Cross country races at NCAA South Region Friday
Nick Dale/Joane Pierre (Photo credit Ralph Epifanio)
Nick Dale/Joane Pierre (Photo credit Ralph Epifanio)
A few members of the JU women’s and men’s cross country teams will look to end the 2012 season on a good note when they compete at the NCAA South Regional Friday in Tallahassee, Fla.

Seniors Joane Pierre, Morgan Keel and Amalia Vogler along with junior Svenja Meyer and sophomore Sarah Bailey will all race for the women. Freshman Nick Dale will run for the men’s team.

“We are excited to run in the regional meet,” JU head coach Ron Grigg said. “We are familiar with the course, and we know our training is at the highest level it has been at all season. Many of our women will be ending their cross country careers on Friday, and some will be using this meet as a spring board to even greater track success.”

Last time out, Pierre became the first JU runner in program history to win a conference title by placing first in 17:17.5 at the A-Sun Championships Oct. 27. Her time broke the JU 5K record and secured her third first team all-conference honor in the last four seasons.

Meyer earned first team all-conference accolades as well by finishing sixth in 17:40.3, while Keel (18:51.3) and Vogler (19:06.2) each ran personal-best times. Bailey was 48th in 19:46.2.

Dale led the men’s team in every race this season, including running a season-best time of 27:32.6 (53rd) at the A-Sun Championships.

“Nick had a very solid freshman year and running against this caliber of athlete at the 10k distance will be a great learning opportunity for him,” Grigg said. “We will count on Nick to be a leader in our program and we hope the experience he gains on Friday will allow him to elevate his future teammates as well.

Earlier this season, all six JU runners raced in the FSU Invitational in Tallahassee Oct. 5. Pierre paced the squad by breaking the JU 6k all-time mark in 21:10.8 to finish second overall. Meyer posted the third-fastest mark all-time in 21:51.8 (5th).

Pierre is the only Dolphin in the lineup with NCAA South Region experience after running a time of 22:16.88 in 2009.