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November 04, 2006

Eagles fall three points shy of NCAA II Championship berth,
Shafer qualifies as individual with second-place finish


KENOSHA, Wis.The No. 7 University of Southern Indiana women's cross country team fell three points shy of a berth in the NCAA II Championship berth Saturday as the Screaming Eagles finished fourth in the NCAA II Great Lakes Region Championships.

Allison Shafer

Sophomore Alison Shafer (Plainville, Indiana) qualified for the NCAA II Championship meet as an individual with her second-place performance. Shafer finished the 6k race in 21 minutes, 41.2 seconds and earned All-Great Lakes Region honors for her performance.

Seniors Missy Burgin (Sellersburg, Indiana) and Katy Simutis (Mt. Vernon, Indiana) finished 24th and 28th, respectively. Burgin crossed the finish line in 22 minutes, 53.6 seconds, while Simutis finished the race in 23 minutes, 4.9 seconds.

As a team, the Eagles finished with 139 points, three points behind No. 23 University of Findlay. No. 1 Grand Valley State University won the team title with a score of 47 points, while the host school, No. 5 University of Wisconsin-Parkside, finished second with 91 points. Grand Valley State's Laura Aderman won the individual title with a time of 21 minutes, 13.9 seconds.

Shafer, along with the USI men's squad, will compete at the NCAA II Championships November 18 in Pensacola, Florida.

Dan McDonnell,
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