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September 15, 2004
USI runners ready to defend Little State titles
The University of Southern Indiana menís and womenís cross country teams will be looking to defend their Little State Championships Friday evening when they compete in the Indiana Intercollegiate in West Lafayette, Indiana.
USI, which is ranked 18th in the menís national rankings and 13th in the womenís national rankings, finished sixth in the womenís overall and third in the menís overall at the 2003 Indiana Intercollegiate.
Junior Heather Cooksey (Brownsburg, Indiana) is a favorite to win the womenís overall individual title Friday. Cooksey, who is coming off a victory at the University of Evansville Early Bird Invitational, has won 16 of the last 19 races she has competed in dating back to the start of the indoor track and field season last January.
The menís squad is led by senior Doug Schwartz (Centralia, Illinois) as well as juniors Jesse Davis (Bloomington, Indiana) and Rob Garwood (Columbus, Indiana). Schwartz was second at the UE Early Bird Invitational, while Garwood and Davis were third and fourth, respectively.
USI will return home September 25 to host the Stegemoller Classic.
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