Cross Country completes solid day at Invitational
Senior Elsabeth Goshu had the third best time in school history to win the women's side of the meet for the Dolphins.
Senior Elsabeth Goshu had the third best time in school history to win the women's side of the meet for the Dolphins.
The women’s team had the top five individual finishes to win the meet, while the men’s squad placed fifth to round out a strong day for the JU cross country teams at the Invitational on Friday evening in Titusville, Fla.

The women’s team won their second meet of the season and their sixth overall race since last season. Senior Elsabeth Goshu won her second meet of the season to pace the Dolphins by running the third fastest time in school history with an 18:01.49. The four other JU runners in the top five also earned a spot on the school’s all-time list.

The men’s team had three runners in the top 50, including junior Andrew Maedel who placed sixth with a time of 16:16.22.

"About half an hour before the women's race, we got some better conditions than we had expected with some cooler weather,” said JU head coach Ron Grigg. “We were aggressive from the start, most of the girls were 10-15 seconds faster at the mile today as compared to two weeks ago.

“Elsa and Susanne (Klungtveit) gapped the field by the mile, while Anastasia (Fokina), Joane (Pierre) and Ali (Ritter) were running in control in eight, ninth and tenth place. The three girls moved up through the field in the next two miles by running relatively even splits to allow us to have a really strong team result. Amalia (Vogler), Kelli (Midden), Alyssa (Deal) and Tiffanie (Saxton) showed off our depth as well. Our goal now is to maintain our training excellence and stay healthy over the next four to six weeks so we can be at our best for conference and regionals."

On the women’s side, junior Anastasia Fokina finished behind Goshu in second place with a time of 18:16.87 – ninth fastest in JU history. Junior Susane Klungtveit ran a time of 18:17.49 to place third, while freshman Joane Pierre took fourth place (18:30.56, 14th all-time) and senior Ali Ritter was fifth (18:32.69, 15th all-time).

Freshman Amalia Vogler ran a time of 19:13.79 to finish 13th and junior Kelli Midden was two spots behind her in 15th place after running a time of 19:18.28. Senior Alyssa Deal (20:20.28) and senior Tiffanie Saxton (20:34.49) rounded out the rest of the JU runners.

“This was a fast course no doubt, but both our recent training results and our racing style today indicated these results were possible,” said Grigg. “While the times were good, it was the process of racing that I was most proud of today.”

After Maedel’s sixth place mark, freshman Zack Smith took 31st with a time of 17:29.52, while junior Gene Sarsfield was in 45th place with a time of 18:22.67. Sophomore Patrick Abbey placed 56th with a time of 18:56.93, while freshman Devin Resko closed JU’s day after running a 20:30.86 (71st).

"The men have been showing significant improvement in the last month,” Grigg said. “The whole team competed hard, with Andrew turning in a solid effort up front for us. I look forward to seeing our younger guys over the 8k distance in two weeks."

Both teams will be back in action on Friday, Oct. 16 as they Dolphins compete in the Sodexho Stetson Invitational in DeLand, Fla.