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February 23, 2003
USI track and field performs well at DePauw Classic
The University of Southern Indiana womenís track and field team finished sixth and the menís team finished seventh Saturday at the DePauw Classic in Greencastle, Indiana. The women were aided by three first-place finishers while the men had the top five finishers in the 3,000 meters.
On the womenís side, freshman distance runner Heather Cooksey (Brownsburg, Indiana) and junior distance runner Jenny Farmer (Princeton, Indiana) posted NCAA Division II provisional qualifying marks in the mile. Cooksey strengthened her mark from last week by finishing first in the mile with time of 5:00.07. Farmerís 5:04.19 in the mile marked the second event she has recorded a provisional time in. She finished third in the event.
Freshman middle distance runner Sunny Hipple (Corydon, Indiana) finished first in the 600 meters with a time of 1:43.49. It is the first time in Hippleís collegiate career that she has recorded a top finish.
Fellow classmate Abby Boberg (Bicknell, Indiana) finished first in the high jump, despite jumping 5-feet 4.25-inches. It marked the fourth time this season that Boberg has recorded a first-place finish.
Other top finishers on the womenís side included freshman middle distance runner/high jumper Ashleigh Griechen (Valparaiso, Indiana) and sophomore distance runner Cassie Bartelt (Huntingburg, Indiana). Griechen finished third in the 600 meters (1:45.20) and the high jump (5-feet 2.25-inches) while Bartelt finished fourth in the 1,500 meters with a time of 5:04.23.
Sophomore menís runner Doug Schwartz (Centralia, Illinois) led the Screaming Eagles in the 3,000 meters with a first-place and meet-record time of 8:35.29. Junior Joey Byrne (Georgetown, Indiana) and freshman Eric Fleming (Valparaiso, Indiana) finished second and third, respectively, in the 3,000 meters while junior Mark Thurner (Hebron, Indiana) and freshman Jake England (Valparaiso, Indiana) rounded out the top five in the event. Byrneís, Flemingís, and Thurnerís times all surpassed the former meet record of 8:52.34.
Other top five finishers for the menís squad included freshman sprinter Brad Orndorff (Greenfield, Indiana) and freshman middle distance runner Brian Hartsell (Valparaiso, Indiana). Orndorff finished third in the 55-meter hurdles with a finalsí time of 8.34-seconds while Hartsell finished fifth in the 800 with a time of 2:05.35.
The Eagles will compete in the Great Lakes Valley Conference Championships in Kenosha, Wisconsin, next Saturday, March 1. The NCAA II Championships are slated for Friday and Saturday, March 7-8, in Boston, Massachusetts.
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