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May 27, 2005

Eagles nab two All-America awards,
Cooksey finishes third in 3,000 meters


ABILENE, Texas—University of Southern Indiana junior Heather Cooksey (Brownsburg, Indiana) and senior Crystal Stock (Mt. Vernon, Indiana) have added more All-America awards to their respective resumes. Cooksey finished third in the finals of the 3,000 meters at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships Friday, while Stock was eighth in the same event.

Cooksey took the lead with 450 meters to go in the race, but Western State College’s Alisha Williams ran the last lap in 65 seconds to pass the reigning champion and take home the 2005 title. Williams finished the race in nine minutes, 28 seconds, while Abilene Christian University’s Olha Kryv’yak was second with a time of nine minutes, 32.83 seconds. Cooksey, who also advanced to the finals in the 5,000 meters, finished the race in nine minutes, 36.87 seconds to earn her ninth All-America award.

Stock, was last through the first 2,000 meters of the race, but came up with a strong finish to place eighth. She finished the race in nine minutes, 54.58 seconds to earn her second All-America award.

Junior Abby Boberg (Bicknell, Indiana) also competed Friday night. She finished 12th in the high jump with a mark of five feet, 4.25 inches.

Through two days and seven scored events, the Screaming Eagles are in fourth place with a team score of 17 points. USI can finish with no more than 27 points. The finals of the 5,000 meters are Saturday at 9:03 p.m. (CDT).

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