Women Set Records, Finish 14th at NCAA South Regional

Women Set Records, Finish 14th at NCAA South Regional

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Brisk November mornings are perfect for running – just ask Jacksonville University's women's cross country team. The Dolphins placed 14th overall at the 2016 NCAA Division I Women's South Regional Championship, hosted by Florida State, Friday morning. Two women moved up on JU's All-Time 6K List and two others made their first appearance on the list.

Out of 30 teams, JU finished 14th with 413 points. Mississippi State ousted two-time defending champions Vanderbilt to take the top spot at the championship.

For the second year in a row, Nora McUmber led the Green and White at the regional meet, besting her previous 6K time by seven seconds. Previously tied for third on JU's All-Time 6K List with a time of 21:34, ran at last year's event, McUmber definitively moved into third with her new time of 21:26.3 (47th).

The Dolphins' two seniors finished next, with Caitlin Marino shattering her previous 6K time by over a minute. Marino moved from 14th in program history (22:44) to fifth in 21:37.2 (60th). Katy Solis was the next Dolphin to cross the line, finishing in 21:49.4 (68th).

"Caitlin Marino and Katy Solis finished their cross country careers in style," said Head Coach Ronald Grigg, Jr. "They ran well."

Anna Karaseva and Mary Jeanne Assinzo then made history themselves, breaking into the all-time list. Karaseva finished in 22:42.9 (120th) to earn the 16th spot on the list, while Assinzo was close behind in 23:03.8 (142nd) to crack the list at 19th.

Kyla Siemens rounded out the Dolphin contingent in 23:47.1 (183rd).

The women wrap up their 2016 campaign with a trip to the NCAA Regional Championship, five All-ASUN Conference honorees, and several edits and additions to the program's 5K and 6K All-Time List.