My latest column, on USIs’ recent track and field triumphs and the reason behind them — coach Mike Hillyard — is here. But there’s more that I couldn’t get into the piece.
Freshman Johnnie Guy, who was named an NCAA Division II all-American twice after finishing seventh in the 10K and eighth in the 5K at the Outdoor Track and Field Championships, spurned USI at first. Coach Mike Hillyard recruited him hard at North Harrison High School. But Guy wanted to major in engineering, so he chose Purdue, which has one of the finer engineering schools in the country. But Guy grew disillusioned with the school, transferred to USI — where his twin brother Josh was already a student and a runner on Hillyard’s team — after the fall semester at Purdue and the rest is (continuing) history. By the way, Johnnie is still majoring in engineering.
Hillyard insists he has done little to help Guy, saying he’s already highly motivated. “He’s very confident,” said Hillyard. “He’s very quiet and reserved, but very confident.”
As for Michael Jordan, the senior who earned all-American status by finishing third in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the nationals, his future may involve running on the U.S. national team. At least, that’s his goal. “I want to be contender for the U.S. team in 2015, 2016,” he said. “In the long run, the NCAA (finish) is just a small step toward my goal. In four years I hope I can think of this (finish) as just a disappointment rather than a transition step.”