JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – As they near their third race of the season, expectations are beginning to set in for the Jacksonville University men's and women's cross country teams.
The runners are two meets away from a string of championship outings and will use the 43rd Annual FSU Invitational as another opportunity to prepare. Racing begins 7:40 a.m. on Friday with the men's 8K; the women follow immediately after at 8:20 a.m.
"This is the time of year where we can start to place some expectations on performance," Head Coach Ronald Grigg said. "We have been training long enough and have two meets under our belt, so we should be ready for a strong full competitive effort. It will still be warm and humid but that is what we have been training in all fall, so we are prepared."
JU's LAST OUTING
Kyla Siemens, Nora McUmber and Katy Solis have each led successful slates thus far with the former recently joining veteran Solis on the Dolphins' all-time 5K list.
At the UF Mountain Dew Invitational, Siemens finished seventh with a time of 17:56.78 while McUmber came in at ninth (18:17.82).
Both times now hold a spot on JU's all-time list at sixth and 13th, respectively. However, McUmber shares her slot with Solis who previously set the mark at the FSU Invitational in 2013.
On the men's side, Andrew Merrill continues to be the Dolphins' fastest. He posted a time of 27:08.04 at UF, which was a solid improvement over his season opening time of 27:52.39 at the UNF Invitational. In each of their races, Jacksonville's men have rounded out the field in similar fashion, starting with a 1-2 punch of Merrill and Jeremy McDermet.
Following their trip to Tallahassee, the Dolphins travel to John's Island, S.C. for the College of Charleston Classic.