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April 23, 2005
USI women seventh at Vanderbilt men 14th
Cooksey, Perry dominate field
NASHVILLE, Tenn.óJunior Heather Cooksey (Brownsburg, Indiana) and sophomore Candace Perry (Anderson, Indiana) recorded a pair of first-place finishes to lead the University of Southern Indiana womenís track and field team to a seventh place performance at the Vanderbilt Invitational Friday and Saturday. The women recorded 34 points, while the menís squad record 13 points and finished 14th.
Cooksey recorded her third NCAA II automatic qualifying time of the spring, finishing first in her specialty event, the 3,000 meters, with the nationís top time of nine minutes, 32.94 seconds. She has qualified automatically in the 1,500 meters, where she ranked second in the country as of last week, and the 5,000 meters, where she ranked third in the nation as of last week.
Perry also recorded the nationís top mark in the long jump, leaping 20 feet, 0.25 inches to finish first on Friday. It marked the first time during the outdoor season that the three-time All-American has cracked the 20-foot barrier.
The menís squad was led by freshmen Scott Forbey (Washington, Indiana) and Rob Roads (Terre Haute, Indiana). Forbey finished in a tie for fourth in the pole vault, while Roads was fifth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.
USI will return to action May 6-7 when it competes at the GLVC Championships in Romeoville, Illinois.
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