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Men's Cross Country/Track and Field

September 07, 2002

USI cross country team takes third at Division I meet

Byrne places second as an individual

The University of Southern Indiana menís cross country team took third in the Belmont Cross Country Invitational on Friday. The invitational featured seven Division I menís teams.

All-American junior Joey Byrne (Georgetown, Indiana) was second in the menís race and led the third place menís team with a 5k time of 15:51.55, just over five-seconds out of first behind the University of Alabamaís Peter Kipronoís time of 15:46.43.

Byrne was joined in the top 15 by junior Mark Thurner (Hebron, Indiana) with a seventh place time of 16:08.24 and freshman Eric Fleming (Valparaiso, Indiana) with a 15th place time of 16:36.84.

In the team standings, the Eagles fell to the University of Alabama and Belmont University, but were victorious over Western Kentucky University, the University of Evansville, David Lipscomb University, Vanderbilt University, Austin Peay State University, North Alabama University, and Tennessee State University.

Teams Scores:
1. Alabama 27
2. Belmont 55
3. Southern Indiana 56
4. Western Kentucky 74
5. Evansville 166
6. David Lipscomb 179
7. Vanderbilt 185
8. Austin Peay 207
9. North Alabama 266
10. Tennessee State 300

USI Individual Scores:
Name, Finish/ Time

Joey Byrne (Georgetown, IN), 2nd/15:51.55
Mark Thurner (Hebron, IN), 7th/16:08.24
Eric Fleming (Valparaiso, IN), 15th/16:36.84
Matt Cronch (Valparaiso, IN), 18th/16:40.08
Will Siemers (Bensenville, IN), 19th/16:45.29
Jake England (Valparaiso, IN), 25th/16:55.92
Miles Krieger (Floyds Knobs, IN), 29th/17:00.12
Tim Searcy (New Harmony, IN), 46th/17:41.21
Lance Sluder (Fairbanks, IN), 49th/17:52.09
Brian Kendall (Elizabeth, IN), 53rd/18:01.47
Alan Schulze (Owensville, IN), 57th/18:05.51
Joe Morrison (Shoals, IN), 64th/18:25.55

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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