Dolphins gear up for Cross Country TAAC Championships

Oct. 23, 2000

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville University women's cross country team has finished in the top five in all meets this season. Senior Adiana Campos (Lake Park, Fla.) has led the way for the Dolphins throughout the season, finishing as the top finisher on the team in four out of five races.

In JU's first meet of the season, the Twi-Light Meet hosted by the University of Florida, JU took a second-place finish behind host Florida. Four Dolphins finished in the Top 20, led by Asjah Muhammad (11th, 19:55).

JU hosted and won the Taco Bell/JU Invitational in its second meet of the season. Campos, April Nudo-Patterson (Jacksonville, Fla.) and Christine Weiher (Toledo, Ohio) finished third, fourth and fifth, respectively. The Dolphins went on to place fourth at the Campbell European Invitational. Campos once again led the way for the Dolphins with a time of 18:49 and a fourth-place finish.

The Dolphins next traveled to Orlando, Fla., for the Walt Disney World Classic V Meet. The team and Campos finished in fifth place out of 208 runners, while Nudo-Patterson finished in the Top 20.

In its final meet before the TAAC Championship JU finished second at the USF Florida Intercollegiate Championship with 103 points. Campos placed 11th and Nudo-Patterson 17th for the Dolphins.

With only one senior and five underclassmen, the Jacksonville University men's cross country began the rebuilding process this season with its new head coach Jose Fernandez. Senior Kevin Barry (Zephyerhills, Fla.) and sophomore Rowan Irons (Durban, South Africa) led the way for the Dolphins as the top two finishers in all of JU's meets this season.

The Dolphins came in sixth at the 2000 Twi-Light Meet hosted by the University of Florida. Irons and Barry were the top two finishers for the Dolphins with times of 24:12 and 24:42, respectively. In the Taco Bell/JU Invitational, the Dolphins finished in seventh place with 164 total points.

JU then competed in the JTC Invitational and finished in eighth place. Barry and Irons again were the top two finishers for the Dolphins. Barry had a 30:09 time, while Irons posted a 30:38 mark. The Dolphins then traveled to Gainesville, Fla., for the Gator Invitational where they finished in 15th place.

At the USF Florida Intercollegiate, the Dolphins came in 16th place with 479 points. Once again, Barry and Irons led the Dolphins at the championships.