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September 29, 2007

Eagles run to eighth-place finish


LOUISVILLE, Ky.The No. 10 University of Southern Indiana men's cross country team finished eighth out of 36 times in the Gold competition of the Greater Louisville Classic Saturday morning.

USI, which was the top NCAA II team in the race, finished with 250 points behind the strong performance of senior Paul Jellema (Dyer, Indiana). Jellema finished 19th with an 8k time of 24 minutes, 34.57 seconds.

Paul Jellema

Jellema's time was the best 8k time in the GLVC this season and ranks him sixth all-time at USI in the 8k.

Tim Sirbek

Junior Tim Sirbek (Hammond, Indiana), who has been out with a leg injury, returned to the Screaming Eagles' lineup to place 47th with an 8k time of 25 minutes, 6.44 seconds. Senior Rey Alvarez (Danville, Indiana) finished 50th with an 8k time of 25 minutes, 9.73 seconds.

USI also had five competitors compete in the Blue competition. The Eagles placed sixth out of 15 teams with a score of 184 points. Freshman Derrek Thomas (Elkhart, Indiana) led the squad with a 28th-place finish and an 8k time of 27 minutes, 27.16 seconds.

The Eagles return to action Friday when they compete at the Millikin Challenge in Decatur, Illinois.

Dan McDonnell,
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