June 10, 2002
USI women’s cross country/track and field signs two runners
The University of Southern Indiana women’s cross country/track and field team announced that Jessica Jones (Rockport, Indiana) and Laura Schutte (Guilford, Indiana) have signed national letters of intent for the 2002-03 academic year. They bring the total number of runners to sign with Head Coach Mike Hillyard’s Screaming Eagles this spring to eight.
A four-time most valuable runner for South Spencer High School’s cross country team, Jones was an honorable mention All-State selection in cross country and a member of the 2000 Pocket Athletic Conference champions. Jones also was a one-time most valuable runner for SSHS’s track team.
In addition to her athletic accomplishments, Jones has excelled in the classroom where she was an honor roll student and a member of Who’s Who Among American High School Students. Her academic accomplishments combined with her athletic accomplishments earned her Academic All-State.
Jones earned eight varsity letters in cross country, swimming, and track. She was a three-year member of the Beta Club, Spirit Club, and FCA.
“Jessica has certainly raised the bar for the cross country program at South Spencer,” Hillyard stated. “We are always excited to sign local talent, especially a late bloomer like Jessica. She will prove to be a strong addition to our program, maybe not immediately, but in the near future.”
Schutte also brings an impressive resume to USI’s women’s squad. She was the 2001 cross country regional champion as well as the 2000 track sectional champion in the 1,600 meter run. Schutte also earned second-team All-State honors in 2000 and first-team All-State honors in 2001, both of which came in cross country.
After earning the 1999 Twister Award in cross country, Schutte came back in 2000 to win the Rookie Award and most improved runner award in track as well as the most valuable runner award in cross country.
She followed that season with another most valuable runner award in cross country and a most valuable runner award in track. A seven time letter winner in cross country and track, Schutte also performed well in the classroom, earning honor roll honors in each of her four years at Oldenburg Academy.
“Laura may be the best recruit we have signed in a few years,” Hillyard explained. “She is has an abundance of God-given talent, is very level-headed, and has a tremendous work ethic. She should be among our top three runners this fall.”
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