Women’s cross country races at UF Mountain Dew Invitational on Saturday
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The JU women’s cross country team hits the race path on Saturday when they compete at the UF Mountain Dew Invitational in Gainesville, Fla.

The Dolphins, who enter the week first in the A-Sun coaches poll and ninth in the USTFCCA South Region rankings, will race their full squad for the first time this season.

“We are really looking forward to Saturday’s race at UF,” said JU head coach Ron Grigg. “We will have the full team running for the first time so it will serve as a good evaluation of our early season general preparation. The course and the teams we are racing will provide good challenges.”

The Dolphins opened the season with a second placed finish on Sept. 3 in the JU Short Course Duals at the old golf course on campus.

Junior Bailee Hedstrom was the top JU female runner after finishing sixth with a time of 13:17.94. She was followed by junior Amalia Vogler (13:22.10, 7th), sophomore Morgan Keel (13:36.20, 8th) and junior Alicia Gard-Kaminkow (13:38.41, 9th), respectively.

Senior Kelli Midden placed 12th with a time of 14:02.86, while sophomore Bienna Freeman was right behind her with a 14:16.64 (13th) to round out the day.

JU has fared well in the last two meets at the UF Mountain Dew Invitational with consecutive fourth places finishes in 2008 and 2009.