meters, finishing first at the Rose-Hulman Invitational, the mile, and the 3,000 meters...finished 14th in the 3,000 meters at the GLVC Championships...helped USI's DMR team to a GLVC Championship and a school-record time of 10:05.98...also competed on USI's 4x400-meter relay team as well as USI's first-ever 4x800-meter relay team...earned Academic All-GLVC honors OUTDOOR TRACK: Redshirted.

2003-04
CROSS COUNTRY:
Earned All-GLVC honors after finishing third at the GLVC Championships with a 10k time of 32:22.30...finished 16th at the NCAA II Great Lakes Regional Championships with a season-best 10k time of 32:21.40...was USI's top finisher at the Illinois/Missouri Border Wars and the GLVC Championships...ran number two for the Eagles in four other races...recorded a top 8k time of 25:49.90 at the Border Wars...finished seventh in the Little State Competition of the Indiana Intercollegiate...earned Academic All-GLVC honors. INDOOR TRACK: Ran the 800 meters and the mile as well as the 4x400 and Distance Medley Relay teams for the Eagles...won the 800 meters at the Rose-Hulman Invitational with a season-best time of 1:58.04...finished 14th at the GLVC Championships in the 800 meters...placed second in the mile at the DePauw Invitational...with a season-best time of 4:17.44...finished 6th in the mile at the GLVC Championships...helped USI's Distance Medley Relay (DMR) team to a first-place finish at the Tiger Invitational with a school-record time of 10:25.92...also helped USI's DMR team two a second-place performance at the GLVC Championships. OUTDOOR TRACK: Qualified and competed in the finals of the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the NCAA II Championships...ran the steeplechase in a season-best 9:08.83 at the Billy Hays Invitational...finished fourth in the prelims of the steeplechase as nationals before finishing 12th in the finals...earned All-GLVC honors in both the steeplechase and the 800 meters...won the steeplechase at the GLVC Championships with a time of 9:19.25 and finished second in the 800 meters at the league meet with a season-best time of 1:52.96 (ranks second on USI's all-time performance list)...won the 800 meters at the Little State Championships with a time of 1:55.04...earned Academic All-GLVC honors.

TRANSFER: Transferred from Ball State University where he competed in cross country and track...was Ball State's top runner at the 2002 MAC Championships, finishing 29th with an 8k time of 25:25.30...in 2003, posted top indoor track times in the 3,000 meters (8:35.44) and the 5,000 meters (15:26.92)...earned All-Conference honors in the Distance Medley Relay...posted top outdoor track times in 2003 in the 1,500 meters (3:59.35), 3,000 meters (9:26.9h), 5,000 meters (15:07.41)...eighth in the 3000 at the 2002 Billy Hayes Invitational (10:17.88)...was 10th in the 1500 (4:08.94) at the 2002 Pace Setter Invitational.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Bloomington South High School where he was a member of the 1999 state championship 4x800-meter relay team...earned the Honors Diploma.


BRYAN EMERSON
Junior (Cross Country)
Senior (Indoor/Outdoor Track)
Georgetown, Indiana (Floyd Central)
Major: Psychology

2004-05
CROSS COUNTRY:
Finished 72nd at the GLVC Championships with an 8k time of 29:00.40. INDOOR TRACK: Competed in the 1,000 meters, posting a time of 3:00.33 at the Rose-Hulman Invitational...finished 20th at the GLVC Championships in the mile...posted top mile time (4:43.65) at the McDonald's Invitational and top 3,000-meter time (9:37.69) at the DePauw Invitational. OUTDOOR TRACK: Competed in the 1,500, 3,000, and 5,000-meter events...finished 22nd at the GLVC Championships in the 5,000 meters.

2003-04
CROSS COUNTRY:
Finished 63rd at the GLVC Championships with his only 10k time of the season (36:21.80)...had a season-best 8k time of 28:40.00 at the Indiana Intercollegiate. INDOOR TRACK: Posted a top time in the mile of 4:47.46 at the DePauw Classic...also ran the 1,000 meters at the Tiger Invitational in 2:53.78 seconds. OUTDOOR TRACK: Ran the 1,500 meters at the Washington Invitational in 4:21.39.

2002-03
CROSS COUNTRY:
Redshirted. INDOOR TRACK: Finished 28th at the DePauw Classic with a season-best 3,000-meter time of 9:47.46. OUTDOOR TRACK: Ran the 800 meters in 2:11.96 and the 1,500 meters in 4:26.33 at the Gerald England Invitational...ran the 3,000 meters in 9:18.74 at the Vanderbilt Invitational...finished 11th at the GLVC Championships with a 3,000-meter steeplechase time of 10:25.20...ran the 5,000 meters in 16:18.64 at the Washington University Invitational.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Floyd Central High School.


JAKE ENGLAND
Senior
Valparaiso, Indiana (Wheeler)
Major: Biology

2004-05
CROSS COUNTRY:
Ran top five for the Eagles in one race as a junior, finishing fifth at the University of Evansville Early Bird Invitational...had a top 8k time of 27:09.30 at the UE Invitational...finished 24th at the GLVC Championships with an 8k time of 27:15.23...was 101st at the NCAA II Great Lakes Regional Championships with a 10k time of 36:02.88. INDOOR TRACK: Earned All-GLVC honors after helping USI's Distance Medley Relay team to a conference title and a school-record time of 10:05.98 at the Tyson Invitational...also competed on USI's first-ever 4x800-meter relay team...finished fifth at the GLVC Championships in the mile, finishing the race in a season-best 4:24.57...ran the 800 meters in 2:03.70 at the Rose-Hulman Invitational...was 13th at the GLVC Championships in the 3,000 meters after posting a season-best time of 9:03.60 at the McDonald's Invitational. OUTDOOR TRACK: Was USI's top 800 and 1,500-meter competitor, posting a top time of 2:03.73 in the 800 meters at the SIU Spring Classic and 3:58.40 in the 1,500 meters at the Vanderbilt Invitational...finished 7th in the mile at the GLVC Championships and 17th at the league meet in the 5,000 meters...had a top 3,000-meter time of 8:58.85 at the Vanderbilt Invitational and 5,000-meter time of 15:27.90 at the Gatorade Classic.

2003-04
CROSS COUNTRY:
Finished 54th at the GLVC Championship with his only 10k time of the season (35:51.60)...recorded a season-best 8k time of 26:33.00 at the Indiana Intercollegiate. INDOOR TRACK: Competed in the mile and the 5,000 meters as well as on the 4x400 and Distance Medley Relay teams...had a top time in the mile of 4:29.75 at the Tiger Invitational...finished ninth in the mile at the GLVC Championships with a time of 4:30.92...ran the 5,000 meters in 16:22.07 at the DePauw Invitational...also finished first in the 1,000 meters at the Rose-Hulman Invitational with a time of helped USI's Distance Medley Relay (DMR) team to a first-place finish at the Tiger Invitational with a school-record time of 10:25.92...also helped USI's DMR team two a second-place performance at the GLVC Championships. OUTDOOR TRACK: Competed in the 800, 1,500, and 5,000 meters as well as the 3,000-meter steeplechase...finished 11th in the 1,500 meters at the GLVC Championships with a time of 4:07.51...had a top 1,500-meter time of 4:04.47 at the Cardinal Open...finished 16th in the 5,000 meters at the GLVC Championships with a season-best time of 15:57.01...ran the 800 meters in 1:59.43 and the steeplechase in 10:21.46.

2002-03
CROSS COUNTRY:
Recorded a top 8k time of 26:44.25 at the Saluki Invitational...finished 23rd at the GLVC Championships with a season-best 10k time of 33:54.00. INDOOR TRACK: Finished seventh at the GLVC Championships with a 3,000-meter time of 8:55.35...finished 26th at the Cannon IV Classic with a season-best mile time of 4:23.09...had a top 800-meter time of 2:01.47 at the Stan Lyons Open...helped USI's distance medley relay team to a first-place finish at the Stan Lyons Open. OUTDOOR TRACK: Finished 10th at the Gerald England Invitational with a season-best 800-meter time of 2:03.50...finished fourth at the   Gerald England Invitational with a season-best 1,500-meter time of 4:07.94...ran the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 10:26.72 at the Little State Championships...ran the 5,000 meters in 15:24.73 at the Washington University Invitational.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Wheeler High School...ran the 1,600 meters in 4:20.21...only six seniors in the state of Indiana topped that mark in 2002.


RICHARD FERBER
Sophomore (Indoor Track)

Freshman (Cross Country/Outdoor Track)
Hebron, Indiana (Hebron)
Major: Accounting & Professional Services

2004-05
CROSS COUNTRY:
Did not compete. INDOOR TRACK: Competed in the mile, posting a top time of 4:41.16 at the Hoosier Relays. OUTDOOR TRACK: Did not compete.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Hebron High School in Hebron, Indiana.


SCOTT FORBEY
Sophomore
Washington, Indiana (Washington)
Major: Chemistry

2005
INDOOR TRACK:
Earned All-GLVC honors after finishing second in the high jump at the conference meet with an indoor school-record leap of six feet, 4.75 inches...also competed in the pole vault, posting a indoor school-record mark of 14 feet at the Eastern Illinois Friday Night Special. OUTDOOR TRACK: Earned All-GLVC honors in the high jump after finishing second at the league meet...finished first in the high jump at the Little State Championships with a school-record mark of six feet, 6.75 inches...finished third at the GLVC Championships in the pole vault with a school-record mark of 14 feet, 4.25 inches...also finished seventh at the league meet in the javelin, posting a season-best mark of 151 feet, 3.00 inches...scored 16 of USI's 53 team points at the GLVC Championships.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Washington High School in Washington, Indiana.


ROBERT GARWOOD
Senior (Cross Country)
Junior (Track)
Columbus, Indiana (Columbus East)
Major: Public Relations and Advertising

2004-05
CROSS COUNTRY:
Ran top three for the Eagles in six races as a junior...finished 14th at the GLVC Championships with an 8k time of 26:49.89...recorded top 8k time of 26:23.00 at the Stegemoller Classic...recorded season-best finish of third at the University of Evansville Early Bird Invitational...was 72nd at the NCAA II Great Lakes Regional Championships with a 10k time of 35:09.15. INDOOR TRACK: Competed in just one race, finishing 16th in the 5,000 meters at the GLVC Championships with a time of 16:15.37. OUTDOOR TRACK: Redshirted.

2003-04
CROSS COUNTRY:
Ran top seven for the Eagles in five races...finished 20th at the GLVC Championships with a 10k time of 33:43.80...posted a top 10k time of 33:22.70 at the NCAA II Great Lakes Regional Championships...finished 11th in the Little State competition of the Indiana Intercollegiate with a season-best 8k time of 26:24.00. INDOOR TRACK: Redshirted. OUTDOOR TRACK: Competed in the 3,000-meter steeplechase as well as the 5,000 and 10,000 meters...posted a top steeplechase time of 9:58.44 at the Gerald England Invitational...finished seventh at the Cardinal Open with a season-best 5,000-meter time of 15:13.31...finished fourth in the 10,000 meters at the GLVC Championships with a time of 32:55.75...ran the 10,000 meters at the Little State Championships in a season-best 32:24.07.

2002-03
CROSS COUNTRY:
Finished 26th at the Saluki Invitational with a season-best 8k time of 27:10.31...ran the 10k in 36:32.00 at the GLVC Championships. INDOOR TRACK: Ran the mile in 4:35.94 at the Stan Lyons Open...finished 11th at the DePauw Classic with a season-best 3,000-meter time of 9:07.02...placed ninth in the 5,000 meters at the GLVC Championships with a season-best time of 15:39.78. OUTDOOR TRACK: Ran the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Vanderbilt Invitational in a season-best time of 10:05.47...finished 17th at the Washington University Invitational with a season-best 5,000-meter time of 15:31.81...placed third at the GLVC Championships with a 10,000-meter time of 32:41.67...had a season-best 10,000-meter time of 32:27.64 at the Hillsdale Gina Relays.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Columbus East High School...qualified for the IHSAA Championship meet in the 1600m.


SAMUEL GEBRESELASSIE
Sophomore
Avon, Indiana
Major: Undecided

2004-05
CROSS COUNTRY:
Was USI's 10th finisher at the GLVC Championships, placing 10th with an 8k time of 28:02.58...ran his best 8k time of the season (27:43.64) at the University of Evansville Invitational. INDOOR TRACK: Finished 20th at the GLVC Championships in the 3,000 meters, posting a season-best time of 9:26.56...posted a season-best 5,000-meter time of 16:28.00 at the McDonald's Invitational and a season-best mile time of 5:05.04. OUTDOOR TRACK: Finished ninth at the GLVC Championships in the 10,000 meters, posting a season-best time of 34:04.52...posted a season-best 5,000-meter time of 15:57.18 at the SIU Spring Classic and a season-best 3,000-meter time of 9:15.80 at the Vanderbilt Invitational...also competed in the 1,500 meters, posting a season-best time of 4:29.86 at the Gatorade Classic.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Avon High School where he was a member of the 2003 sectional championships squad that qualified for semi-state...has personal-bests of 16:33 in the 5k and 10:004 in the 3,200 meters as well as 4:46 in the 1,600 meters and 2:17 in the 800 meters.


DOUG HIGGINS
Freshman (Cross Country)
Sophomore (Indoor/Outdoor Track)
Indianapolis, Indiana (Roncalli)
Major:
Elementary Education

2004-05
CROSS COUNTRY:
Redshirted. INDOOR TRACK: Finished eighth in the 5,000 meters at the GLVC Championships with a season-best time of 15:40.76...recorded a top 3,000-meter time of 8:58.29 at the DePauw Invitational...
also competed on USI's first-ever 4x800-meter relay team. OUTDOOR TRACK: Finished 16th at the GLVC Championships in the 10,000 meters with a season-best time of 35:30.27...had a season-best 5,000-meter time of 16:26.25 at the SIU Spring Classic and a season-best 3,000-meter time of 9:29.25 at the Vanderbilt Invitational...earned Academic All-GLVC honors.

HIGH SCHOOL: Earned honorable mention All-State honors in cross country as a senior at Roncalli High School in 2003...also was a two-time All-Sectional and All-Regional performer while earning All-Sectional honors in track and field...helped RHS to its first-ever semi-state appearance in 2003, while posting the school’s second-fastest 5k time (16:13) in school history...earned Academic All-State honors.


JORDAN KOMOSA
Sophomore
Gary, Indiana (Andrean)
Major: Exercise Science

2005
INDOOR TRACK:
Finished in a tie for 17th in the shot put at the GLVC Championships...recorded a top mark of 35 feet, 6.75 inches in the shot put at the DePauw Invitational. OUTDOOR TRACK: Was 14th in the discus at the GLVC Championships with a season-best mark of 110 feet, 9.00 inches...had a top javelin mark of 139 feet, 2.00 inches at the Pacesetter Invitational...also recorded a season-best mark of 30 feet, 5.00 inches in the shot put at the Little State Championships.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Andrean High School in Merrillville, Indiana, where he earned four varsity letters in football, wrestling, and track and field...member of AHS's sectional championship football team in 2002, 2003, and 2004...AHS's football team was the regional and semi-state champion as well as the state runner-up in 2002 and 2003...has personal bests in the discus of 137 feet, six inches, and in the shot put of 45 feet, nine inches.


JOE MORRISON
Senior (Cross Country only)
Shoals, Indiana (Shoals Junior-Senior)
Major: Physical Education (Teaching)

2004-05
CROSS COUNTRY:
Redshirted. INDOOR TRACK: Competed in the 1,000 meters, the mile, and the 3,000 meters...ran the 1,000 meters in 2:59.84 at the Rose-Hulman Invitational...was 21st in the mile at the GLVC Championships after posting a season-best time of 4:40.57 at the McDonald's Invitational...ran the 3,000 meters in 9:57.87 at the McDonald's Invitational. OUTDOOR TRACK: Competed in the 1,500 and 3,000 meters, posting a top 1,500-meter time of 4:21.79 at the Little State Championships and a top 3,000-meter time of 10:15.79 at the Vanderbilt Invitational...was 18th in the mile at the GLVC Championships.

2003-04
CROSS COUNTRY:
Finished 81st at the GLVC Championship, running the 10k in 38:06.90...had a season-best 8k time of 28:40.00 at the Indiana Intercollegiate. INDOOR TRACK: Finished 10th in the mile at the GLVC Championships with a season-best time of 4:33.37...recorded a season-best 3,000-meter time of 9:36.20 at the DePauw Classic and a season-best 5,000-meter time of 16:42.52 at the DePauw Invitational...also ran the 1,000 meters in 2:50.51 at the Rose-Hulman Invitational. OUTDOOR TRACK: Finished 20th in the 1,500 meters at the GLVC Championships with a time of 4:22.37...had a season-best 1,500-meter time of 4:18.34 at the Gerald England Invitational...had a season-best 5,000-meter time of 17:39.46 at the Gerald England Invitational...ran the 800 meters in 2:09.69 at the Butler Twilight.

2002-03
CROSS COUNTRY:
Finished 17th at the Evansville Invitational with a season-best 8k time of 29:10.65...recorded a 10k time of 37:15.00 at the GLVC Championships. INDOOR TRACK: Placed 19th a the GLVC Championships with a season-best mile time of 4:42.59...ran the 3,000 meters at the DePauw Classic in 9:47.28. OUTDOOR TRACK: Ran the 800 meters in 2:11.22 at the Gerald England Invitational...ran the 1,500 meters in 4:18.17 at the Vanderbilt Invitational...ran the 5,000 meters in 16:28.62 at the Washington University Invitational.

2001-02
CROSS COUNTRY: Ran in two meets for the Eagles as a freshman, placing 16th at the Stegemoller Classic with an 8k time of 32:00 and 69th at the GLVC Championship with a 38:58. INDOOR TRACK: Posted a time of 2:06.38 and finishing 10th in the 800 meters at the Tiger Invitational. OUTDOOR TRACK: Posted a top time of 2:09.20 in the 800 meters at the Washington University Invitational.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Shoals Junior-Senior High School...earned eight varsity letters in cross country and track and field.


CORY REFFETT
Freshman (Cross Country/Outdoor Track)
Sophomore (Indoor Track)
Evansville, Indiana (Memorial)
Major: Accounting & Professional Services

2004-05
CROSS COUNTRY:
Redshirted. INDOOR TRACK: Finished 24th at the GLVC Championships in the 800 meters, posting a season-best time of 2:12.58...had a season-best mile time of 5:00.76 at the McDonald's Invitational...named Academic All-GLVC. OUTDOOR TRACK: Did not compete.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Reitz Memorial High School in Evansville.


ROBERT ROADS
Freshman (Cross Country)
Sophomore (Indoor/Outdoor Track)
Terre Haute, Indiana (North)
Major: Social Science (Teaching)

2004-05
CROSS COUNTRY:
Redshirted. INDOOR TRACK: Finished 17th in the 800 meters and 10th in the mile at the GLVC Championships...opened the season at the Rose-Hulman Invitational by posting season best times in the mile (4:22.74) and the 800 meters (2:04.40)...ran the 3,000 meters in a season-best time of 9:24.54 at the McDonald's Invitational...also competed on USI's first-ever 4x800-meter relay team. OUTDOOR TRACK: Finished fourth at the GLVC Championships in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and 12th at the league meet in the 1,500 meters...had a season-best 1,500-meter time of 4:14.55 at the GLVC Championships and a season-best steeplechase time of 9:50.08 at the Little State Championships.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Terre Haute North High School in Terre Haute, Indiana.


ALAN SCHULZE
Senior
Owensville, Indiana (Gibson Southern)
Major:  Physical Education (Teaching)

2004-05
CROSS COUNTRY: Finished 75th at the GLVC Championships with an 8k time of 29:11.43...had a season-best 8k time of 28:38.33 at the University of Evansville Invitational. INDOOR TRACK: Competed in three events, posting a season-best time of 2:44.40 in the 1,000 meters at the Rose-Hulman Invitational and 9:33.37 in the 3,000 meters at the McDonald's Invitational...finished 15th in the mile at the GLVC Championships with a season-best time of 4:38.45. OUTDOOR TRACK: Ran the 800 meters in a season-best 2:10.04 at the SIU Spring Classic and the 3,000 meters in a season-best 9:28.52 at the Vanderbilt Invitational...competed primarily in the 1,500 meters, running a season-best 4:16.26 at the Vanderbilt Invitational...finished 14th in the 1,500 meters at the GLVC Championships.

2003-04
CROSS COUNTRY: Was 78th at the GLVC Championships with a 10k time of 37:42.20...had a season-best 8k time of 29:41.00. INDOOR TRACK: Finished 19th in the mile at the GLVC Championships with a time of 4:54.77...had a top mile time of 4:49.26 at the Tiger Invitational...also ran the 1,000 meters in 2:47.81 at the Rose-Hulman Invitational. OUTDOOR TRACK: Finished 22nd in the 1,500 meters at the GLVC Championships with a season-best time of 4:23.65...ran the 5,000 meters at the Little State Championships in 17:10.40.

2002-03
CROSS COUNTRY:
Competed in three events as a freshman, posting a top 8k time of 28:59.00 at the Louisville Cardinal Classic. INDOOR TRACK: Did not compete. OUTDOOR TRACK: Ran in one race, posting a 4:26.90 in the 1,500 meters at the GLVC Championships.

2001-02
CROSS COUNTRY: Redshirted. INDOOR TRACK: Redshirted. OUTDOOR TRACK: Redshirted. 

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Gibson Southern High School...lettered in cross country, track, and basketball...member of the GSHS cross country teams that won sectional titles in 1997, 1998, 1999, and 2000 and regional titles in 1997, 1998, and 1999...part of the GSHS teams which captured the Pocket Athletic Conference titles in cross country (1997-2000) and track (1998-2001)...was named All-Conference in 2000 and 2001 and qualified for the regional three straight seasons in track (1999-2001).


WILL SIEMERS
Senior (Track only)
Bensenville, Illinois (Fenton H.S./Rend Lake)
Major:
 Physical Education (Teaching)

2004-05
CROSS COUNTRY:
Hampered by injuries, competing in just two races as a senior...was 70th at the GLVC Championships with an 8k time of 38:53.01...had a season-best 8k time of 28:28.09 at the Border War Cross Country Invitational. INDOOR TRACK: Did not compete. OUTDOOR TRACK: Did not compete.

2003-04
CROSS COUNTRY:
Earned All-GLVC honors after finishing eighth at the GLVC Championships with a season-best 10k time of 32:46.30...had a season-best 8k time of 26:32.49 at the Illinois/Missouri Border Wars. INDOOR TRACK: Finished third in the 5,000 meters at the GLVC Championships with a season-best time of 15:07.82...finished second in the 3,000 meters at the DePauw Classic with a season-best time of 8:50.01...was 19th in the 3,000 meters at the GLVC Championships. OUTDOOR TRACK: Finished seventh in the 10,000 meters at the GLVC Championships with a season-best time of 33:32.40...ran the 5,000 meters at the Butler Twilight in a season-best 15:13.61.

2002-03
CROSS COUNTRY:
Earned All-GLVC honors after finishing seventh at the GLVC Championships with a season-best 10k time of 33:03.00...was a top five runner for the Eagles in five events...finished fifth at the Saluki Invitational with a season-best 8k time of 25:56.15. INDOOR TRACK: Did not compete. OUTDOOR TRACK: Finished third at the Washington University Invitational with a season-best and NCAA II provisional qualifying 5,000-meter time of 14:40.96...won the 5,000 meters at the Gerald England Invitational with a time of 14:50.17...posted a season-best and NCAA II provisional qualifying time of 31:18.96 in the 10,000 meters of the Hillsdale Gina Relays...finished third at the Little State Championships with a 10,000-meter time of 32:27.19...finished sixth in the 10,000 meters at the GLVC Championships.

TRANSFER: Transferring from Rend Lake College...earned All-America honors as a freshman after finishing 13th at the NJCAA National Championships. HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Fenton High School in Bensenville, Illinois...earned All-State honors in both cross country and track...selected for the Midwest Meet of Champions where he finished fourth.


JUSTIN THOMAS
Sophomore
(Cross Country/Outdoor Track)
Junior (Indoor Track)
Indianapolis, Indiana (Carmel Community)
Major: Pre-Occupational Therapy

2004-05
CROSS COUNTRY:
Was 42nd at the GLVC Championships with an 8k time of 27:51.96...had a season-best 8k time of 27:07.73 at the University of Evansville Invitational. INDOOR TRACK: Competed in the mile, the 3,000 meters, and the 5,000 meters...finished 11th in the 5,000 meters at the GLVC Championships with a season-best time of 15:47.18...ran the 3,000 meters at the DePauw Invitational in a season-best 9:00.85...completed the mile at the Rose-Hulman Invitational in a season-best time of 4:38.25. OUTDOOR TRACK: Was USI's top competitor in the 3,000 meters, the 5,000 meters, and the 10,000 meters...posted a season-best time of 8:57.85 in the 3,000 meters at the Vanderbilt Invitational...finished 5th at the GLVC Championships in the 5,000 meters after posting a season-best time of 15:27.24 at the SIU Spring Classic...finished 8th at the GLVC Championships with a season-best 10,000-meter time of 33:55.57...posted a season-best 1,500-meter time of 4:14.03 at the Gatorade Classic.

2003-04
CROSS COUNTRY:
Redshirted. INDOOR TRACK: Ran the 3,000 meters at the DePauw Classic in a season-best 9:17.88...posted his fastest 5,000-meter time (16:12.76) at teh DePauw Invitational...finished third in the 1,000 meters at the Rose-Hulman Invitational with a season-best time of 2:45.74. OUTDOOR TRACK: Redshirted.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Carmel High School where he earned seven varsity letters in cross country and track and field...earned All-State honors as a junior after 20th at the IHSAA Cross Country Championships with a 5k time of 16:15...helped CHS to two runner-up finishes at the IHSAA Cross Country Championships...CHS was second at the 2000 and 2002 IHSAA Cross Country Championships, third at the 2001 IHSAA Cross Country Championships, and fifth at the 1999 IHSAA Cross Country Championships...has run a personal-best 5k time of 15:50.


DAVID TYLER
Senior (Cross Country/Outdoor Track only)
Evansville, Indiana (Harrison)
Major:  Physical Education (Teaching)

2004-05
CROSS COUNTRY:
Ran top five for the Eagles in five meets, finishing as USI's top finisher at the Stegemoller Classic...finished 25th at the GLVC Championships with an 8k time of 27:19.91...had a season-best 8k time of 26:16.00 at the Stegemoller Classic...finished 33rd at the NCAA II Great Lakes Region Championships with a 10k time of 33:37.58...earned Academic All-GLVC honors. INDOOR TRACK: USI's top 5,000-meter runner, posting a season-best time of 15:32.81 at the McDonald's Invitational before battling illness to finish 21st in the 5,000 meters at the GLVC Championships...posted a season-best 3,000-meter time of 9:03.00 at the Hoosier Relays and a season-best mile time of 4:46.94 at the Rose-Hulman Invitational...earned Academic All-GLVC honors. OUTDOOR TRACK: Redshirted.

2003-04
CROSS COUNTRY:
Came on strong down the stretch for the Eagles, finishing 13th at the GLVC Championships with a season-best 10k time of 33:17.70...was 40th at the NCAA II Great Lakes Regional Championships with a 10k time of 33:18.10...ran top seven for the Eagles in five races, posting a top 8k time of 26:38.00...earned Academic All-GLVC honors. INDOOR TRACK: Finished ninth in the 5,000 meters and 20th in the 3,000 meters at the GLVC Championships...had a season-best 5,000-meter time of 15:43.50 at the DePauw Invitational and a season-best 3,000-meter time of 9:04.03 at the DePauw Classic...also ran the 1,500 meters at the Rose-Hulman Invitational in 4:26.22. OUTDOOR TRACK: Ran the 5,000 meters at the Washington Invitational in a season-best 15:38.22...finished sixth at the Little State Championships with USI's fastest 10,000-meter time (31:54.64) of the season...earned Academic All-GLVC honors.

2002-03
CROSS COUNTRY:
Did not compete. INDOOR TRACK: Had a season-best 3,000-meter time of 9:22.68 at the DePauw Classic...finished 14th in the 5,000 meters at the GLVC Championships with his season-best time of 16:18.10. OUTDOOR TRACK: Earned Academic All-GLVC honors...ran the 3,000 meters in 9:14.47 at the Vanderbilt Invitational...ran a season-best 5,000-meter time of 15:49.69 at the Washington University Invitational...finished seventh at the GLVC Championships with a 10,000-meter time of 33:17.96.

2001-02
CROSS COUNTRY:
Placed 10th at the Stegemoller Classic with an 8k time of 30:55...also finished 57th at the GLVC Championships with a time of 37:01. INDOOR TRACK: Competed in the 3,000 and 5,000 meter runs...posted a top 3,000-meter time of 9:29.71 at the GLVC Championships...recorded a season-best 5,000-meter time of 16:16.14 at the GLIAC/GLVC Challenge. 0UTDOOR TRACK: Ran the 5,000 meters at the Little State Championships in 16:41.05...posted a top-time in the 10,000 meters (34:37.70) at the GLVC Championships.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Harrison High School.


WES WERNER
Senior
Mt. Vernon, Indiana (Mt. Vernon)
Major: Business
Education

2004-05
CROSS COUNTRY:
Finished 74th at the GLVC Championships with an 8k time of 29:09.50...had a season-best 8k time of 28:29.14 at the University of Evansville Invitational. INDOOR TRACK: Finished 27th at the GLVC Championships with a season-best 800-meter time of 2:19.08...posted a season-best time in the 3,000 meters of 10:12.41 at the McDonald's Invitational...ran the 5,000 meters at the DePauw Invitational in a season-best 17:35.90. OUTDOOR TRACK: Did not compete.

2003-04
CROSS COUNTRY:
Finished 67th at the GLVC Championships with a 10k time of 36:40.80...posted a top 8k time of 28:46.39 at the Evansville Invitational. INDOOR TRACK: Did not compete. OUTDOOR TRACK: Did not compete.

2002-03
CROSS COUNTRY:
Did not compete. INDOOR TRACK: Did not compete. OUTDOOR TRACK: Competed in the 5,000 meters, recording a top time of 16:58.68 at the Washington University Invitational.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Mt. Vernon High School in Mt. Vernon, Indiana, where he earned All-Big 8 honors in cross country and track and field...member of three Big 8 Conference championship teams in cross country and two Big 8 Conference championship teams in track and field.


NEWCOMERS

REY ALVAREZ
Junior

Danville, Illinois (Danville/Rend Lake)
Major: Psycology

TRANSFER: Transferred from Rend Lake Community College where he was a 10-time All-American and RLCC's top finisher, placing sixth overall, for the 2003 NJCAA National Championship cross country team...also finished 16th at the 2004 NJCAA Division I National Cross Country Championships to earn his second All-America award and help the Warriors to a third-place finish...has a personal-best of 25:02 in the 8k...recorded four All-America awards in indoor track and four more All-America awards in outdoor track...top indoor finish of second in the 5,000 meters at the 2005 NJCAA Indoor Championships and top outdoor finish of sixth in both the 5,000 meters and 10,000 meters at the 2004 NJCAA II Outdoor Championships. HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Danville High School. PERSONAL: Is a Golden Gloves boxer.


THOMAS BRACKEN
Freshman

Frankfort, Indiana (Frankfort)
Major: Undecided

2006: Will compete in track and field only, mainly in the sprinting events.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Frankfort High School in Frankfort, Indiana.


PATTERSON BURKS
Freshman

Indianapolis, Indiana (Bishop Chatard)
Major: Business Administration

2006: Will compete in track and field only, mainly in the sprinting events.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Bishop Chatard High School in Indianapolis, Indiana.


CHADWICK HORTY
Freshman

Indianapolis, Indiana (Roncalli)
Major: Marketing

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Roncalli High School in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he earned five varsity letters in cross country and track...earned All-Section and All-Region honors in cross country, running a personal-best 5k time of 16:23...has personal-bests in the two-mile of 9:57 and the mile of 4:35.


AUSTIN INGE
Freshman

Ossian, Indiana (Concordia Lutheran)
Major: Communication Studies

2006: Will compete in track and field only, mainly in the sprinting events.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Concordia Lutheran High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana.


ANDREW JELLEMA
Freshman

Dyer, Illinois (Illiana Christian)
Major:
Physical Education

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Illiana Christian High School in Lansing, Illinois, where he led his cross country team to four regional championships and his track and field team to three conference and sectional titles...won three straight regional cross country titles and has a personal-best of 4:24 in the 1,600 meters and 15:20 in the three-mile run...also has a personal-best in the 3,200 meters of 9:45.
 


PAUL JELLEMA
Sophomore

Dyer, Illinois (Illiana Christian/S. Suburban)
Major: Mathematics

TRANSFER: At South Suburban College-Transferred from South Suburban College where he did not compete. At University of Illinois-Signed with the University of Illinois out of high school but injuries kept him out of competition during his freshman year...transferred to SSC after one year at Illinois. HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Illiana Christian High School in Lansing, Illinois, where he won two IHSA Class A Cross Country Championships...his state championship winning time of 14:32 was 15 seconds faster than the field and the second-fastest time ever recorded at the state championship...was only the 11th runner in Illinois history to win a pair of state cross country championships...was a three-time conference and regional cross country champion...in track and field, he won the state championship in the 3,200 meters while winning conference and sectionals twice in that event...his personal-best in the 3,200 meters is nine minutes, 20 seconds.


MATT JOHNSON
Freshman

Bloomington, Indiana (Bloomington)
Major: Biology

2006: Will compete in track and field only, mainly in the sprinting and fielding events.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Bloomington High School in Bloomington, Indiana.


BRANDON JONES
Freshman

Ft. Wayne, Indiana (Concordia Lutheran)
Major: Psychology

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Concordia Lutheran High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana.


CHRIS KIRKWOOD
Freshman

Bicknell, Indiana (North Knox)
Major: Biology

2006: Will compete in track and field only, mainly in the jumping events.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from North Knox High School.


GREG LISH
Freshman

Indianapolis, Indiana (Ben Davis)
Major: Engineering

2006: Will compete in track and field only, mainly in the sprinting events.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis, Indiana.


TRISTAN MANNIX
Junior
(Cross Country)
Sophomore (Track)
Crothersville, Indiana (Graceland Christian/IU-Southeast)
Major: Sociology

TRANSFER: Transferred from Indiana University-Southeast where he earned two varsity letters in cross country. HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Graceland Christian High School in New Albany, Indiana, where he earned eight varsity letters in cross country and track...was the cross country team's most valuable runner as a freshman, junior, and senior as well as the track team's most valuable runner as a junior and senior...set three school records in track.


COREY PUCKETT
Freshman

Greencastle, Indiana
Major: Undecided

2006: Will compete in track and field only, mainly in the sprinting events.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from South Putnam High School. PERSONAL: Full name is Andrew Corey Puckett.


JOE RAYMAN
Freshman
West Lafayette, Indiana (W. Lafayette)
Major:
Engineering

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from West Lafayette High School where he earned 10 varsity letters in cross country, soccer, and track...earned All-State honors in cross country as a senior this past fall and was a four-time All-Conference performer in the same sport...he qualified for state three times...was a three-time All-Conference honoree entering his senior season in track and has run the 3,200 meters in a personal-best nine minutes, 28 seconds...also earned All-Area and All-Conference honors on the soccer field...his efforts have led WLHS’s cross country team to four conference titles as well as a sectional and semi-state championship in 2003...also helped lead WLHS’s soccer team to a sectional and regional championship in 2003 and its track and field team to three conference titles...a sectional and regional champion in cross country, set a school-record in the 5k, running the course in 15 minutes, 41 seconds.


TAYLOR SELLERS
Freshman

Mt. Vernon, Indiana (Mt. Vernon)
Major: Biology

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Mt. Vernon, Indiana, in Mt. Vernon, Indiana, where he was a member of four Big 8 Conference championship squads in track and cross country...also helped MVHS's cross country team to three sectional and regional titles as well as a semi-state title in 2003...finished fifth in the 800 at the IHSAA State Championship meet as a senior in 2005...earned All-State honors...was the Big 8 champion in the 800 meters twice as well as the sectional and regional champion in the 800 meters as a senior in 2005...has a personal-best in the 800 of 1:54.55 and the 400 meters of 51.5 seconds...hovered around the 16:30 mark in the 5k...also earned the Senior Award at MVHS...named the Elks Student of the Year.


TIM SIRBEK
Freshman
Hammond, Indiana (Oliver Morton)
Major: Biology

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Oliver Morton High School where he earned nine varsity letters in tennis, swimming, track, and cross country... was undefeated as a senior in the 3,200 meters, capturing the state title with a time of 9:08...three-time All-Conference performer in cross country and two-time All-Conference performer in track...was named the Northwest Post Tribune Runner of the Year and was a first-team All-Area performer in 2003 and 2004...two-time All-State cross country performer and finished 10th at the IHSAA State Championships in 2003 and seventh at the state meet in 2004...was the conference, sectional, and regional champion in the 3,200 meters during the 2004 track season and was the conference, sectional, regional, and semi-state champion in cross country this as a senior in the fall of 2004...holds school records in the 3,200 meters (9:29) and 5,000 meters (15:29) and recorded his best 800 meter time (1:58) as part of the school-record 4x800-meter relay team.


BEN WERLING
Freshman

Indianapolis, Indiana (Pike)
Major: Exercise Science

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Pike High School in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he earned eight varsity letters in cross country, track, and swimming.


BRANDON WOOD
Freshman

Corydon, Indiana (Corydon Central)
Major: Economics

2006: Will compete in track and field only, mainly in the sprinting and jumping events.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Corydon Central High School in Corydon, Indiana. PERSONAL: First name is Gerhardt.


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