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Men's Cross Country/Track and Field

February 23, 2002

USI's Farmer wins mile at GLVC Championships,
Byrne earns All-GLVC in 5,000 meters

University of Southern Indiana women's track and field junior distance runner Jenny Farmer (Princeton, Indiana) Great Lakes Valley Conference championship in the mile this afternoon at the GLVC Indoor Track and Field Championships in Romeoville, Indiana. Farmer qualified as a provisional for the NCAA Division II National Championship meet after running 5:00.49 in the event.

The USI women's team finished sixth overall at the meet while the men finished fifth.

On the men's side, sophomore distance runner Joey Byrne (Georgetown, Indiana) earned All-GLVC after finishing second in the 5,000 meter run. Byrne ran 15:21.57 in the event and scored eight points for the Eagles.

Byrne and sophomore distance runner Doug Schwartz (Centralia, Illinois) narrowly missed earning all-conference honors in the 3,000 meters and the mile run, respectively. Schwartz finished third in the mile after running a 4:21.73 while Byrne finished third in the 3,000 meters after running an 8:51.75.

Junior distance runner Mark Thurner (Hebron, Indiana) was right on Byrne's heels in the 3,000 meters, finishing fourth with a time of 8:51.98.

The Eagles will open their outdoor season Friday, March 22, at the Washington University Mini-Meet in St. Louis, Missouri. The NCAA II Indoor National meet will take place Friday, March 8, through Saturday, March 9.

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