Women’s cross country picked second in A-Sun Preseason Poll
Junior Susanne Klungtveit is one of seven runners returning from the 2008 squad for JU
Junior Susanne Klungtveit is one of seven runners returning from the 2008 squad for JU
The JU women’s cross country team has a good base to start from for the 2009 season as they were picked second in the Atlantic Sun Preseason Poll.

Belmont, the seven-time defending champion, took the top spot with 118 points and eight of the 11 first place votes, while the Dolphins ( 103 points, two first place votes) and Kennesaw State (101) rounded out the top three. North Florida, USC-Upstate, Lipscomb, Campbell, ETSU, Florida Gulf Coast, Mercer and Stetson made up the rest of the poll, respectively.

“After a great summer of training, we are very eager to get started,” said JU head coach Ron Grigg. “Without question, we have the best team in our program’s history. We intend to be significantly better than last season. How that compares to our fellow conference competitors remains to be seen and will ultimately be decided at the A-Sun Championship.”

The Dolphins return all seven runners from last year’s squad that produced the best season in school history. JU won four out of five regular season meets and never finished below 10th in a race all season.

At the A-Sun Championships, the Dolphins nearly pulled off an upset over defending champion Belmont with a program-best second place finish behind all-conference efforts from Susanne Klungtveit, Alyssa Deal, Elsabeth Goshu and Ali Ritter. The four all-conference honors by JU were the most by any school during the meet. Klungtveit’s time (sixth) along with Deal’s (11th) and Goshu’s mark (12th) all made it on the school record list as well.

In the final meet of the season, the Dolphins ended with a program-best 10th place finish at the NCAA South Regional in Knoxville, Tenn. Klungtveit produced the school’s third-best 6K time with a 22:18 (37th) to lead the Dolphins. Goshu (22:21) tallied the program’s fourth-highest time behind Klungtveit, while Deal ran a 23:07 to rank seventh on the all-time list.

The Dolphins open the season on Friday, Sept. 4 with the JU Short Course Duals on the JU golf course.