March 11, 2005
Eagles rack up record five All-America honors
Perry third in long jump, DMR fifth with record time
BOSTON, Mass.—The University of Southern Indiana women’s track and field team racked up a record five All-America honors Friday night at the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center.
Sophomore long jumper Candace Perry (Anderson, Indiana) added another All-America award to her name by finishing third in her specialty event, while the Distance Medley Relay team finished fifth with a school-record time of 11 minutes, 46.29 seconds.
Perry recorded two jumps of at least six meters, finishing with a final leap of 19 feet, 9.5 inches (6.04 meters). The three-time All-American was just a quarter-inch from second place and three inches off the winning jump, set by the University of Nebraska-Omaha’s Foluso Makinde.
“Candace’s second jump in the final was a scratch, but it was around 21 feet.” Head Coach Mike Hillyard said. “She was pleased with the way she jumped tonight. The girl that was second (Nebraska-Omaha’s Anastasia Kyvelidou) was on the Greek national team and was named the indoor athlete of the year last night.”
USI’s DMR squad was just 14.23 seconds off Adam State College’s winning time of 11 minutes, 32 seconds. Senior Crystal Stock (Mt. Vernon, Indiana) led the relay off with a 3-minute, 39-second 1,200-meter time, while sophomores Missy Burgin (Sellersburg, Indiana) and Natalie Clark (Newburgh, Indiana) followed with times of 2 minutes, 21 seconds and 57.5 seconds in the 800 and 400-meter legs, respectively.
Junior Heather Cooksey (Brownsburg, Indiana) anchored the relay team with a mile time of four minutes, 47 seconds. All four athletes earned All-America honors with their performances.
“The thing is, if you do what you did to get here you are going to be pretty good,” Hillyard said. “Crystal ran five seconds faster than she ran at the conference meet to lead off in the 1,200 meter (leg) and Heather ran 2.7 seconds faster on the anchor in the mile. Both Missy and Natalie equaled what they ran at conference in the 800 and 400-meter legs.”
With one event left to complete, the Screaming Eagles have racked up 10 team points. Cooksey will run the 5,000 meters Saturday at 3:44 p.m. (CST) and will have a chance to become an eight-time All-American with an eighth-place or better finish.
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