TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – All five Dolphins improved upon their season-best times Friday morning as Jacksonville University men's cross country raced to a sixth-place finish in the University section of the FSU Invitational 8,000-meter race at Apalachee Regional Park.
Sophomore Alex Turnock picked up where he left off in 2016 as he led the Dolphins for the second straight year at the FSU Invitational with a 29th-place finish in a career-best time of 27:19.3. Turnock's finish was over 10 seconds quicker than his 8K time two weeks ago at Florida's Mountain Dew Invitational.
Junior Brett Gerhardt was the next Dolphin to finish, as he placed 35th in 28:26.4 – a season-best improvement of 40 seconds from two weeks ago.
Sophomore Nick Ohlwein and freshman Peter Dugan battled for 40th and 41st places, and Ohlwein edged Dugan at the line as the pair finished in 29:41.3 and 29:42.4, respectively. Ohlwein bested his previous career-best from two weeks ago by nearly 40 seconds, while Dugan was over 30 seconds quicker.
Rounding out the Dolphin contingent was junior Jordon Garman, who finished in 30:09.3 (44th), for a 20-second improvement on his career-best 8K time.
"It was a positive step forward," stated Director of Cross Country and Track & Field Ron Grigg. "We need to utilize the next three weeks to continue to keep progressing. While today's results were improvements, we know we are capable of even more."
The Dolphins return to the course next Friday, Oct. 13 when they head to Tampa, Fla. for the USF Invitational at 5:45 p.m.