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MELISSA BURGIN
Junior
Sellersburg, Indiana (New Albany)
MAJOR: Public Relations & Advertising

2004-05
CROSS COUNTRY: Ran number two for the Eagles in all but one race...earned All-GLVC honors for the second straight season after finishing sixth at the GLVC Championships with a season-best 6k time of 22:51.69...had a season-best 5k time of 17:59.43 at the University of Evansville Invitational...earned Academic All-GLVC honors. INDOOR TRACK: Earned All-America honors after helping USI's Distance Medley Relay team to a fifth-place finish at the NCAA II Championships and a school-record time of 11:46.29...also helped USI's DMR team to three first-place finishes, including a GLVC Championship...earned All-GLVC honors in the DMR as well...finished fourth at the GLVC Championships in the 5,000 meters with a season-best time of 18:27.89...posted a season-best time of 10:42.67 in the 3,000 meters at the Rose-Hulman Invitational...also competed in the 1,000 meters at the Rose-Hulman Invitational, finishing first with a season-best time of 3:09.64...posted a season-best 800-meter time of 2:26.43 and a season-best mile time of 5:19.00 at the McDonald's Invitational. OUTDOOR TRACK: Had a break-through season in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, winning the conference championship and qualifying for the NCAA II Championships where she finished 15th...won three titles in the steeplechase and posted a school-record time of 10:54.51 at the Stan Lyons Invitational...also won a conference title in the 5,000 meters with a season-best time of 17:43.28...earned All-GLVC honors in both the steeplechase and 5,000 meters...posted a top 3,000-meter time of 10:16.48 at the Vanderbilt Invitational...earned Academic All-GLVC honors.

2003-04
CROSS COUNTRY: Earned GLVC "Freshman of the Year" as well as All-GLVC honors after finishing ninth at the GLVC Championships...had a season-best 6k time of 23:10.60 at the NCAA II Great Lakes Regional Championships...had a season-best 5k time of 19:11.00 and finish of 7th at the Indiana Intercollegiate Little State Championships. INDOOR TRACK: Competed in the mile, 3,000 meters, and 5,000 meters...finished first in the 3,000 meters at the Tiger Invitational with a season-best time of 10:39.04...had a season-best mile time of 5:36.43 at the Hoosier Hills Invitational and a season-best 5,000-meter time of 18:40.53...finished third in the 5,000 meters and sixth in the 3,000 meters at the GLVC Championships. OUTDOOR TRACK: Competed in the 3,000 meters, the 3,000-meter steeplechase, and the 5,000 meters...took first place in the steeplechase at the Gerald England Invitational...finished seventh at the GLVC Championships in the 3,000 meters with a season-best time of 10:43.32...also finished fourth in the steeplechase at the GLVC Championships with a season-best time of 11:44.93...had a top time in the 5,000 meters of 19:43.82 at the Cardinal Open.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from New Albany High School where she was a three-time All-Hoosier Hills Conference performer and member of the 1999 All-State team...helped NAHS's cross country team to a pair of conference championships, four sectional championships, three regional championships, and a semi-state title...also helped NAHS track and field team to three sectional titles...eight time letter winner in cross country and track and field...Hoosier Hills Conference Champion in cross country...member of the National Honor Society...has been involved with several organizations, including the German Club, Spirit Club, and Student Council.


NATALIE CLARK
Junior
Newburgh, Indiana (Castle)
MAJOR: Health Services

2005
INDOOR TRACK: Earned All-America honors after running the 400-meter leg of USI's Distance Medley Relay team that finished fifth at the NCAA II Championships with a school-record time of 11:46.29...also helped USI's DMR team to three first-place finishes, including a conference title at the GLVC Championships...earned All-GLVC honors in the DMR...won the 200 and 400 meters at the Rose-Hulman Invitational...posted a school-record in the 400 with her time of 59.80 seconds...also broke a school-record in the 200 meters, running the event in 26.66 seconds at the Hoosier Relays...finished eighth in the 400 meters at the GLVC Championships with a time of 60.02 seconds...also competed on USI's 4x200 and 4x400-meter relay teams. OUTDOOR TRACK: Finished fourth in the 400 meters and 10th in the 200 meters at the GLVC Championships, posting season-best times of 57.18 seconds in the 400 and 25.46 seconds in the 200...helped USI's 4x100-meter relay team to an eighth-place finish at the Little State Championships...earned Academic All-GLVC honors.

2004
INDOOR TRACK: Earned Academic All-GLVC honors...recorded school records in the 55, 200, and 400 meters...had a season-best 55-meter time of 7.46 seconds in the prelims of the GLVC Championships...finished 12th in the 55 meters at the GLVC Championships...finished second in both the 55 and 200 meters at the Rose-Hulman Invitational...had a season-best 200-meter time of 26.94 seconds at the Tiger Invitational...finished 6th at the GLVC Championships in the 400 meters with a season-best time of 59.95 seconds...also competed in USI's 4x200 and 4x400-meter relay teams as well as its Distance Medley Relay team (DMR)...helped USI take first-place in the 4x400 at the Rose-Hulman Invitational...also helped the Eagles to a first-place finish in the DMR at the Tiger Invitational...helped her relay teams to school-record performances in the 4x200 and 4x400 meters. OUTDOOR TRACK: Became the first sprinter in USI history to earn All-GLVC honors when she finished second in the 400 meters at the GLVC Championships...also became the first sprinter in USI history to post a provisional qualifying time with her season-best and school-record 400-meter time of 56.25 seconds at the league meet...became USI's first competitor to win a sprinting event with her first-place finish in the 400 meters at the Washington University Invitational...also finished first in the 400 meters at the Indiana Intercollegiate Little State Championships...recorded school records in the 200 meters (:25.24) and 100 meters (:12.72)...finished eighth in the 200 meters at the GLVC Championships...helped USI to school records in the 4x100 and 4x400 meters.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Castle High School where she earned four varsity letters in basketball and track and field...member of CHS's 2003 4x400-meter relay team that finished ninth at the 2003 IHSAA Track and Field Championships...ran the 100 meters in :12.4, the 200 meters in :25:87, and the 400 meters in 57.0...helped CHS to a pair of SIAC, sectional, and regional championships.


HEATHER COOKSEY
Senior
Brownsburg, Indiana (Brownsburg)
MAJOR: Business Administration

Overall
Heading into the 2005-06 season, Heather Cooksey, USI's first female national champion, is a 10-time All-American, 13-time All-GLVC performer, and a two-time All-Region performer. She has finished first a school-record 40 times, including nine GLVC championships and one Great Lakes Regional championship, and holds 17 school records. In addition to being the 2004 GLVC and Great Lakes Region Cross Country Runner of the year, Cooksey was a three-time GLVC "Freshman of the Year", the 2004 Little State Female Track Athlete of the Year, and the 2004 Great Lakes Region Outdoor Track Female Athlete of the Year. Cooksey is the 2004-05 USI/Integra Bank Female Student-Athlete of the Year and also was named the 2004 GLVC Scholar Athlete of the Year for women's track and field as well as the 2004 GLVC Scholar Athlete of the Year for women's cross country. Cooksey is a six-time Academic All-GLVC performer. She was named second-team Academic All-District V in 2004.

2004-05
CROSS COUNTRY: Became the first USI female cross country runner to win the GLVC championship and NCAA II Great Lakes Region championship...finished 17th at the NCAA II Championships and earned All-America honors in cross country for the first time...also earned All-GLVC and All-Great Lakes Region honors...was USI's top finisher in every race, taking home individual titles in five meets...finished no lower than fifth in all but one meet...set a school-record in the 5k (17:12.86) at the University of Evansville Invitational...also set a school-record in the 6k (21:32.90) at the GLVC Championships...earned Academic All-GLVC honors. INDOOR TRACK: Earned All-America honors in the 5,000 meters as well as the Distance Medley Relay...finished fourth at the NCAA II Championships in the 5,000 meters with an indoor school-record time of 16:39.48...ran the mile leg on USI's DMR team that finished fifth at the NCAA II Championships with a school-record time of 11:46.29...also helped USI's DMR team to three first-place finishes, including a GLVC Championship...earned All-GLVC honors in the mile and the DMR...finished first in four out of the seven individual races she ran, including the mile at the GLVC Championships...posted a season-best mile time of 4:54.56 at the Tyson Invitational as well as a season-best and indoor school-record 800-meter time of 2:14.04 at the McDonald's Invitational...finished no lower than fifth in every race she ran...also competed once for USI's 4x400-meter relay team. OUTDOOR TRACK: Finished third in the 3,000 meters and second in the 5,000 meters at the NCAA II Championships, earning All-America honors in both events...also earned All-GLVC honors in the 800 meters as well as the 1,500 meters...finished first at the league meet in the 3,000 meters and was second at the GLVC Championships in the 800 meters, posting a season-best time of 2:14.49...posted NCAA II automatic qualifying times in the 1,500 meters, the 3,000 meters, and the 5,000 meters and posted an NCAA II provisional qualifying time in the 800 meters...placed first in the 5,000 meters at the Mt. SAC Relays with a school-record time of 16:32.97...also finished first in the 3,000 meters at the Vanderbilt Invitational with a season-best time of 9:32.94...set a school-record in the 1,500 meters, finishing first at the Little State Championships with a time of 4:26.15...earned Academic All-GLVC honors.

2003-04
CROSS COUNTRY: Earned Academic All-GLVC and second-team Academic All-District V honors for both cross country and track and field...earned All-GLVC and All-Region honors...finished third at the GLVC Championships and fifth at the NCAA II Great Lakes Regional Championships...finished 45th at the NCAA II National Championships...recorded a season-best 6k time of 22:11.10 at the regional championships...won the Evansville Invitational with a season-best 5k time of 18:01.03...finished in the top 10 in six races and in the top five in five races...was USI's number one finisher in two meets and USI's number two runner in six races. INDOOR TRACK: Earned All-America honors after finishing third in the mile at the NCAA II Championships with a school-record time of 4:46.44...earned a pair of All-GLVC honors after winning GLVC Championships in the 800 meters and the mile...finished first in eight of the nine individual races she competed in...also qualified, provisionally, for the NCAA II Championships in the 800 meters...had a season-best 800-meter time of 2:16.53 at the GLVC Championships...helped USI's Distance Medley Relay (DMR) team to a first-place performance at the Tiger Invitational and to a second-place performance at the GLVC Championships. OUTDOOR TRACK: Became USI's first female national champion in any sport when she won the 3,000 meters at the NCAA II Championships...finished six seconds faster than the second-place performer at the national championships, finishing the event with a school-record time of 9:32.76...also finished second in the 5,000 meters the following day at the NCAA II Championships...earned two All-America awards for her performances at the NCAA II Championships...named the GLVC Scholar Athlete of the Year for women's track and field as well as the Great Lakes Region Female Track Athlete of the Year...earned All-GLVC honors after winning the GLVC championship in the 3,000 meters...qualified, provisionally, for the NCAA II Championships in four events (800, 1,500, 3,000, and 5,000 meters)...her 3,000-meter time of 9:33.71 at the GLVC Championships was an automatic qualifier...had a season-best 5,000-meter time of 16:46.79 at the Mt. SAC Relays...ran her fastest 1,500-meter time of 4:30.07 at the Gerald England Invitational and her fastest 800-meter time of 2:13.53 came at the Little State Championships where she was named the Indiana Little State Female Track Athlete of the Year...finished first in seven of the nine individual races she competed in.

2002-03
CROSS COUNTRY: Earned GLVC "Freshman of the Year" honors after placing sixth at the GLVC Championships with a season-best 6k time of 22:42.00...also earned All-GLVC honors with her finish at the conference championships...had a season-best 5k time of 18:49.90 at the Louisville Cardinal Classic...earned Academic All-GLVC honors. INDOOR TRACK: Earned GLVC "Freshman of the Year" honors after winning GLVC Championships in the mile and the distance medley relay (DMR)...also earned two All-GLVC awards for performances in the mile and the DMR (USI's DMR team set a school-record with a 12:28.42)...ran the 1,600-meter leg of the DMR...Cooksey's 4:59.09 at the GLVC Championships was a conference meet record...finished 11th in the mile with a school-record time of 4:58.09 at the NCAA II Championships...holds the school-record in the indoor 1,500 meters with a time of 4:44.8...finished first in the mile with a time of 5:00.07 at the DePauw Classic. OUTDOOR TRACK: Along with teammate, Jenny Farmer, Cooksey became the first female competitor in the program's history to earn two All-America honors in the same season...finished second in both the 3,000 meters and the 5,000 meters at the NCAA II Championships...ran the 3,000 meters at the NCAA II Championships in a school-record 9:39.16, less than three-tenths of a second away from winning the national championship...was less than four seconds off the lead in the 5,000 meters at the NCAA II Championships, crossing the finish line in 16:52.31...finished first in the 5,000 meters at the Hillsdale Gina Relays with a school-record time of 16:39.33...completed the sweep of the GLVC "Freshman of the Year" honors, becoming the first USI athlete to win GLVC "Freshman of the Year" honors three times...won the 3,000 meters at the GLVC Championships with a league meet record of 9:48.37...recorded a USI freshman record in the 1,500 meters with a time of 4:42.77 at the Little State Championships...won three championships during the outdoor season...earned Academic All-GLVC honors for track and field.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Brownsburg High School...earned All-State honors in track...ran the 3,200-meters in 10:57 and the 4k in 14:34.


JENNIFER FINCH
Senior (Cross Country/Outdoor Track)
Junior (Indoor Track)
Warsaw, Indiana (Warsaw Community)
MAJOR: Physical Education (Teaching)

2004-05
CROSS COUNTRY: Ran top-seven for the Eagles five times, including top-four in four meets...finished 17th at the GLVC Championships with a season-best 6k time of 23:49.45...was USI's second finisher at the NCAA II Great Lakes Regional Championships, finishing 53rd with a 6k time of 24:15.20...had a season-best 5k time of 18:56.00 at the University of Evansville Invitational...earned Academic All-GLVC honors. INDOOR TRACK: Finished ninth in the 5,000 meters at the GLVC Championships with a time of 19:38.44 after finishing third in the 5,000 meters at the McDonald's Invitational with a season-best time of 19:23.44...had a season-best 3,000-meter time of 10:58.79 at the DePauw Invitational. OUTDOOR TRACK: Competed in the 1,500, 3,000, and 5,000 meters...ran her fastest 1,500 meters in 5:19.53 at the Gatorade Classic and her fastest 3,000 meters in 11:01.86 at the Vanderbilt Invitational...posted her fastest 5,000-meter time of 18:49.39 at the SIU Spring Classic and finished sixth in the 5,000 meters at the GLVC Championships...earned Academic All-GLVC honors.

2003-04
CROSS COUNTRY: Finished 36th at the GLVC Championships with a season-best 6k time of 25:59.30...ran her fastest 5k in 20:36.87 at the Evansville Invitational. INDOOR TRACK: Competed in the 3,000 and 5,000 meters, posting a top 3,000-meter time of 11:20.99 at the Tiger Invitational and a top 5,000-meter time of 20:11.96 at the DePauw Invitational...finished 16th at the GLVC Championships in the 5,000 meters. OUTDOOR TRACK: Competed in the 1,500, 3,000, and 5,000 meters...ran her fastest 1,500 meters in 5:12.13 at the Gerald England Invitational and her fastest 5,000 meters in 19:14.40 at the Little State Championships...posted her fastest 3,000-meter time of 11:13.75 at the Butler Twilight and finished 16th in the 3,000 meters at the GLVC Championships.

2002-03
CROSS COUNTRY:
Saw limited action as a freshman, running in three races...ran her fastest 5k in 20:57.41 at the Saluki Invitational...earned Academic All-GLVC honors. INDOOR TRACK: Redshirted. OUTDOOR TRACK: Competed in the 800 and 1,500 meters...posted a top 800 meter time of 2:47.17 at the Washington Invitational...recorded a season-best 1,500 meter time of 5:21.38 at the Washington Invitational...earned Academic All-GLVC honors.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Warsaw Community High School...earned 11 varsity letters in cross country, swimming, and track and field...posted a personal best of 14:38 in the 4k.


LYDIA FLORA
Senior (Cross Country/Outdoor Track)
Junior (Indoor Track)
North Manchester, Indiana (Manchester)
MAJOR: Dental Hygiene

2004-05
CROSS COUNTRY: Finished 38th at the GLVC Championships with a season-best 6k time of 25:08.52...had a season-best 5k time of 20:14.32 at the University of Evansville Invitational...earned Academic All-GLVC honors. INDOOR TRACK: Did not compete. OUTDOOR TRACK: Finished ninth at the GLVC Championships in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 12:56.50...had a season-best steeplechase time of 12:29.32 at the Vanderbilt Invitational...finished 19th in the 3,000 meters at the GLVC Championships, posting a season-best time of 11:44.60...earned Academic All-GLVC honors.

2003-04
CROSS COUNTRY: Came on late in the season to become a top-seven runner for the Eagles...finished 22nd at the GLVC Championships and recorded a top 6k time of 24:14.70 at the NCAA II Great Lakes Regional Championships...ran the 5k in a season-best 20:21.38 at the Illinois/Missouri Border Wars...earned Academic All-GLVC honors. INDOOR TRACK: Competed in the 3,000 and 5,000 meters...ran her fastest 3,000 meters in 11:38.34 at the Tiger Invitational and her fastest 5,000 meters in 20:15.60 at the DePauw Invitational...finished 15th in the 5,000 meters at the GLVC Championships. OUTDOOR TRACK: Competed in the 1,500 and 3,000 meters as well as the 3,000-meter steeplechase...ran the 1,500 meters in a season-best 5:20.53 at the Gerald England Invitational...finished the 3,000 meters in a season-best 11:37.17 at the Butler Twilight...ran her fastest steeplechase in 12:29.74 at the Little State Championships...finished ninth at the GLVC Championships in the steeplechase...earned Academic All-GLVC honors.

2002-03
CROSS COUNTRY:
Posted a season-best 5k time of 19:55.46 at the Saluki Invitational...finished 33rd at the GLVC Championships with a 6k time of 24:29.00...posted a season-best 6k time of 24:26.70 at the NCAA II Great Lakes Regional...earned Academic All-GLVC honors. INDOOR TRACK: Finished 11th in the mile at the GLVC Championships with a season-best time of 5:45.42. OUTDOOR TRACK: Finished seventh at the GLVC Championships in the 3,000 meter steeplechase with a season-best and USI freshman record time of 12:26.02...earned Academic All-GLVC honors.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Manchester High School in North Manchester, Indiana, where she earned nine letters in track, cross country, swimming, and diving...set the MHS two-mile record with a time of 12:01 and advanced to the regional as a member of the 4 x 800m relay team as a junior.


MOLLY GILLAND
Junior
Osgood, Indiana (Jac-Cen-Del)
MAJOR: Biology

2005
INDOOR TRACK & FIELD: Finished 11th in the high jump at the GLVC Championships with a season-best mark of four feet, 11.75 inches...finished fourth in the high jump at the DePauw Classic. OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD: Was third in the high jump at the Little State Championships with a season-best mark of five feet, 3.0 inches...finished sixth in the high jump at the GLVC Championships...earned Academic All-GLVC honors.

2004
INDOOR TRACK & FIELD: Competed in the hurdles and high jump as a freshman...set a school and freshman-record in the 200-meter hurdles with her time of 32.67 seconds at the GLVC Championships...finished 12th at the league meet in the 200-meter hurdles...finished third at the GLVC Championships with her season-best mark of 5 feet, 5 1/4 inches in the high jump. OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD: Ran the 100-meter hurdles in a season-best 17.37 seconds at the Washington University Invitational...had a season-best mark in the high jump of 5 feet, 3 3/4 inches at the Little State Championships...finished seventh in the high jump at the GLVC Championships...earned Academic All-GLVC honors.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Jac-Cen-Del High School where she earned second-team All-State honors as a senior in 2003...finished fourth in the high jump at the 2003 IHSAA Track and Field Championships with a mark of 5'06.00".


LAURA HELHOWSKI
Senior (Indoor & Outdoor Track)
Hebron, Indiana (Hebron/Indiana)
MAJOR: Exercise Science

2004-05
CROSS COUNTRY: Was a top-five competitor for the Eagles in five races, including a top-three runner in three races...finished 15th at the GLVC Championships with a season-best 6k time of 23:44.44...finished 69th at the NCAA II Great Lakes Regional Championships...competed in just one 5k race, posting a time of 19:40.19 at the Border War Invitational. INDOOR TRACK: Finished 13th in the mile at the GLVC Championships after posting her fastest mile time of the season (5:36.18) at the DePauw Invitational...ran the 800 meters in a season-best 2:39.31 at the Rose-Hulman Invitational...also ran her fastest 1,000-meter time (3:26.96) and 3,000-meter time (11:28.05) at the Rose-Hulman Invitational. OUTDOOR TRACK: Earned All-GLVC honors in the 3,000-meter steeplechase after finishing second in the event at the GLVC Championships with a time of 12:00.38...ran the steeplechase in a season-best 11:53.20 at the Vanderbilt Invitational...finished 12th at the GLVC Championships in the 3,000 meters with a season-best time of 11:11.57...also competed in the 800 and 1,500 meters, posting a season-best 800-meter time of 2:42.67 and a season-best 1,500-meter time of 5:16.96 at the SIU Spring Classic.

2003-04
CROSS COUNTRY: Was a top-five runner for USI in three races and a top-seven runner for the Eagles in five races last season...finished 11th at the GLVC Championships, missing out on All-GLVC honors by one place and less than seven seconds...had a season-best 6k time of 23:52.80 at the NCAA II Great Lakes Regional Championships and a season-best 5k time of 19:23.47 at the Evansville Invitational. INDOOR TRACK: Competed in the mile and the 3,000 meters, posting a top time in the mile of 5:51.51 at the Tiger Invitational and a top time in the 3,000 meters of 11:09.64 at the DePauw Invitational...finished 11th in the 3,000 meters at the GLVC Championships. OUTDOOR TRACK: Competed in the 3,000 and 5,000 meters as well as the 3,000-meter steeplechase...ran her fastest 3,000-meter time of 11:10.52 at the Butler Twilight and her fastest 5,000-meter time of 19:22.90 at the Gerald England Invitational...finished the steeplechase in a season-best 12:01.96 at the Little State Championships.

2002-03
CROSS COUNTRY:
Ran the 5k in a season-best 19:28.30 at the Louisville Cardinal Classic...recorded a top finish of 22nd at the Indiana Intercollegiate...finished 29th at the GLVC Championships with a 6k time of 24:13.00...had a season-best  6k time of 24:12.40 at the NCAA II Great Lakes Regional. INDOOR TRACK: Redshirted. OUTDOOR TRACK: Redshirted.

TRANSFER: Transferring from Indiana University where she posted a season-best 18:33 in the 5k at the Illini Invitational...ran the 6k in 23:39.9 at the Roy Griak Invitational. HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Hebron High School...earned All-State honors in cross country as a junior and finished 21st in the state meet that season...state qualifier in the mile as a sophomore and junior...sectional and regional mile champion and holds sectional record (5:20.0)...Mental Attitude Award winner senior year.


ERIN KUTCOSKY
Junior
West Frankfort, Illinois (Frankfort Community)
MAJOR: Elementary Education

2004-05
CROSS COUNTRY:
Finished 49th at the GLVC Championships with a season-best 6k time of 25:57.01...ran the 5k at the Indiana Intercollegiate in a season-best time of 22:13.00...earned Academic All-GLVC honors. INDOOR TRACK: Finished fourth in the triple jump at the GLVC Championships with a season-best mark of 35 feet, 1.25 inches...finished ninth at the league meet in the long jump with a season-best mark of 15 feet, 11.00 inches...helped USI's 4x200 and 4x400-meter relay teams to fifth-place finishes at the GLVC Championships...also ran the 600 meters at the Hoosier Relays, posting a season-best time of 1:45.08. OUTDOOR TRACK: Had a season-best triple jump mark of 35 feet, 9.25 inches and a season-best long jump mark of 16 feet, 7.00 inches at the Gatorade Classic...also competed for USI's 4x100-meter relay team...earned Academic All-GLVC honors.

2003-04
CROSS COUNTRY:
Did not compete. INDOOR TRACK: Competed mainly in the triple jump as well as the 4x100 and 4x400 relays...had a school-record jump of 35 feet, 6 3/4 inches at the Hoosier Hills Invitational...finished fourth in the triple jump at the GLVC Championships...also finished fifth in the long jump at the league meet with a season-best mark of 16 feet, 11 1/2 inches...finished first in the triple jump at the Rose-Hulman Invitational...also helped USI's 4x400-meter relay team to a first-place performance at Rose-Hulman...member of USI's school-record 4x200 and 4x400 relay teams...also competed in the 55, 200, and 400 meters...ran the 55 meters in 8.00 seconds, the 200 meters in 28.38 seconds, and the 400 meters in 1:03.77. OUTDOOR TRACK: Finished first in the triple jump at the Gerald England Invitational with a school-record leap of 36 feet, 5 inches...also finished first at the Little State Championships and fourth at the GLVC Championships...finished fifth in the long jump at the GLVC Championships with a season-best mark of 16 feet, 7 inches...competed on USI's first-ever 4x100 and outdoor 4x400-meter relay teams...also competed 100 and 400-meter hurdles, recording a top 100-meter hurdle time of 18.58 seconds and a top 400-meter hurdle time of 1:12.65...earned Academic All-GLVC honors.

2002-03
CROSS COUNTRY:
Redshirted. INDOOR TRACK: Redshirted. OUTDOOR TRACK: Redshirted.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Frankfort Community High School...will compete in track for USI, mainly in the sprints, pole vault, long jump, and triple jump...placed sixth in the 2002 Illinois Class A State meet in the triple jump with a personal best of 36' 6".


CARRIE LEIMBERGER
Junior (Cross Country/Outdoor Track)
Sophomore (Indoor Track)
Indianapolis, Indiana (Franklin Central)
MAJOR: Pre-Social Work

2004-05
CROSS COUNTRY:
Finished 47th at the GLVC Championships with a season-best 6k time of 25:50.11...had a season-best 5k time of 20:56.64 at the Border War Invitational. INDOOR TRACK: Did not compete. OUTDOOR TRACK: Competed in the 1,500 and 3,000 meters...finished 15th at the GLVC Championships in the 3,000 meters with a season-best time of 11:21.41 and 15th in the 1,500 meters at the GLVC Championships with a time of 5:19.30...ran the 1,500 meters in a season-best time of 5:11.88 at the Vanderbilt Invitational.

2003-04
CROSS COUNTRY:
Finished 32nd at the GLVC Championships with her only 6k time of 25:34.20...finished 50th at the Indiana Intercollegiate Little State Championships with a season-best 5k time of 20:51.00. INDOOR TRACK: Competed in the 800 meters and the mile, finishing 16th at the GLVC Championships with a season-best 800-meter time of 2:41.64...had a top mile time of 5:58.18 at the DePauw Classic...finished 14th in the mile at the GLVC Championships...also ran the 1,000 meters in 3:34.37 at the Tiger Invitational. OUTDOOR TRACK: Competed in the 800, 1,500, and 3,000 meters...had a season-best 800-meter time of 2:47.94 at the Washington University Invitational and a season-best 1,500-meter time of 5:11.92 at the Gerald England Invitational...finished 19th at the GLVC Championships in the 3,000 meters after running a season-best 11:41.30 at the Butler Twilight.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Franklin Central High School where she earned seven varsity letters in cross country and track and field...helped FCHS to a seventh place finish at the 2000 IHSAA Cross Country Championships, a ninth place finish at the 2001IHSAA Cross Country Championships, and an eighth place finish at the 2002 IHSAA Cross Country Championships...helped FCHS's cross country team to four sectional championships and three regional championships...also helped FCHS's track and field team to three sectional championships...helped her freshman 4x800-meter relay team to a top finish in the county...won the 2002 county championship in cross country...had personal-bests in the 4k of 15:38.0, the 3,200 meters of 12:28.0, the 1,600 meters of 5:18.0, the 800 meters of 2:24.0, and the 400 meters of :66.0.


MEAGAN SCHEIDLER
Sophomore (Cross Country)
Freshman (Indoor/Outdoor Track)
Terre Haute, Indiana (South Vigo)
MAJOR:
Physical Education (Teaching)

2004-05
CROSS COUNTRY:
Ran top-seven for the Eagles in three races as a freshman, but was hampered by injury toward the end of the season...finished 51st at the GLVC Championships...posted a season-best 6k time of 25:14.00 at the Stegemoller Classic...had a season-best 5k time of 19:53.00 at the Indiana Intercollegiate. INDOOR TRACK: Redshirted. OUTDOOR TRACK: Redshirted.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Terre Haute South Vigo High School where she won sectional championships in 2001 and 2002...helped VHS to team championships at sectionals in 2002 and 2003...finished 36th at the IHSAA State Meet in 2002 and has a top 4k time of 15 minutes, 15 seconds...named the Vigo County Outstanding Female runner in 2001 and 2002 and was a member of VHS’s 4x800 relay team that finished 17th at the 2002 IHSAA Track and Field Championships.


STEPHANIE SCHILLING
Sophomore
Moores Hill, Indiana (South Dearborn)
MAJOR: Biology

2004-05
CROSS COUNTRY:
Ran top-seven for the Eagles three times as a freshman...finished 30th at the GLVC Championships with a season-best 6k time of 24:34.84...was 96th at the NCAA II Great Lakes Regional Championships...ran the 5k in a season-best 20:27.35 at the Border War Invitational. INDOOR TRACK: Finished 12th in the 5,000 meters at the GLVC Championships...posted a season-best 5,000-meter time of 19:52.05 at the McDonald's Invitational and a season-best 3,000-meter time of 11:24.00 at the DePauw Invitational. OUTDOOR TRACK: Finished fourth at the GLVC Championships with a season-best 10,000-meter time of 43:06.87...ran the 5,000 meters in a season-best 19:28.40 at the SIU Spring Classic and the 3,000 meters in a season-best 11:35.34 at the Vanderbilt Invitational.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from South Dearborn High School where she was an All-Conference and All-Sectional performer in cross country and track and field...has a personal-best in the 4k of 16:08 and the two-mile of 12:53...earned Academic High Honor Awards and was an Academic All-State honorable mention selection as well as a member of the National Honor Society...earned six varsity letters in cross country and track and field.


JENNA SCHMITT
Sophomore
Evansville, Indiana (Mater Dei)
MAJOR: Pre-Elementary Education

2005
INDOOR TRACK & FIELD:
Finished 13th in the shot put at the GLVC Championships after posting a season-best mark in the event of 32 feet, 11.25 inches at the McDonald's Invitational. OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD: Finished 12th in the shot put at the GLVC Championships and had a season-best mark in the shot put of 31 feet, 2.00 inches at the Little State Championships.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Mater Dei High School.


CASEY SCHNEIDER
Senior (Cross Country/Outdoor Track)
New Salisbury, Indiana (North Harrison)
MAJOR: Physical Education (Teaching)

2004-05
CROSS COUNTRY:
Redshirted. INDOOR TRACK: Earned All-GLVC honors after finishing second in the 5,000 meters at the GLVC Championships...ran the 5,000 meters in a season-best 18:04.88 at the DePauw Invitational and the 3,000 meters in a season-best 10:43.72 at the Hoosier Relays. OUTDOOR TRACK: Redshirted.

2003-04
CROSS COUNTRY:
Was USI's number three runner in six races last season...earned All-Region honors for the second straight season after finishing 11th at the NCAA II Great Lakes Regional Championships with a season-best 6k time of 22:28.00...earned All-GLVC honors for the third straight season after finishing fourth at the GLVC Championships...had a season-best 5k time of 18:50.98 at the Illinois/Missouri Border Wars...earned Academic All-GLVC honors. INDOOR TRACK: Earned All-GLVC honors after finishing second in the 5,000 meters at the GLVC Championships...finished first in the 5,000 meters at the Doug Raymond Invitational with a season-best time of 18:05.37...also finished first in the 5,000 meters at the DePauw Invitational...won the 3,000 meters at the DePauw Classic with a season-best time of 10:31.97...finished fifth in the 3,000 meters at the GLVC Championships. OUTDOOR TRACK: Battled injury to compete in three events during the outdoor season...posted an NCAA II provisional qualifying time (37:30.66) in 10,000 meters at the Hillsdale Relays...posted a top 5,000-meter time of 18:32.47 at the Washington University Invitational...and a top 3,000-meter steeplechase time of 11:54.48 at the Butler Twilight...earned Academic All-GLVC honors.

2002-03
CROSS COUNTRY:
Earned All-GLVC and All-Region honors...was USI's top competitor at the GLVC Championships, finishing third with a season-best 6k time of 22:31.00...finished 15th at the NCAA II Great Lakes Regional with a 6k time of 22:53.30...finished 65th at the NCAA II Championships with a 6k time of 23:32.50...finished third at the Indiana Intercollegiate with a 5k time of 19:23.00...ran a season-best 5k time of 19:03.82 at the Saluki Invitational...ranks fifth all-time at USI in both the 5k and 6k...earned Academic All-GLVC honors. INDOOR TRACK: Battled injuries throughout the indoor season...finished fifth at the GLVC Championships with a 5,000-meter time of 18:19.40...ranks fifth all-time at USI in the indoor 5,000 meters...ran the 3,000 meters in 11:06.65 at the Smith Barney Invitational. OUTDOOR TRACK: Earned All-GLVC honors after winning the conference title in the 10,000 meters with a NCAA II Provisional qualifying time of 37:19.87...finished third in the 3,000 meters at the GLVC Championships with a time of 10:32.46...earned Academic All-GLVC honors for the second consecutive year. 

2001-02
CROSS COUNTRY:
Earned All-GLVC honors after finishing 10th at the GLVC Championships with a 6k time of 23:30...posted a season-best 6k time of 23:00.00...recorded a top 5k time of 18:10.1 at the Indiana Intercollegiate. INDOOR TRACK: Posted USI's fastest 3,000 and 5,000 meter times of the indoor season, running the 3,000 meters at the GLIAC/GLVC Challenge in 10:48.34 and the 5,000 meters at the Cannon IV Classic in 19:07.32...finished 5th in the 5,000 meters at the GLVC Championships with a time of 19:20.49. OUTDOOR TRACK: Earned All-GLVC honors after winning the 5,000 meters at the GLVC Championships with a season-best time and NCAA II provisional qualifying time of 17:58.56...finished second in the 10,000 meters at the Hillsdale Gina Relays with a USI record-shattering 36:36.60...finished 12th in the 10,000 meters at the NCAA II National Championships...recorded a 10:39.24 in her only 3,000-meter run of the outdoor season.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from North Harrison High School in Ramsey, Indiana…two-time Baron Hill Congressional Art Award winner…three-time all-state cross country performer…member of the three-time Mid-Southern Conference team cross country championship team…member of the Indiana All-Star cross country team…member of the 2000 AAU 18-and-under (Kentucky) National Championship cross country team…placed third, sixth, and eighth at the National AAU Cross Country meets…IHSAA State qualifier in the 3200-meter run…Three-time IHSAA sectional champion in 1600 meter run and one-time sectional champion in 3200 meter run.


AMY SHOEMAKER
Junior
Boonville, Indiana (Boonville)
MAJOR:
English

2004-05
CROSS COUNTRY:
Finished 63rd at the GLVC Championships with a 6k time of 27:36.07...posted a top 6k time of 27:21.00 at the Stegemoller Classic and a top 5k time of 21:37.66 at the University of Evansville Invitational...earned Academic All-GLVC honors. INDOOR TRACK: Did not compete. OUTDOOR TRACK: Redshirted.

2003-04
CROSS COUNTRY:
Finished 48th at the GLVC Championships with her only 6k time of 27:01.00...posted a top 5k time of 21:57.50 at the Evansville Invitational...earned Academic All-GLVC honors. INDOOR TRACK: Competed in the mile and the 3,000 meters, posting a top mile time of 6:05.84 at the Tiger Invitational and a top 3,000-meter time of 12:13.74 at the DePauw Invitational...also ran the 1,000 meters in 3:34.17 and the 1,500 meters in 5:28.06. OUTDOOR TRACK: Competed in the 3,000-meter steeplechase as well as the 100 and 400-meter hurdles...finished 10th in the steeplechase at the GLVC Championships with a season-best time of 12:56.71...ran her fastest 100-meter hurdle time (:19.40) at the Little State Championships and her fastest 400-meter hurdle time (1:15.62) at the Washington University Invitational...earned Academic All-GLVC honors.

2002-03
CROSS COUNTRY:
Redshirted. INDOOR TRACK: Redshirted. OUTDOOR TRACK: Finished eighth at the GLVC Championships with a 3,000-meter steeplechase time of 12:31.53...ranks fourth all-time in the 3,000-meter steeplechase...earned Academic All-GLVC honors.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Boonville High School.


BRITTANY STELLHORN
Sophomore (Cross Country)
Freshman (Indoor/Outdoor Track)
Kokomo, Indiana (Western)
MAJOR: Undecided

2004-05
CROSS COUNTRY:
Ran top-seven for the Eagles five times as a freshman, including top-four three times...finished 32nd at the GLVC Championships with a 6k time of 24:49.13...finished 98th at the NCAA II Great Lakes Regional Championships...ran the 6k in a season-best 24:36.00 at the Stegemoller Classic and the 5k in a season-best 20:08.00 at the Indiana Intercollegiate. INDOOR TRACK: Redshirted. OUTDOOR TRACK: Redshirted.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Western High School where she earned eight varsity letters in cross country and track and field...was a member of WHS's 2003 sectional championship team in cross country...was WHS's most valuable runner two consecutive years and has personal-bests in the 4k (15:28), the two-mile (11:50), and the mile (5:50)...was 19th in the 4k at semi-state in 2003 and fourth in the two-mile at regionals in 2003.


CRYSTAL STOCK
Senior (Indoor/Outdoor Track)
Mt. Vernon, Indiana (Mt. Vernon/Evansville)
GRADUATE STUDENT: Social Work

2005
INDOOR TRACK: Earned All-America honors after helping USI's Distance Medley Relay team to a fifth-place finish at the NCAA II Championships and a school-record time of 11:46.29...also helped USI's DMR team to three first-place finishes, including a GLVC Championship...earned All-GLVC honors in the DMR as well...also earned All-GLVC honors in the 3,000 meters after finishing second at the GLVC Championships with a season-best time of 10:19.09...ran the mile in a season-best 5:23.28 at the McDonald's Invitational and the 1,000 meters at the Rose-Hulman Invitational in a season-best 3:10.39. OUTDOOR TRACK: Earned All-America honors in the 3,000 meters after finishing fifth at the NCAA II Championships with a time of 9:54.58...finished first in the 3,000 meters at the Stan Lyons Open with a season-best time of 9:50.91...earned All-GLVC honors in the 3,000 meters after finishing second at the league meet...finished fifth at the GLVC Championships with a time of 4:42.88...ran the 1,500 meters at the Gatorade Classic in a season-best time of 4:39.18...finished first in the 5,000 meters at the Little State Championships and had a season-best 5,000-meter time of 17:35.45 at the SIU Spring Classic...earned Academic All-GLVC honors.

TRANSFER: Transferred from the University of Evansville where she earned her bachelor's degree in psychology...competed in cross country for four seasons...was a three-time All-American for NCAA Division I cross country only schools...was UE's most valuable runner three times and holds UE's 6k record (22:28)...also posted UE's second-fastest 5k time in school history (18:10).

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Mt. Vernon High School where she was the Evansville Runner of the Year twice and was a four-time Indiana state finals qualifier...also was an Indiana All-Star Team runner.


SAMANTHA STRATTON
Sophomore
Brownsburg, Indiana (Brownsburg)
MAJOR: Undecided

2004-05
CROSS COUNTRY:
Did not compete. INDOOR TRACK: Competed in the 800 meters and on USI's 4x400-meter relay team...finished 16th at the GLVC Championships in the 800 and helped USI's 4x400-meter relay team to a 5th-place finish at the league meet...posted a season-best 800-meter time of 2:24.74 at the DePauw Invitational. OUTDOOR TRACK: Finished 11th in the 800 meters at the GLVC Championships with a season-best time of 2:28.62 and 12th in the 1,500 meters at the league meet with a season-best time of 5:06.86.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Brownsburg High School where she earned seven varsity letters in cross country, soccer, swimming, and track and field...has personal bests in the 1,600 meters (5:18), the 800 meters (2:21), the 400 meters (1:01.4), and the long jump (14'10")...helped BHS to state in 2001 and 2002.


Newcomers

SARAH BAYSDEN
Freshman
Shelbyville, Indiana (Shelbyville)
MAJOR: Biology

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Shelbyville High School in Shelbyville, Indiana.


CHRISTY DIXON
Freshman
Owensboro, Kentucky (Owensboro Catholic)
MAJOR:
Biology

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Owensboro Catholic High School where she earned second-team All-State honors as a senior in cross country after earning honorable mention All-State honors in 2001 and 2003... was a four-time state qualifier in cross country, where she was 14th at the Kentucky Class AA Championships and OCHS’s most valuable runner in 2004...has competed in anything from the 200 meters to the 5,000 meters...was a three-time state qualifier in track and finished eighth in the 400 meters at the Kentucky Class AA State Track and Field Championships in 2004 and ninth in the 200 meters at the state meet in 2003.
*Senior season track and field information to come


Kathy Goebel
Freshman
Evansville, Indiana (Mater Dei)
MAJOR: Pre-Elementary Education

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Mater Dei High School where she was a two-time semi-state qualifier in cross country...was third at the city meet with a 4k time of 16 minutes, 20 seconds...also finished third at the SIAC meet, fourth at the sectional meet, and fifth at the regional meet with a 4k time of 15 minutes, 48 seconds...was an eight-time letter winner in cross country and track and field and was a regional qualifier in the 1,600 meters as a junior in 2004...also excelled in the classroom where she was an Academic All-City performer in cross country as well as track and field...was a member of the service club, student council, and Pep Club, while earning awards such as the Kiwanis Award and Leadership Award.
*Senior season track and field information to come


ALICIA HENDRICKSON
Freshman
Anderson, Indiana (Highland)
MAJOR:
Public Relations & Advertising

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Highland High School.


ASHLY HENDRICKSON
Freshman
Anderson, Indiana (Highland)
MAJOR: Business Administration

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Highland High School.


LYNDSAY OVERTON
Freshman
Sellersburg, Indiana (New Albany)
MAJOR:
Pre-Elementary Education

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from New Albany High School where she earned eight varsity letters in cross country and track...became the second female in NAHS history to qualify, individually, for four IHSAA Cross Country Championship meets in 2004...was a two-time All-State and four-time All-Conference performer and finished a career-best 39th as a sophomore at the 2002 State Championship meet...helped her cross country team to sectional championships in 2001 and 2002 as well as a regional championship in 2002...was a high school teammate of USI All-American Missy Burgin...also helped lead NAHS to four sectional titles in track and field as well as a regional runner-up this spring...qualified for the state meet in the 800 meters in 2004, where she finished 15th, and helped the NAHS 3,200-meter relay team to the state meet four times...was a member of the National Honor Society as well as the Student Council and other student organizations.


KATE POWELL
Freshman
Columbus, Indiana (Columbus North)
MAJOR: Exercise Science

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from from Columbus North High School where she earned six varsity letters in cross country and track and field...finished 64th at the IHSAA Cross Country Championships this fall and was All-Conference in 2003 and 2004 in track and field as well as All-State honorable mention as a junior in 2004...her performance at the IHSAA Cross Country Championships helped CNHS to a fifth-place finish...has personal-best times of 15 minutes, 24 seconds in the 4k; five minutes, 39 seconds in the 1,600 meters; and 11 minutes, 57 seconds in the 3,200 meters.
*Senior season track and field information to come


ALLISON SHAFER
Freshman
Plainville, Indiana (North Daviess)
MAJOR: Exercise Science

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from from North Daviess High School where earned eight varsity letters in volleyball, basketball, track, and cross country...was the most valuable distance runner for NDHS’s track team in 2002 and 2003 and helped her cross country team to the South West Indiana Athletic Conference championship last season...also was named MVP of her cross country team three times...was a three-time All-Area MVP in cross country and took the SWIAC championship as a senior in 2004...won conference titles in the 800 meters, 1,600 meters, and 3,200 meters as a junior during the 2004 track and field season...was the 2004 sectional champion in the 3,200 meters.
*Senior season track and field information to come


MARCIA WEFLEN
Freshman
Rossville, Indiana (Rossville)
MAJOR: Pre-Occupational Therapy

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Rossville High School in Rossville, Indiana.


LACY WILLIAMS
Freshman
Haubstadt, Indiana (Gibson Southern)
MAJOR: Pre-Elementary Education

2006: Will compete in track and field only, mainly in the middle distance events.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Gibson Southern High School.


 

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