Ever improving men's cross country team 7th at USF

Ever improving men's cross country team 7th at USF

TAMPA, Fla. – Three Jacksonville University women cracked the school's top 15 all-time 6-k list and the Dolphins finished fourth in the University of South Florida Invitational here Friday.

The ever-improving JU men's team finished seventh in its division.

 Freshman Nora McUmber led a trio of underclassmen and gave the Dolphins a glimpse of the future as she moved to sixth on the team's all-time list by finishing sixth overall in 22:08.30. She replaced Ali Ritter who ran a 22:10 in 2009.
 
Sophomore Kyla Siemens wound up 10th overall in 22:35.60 which is good for 11th all-time on the JU best list and freshman Caitlin Glynn was 20th in 23:01.20 putting her 15th all-time.
 
Katy Solis (23:21.30), Janine Zajac (23:24.20) and Tatyana Hodnett (24:34.60) rounded out the JU effort as the Dolphins finished fourth in the event with an average time of 22:54.12.
 
Florida Gulf Coast won the meet with South Florida second and Florida A&M third.
 "The women's team has no margin for error if we are going to consider ourselves a good team,'' Head Coach Ron Grigg said. "Today we had a lot of error and our team result reflected it. Nora McUmber fought hard and Caitlin Glynn showed excellent poise. Janine and Tatyana tested their limits as 800-meter runners racing over the 6,000-meter distance.''
 
Junior Jeremy McDermet led three JU men's runners to sub-28 minute finishes in their 8-k run.
 
McDermet, from Jacksonville, Fla., finished in 27:08.10 edged teammate Andrew Merrill by a mere four seconds as Merrill clocked 27:12.60 and freshman Brett Gerhardt 2:40.0.
 
Kyle Crews (29:53.0), Drew Hart (30:11.80) and Drew Overmyer (33:24.70) also contributed to the JU effort as the Dolphins finished seventh overall.
 
Florida won the men's side with Florida Gulf Coast second and South Florida third.
 
"The men continue to improve each week,'' Grigg said. "I am proud of their effort and consistency.''
 
The USF event was the final tune-up for both teams before the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship Oct. 30 at North Florida.
 
"In two Friday's,'' Grigg said, "we will run for all the marbles.''