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November 08, 2008

Eagles advance to nationals,
Phillips, Devine earn All-Region honors

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BIG RAPIDS, Mich.The No. 10 University of Southern Indiana men's cross country team punched its ticket to the NCAA Division II National Championships Saturday as it finished in a tie for second at the NCAA II Midwest Region Championships.

USI had two runners finish in the top 10 as the Screaming Eagles finished with 102 team points and qualified for the national meet for the fourth straight year.

Bryan Phillips

Brendan Devine

Senior Bryan Phillips (Kokomo, Indiana) led the Eagles with a fourth-place finish and a 10k time of 32 minutes, 7.70 seconds. Freshman Brendan Devine (Bethel, New York) joined Phillips in the top 10 as he placed ninth with a time of 32 minutes, 26.10 seconds.

Both Phillips and Devine earned All-Region honors with their performances.

Freshman Dustin Emerick (Elmwood, Illinois), who was USI's top finisher in all but one meet heading into Saturday's regional meet, finished 24th, while sophomore Andrew Dixon (Petersburg, Indiana) was 29th. Senior Robert Roads (Terre Haute, Indiana) placed 36th, while junior Brandon Campbell (Portage, Indiana) and freshman David Goodman (Valparaiso, Indiana) rounded out the Eagles' competitors with 52nd and 65th-place finishes, respectively.

No. 9 Grand Valley State University had 45 points to win its seventh straight regional title, while No. 17 Wayne State University matched the Eagles' point total to tie for second. Ashland University finished fourth to round out the Midwest Region's team qualifiers, while Grand Valley State's Chris Hammer won the meet with a time of 31 minutes, 52.80 seconds.

No. 23 Drury University's Jaime Villa Zapatero and Hillsdale College's Tim Jagielski were the Midwest Region's individual qualifiers with second and sixth-place finishes, respectively.

The Eagles will try for their second straight top-10 finish at the NCAA II National Championships November 22 in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania.

Dan McDonnell,
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