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October 21, 2006

Men's cross country wins second straight championship

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Paul Jellema

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. The University of Southern Indiana men's cross country team won it second straight GLVC Championship Saturday morning in Edwardsville, Illinois. USI has won three of the last four conference championships and a GLVC-best 14 since the beginning of the meet in 1979.

The Screaming Eagles outscored the rest of the conference by accumulating just 63 points after finishing five of the top 20 runners. Lewis University was second with 72 points.

USI was led by junior Paul Jellema (Dyer, Indiana), who was second with an 8k time of 25:37.47. Jellema, who earned All-GLVC honors for a second straight year, crossed the finish line 16 seconds behind Lewis' Andy Tremble, who won the GLVC title with a time of 25:21.69.

Jellema was joined on the All-GLVC team by sophomore Tim Sirbek (Hammond, Indiana). Sirbek, who was the 2005 GLVC Freshman of the Year, finished eighth with a time of 26:16.45.

The All-GLVC pair was joined in the top 20 by junior Samuel Gebreselassie (Avon, Indiana), who was 14th with a time of 26:30.38 senior Tristan Mannix (Crothersville, Indiana), who was 19th by crossing the line in 26:36.97 and freshman Matt Zielske (Elkhart, Indiana), who placed 20th and had a time of 26:40.22.

USI Head Coach Mike Hillyard was named the GLVC Coach of the Year for a second straight season. Hillyard has been named GLVC Coach of the Year three times for men's cross country and six times overall since taking over the women's programs in 1997 and the men's program in 1998.

The USI men's cross country team resumes racing November 4 in the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional. The regional will be held in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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