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February 26, 2006

Davis wins two GLVC titles, sets league record in 800m,
Eagles rack up six All-GLVC awards at GLVC Indoor Championships

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Jesse Davis

CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind.University of Southern Indiana men's track and field runner Jesse Davis (Bloomington, Indiana) won two titles Saturday at the GLVC Indoor Championships at the Knowling Fieldhouse on the campus of Wabash College.

USI's women's squad finished fourth with 60 points, while the men's team finished fifth with 78.5 points. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville won both team championships.

Davis set a conference and school indoor record in the 800 meters with an NCAA II provisional qualifying time of one minute, 53.49 seconds. He came back to win the 3,000 meters with a time of eight minutes, 48.52 seconds.

Sophomore Scott Forbey (Washington, Indiana) earned All-GLVC honors in the high jump after finishing second in the event. Freshman Chris Kirkwood (Bicknell, Indiana) finished in a tie for third in the high jump.

USI's men also got a third-place finishes from its distance medley relay team and 4x200-meter relay team as well as third-place finishes from senior Jake England (Valparaiso, Indiana), in the mile, and sophomore Sam Gebreselassie (Avon, Indiana), in the 5,000 meters.

Missy Bugin

Senior Crystal Stock (Mt. Vernon, Indiana) and juniors Missy Burgin (Sellersburg, Indiana) and Molly Gilland (Osgood, Indiana) led the women's squad. Stock was second in the 5,000 meters, while Burgin finished second in the mile and third in the 3,000 meters. Gilland was second in the high jump.

All three competitors earned All-GLVC honors for their second-place finishes.

USI also got a second-place performance from its distance medley relay team and a third-place performance in the 800 meters from freshman Christy Dixon (Owensboro, Kentucky).

The Eagles will wait to see which competitors make the final cut for nationals later this week. The women's DMR team of Burgin, Dixon, Stock, and junior Natalie Clark (Newburgh, Indiana) is a lock for nationals, but Gilland and Davis are both on the bubble. Gilland entered the week ranked 14th in the high jump, while Davis was 23rd in the mile. Davis is expected to be in the top 15, nationally, in the 800 meters when the final performance list comes out.

Burgin and Stock also are on the bubble in individual events, with both ranking in the top 25 in the mile and the 5,000 meters.

The NCAA II Indoor Championships are March 10-11 at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center in Boston, Massachusetts.

Dan McDonnell,
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