USI Runners Surge In Nationals Polls


University of Southern Indiana Men’s and Women’s Cross Country made big jumps in the first regular-season U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association Top 25 polls, which were released Wednesday afternoon.

The Screaming Eagles’ men jumped three spots from their preseason ranking to No. 8 in the latest USTFCCCA Top 25 poll, while the women moved up four spots to No. 12.

USI’s men rolled to a first-place finish at the Stegemoller Classic this past Friday evening at Angel Mounds. Junior Gavin Prior (Mattoon, Illinois) won the race as the Eagles recorded the top eight finishes and nine of the top 10 in the four-team, 57-competitor field.

Senior Jennifer Comastri (Indianapolis, Indiana) cruised to a first-place finish in the women’s race as the Eagles finished first in the four-team, 51-competitor field. USI recorded the top two finishers and had six runners in the top nine in a field that included defending Great Lakes Valley Conference champion University of Indianapolis.

USI returns to action September 28 when it competes at the Trevecca Division II Showcase in Nashville, Tennessee.



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