Women’s cross country ranked 12th in USTFCCCA South Region Poll
The JU women’s cross country team is back in a familiar place after receiving a No. 12 ranking in the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association south region poll on Monday.

JU is on the list for the first time since receiving a program-best sixth place ranking this time last season.

“We are always appreciative of recognition especially when it is the result of votes from our peers,” JU head coach Ron Grigg said. “However, it is really too early to tell how good any team truly is at this point in the season. Our focus is on late October and beyond. Every day of training and every race is just building towards the A-Sun Championships on Oct. 29 and the South Regional on November 12. How we fare in those meets are the only “rankings” that have true value.”

The Dolphins are off to a good start in 2011 after getting eight of the top nine finishers to win the JU short course duals on Sept. 2.

JU finished with a 3-0 mark to take the meet for the third time in the last four years.

Freshman Sarah Bailey finished first overall in her first collegiate meet. Sophomore Svenja Meyer and junior Joane Pierre finished second and third, respectively.

B-CU’s Kadian Dunkley took fourth place thought the Dolphins took the next five places with junior Morgan Keel, senior Bailee Hedstrom, junior Amalia Vogler. junior Bienna Freeman (13:44.54) and junior Alicia Gard-Kaminkow.

The Dolphins run again on Sept. 24. at the UF Mountain Dew Invitational in Gainesville, Fla.