FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2009
Women’s cross country races at NCAA South Regional on Saturday
With the program’s first Atlantic Sun title in its possession, the JU women’s cross country team looks for one more positive result as the Dolphins compete at the NCAA South Regionals on Saturday in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Head Coach Ron Grigg
Elsbaeth Goshu

The Dolphins will try to end the season on a high note for the second year in row after already winning four of their six meets this season. In the last two years, JU has won eight of its last 16 meets and has finished below the top 10 only once. The Dolphins have also had a runner earn a spot on the school’s all-time list in the last three meets.

JU has been getting recognized on a larger scale as well after getting voted as high as eighth in last two United States Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association South Region Polls. The Dolphins are in the same regional poll with Florida and Florida State, who rank in the top 10 nationally and will be competing in the race.

“We look forward to ending this great season on a high note,” said JU head coach Ron Grigg. “For Elsa (Goshu), Ali (Ritter) and Alyssa (Deal), this will likely mark the end of their cross country careers. I know they are motivated for good individual and team results."

Last time out, the Dolphins won the conference title on Oct. 31 by having six of the top 14 runners in the meet to produce 43 points. Senior Elsabeth Goshu (3rd overall) and junior Anastasia Fokina (7th overall) each earned first team all-conference honors. Freshman Joane Pierre, senior Ali Ritter, junior Susanne Klungtveit and junior Kelli Midden all received second team all-conference honors.

Goshu ran the third fastest time in school history (17:53) at the meet, while Fokina had the sixth fastest time on the all-time list with an 18:10.

Pierre (18:18), Ritter (18:26) and Klungtveit (18:31) finished 10th, 11th, and 12th, respectively for the Dolphins. Pierre’s mark was the ninth fastest time in school history, while Ritter’s time ranked 12th on the all-time list. Midden placed 14th with a time of 18:35, which ranks 16th on the all-time list at JU.

Last season, the Dolphins closed out the 2008 campaign with a school-record 10th place finish at the NCAA Regionals. Klungtveit produced the school’s third-best 6K time with a 22:18 (37th) to lead the Dolphins, while Goshu tallied the program’s fourth-highest time (22:21) and Alyssa Deal ran a 23:07 to rank seventh on the all-time list.

The Dolphins will run their portion of the meet at 12:15 am ET. Fans can get all the live timing results by logging onto JUDolphins.com.