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May 19, 2005

Eagles ink brother tandem

EVANSVILLE, Ind.—The University of Southern Indiana men’s cross country/track and field team announced that Paul Jellema (Dyer, Indiana) and Andrew Jellema (Dyer, Indiana) have signed to compete for the Screaming Eagles and Head Coach Mike Hillyard in 2005-06. They are the third and fourth competitors to sign with the men’s cross country/track and field team this spring.

Paul Jellema, who signed a grant-and-aid, transfers from South Suburban College where he did not compete. Jellema graduated from Illiana Christian High School in Lansing, Illinois, where he won two IHSA Class A Cross Country Championships before attending the University of Illinois for a year in 2002-03.

His state championship winning time of 14 minutes, 32 seconds was 15 seconds faster than the field and the second-fastest time ever recorded at the state championship. Jellema, who was only the 11th runner in Illinois history to win a pair of state cross country championships, was a three-time conference and regional cross country champion.

In track and field, he won the state championship in the 3,200 meters while winning conference and sectionals twice in that event. His personal-best in the 3,200 meters is nine minutes, 20 seconds.

Andrew Jellema, who signed a national letter of intent, is a senior at ICHS in Lansing where he has led his cross country team to four regional championships and his track and field team to three conference and sectional titles.

The younger Jellema won three straight regional cross country titles. He has a personal-best of four minutes, 25 seconds in the 1,600 meters and 15 minutes, 20 seconds in the three-mile run.

“We certainly feel fortunate to add such a talented pair to our roster,” Hillyard said. “Paul has been out of competitive running for two years due to injury, but he was one of the most highly sought after recruits in the country out of high school. After recovering from his injuries, he is excited about the opportunity to compete again.

“Andy is just starting to emerge,” Hillyard continued. “He is a three-time All-State performer in cross country and has a good shot to win the 1,600 meters at the Illinois state meet this month.”

The Jellema brothers join incoming freshmen Joe Rayman (West Lafayette, Indiana) and Tim Sirbek (Hammond, Indiana) on USI’s 2005-06 newcomer list.

Dan McDonnell,
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