JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville University cross country teams each got off to a strong start with the men and women both sweeping the JU Short Course Duals by a 3-0 count.
“It was a good start for both teams,” said JU head coach Ron Grigg. “To go 3-0 in the duals will give each group a little confidence.
Senior Svenja Meyer paced the women’s squad covering the 3.7K course around Dolphin Green in 13:56. She was followed by freshman Katy Solis who ran a 14:35. Another freshman, Caitlin Marino, clocked in at 14:44 to finish fourth overall.
“Svenja is in good shape and ready for a great senior season,” added Grigg.
The trio powered the Dolphins to victories over Bethune-Cookman (22-35) and Savannah State (15-41). In the closest scoring of the evening JU nipped Atlantic Sun foe Kennesaw State (29-30) with Marino’s seven second margin over the Owls Sydney Williams proving to be the difference.
Mary Kate Ponder (16:16), Shadaey Campbell (16:34) and Alexis Taylor (17:38) rounded out the runners for JU.
On the men’s side the Dolphins ran past Bethune-Cookman (23-35), Kennesaw State (20-38) and Savannah State (24-33).
Sophomore Nick Dale, took fourth overall with a time of 18:10 on the 5.13K course. He was followed by classmate Andrew Merrill (18:22) and freshman Jeremy McDermet (18:56). Freshman Kyle Crews (19:13) was ninth overall while fellow rookies Austin Davey (21:41) Balaram Khara (21:54) and Darrell Meaux-Charles (22:11) rounded out the rest of the JU runners.
“I am excited about the future success I our young men’s team,” said Grigg. “We have a lot of strong young runners that I think will continue to develop.”
Next up for the Dolphins is the FLRunners.com 13 race on Sept. 27 in Titusville, Fla.
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