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Senior Noah Hufnagel passes a runner from Lee University at the Samford Invite during the 2021 indoor track season.

Noah Hufnagel: Next man up

Quinton Watt, Sports Editor October 26, 2022

The 2021-2022 men’s cross-country and track seasons consisted of great talent and historic running for the Eagles. One can argue that Titus Winders and Austin Nolan will make USI’s hall of fame. With...

Austin Nolan, USI alumnus, returns to the cross-country and track and field team as a coach under head coach Mike Hillyard in Division I.

Austin Nolan: Runner, coach, brother

Quinton Watt, Sports Editor October 12, 2022

USI 2022 graduate Austin Nolan makes his return to campus to coach cross-country and track and field.  Nolan joined the coaching staff to assist head coach Mike Hillyard after being hired in September...

Senior Noah Hufnagel runs the 8K at the Appalachian State Bridge Open Sept. 2. Hufnagel finished third out of 146 runners with a time of 15:12.6.

Cross country continues DI stretch at Live in Lou, Hufnagel breaks school record

Quinton Watt, Sports Editor October 5, 2022

The cross country teams continued their first Division I stretch at Live in Lou Friday in Louisville, Kentucky. The men’s team finished 18th out of 31 teams and five spots behind Ohio Valley Conference...

Seven Screagles earn OVC honors

USI athletes gain recognition in Division I

Quinton Watt, Sports Editor September 21, 2022

Division I was met with both success and defeat in the first month and a half of the semester. Men’s soccer and women’s volleyball have yet to win an official season game, but many players have been...

Common questions and answers about the possible transition of university athletics to Division I.

Everything you need to know about DI

Quinton Watt and Ian Young February 3, 2022

What’s going on? The university is considering transitioning its athletics from NCAA Division II to Division I. The feasibility of the university transitioning to DI has been studied since September...

Senior guard Mateo Rivera celebrates after a made basket February 24, 2020 afternoon at the Screaming Eagles Arena.

Athletes may not be getting eligibility this year

Nik Cunningham, Publications Editor September 14, 2020

Athletes were still able to get eligibility this semester, but only if they were able to come back next year. Now next semester is here and even more, athletes can’t play. Right now the plan is for...

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Volleyball and Soccer are postponed

Stewart Brooking, Sports Editor August 26, 2020

On July 27 2020 the GLVC made the decision to postpone high-risk contact sports such as Volleyball and Men’s and Women’s soccer. Men’s Soccer Men’s Soccer is one of the fall sports that are...

Titus Winder and Austin Nolan lead the pack of runners during a meet. The team will compete at Tom Sawyer State Park for the Great Lakes Valley Conference Championships Saturday

Family rivalry leaves big shoes to fill

Sarah Rogers, Features Editor November 13, 2018

Austin Nolan is working to outrun his father. The junior accounting and finance major has a goal to beat the school record of 23 minutes 43 seconds for the 5-mile race. The record was set in 1983...

Former USI runner Dustin Emerick leads the pack during the Division II National Championship. The assistant track and field and cross country coach at USI is set to run the Olympic Trials Marathon in California Feb. 22.

Former USI runner heads to Olympic Trials

Sarah Loesch, Sports Editor January 12, 2016
“Anything you do, your world can change in a second,” Platt said. “Even though it was my worst fear come true, it’s something you just have to cope with and deal with and you have to move on.”
‘No-brainer inductee’ enters Hall of Fame

‘No-brainer inductee’ enters Hall of Fame

Sarah Loesch, Sports Editor January 12, 2016

Heather Platt spent three years as a runner at USI before she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. “As amazing as my running career was, it ended very abruptly and really quickly,” she said. “Yes,...

Junior business major Alyssa Moore runs during the Stegemoller Classic at Angel Mounds in Evansville, Sept. 4. The team finished the NCAA Division II Championship in 10th place this season.

Cross country closes: Roberts says teams focus on ‘keeping positive’

Sarah Loesch, Sports Editor December 1, 2015

Johnnie Guy isn’t pleased with how the men’s cross country season ended. “I think it went pretty awful for pretty much everyone,” the senior engineering major said. “Everything went wrong...

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