SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 01, 2008
Women’s cross country places second at A-Sun Championships
The JU women’s cross country team had four runners earn all-conference honors to guide the Dolphins to a program-best second place finish at the Atlantic Sun Championships on Saturday in Macon, Ga.

The second place finish for JU is the highest mark since taking third place in the 2000 Championship and the Dolphins have yet to finish under fifth place this season.

Belmont won its seventh consecutive A-Sun title with 56 overall points to hold off the Dolphins (78) and the rest of the conference teams.

Sophomore Susanne Klungtveit paced all JU runners with a fourth place finish to earn first team all-conference accolades. Juniors Alyssa Deal, Elsabeth Goshu and Ali Ritter each earned second team all-conference team honors for the Dolphins. The four Dolphin runners on the all-conference team were the most by any A-Sun school in the meet and the most for JU to earn the honor since joining the conference in 1998.

“Belmont was the better team today,” said JU head coach Ron Grigg. “They overcame adversity and still won convincingly. Our top five runners ran their hearts out, but it just wasn’t enough.

“Overall, I was proud of the fact that we had four runners make the all-conference team because we have come so far as a program this year. We look forward to running again at regionals in two weeks.”

Klungtveit ran the sixth fastest time in school history (18:14.04) to take first team all-conference honors, while Deal had a the 11th fastest time in school history after running a 18:29.16 for a ninth place finish. Goshu was behind Deal with a time of 18:29.58 in 10th place, which also took the 12th best time on the JU career list.

Ritter ran a time of 18:48.06 to place 14th and sophomore Anastasia Fokina ran her fastest time (19:52.52-41st) since rejoining the team after a broken femur injury. Sophomore Kelli Midden finished 45th (20:03.59) to round out the JU women.

On the men’s side, Senior Clay Garrett ran a time of 33:11.65 (76th) to pace the Dolphins.

The Dolphins compete again on Sat. Nov. 15, as they travel to Knoxville, Tenn. for the NCAA South Region Championships.