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Women's Cross Country/Track and Field

March 13, 2004

Cooksey finishes third at nationals

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BOSTON, Mass.—University of Southern Indiana women’s track and field sophomore runner Heather Cooksey (Brownsburg, Indiana) finished third in the mile Saturday at the NCAA II Indoor Championships at the Reggie Lewis Center to earn All-America honors.

It marks the third time that Cooksey has earned All-America honors. She earned a pair of All-America honors during the outdoor season as a freshman last year with her second-place performances in the 3,000 and 5,000 meters at the outdoor national championships.

Cooksey ran the race in a school-record shattering 4:46.44. She set the old record at the Hoosier Hills Invitational earlier in the season.

Cooksey is the second Screaming Eagle in consecutive days to earn All-America honors. She joins freshman jumper/sprinter Candace Perry (Anderson, Indiana), who finished sixth in the long jump on Friday with a mark of 18 feet, 7 ¾ inches.

Eagles finish 15th at nationals

BOSTON, Mass.—Behind the All-American performances from sophomore runner Heather Cooksey (Brownsburg, Indiana) and freshman jumper/sprinter Candace Perry (Anderson, Indiana), the University of Southern Indiana women’s track and field team finished in a tie for 15th at the NCAA II Indoor Championships at the Reggie Lewis Center.

Cooksey finished third in the mile to pick up six points for the Screaming Eagles, while Perry’s third place performance gave USI an additional three points for a final team total of nine.

Lincoln University finished first with a total of 64 points. USI was just three points away from a top 10 finish.

The Eagles will open the outdoor season Saturday, March 27, at the Gerald England Invitational in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Dan McDonnell,
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