FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2008
Women’s cross country wins Sodexho Stetson Invitational
Battling hot temperatures in the mid-80s, the Dolphins had three runners take the top three places and no one finish below the top 25 to lead the JU women’s cross country team to a win at the Sodexho Stetson Invitational on Friday afternoon in DeLand, Fla.

The Dolphins tallied 32 team points to earn their fourth victory in five meets and have been ranked second in the Atlantic Sun Coaches Poll for the first time since joining the conference in 1998. The only time the Dolphins have not won a meet they ran in was on Sept. 20 when they finished fourth at the Mountain Dew Invitational.

“This was a hot day on a slow course,” said JU head coach Ron Grigg. “We used good tactics to get a good team win.”

Juniors Elsabeth Goshu (18:55) and Alyssa Deal (19:13) along with sophomore Susanne Klungtveit (19:25) finished one, two and three, respectively, to pace the Dolphins.

Junior Ali Ritter ran a time of 19:53 to take seventh, while sophomore Anastasia Fokina placed 19th with mark of a 20:38. Sophomore Kelli Midden finished 25th with a time of 21:21 to round out the Dolphin runners.

“I’m extremely pleased with and proud of Anastasia,” said Grigg. “She was running out there with a titanium rod in her leg and she kept up with the top five. That was remarkable to see.”

On the men’s side, the Dolphins were led by the trio of senior Clay Garrett (34:41), sophomore Dylan Kosten (34:53) and senior Joey Civello (35:13).

Junior Tyler Humphrey (38:58) and sophomore Patrick Lura (39:08) capped off the rest of the JU men’s team.

The Dolphins return to action on Sat. Nov. 1, they head to Macon, Ga. for the A-Sun Championships.