October 25, 2008
USI runs away with GLVC title
USI Results Only
ROLLA, Mo.—The No. 7-ranked University of Southern Indiana women's cross country team had 10 runners finish in the top 21 as it ran away with its first conference title since 2003 Saturday at the GLVC Championships.
Junior All-American Mary Ballinger (Chesterton, Indiana) led the Screaming Eagles, who captured their fourth GLVC title in the program's 20-year history. Ballinger finished second with a 6k time of time of 20 minutes, 59.43 seconds, less than 16 seconds off the winning pace set by the University of Wisconsin-Parkside's Jessica Monson.
As a team, the Eagles placed three runners in the top seven and finished with 39 points. The four-time defending champion and No. 20-ranked Rangers of UW-Parkside finished second with 64 points, while Northern Kentucky University was third with 80 points.
Freshman Adrienne Curtis (Louisville, Kentucky) and junior All-American Allison Shafer (Plainville, Indiana) joined Ballinger in the top 10. Curtis finished sixth with a 6k time of 22 minutes, 9.72 seconds, while Shafer was seventh with a time of 22 minutes, 22.10 seconds.
USI also had a school-record six named to the All-GLVC team. Ballinger, Curtis, and Shafer all earned All-GLVC honors as did junior Sarah Whiteman (Bloomington, Indiana), junior Christy Dixon (Owensboro, Kentucky), and freshman Brittany Rutledge (Westfield, Indiana). Whiteman finished 11th, while Dixon and Rutledge were 13th and 14th, respectively.