JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – With a shortened course length at the 2016 UNF XC Challenge, Jacksonville University's men's cross country runners had a solid showing in the team's first race of the season.
It was a mix of success among old and new and despite an 8K course length in previous years, newcomer Alex Turnock (16:53.36, 18th) and senior Jeremy McDermet (16:54.42, 19th) took advantage of the 5K course to push each other as the pair finished barely a second apart to pace the Dolphins.
Sophomore Brett Gerhardt crossed the line in 17:53.24, while freshman Nick Ohlwein (18:14.41, 32nd) and senior Kyle Crews Jr. (19:02.78, 36th) were the next to finish for JU. Freshman Everardo Tompkins and junior Drew Overmyer closed out the pack in 20:22.32 and 20:48.41, respectively.
"I am pleased with our men's performance," stated Head Coach Ronald Grigg, Jr. "Alex (Turnock) ran courageously for a freshman. The men should be proud of their effort."
The meet was scored dually for all paticipating teams, and JU finished with one win and four losses with the following results:
North Florida - 15, Jacksonville - 40
Jacksonville - 21, Florida A&M - 36
Stetson - 25, Jacksonville - 31
Bethune Cookman - 22, Jacksonville - 33
Florida Gulf Coast - 15, Jacksonville - 48
The Dolphins return to the trail Saturday, September 24 when they head to Gainesville, Fla. for the UF Mountain Dew Invitational.