Ahead of Matthew, Cross Country Heads to Florida State

Ahead of Matthew, Cross Country Heads to Florida State

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – With Hurricane Matthew looming and its course set towards the First Coast, Jacksonville University's cross country teams are set on a different course. The Dolphins will be headed out of harm's way and into Tallahassee for Friday's FSU Invitational.

The men's 8K will begin at 7:40 am, while the gun will go off at 8:20 am for the women's start.

As the last remaining meet for the Dolphins before the ASUN Conference Championships, expectations for the teams are high for Friday's race.

"We are at the point in the season where we can have expectations for performance," said Head Coach Ronald Grigg, Jr. "This is a great course and we are ready."

Looking to defend their first place finish at the meet last year, the women will be led by last year's top-three JU finishers with Kyla Siemens, Katy Solis, and Nora McUmber. The trio placed fourth, ninth, and 10th, respectively and have recently guided the Dolphins to a No. 13 ranking in this week's United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Women's Division I South Region Poll.

With two weeks' time to prepare and a solid gage in 8K times from the Mountain Dew Invitational, the men's side will look to improve their finishes from two weeks ago in the teams' final tune up before the league meet. At last year's meet, the men were led by Jeremy McDermet, Brett Gerhardt, and Kyle Crews Jr.

"We have trained properly," concluded Grigg. "We have raced enough to gain comfort with that level of intensity and we are healthy."

The green and white are headed next to Spartanburg, S.C. for the ASUN Conference Championships on Saturday, October 29.