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November 19, 2005
Eagle runners end season with disappointing finishes
CHINO, Calif.—The University of Southern Indiana men's cross country team finished 16th Saturday at the NCAA Division II Championships, while the USI women's cross country team finished 23rd.
Senior Heather Cooksey (Brownsburg, Indiana) was in 10th place with approximately 200 meters left in the 6k women's race, but collapsed. She got up and walked about 50 meters, but fell again before being taken out of the race.
Junior Missy Burgin (Sellersburg, Indiana) also was ill Saturday and was unable to finish the race. Freshman Allison Shafer (Plainville, Indiana) was USI's top finisher, placing 83rd with a time of 23:48.50. The women finished with a team score of 539.
Adams State College won the team title, while Grand Valley State University's Mandi Zemba won the individual title.
Like the women's squad, the men's squad also was hampered by illness. Senior Jesse Davis (Bloomington, Indiana) started the race, but was unable to finish, while junior Rey Alvarez (Danville, Illinois) had a sub-par performance as he finished 115th with a 10k time of 35:18.50.
Senior David Tyler (Evansville, Indiana) led the men's squad. Tyler finished 41st with a time of 33:05.00. The men finished with a team score of 425.
Western State College won the team title, while Abilene Christian University's sophomore Nicodemus Naimadu won the individual title for the second straight season.
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