Cross country competes at UCF Attack Challenge on Friday
The JU women’s and men’s cross country teams are back in action on Friday with the UCF Attack Challenge in Orlando, Fla.

This is the final meet for both teams before they run at the Atlantic Sun Conference Championships in Nashville, Tenn. on Oct. 29.

“We look forward to the challenge of stepping up in distance,” JU head coach Ron Grigg said. “The women will run 6k and the men will run their first 8k of the season. It will be a telling sign as we approach our final preparations for the A-Sun meet in two more weeks.”

Last time out, both teams would put up solid efforts in the Invitational on Sept 30 in Titusville, Fla.

Junior Joane Pierre finished first on the women’s side with a time of 17:35.20 as JU took second in the meet.

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.

Junior Morgan Keel (18:52.90) and freshman Sarah Bailey (19:00.00) 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).

On the men’s side, sophomore Esteban Mendez led the Dolphins by finishing 39th. Senior Jesse Brantman was the next highest finisher at 41st place, while freshman Martin Crouse followed him within seconds to take 42nd.

UCF will use Friday’s meet as a “UKNIGHT” event to help raise awareness for Breast Cancer research. All of entry fees for the teams will be donated to research, while each runner will wear pink shoelaces.