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Men's Cross Country/Track and Field

January 19, 2006

Eagles open 2006 indoor season Saturday

EVANSVILLE, Ind.—The University of Southern Indiana men's track and field team opens its 2006 indoor season Saturday at the Wabash Alumni Invitational in Crawfordsville, Indiana.

USI's focus this season will be on a deep distance squad, which features six seniors—Jesse Davis (Bloomington, Indiana), Bryan Emerson (Georgetown, Indiana), Jake England (Valparaiso, Indiana), Alan Schulze (Owensville, Indiana), Will Siemers (Bensenville, Illinois), and David Tyler (Evansville, Indiana)—as well as junior Rob Garwood (Columbus, Indiana).

Davis and England were members of the Screaming Eagles' record-setting conference championship distance medley relay team a year ago, while Garwood and Tyler were key factors in USI's race to the GLVC cross country title this past fall. Siemers posted NCAA II provisional qualifying times in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters as a sophomore in 2003.

Head Coach Mike Hillyard, the GLVC Coach of the Year in men's cross country this past fall, also is expecting key contributions from sophomores Sam Gebreselassie (Avon, Indiana) and Doug Higgins (Indianapolis, Indiana) as well as freshmen Brandon Jones (Fort Wayne, Indiana), Andy Jellema (Dyer, Indiana), Joe Rayman (West Lafayette, Indiana), and Taylor Sellers (Mt. Vernon, Indiana).

Gebreselassie and Higgins will compete in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters during the indoor and outdoor seasons, while Rayman will focus on the 3,000 meters during the indoor season and the 5,000 meters during the outdoor campaign. Jones and Sellers will both be big factors in the 800 meters, while Jellema will compete in the 800 meters, the mile, and the 1,500 meters.

Hillyard also is expecting a lot from his sprint and fielding teams, particularly in the high jump where sophomore Scott Forbey (Washington, Indiana) and freshman Chris Kirkwood (Bicknell, Indiana) will provide one of the top one-two punches in the GLVC.

Forbey earned All-GLVC honors in both the indoor and outdoor campaigns after finishing second at the GLVC Indoor and Outdoor Championships. Kirkwood joins USI's track and field team having posted a personal-best in the high jump of six feet, 9.75 inches at North Knox High School.

USI competes in six meets prior to the GLVC Indoor Championships, which takes place February 25 in Crawfordsville, Indiana. The NCAA II Indoor Championships are March 10-11 in Boston, Massachusetts.

The Eagles open the outdoor schedule March 25 at the Spring Classic in Carbondale, Illinois, and compete in six meets prior to the GLVC Outdoor Championships, which takes place May 5-6 in Rensselaer, Indiana. The NCAA II Outdoor Championships are May 25-27 in Emporia, Kansas.

Dan McDonnell,
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