Cross country races at UCF Attack Challenge Friday
Freshman Andrew Merrill
Freshman Andrew Merrill
The JU men’s and women’s cross country teams will look to gain a little momentum Friday when its competes at the UCF Attack Challenge.

This will be the final meet for both squads run at the Atlantic Sun Championships in Fort Meyers, Fla. Oct. 27.

“It is said that you see your biggest improvement between your first and second race,” JU head coach Ron Grigg said. “We had some really nice efforts last week while knocking off some rust. I expect even better results on Friday, as we search to solidify our depth in preparation for the A-Sun Championships in two weeks.”

On the women’s side, the Dolphins will their full squad in action led by senior Joane Pierre who broke the JU 6k program record at the FSU Invitational last week. Pierre set the new standard at 21:10.8 (2nd) to lead to a fourth-place finish.

Junior Svenja Meyer posted the third-fastest mark all-time in 21:51.8 (5th) in the meet, while senior Morgan Keel was 23rd in 23:14.8 (13th all-time).

Senior Bienna Freeman and Alicia Gard-Kaminkow and junior LaTonya Payne will each run for the first time since the Invitational Sept. 28. Payne ran a time of 20:04.40 (17th) to lead the group, while Freeman was not far behind her in 20:08.90 (18th). Gard-Kaminkow ran a time of 22:18.60 (45th) to wrap the group.

On the men’s side, the JU freshmen of Nick Dale, Andrew Merrill, Will Tirado, James Trebilcock and Ryan Wagner will each compete for the green and gold.

At the FSU Invitational, Dale led the Dolphins for the third straight meet by running a 28:41.6 (95th). Merrill ran a time of 29:32.4 (112), while Wagner had a 30:14.3 (125) in his first collegiate meet. Trebilcock and Tirado will each race for the first time since the Invitational.