MONDAY, MARCH 08, 2010
Women’s cross country earns USTFCCCA All-Academic team accolades
The JU women’s cross country team is getting an award for its stellar work off the trail as the Dolphins earned their second straight US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic team accolades on Friday afternoon.

The Dolphins, who earned their first conference title in the fall, receive the honor after posting a 3.38 grade point average in the classroom.

"This is icing on the cake to a great cross country season,” said JU head coach Ron Grigg. “We have a special group of student-athletes who know how to achieve both in their sport and in their academic major."

The Dolphins posted another career year in 2009 after winning three meets, including their first A-Sun Championship on Oct. 31. They also were ranked as high as eighth in the USTFCCCA South Region Polls.

At the conference meet, JU had six of the top 14 runners in the race to produce 43 points for the title. 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.

In the final meet of the season, Goshu ended her career on a high note, breaking the 6k school record by running a time of 21:34.69 (34th) to a program-best ninth place finish at the NCAA South Regionals on Nov. 14.