FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2008
Women’s cross country set for NCAA South Regional on Saturday
The JU women’s cross country team will see if it has one more good result left in them as they travel to Knoxville, Tenn. for the NCAA South Regional on Saturday morning.
The Dolphins will look to put an exclamation point to the season in their final meet after winning four of their six meets in 2008. The only time the Dolphins have not won a meet they ran was at the Mountain Dew Invitational (4th/Sept. 20) and the Atlantic Sun Championship (2nd/Nov.1).
The Dolphins have also been voted as high as second in the A-Sun polls on two occasions this season, which is their best ranking since joining the A-Sun in 1998. JU was voted ninth in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association south region poll this season as well.
“The regional meet is both an individual and team award for an excellent season,” said JU head coach Ron Grigg. “This is also chance for those who were sick at the conference meet to race healthy in the last meet of the season. We hope to finish with our best result in this meet.”
Last time out, the Dolphins had four runners earn all-conference honors en route to a program-best second place finish in the A-Sun Championships.
The second place finish for JU was the highest mark since taking third place in the 2000 Championship and the four all-conference runners were the most by any A-Sun school in the meet.
Sophomore Susanne Klungtveit ran the sixth fastest time in school history (18:14.04) to take first team all-conference honors in the A-Sun Championship. Junior Alyssa Deal took second team all-conference accolades with the 11th fastest time in school history after running an 18:29.16 (9th). Junior Elsabeth Goshu was behind Deal and also earned second team all-conference honors with a time of 18:29.58 in 10th place, which was also the 12th best time on the JU career list.
Junior Ali Ritter ran a time of 18:48.06 to place 14th and earn second team all-conference honors. Sophomore Anastasia Fokina ran her fastest time (19:52.52-41st) since rejoining the team after a broken femur injury. Sophomore Kelli Midden finished 45th (20:03.59) to round out the JU women.
2008 WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY