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Men's Cross Country/Track and Field

January 23, 2003

USI track and field to open indoor season,
Freshman jumper setting sights high

The University of Southern Indiana track and field team will open its indoor season this Saturday, January 25, as it competes at the Stan Lyons Open in Indianapolis, Indiana. Most of USI’s competitors will be participating in off events, in order to prepare them for upcoming meets, but one USI competitor will be aiming for an NCAA Division II qualifying mark.

Freshman sprinter/high jumper Abby Boberg (Bicknell, Indiana) will be shooting for a qualifying mark in the high jump as she makes her highly anticipated collegiate debut. Boberg was the 12th-ranked high jumper in the nation as a senior last year at North Knox High School. Her personal-best jump of 5’10” is three inches over the preset qualifying mark in Saturday’s meet.

A few records could be threatened this weekend as sophomore distance runner Doug Schwartz (Centralia, Illinois) and freshman distance runner Eric Fleming (Valparaiso, Indiana) are slated to compete in the men’s 800 meters. Schwartz sat out the cross country season last fall while Fleming earned All-Region honors for the Screaming Eagles in the fall.

USI’s top men’s distance runner, junior Joey Byrne (Georgetown, Indiana), will compete in the mile while USI’s top women’s distance runner, junior Jenny Farmer (Princeton, Indiana), will be making a rare appearance in the 800-meter run. Farmer also will compete in the distance medley relay where the women are expected to challenge the existing school record.

Freshman distance runner Heather Cooksey (Brownsburg, Indiana) will anchor the medley relay team. Cooksey was the GLVC “Freshman of the Year” in cross country last fall after finishing sixth in the GLVC Championships.

The Eagles will compete at the Smith-Barney Invitational in Indianapolis, Indiana, next Saturday, February 1.

Dan McDonnell,
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