Eagles return to action Saturday at Indiana State

EVANSVILLE, Ind.—University of Southern Indiana Men’s and Women’s Cross Country return to action Saturday when the Screaming Eagles compete at the John McNichols Invitational at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course in Terre Haute, Indiana.
The men’s eight-kilometer race begins at 8 a.m. (CDT), while the women’s 6k race follows at 8:45 a.m.
Both squads are coming off first-place efforts at the season-opening Stegemoller Classic two weeks ago. Freshman Zoe Seward (Rochester, Indiana) and junior Cameron Hough (Olney, Illinois) paced the women’s squad with first and second-place finishes, respectively. Seward finished the 4k course in 13 minutes, 47.7 seconds, while Hough crossed the finish line in 14:13.8.
The Eagles had seven of the top 10 finishers, with junior Katie Winkler (Santa Claus, Indiana) and sophomore Micah Peals (Terre Haute, Indiana) finishing sixth and seventh, respectively. Senior Aubrey Swart (Noblesville, Indiana), junior Emma Thompson (Mt. Vernon, Indiana) and freshman Sara Livingston (Jasper, Indiana) rounded out the Eagles top-seven with respective finishes of eighth, ninth and 10th.
As a team, the Eagles finished with 24 points, 11 better than second-place University of Evansville, which placed three freshmen in the top five. Kentucky Wesleyan College rounded out the three-team field with 82 points.
Senior Mitchell Hopf (Santa Claus, Indiana) and red-shirt freshman Alex Nolan (Evansville, Indiana) finished first and second, respectively, to lead USI’s men at the Stegemoller Classic. Hopf finished the 6k race in 18:06.1, while Nolan finished with a time of 18:17.2.
USI placed five runners in the top eight and seven in the top 13 as they finished with 17 points. USI’s unattached team was second with 48 points, while UE and KWC were third and fourth, respectively, with 72 and 111 points.
Juniors Dylan Bland (Holland, Indiana) and Brady Terry (Philpot, Kentucky) were fourth and sixth, respectively, while red-shirt freshman Cole Hess (Cannelton, Indiana) rounded out the Eagles’ top five with an eighth-place finish.
Freshman Landen Swiney (Du Quoin, Illinois) and sophomore Mukal Verma (Palatine, Illinois) rounded out USI’s top-seven with respective placements of 12th and 13th.