Women’s cross country places second at the Invitational
Junior Joane Pierre won the individual portion of the Invitational to help the JU women’s cross country team finish second overall on Friday.

Pierre was two seconds shy of her school record by running a 17:35.20 to win the meet for the second straight season. Sophomore Svenja Meyer ran the 11th fastest time in program history (18:18.60) to finish in sixth place. Senior Baliee Hedstrom was eighth with running the 17th fastest mark all-time at 18:30.20.

“Today was a huge improvement over last weekend,” JU head coach Ron Grigg said. The women were far more aggressive, perhaps even too aggressive today, especially given the 85 degree temperature at race time. But they knew the goal was to compete and they did just that. The conference is so much stronger than it ever has been, so we will need to keep improving and be at our best a month from now at the A-Sun Championships.”

Junior Morgan Keel (18:52.90) and freshman Sarah Bailey (19:00.0) placed 11th and 12th, respectively.

Junior Amalia Vogler ran a time of 19:25.70 to finish 15th place, while junior Bienna Freeman took 19th in 19:40.10. Senior Alicia Gard-Kaminkow rounded out the JU runners with a 20:12.80 (25th).

The Dolphins will race again in two weeks at the UCF Knight Attack Challenge in Orlando on Oct. 14.