Cross Country races in A-Sun Championships on Saturday
Three months of competition has led the JU men’s & women’s cross country team to its most important meet of the season with the A-Sun Championships Saturday in Nashville, Tenn.

On the women’s side, the Dolphins are looking to improve their third place finish from last season against a tough field and get back into the top spot for the second time since 2009.

“The league is infinitely better than it has ever been both in individual talent and team depth,” JU head coach Ron Grigg said. “Each team and each individual will require an excellent effort or they could find themselves lower in the standings than they ever expected. We are well prepared for what is required.”

Last time out, the women’s squad tied for first at the UCF Attack Challenge in Orlando on Oct. 14.

Junior Joane Pierre took first for the second straight meet with a time of 21:47.32 which earned her A-Sun Runner of the Week honors.

Sophomore Svenja Meyer ran a 22:47.95 for sixth place. Freshman Sarah Bailey finished 12th in 23:34.60, while junior Amalia Vogler ran a 24:14.51 for 29th. Junior Alicia Gard-Kaminkow ran a time of 24:45.23 (40th) to finish the JU group.

On the men’s side, sophomore Esteban Mendez, freshman Martin Crouse, freshman Jason Acquaviva, senior Jesse Brantman and sophomore Matthew Outlaw will be lacing up for JU in the 8k.

“The men have had a good year of training progressing to this point,” Grigg said. “They will give a highly motivated effort on Saturday morning.”

Mendez posted a time of 29:47.91 to help lead the Dolphins to a 10th place finish at the UCF Attack Challenge. Crouse was the second highest finisher after running a 31:03.95.

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