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).
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.