Women’s cross country defends title at A-Sun Championships on Saturday
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The JU women’s cross country team is once again looking to have its best race at the most important meet of the season on Saturday when they compete at the Atlantic Sun Championships in Spartanburg, S.C.

The Dolphins will hope to secure their second straight title after becoming the first Florida school in more than a decade to win the championship last season.

“The course at USC Upstate is beautiful and will provide a great setting for an exciting race,” said JU head coach Ron Grigg. “Both the individual and team talent in the conference is much stronger than it has ever been. We have a veteran team that is fully aware of what will be required on championship race day.”

Last time out, the Dolphins were very busy to finish the regular season schedule after running in two different meets in a two-day period.

On Oct. 15th, JU began its schedule by running in the Sodexho Stetson Invitational in DeLand, Fla.

Junior Alicia Gard-Kaminkow ran a time of 20:19 (36th) to pace the Dolphins on the site where they took home their first conference championship last season.

Senior Kelli Midden was the next highest finisher with a time of 20:55 for 47th place, while sophomore Amalia Vogler was right behind her with a time of 21:00 (48th). Sophomore Bienna Freeman wrapped up the day after running a 21:05 for 50th.

The next day, sophomore Joane Pierre ran the third fastest 6k time in school history to lead the JU women’s cross country team at the ISU Pre-Nationals in Terra Haute, Ind.

Pierre recorded a time of 22:00.6 (121st) to pace the Dolphins for the third straight meet and surpass Ali Ritter’s time of 22:10 on the 6k list from the NCAA South Regional last season.

Senior Susanne Klungtveit was the next highest finisher with a time of 22:24.0 (166th), while freshman Svenja Meyer recorded the 10th fastest 6K in program history after running a 23:02.3 (222nd).

Senior Anastasia Fokina ran a mark of 23:03.8 (225th) and junior Baliee Hedstrom came in 12th on the all-time 6k list with a 23:23.7 (246th). Sophomore Morgan Keel registered a time of 24:07.7 to round out the day.

As a team, the Dolphins finished 38th in the white division running against several nationally-ranked from the top-30 poll.

In the 2009 A-Sun Championships, the Dolphins won the conference title by having six of the top 14 runners in the meet, which produced 43 points. Elsabeth Goshu (3rd overall) and Fokina (7th overall) each earned first team all-conference honors. Pierre, Klungtveit, Midden and Ali Ritter all received second team all-conference honors.

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