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University of Southern Indiana's Johnnie Guy speeds along through the course at the NCAA Division II Nationals Saturday in Washington. Guy placed ninth overall to earn All-American honors. Photo courtesy of Kyle Terwillegar (click for larger version)

USI's Guy runs to cross country All-American honors

November 26, 2013 | 01:23 PM

University of Southern Indiana sophomore Johnnie Guy posted a ninth-place showing at the NCAA II National Championships Saturday, but the No. 7 Screaming Eagles settled for an 11th-place finish in the 32-team field.

Guy, who becomes the Eagles' 18th cross country All-American with the performance, finished the 10-kilometer race in 30 minutes, 36.3 seconds as he posted the Eagles' first top-10 individual finish since Ben Kapsoiya finished third in 1998.

The All-America honor is the third for the North Harrison High School graduate, who won a pair of All-American awards at the 2013 NCAA II Outdoor Track & Field Championships last spring.

USI, which was in sixth place at the half-way mark, suffered a tough blow when junior Tyler Pence fell and was unable to complete the race despite being in the top 20 with 400 meters to go. Pence completed the first 5k in 15:09.80, good enough for 21st place at the midway mark.

Sophomore Josh Guy, Johnnie's twin brother and fellow Cougars alumni, was USI's second finisher as he crossed the finish line in 51st place with a 10k time of 31:30.10. Freshman Noah Lutz was 94th, while junior Eric Scheiber was 111th.

USI ended the day with 323 points, 11 away from a top-10 finish and 136 away from fifth-place Chico State.

Adams State University won the team title with 54 points, while Midwest Region foes Grand Valley State University and Ferris State University finished second and 10th, respectively. Adams State junior Tabor Stevens won the individual title with a time of 29:50.10.

This season, Johnnie Guy has placed first in several events: the Michigan State Spartan Invitational (8k, 24:09), Great Lakes Valley Conference Championships (8k, 23:46) and the NCAA Division II Midwest Region Championships (10k, 31:06).

Guy was named GLVC Runner of the Year, the first Screaming Eagle to earn that honor since Ely Rono in 1997.

Josh Guy had a strong year as well. He placed sixth at the GLVC (6k, 24:43) and 17th at the Midwest Region Championships (10k, 32:07). For his efforts in the Midwest Region, Josh was named All-Midwest Region while he was named All-GLVC.

As a team, USI placed first in the GLVC along with a second-place showing at the Midwest Region.

Fellow North Harrison graduate Jason Head also competed in the GLVC, finishing 18th with a time of 25:25.

USI, which won its ninth straight Great Lakes Valley Conference title last month, will begin the indoor track and field season Dec. 7 when it competes at the UIndy Invitational in Indianapolis.

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