GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville University men's cross country team raced to a 19th-place overall finish at the 2017 Mountain Dew Invitational, hosted by the University of Florida, Saturday morning at the UF Golf Course.
"We have taken an intentionally conservative approach to the start of our 'racing' season, in hopes of being at our very best in late October," stated Director of Cross Country and Track & Field Ron Grigg. "I thought the men executed a smart even race. As a whole, we will look to get back to training and the plan is for 'full racing effort' in two weeks at FSU."
Both sophomore Nick Ohlwein and senior Jordon Garman raced to personal bests as the duo finished two places apart in 30:21.9 and 30:31.0, respectively. Ohlwein's time was 26 seconds quicker than his previous record, ran at last year's ASUN Championships, and Garman's new PR was over two minutes quicker than last year's best, also set at the Mountain Dew Invitational. Ohlwein finished 152nd, while Garman placed 154th.
Sophomore Alex Turnock led the Dolphins in the 8,000-meter race with a time of 27:29.8 (68th), just one second off his personal best set at last year's ASUN Conference Championships. Junior Brett Gerhardt was next to cross the line for JU as the Gainesville native finished in 29:07.0 to place 129th.
Freshman Peter Dugan closed out the Dolphins' running contingent in 32:12.7.
The Dolphins return to action Friday, Oct. 6 when they travel to Tallahassee for the FSU Invitational at 7 a.m.