On the men’s side, freshman Nick Dale ran a time of 16:44.80 (6th) in helping the Dolphins to a fifth-place finish. Freshman Andrew Merrill was the next highest finisher at 17th in 17:30.90.
“I am very happy with today,” JU head coach Ron Grigg said. “Nick looked real good. All of the freshmen men learned good lessons today.”
Junior Esteban Mendez ran a time of 18:30.40 (32nd), while freshman James Trebilock had a mark of 19:50.60 (49th). Freshman Will Tirado rounded out the men’s side in 20:05.30 (52nd)
In the women’s portion, junior LaTonya Payne ran a time of 20:04.40 (17th), while senior Bienna Freeman was not far behind her in 20:08.90 (18th). Senior Alicia Gard-Kaminkow ran a time of 22:18.60 (45th) to wrap the group.
“I'd go to war with LaTonya any day,” Grigg said. “Here is a kid that ran lead off on our NCAA East prelim 4x100-meter relay and for her to almost break 20 minutes won't be lost on those people who know track. It is a really strong run. Bienna and Alicia have both been running for less than a month so they will round into shape in the next month.”
Both JU cross country squads will be back in action at FSU Invitational Oct 5, in Tallahassee, Fla.