Truman State cross country ready to give GLVC opponents a run for their money
Head Coach Tim Schwegler and his Truman men's Cross Country team will have to knock off a pair of heavyweight schools if they wish to contend for championships in the GLVC next year.
Men's Cross Country has been dominated by the Screaming Eagles of the University of Southern Indiana.
USI has won 20 team GLVC titles in 34 years and the last eight straight.
The 20 titles are the most conference trophies won by any school in any sport in the GLVC.
They had the top two finishers in the conference 8K race last year in Springfield, Mo. with senior Michael Jordan claiming the individual title with a time of 24:39.1. Sophomore Tyler Pence was 10 seconds back while three juniors, two from Lewis and one from McKendree rounded out the top five.
Pence was the league's "Freshman of the Year" in 2011 and teammate Tyler Schickel took home the honor last year. USI has had four of the last five "Freshmen of the Year" honorees and head coach Mike Hillyard has won the GLVC Coach of the Year award eight straight years.
The Screaming Eagles placed 17th as a team at the Division II Championships.
The University of Wisconsin-Parkside's Evan Lewandowski was the league's top finisher at the national meet with a 34th place finish.
The Bulldogs return their top two cross country runners from last year in junior Brad Hart and senior Andrew Sheets.
Hart was 34th in the MIAA Championships with a time of 26:42.19 while Sheets came in 47th clocking 27:12.35.
The first conference championship decided during the 2013-14 school year will be in the sport of Cross Country on October 26 hosted by Maryville University in St. Louis.