SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2009
Women’s cross country places ninth at NCAA South Regionals
Senior Ali Ritter recorded the third fastest mark on the 6k all-time list in her final cross country meet for the Dolphins.
Senior Ali Ritter recorded the third fastest mark on the 6k all-time list in her final cross country meet for the Dolphins.
Senior Elsabeth Goshu led a group of fiverunners to a record-breaking day as the JU women’s cross country team placed a program-best ninth at the NCAA South Regionals on Saturday afternoon.

For the second year in a row, the Dolphins finished as the third-best team from the state of Florida behind Florida (1st-33 points) and Florida State (2nd-54 points), who both earned a spot in the NCAA Championships.

Goshu ended her career on a high note, breaking the 6k school record by running a time of 21:34.69 to finish 34th. She unseated Adriana Campos who set the mark with time of a 21:58 at the same meet on Nov. 11, 2000.

Not to be outdone, senior Ali Ritter recorded the third fastest 6k mark on the all-time list with a time of 22:10.65 (62nd).

“We ran really well today - especially the seniors,” said JU head coach Ron Grigg. “I’m really happy for Elsa and Ali to run well in their final meet of the year.”

Freshman Joane Pierre closed out her first season on a good note by finishing at 22:16.88 (67th) to take fifth on the all-time list, while junior Anastasia Fokina is now seventh on the same list after running a 22:19.65 (70th).

Senior Alyssa Deal posted a time of 23:16.12 (106th) in her final cross country meet for the Dolphins. Junior Kelli Midden (23:28.37) came in at 12th on the all-time list, while freshman Morgan Keel (24:30.46) rounded out the rest of the JU runners.

JU wrapped the 2009 season winning three meets, including its first Atlantic Sun Championship on Oct. 31. They also were ranked as high as eighth in the United States Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association South Region Polls.