SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2009
Women’s cross country wins A-Sun Championship
Senior Elsabeth Goshu was one of six JU runners to earn all-conference honors for JU at the A-Sun meet. Pictures (front pg & inside) courtsey of Todd Drexler (asunphotos.com)
Senior Elsabeth Goshu was one of six JU runners to earn all-conference honors for JU at the A-Sun meet. Pictures (front pg & inside) courtsey of Todd Drexler (asunphotos.com)
The JU women’s cross country team had six runners finish in the top 14 to capture its first conference title at the Atlantic Sun Championships on Saturday morning in DeLand, Fla.

The Dolphins, who became the first Florida school to win the title since 1999, produced 43 points to take first place and claim their first conference championship. Kennesaw State finished second with 80 points, while North Florida took third with 84 points.

Senior Elsabeth Goshu (third overall) and junior Anastasia Fokina (seventh overall) each earned first team all-conference honors to pace the Dolphins. Freshman Joane Pierre, senior Ali Ritter, junior Susanne Klungtveit and junior Kelli Midden all received second team all-conference honors. Pierre also received all-freshman accolades, while head coach Ron Grigg was named A-Sun “Coach of the Year.”

“This is a very proud moment for our program,” Grigg said. “All of the girls had their best meet of the season on the most important day and that’s the definition of a championship team.”

Goshu ran the third fastest time in school history (17:53) to place third in the meet, while Fokina had the sixth fastest time on the all-time list with an 18:10.

Pierre (18:18), Ritter (18:26) and Klungtveit (18:31) finished 10th, 11th, and 12th, respectively for the Dolphins. Pierre’s mark was the ninth fastest time in school history, while Ritter’s time ranked 12th on the all-time list. Midden placed 14th with a time of 18:35, which ranks 16th on the all-time list at JU. Senior Alyssa Deal ran a time of 19:14 (34th), while freshman Amalia Vogler (19:34) and freshman Morgan Keel (19:46) rounded out the rest of the JU runners.

On the men’s side, the Dolphins produced their best finish since the 2000 season by taking 10th.

Despite running the last two miles in his socks because of an injury, junior Andrew Maedel led the men with a time of a 29:16 (56th). Freshman Zack Smith (30:13 – 62nd) and junior Gene Sarsfield (31:50 – 69th) were the Dolphins’ next highest finishers, while senior Clay Garrett (32:22), freshman Luis Belman (33:42) and sophomore Patrick Abbey (35:01) closed out the day for JU.

“Like the women, the men had their best meet of the season,” said Grigg. “It was a good effort for the guys and I’m happy with the season they had.”

The JU women will look to continue its success in two weeks when they travel to Tuscaloosa, Ala. for the NCAA South Region Championships on Nov. 14.