University of Southern Indiana Track & Field has concluded its regular season meets and the Great Lakes Valley Conference Outdoor Championships await the Screaming Eagles at the Allgood-Bailey Stadium in Rolla, Missouri Thursday through Saturday.
Women's Preview: The top USI performers to watch among the sprinters includes Freshman Kaylee Lane who has the best time on the squad in the 100, 200, and 400 meters. Lane's season bests in those events are 13.09 seconds, 25.93 and 57.39, respectively. Also, Freshman teammate Katelyn Grell is next in line with times of 13.31, 27.37 and 1:03.19 in the same events. Lane and Grell have been key pieces to both to the top 4x100m (50.52) and 4x400m (4:06.14) relay teams for USI this season.
Distance runners to keep your eyes on is junior Jennifer Comastri who has recorded two NCAA II provisional marks in the both the 5,000 (16:15.29), 10,000 meters (35:21.77) and nearly has a third in the 1500m with a team-leading time of 4:32.94. Senior Hope Jones (Winders) is another athlete to watch on the women's side having notched a NCAA II provisional mark in the 5000 meters at the GVSU Extra Weekend Meet with a time of 17:04.68. Jones (Winders) is the second eagle behind Comastri in the 10,000m as well with her own season best of 37:09.50. Freshman Mckenna Cavanaugh is both third on the team thus far in the 1500m (4:37.12) and in the 5000m (17:32.91).
Field athlete to watch is multi sophomore Georgianna Roeder is a top of the USI's performance list this season in the long jump as well as the javelin. Roeder has season best marks of 18 feet, 8 inches in the long jump and 111' 06" coming in the javelin.
Men's Preview: In the sprints, junior Tyrell Nickelson should draw attention as he had a season best in the 100 meters with a time of 11.98 at the Kentucky Wesleyan Twilight Invitational. Freshman Jacob Wisniewski is at the top of the mid-distance with a USI and season best performance in the 800 meters with a time of 1:55.44 at the GVSU Extra Weekend Meet, less than four seconds away from the NCAA II provisional qualifying standard (1:51.87).
The distance runners to follow are freshman Titus Winders who recorded an NCAA II automatic qualifying mark in the 5000m (13:54.64) and added a provisional mark with the team-leading time of 29:51.93 in the 10,000m. Junior Gavin Prior has also impressed most of the outdoor season claiming two NCAA II provisional marks in both the 5000m (8:10.91) and 10,000m (14:19.66). Junior Wyat Harmon is another one to watch as he also grabbed a NCAA II provisional mark in the 10,000m with a time of 30:27.72 at the Jim Vargo Invitational. Sophomore Noah Hufnagel boasts an NCAA II provisional mark in the 10,000 meters as well after pacing his way to a 30:29.09. Last, freshman Silas Winders is the solo NCAA II provisional mark recipient in the 1500m with a freshman-record setting time of 3:48.80.
Field athletes to watch are freshman Kyle Crone in the long jump and triple jump where his season best marks are 21' 07.25" and 43’ 11.75, respectively. Then, fellow sophomore thrower Josh Kaminski is putting nice numbers up for the shot put and javelin. Kaminski leads all USI throwers this season with a 48’ 08.75" in the shot put. Kaminski also sits atop of the Eagles' performance list for the javelin with a mark of 119' 07".
Quick GLVC Outdoors History: In 2019, the women finished tied-for-seventh with 39 total points and the men had an eighth-place finish with 34 points. The best outdoor championships finish for the women all-time is fourth which they have done on four separate occasions, the last coming in 2008. The men's best finish in the outdoor championships came back in 2013 when they placed third.