Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

USI's Guys Are Aiming High ; Fraternal Twins Could Help Eagle Men to Top 10 Season

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

USI's Guys Are Aiming High ; Fraternal Twins Could Help Eagle Men to Top 10 Season

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A couple of guys could help lead the University of Southern Indiana men's cross country team to one of its most successful seasons ever. They're not just any guys. They're Guys - sophomore identical-looking fraternal twins Johnnie and Josh Guy.

Recall that Johnnie Guy, after transferring to USI from Purdue in the middle of the last school year, went on to earn NCAA Division II all-America honors in two different races in outdoor track last spring. He finished seventh in the 10,000 meters at the national championships and eighth in the 5,000.

Josh, who already was a member of USI's cross country and track teams, might have been right there with him if not for various injuries.

"They will certainly both be very key components for us this fall," said Screaming Eagles coach Mike Hillyard.

The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association's national preseason poll ranks the USI men 10th. The Eagles return five of their top seven runners from last season: senior Michael Callison, juniors Tyler Pence, Trent Nolan and Clay Meyer and sophomore Tyler Schickel. Then there are the additions: Johnnie and Josh Guy (who was redshirted after he was hurt) and junior Solomon Bennett.

Both the men's and women's teams open their season Friday, when they host the Stegemoller Classic, starting at 6 p.m.

Johnnie Guy is already aiming high. "I think I should be in the top 10 at nationals," he said.

That race is 10,000 meters, a 10K. But the first several races will be contested at 8K, except for the 6K Stegemoller Classic.

"My goal is to break 24 minutes in the 8K," said Johnnie. "In the 10K I'm not sure. I'll talk to coach Hillyard about that."

Said the coach: "I think he's definitely advanced since last spring."

Josh will try to break 25 minutes in the 8K "and get to nationals and maybe be an all-American," he said.

Hillyard can see it. …

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