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September 14, 2005

Eagle runners ready to take on state schools

EVANSVILLE, Ind.óThe University of Southern Indiana menís and womenís cross country teams will race against the rest of the colleges and universities from the state of Indiana when they compete in the 67th annual Indiana Intercollegiate Friday in Bloomington, Indiana.

The event will feature three races, starting with the open race at 3:30 p.m., the womenís 6k at 4:30 p.m., and the menís 8k at 5:15 p.m. A total of 28 womenís teams and 29 menís teams will be represented at the meet on Friday.

Missy Burgin

USI's women squad were second in last seasonís Little State competition and 8th in the overall competition. The Screaming Eagles have won seven Little State titles since 1995, including 2002 and 2003, and eight overall.

Senior Heather Cooksey (Brownsburg, Indiana) and junior Missy Burgin (Sellersburg, Indiana) lead the womenís squad. Cooksey, the GLVCís Runner of the Week a week ago, also won the UE Early Bird Invitational in record-setting time, while Burgin was third in the meet.

The men's squad, which won the Little State competition in 2002 and 2003, finished third in the Little State competition and seventh overall a year ago. Junior Rey Alvarez (Danville, Illinois) and senior Jesse Davis (Bloomington, Indiana) will lead this yearís squad as the Eagles try to capture their 15th Little State title since the programís inaugural season in 1979.

Alvarez was the GLVCís Runner of the Week after winning the University of Evansville Early Bird Invitational in record-setting time a week ago, while Davis, the GLVCís top returning runner in 2005, was fourth at UE.

The Indiana Intercollegiate will be the second of only four regular-season meets the Eagles will compete in prior to the GLVC Championships on October 22 in Rensselaer, Indiana. USI will compete in the Loyola Lakefront Classic in Chicago October 1 and at the Saluki Invitational in Carbondale, Illinois, October 8.

Dan McDonnell,
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