Cross country competes in A-Sun Championship on Saturday
The JU women’s and men’s cross country teams have gone through tireless hours of training and a full season of competition to prepare for this point of the season as the Dolphins compete in Atlantic Sun Championships on Saturday in Macon, Ga.

The women’s team will be looking to make a run at the title after finishing first in four of their five meets this season. The only time the Dolphins have not won a meet they ran in was on Sept. 20 when they finished fourth at the Mountain Dew Invitational. Despite not finishing first, the squad did place ahead of in-state rivals UCF (5th), Miami (6th) and UNF (7th) during the meet.

The Dolphins will be looking to beat their highest finish since joining A-Sun, which was a third place mark in 2000. They have been voted as high as second in the A-Sun polls on two occasions this season, which is their best ranking since joining the A-Sun in 1998. JU was also voted ninth in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association south region poll this season as well.

“There will likely be four teams who have designs on winning the championship and we are certainly one of them,” said JU head coach Ron Grigg. “Saturday can’t arrive fast enough for us. We are ready.”

Last time out, the JU women battled temperatures in the mid-80s to place three runners in the top three spots, and had no one finish below the top 25, to win the Sodexho Stetson Invitational on Oct. 17.

Juniors Elsabeth Goshu (18:55) and Alyssa Deal (19:13) along with sophomore Susanne Klungtveit (19:25) finished one, two and three, respectively, to pace the Dolphins.

Junior Ali Ritter ran a time of 19:53 to take seventh, while sophomore Anastasia Fokina placed 19th with mark of a 20:38. Sophomore Kelli Midden finished 25th with a time of 21:21 to round out the Dolphin runners.

On the men’s side, the Dolphins were led by the trio of senior Clay Garrett (34:41), sophomore Dylan Kosten (34:53) and senior Joey Civello (35:13).