February 01, 2004
USI women’s track and field records first ever team victory,
Boberg posts provisional qualifier
For the first time in school history, the University of Southern Indiana women’s track and field team has taken home a team championship. The Screaming Eagles did so by winning the Rose-Hulman Eight-Team Invitational Saturday in Terre Haute, Indiana.
USI’s women had five competitors take home six individual championships, while they also won the 4x400-meter relay.
Leading the way for the women’s squad was sophomore high jumper Abby Boberg (Bicknell, Indiana). Boberg, an All-American as a freshman, posted an NCAA II provisional qualifying leap of 5 feet, 6 ½ inches en route to the high jump championship. Freshman Molly Gilland (Osgood, Indiana) was second in the high jump and just missed a provisional jump with a leap of 5 feet, 4 ¼ inches.
Other competitors to win championships for the Eagles, who finished with 117 points, included freshman long jumper Candace Perry (Anderson, Indiana) freshman triple-jumper Erin Kutcosky (West Frankfort, Illinois) and sophomore middle distance/distance runner Heather Cooksey (Brownsburg, Indiana). Perry and Kutcosky each recorded school records in the long jump (17’10.75”) and triple jump (35’00.50”), respectively, while Cooksey won both the 800 and 1,500 meters.
Kutcosky, along with sophomore Sunny Hipple (Corydon, Indiana) and freshmen Lauren Johnson (Carmel, Indiana) and Natalie Clark (Newburgh, Indiana), helped USI’s 4x400-meter relay team set a school-record with a time of 4:15.01. Clark also set a school-record in the 55-meter dash (:07.57).
Freshman Jennifer Finch (Warsaw, Indiana) rounded out USI’s individual champions with a 3,000-meter time of 11:36.62.
In addition to Rose-Hulman, the Eagles also sent junior women’s distance runner Casey Schneider (New Salisbury, Indiana) to compete at the Doug Raymond Invitational in Kent, Ohio. Schneider finished first in the 5,000 meters with a career-best time of 18:05.37.
The Eagles will be in Green Castle, Indiana, next Saturday, February 7, to compete in the Tiger Invitational.
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