Women’s cross country wraps up ISU Pre-Nationals
Sophomore Joane Pierre ran the third fastest 6k time in school history to lead the JU women’s cross country team at the ISU Pre-Nationals on Saturday afternoon in Terra Haute, Ind.

Pierre recorded a time of 22:00.6 (121st) to pace the Dolphins for the third straight meet and surpass Ali Ritter’s time of 22:10 on the 6k list from the NCAA South Regional last season.

“Today was an eye-opening experience in getting to see what a good team really is,” said JU head coach Ron Grigg. “No one is happy with their result, but there were good lessons to take away from this competition. We will be better in two weeks because of what we experienced in this meet.”

Senior Susanne Klungtveit was the next highest finisher with a time of 22:24.0 (166th), while freshman Svenja Meyer recorded the 10th fastest 6K in program history after running a 23:02.3 (222nd).

Senior Anastasia Fokina ran a time of 23:03.8 (225th) and junior Baliee Hedstrom came in 12th on the all-time 6k list with a 23:23.7 (246th). Sophomore Morgan Keel registered a time of 24:07.7 to round out the day.

As a team, the Dolphins finished 38th in the white division running against several nationally-ranked from the top-30 poll.

The Dolphins will now spend the next two weeks preparing to defend their conference title at the A-Sun Championships on Oct. 30 in Spartanburg, S.C.