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June 14, 2005
Eagles ink twin All-Americans
EVANSVILLE, Ind.—The University of Southern Indiana men’s cross country/track and field team announced that juniors Rey and Ricky Alvarez (Danville, Illinois) have signed national letters of intent to compete for Head Coach Mike Hillyard’s Screaming Eagles in 2005-06. They are the fifth and sixth runners and the second brother tandem to sign with Hillyard’s Eagles for the upcoming campaign.
Graduates of Danville High School, both transfer from Rend Lake Community College where they led the Warriors to the 2003 NJCAA Division II National Cross Country Championship.
“Ricky and Rey Alvarez will be among the top runners in the Great Lakes Region,” Hillyard predicted. “Their credentials are already impressive enough to consider both of them legitimate contenders for the individual title in the GLVC. They will bring a wealth of experience to the team as they have both competed successfully on a national stage at the junior college level.”
A 10-time All-American, Rey Alvarez was RLCC’s top finisher for the 2003 National Championship team, finishing sixth overall. He also finished 16th at the 2004 NJCAA Division I National Cross Country Championships to earn his second All-America award and help the Warriors to a third-place finish.
On the track, Rey Alvarez recorded four All-America awards during the indoor seasons and four more during the outdoor seasons. His top indoor finish came this past winter when he placed second in the 5,000 meters at the NJCAA Indoor Championships while his top outdoor finish was in 2004 when he placed sixth in both the 5,000 and 10,000 meters at the NJCAA II Outdoor Championships.
Ricky Alvarez, who did not compete this past spring, earned five All-America honors as a freshman in 2003-04. He finished 10th at the 2003 NJCAA II Cross Country Championships before recording 11th-place finishes in both the mile and the 3,000 meters at the 2004 NJCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. He finished eighth in the 1,500 meters and helped RLCC’s 4x800-meter relay team to a second-place finish at the 2004 NJCAA II Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
“Rey and Ricky are both Gold Gloves boxers, which says a lot about their level of athleticism, dedication, and toughness,” Hillyard explained. “They are very hard working, tough-as-nails kids. Our entire team is extremely excited to have the Alvarez brothers on board.”
The Alvarez brothers join junior Paul Jellema (Dyer, Indiana) as well as freshmen Andrew Jellema (Dyer, Indiana), Joe Rayman (West Lafayette, Indiana), and Tim Sirberk (Hammond, Indiana) on USI’s 2005-06 newcomer list.
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