NEW ORLEANS – After a trip to the regional meet and five all-conference selections last season, Jacksonville University women's cross country opens the fall ranked 13th in the South Region by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
"It is nice to be recognized amongst the top teams in the region," said Director of Cross Country and Track and Field Ron Grigg. "This group has potential to produce some strong results at the end of the year. We plan to be incredibly patient in our approach. Let's see if we can rank even higher in late October."
Last season, Jacksonville was ranked for six of the ten weeks and peaked at No. 13 during weeks four and six.
The Dolphins closed out last season with a 14th-place finish at the NCAA South Region Championship, where First Team All-ASUN honorees Nora McUmber and Caitlin Marino both set significant personal bests in the 6K race. McUmber moved into third all-time in the Jacksonville record books with a time of 21:26.6, while Marino (21:37.2) shattered her previous PR by over a minute and slid from 14th to fifth all-time in Dolphin program history as the second Dolphin to cross the finish line at the regional.
Jacksonville finished second at last year's ASUN Conference Championships, and with two additions and the core of the team returning, should have no problem returning to the regional meet this season.
The Dolphins open the 2017 season Saturday, Sept. 9 when they travel across town for the UNF Cross Country Invitational.