Sept. 25, 2010
St. Paul, Minn.- The Chanticleer women’s cross country team took part in the 25th Annual Roy Griak Invitational hosted by the University of Minnesota finishing 20th in the 29 team field that featured eight of the top 30 teams in the United State Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association poll.
Arizona, who is ranked 24th in the poll, won the Jack Johnson Women’s Gold (Division I) Competition with a team score of 76. New Mexico (102), Iowa State (113), Duke (119), and Providence (139) rounded out the top five.
North Carolina State’s Laura Hoer won the 6-kilometer event with a time of 20:38 on the soggy course.
Coastal’s top four finishers all finished within a mere 23 seconds of each other. Leading the pack for the Chants was Jamie Brusa with a time of 22:52 good for 100th in the field of 300. Crossing the finish line second for the Chanticleers was junior Christian Johnson in 117th at 23:07. Closely behind Johnson were Janel Reeves and Seanna Kautz with times of 23:09 and 23:15 respectively to place 119th and 124th.
“I’m very pleased with the way the team battled against some of the toughest competition in the country,” said head coach Alan Connie. “They gave a 100 percent effort today and stayed focused on one of the toughest 6-kilometer courses in the country.
“Competing in this meet, which is one of the top meets in the country, was a great experience for the team as we head into the championship portion of the season.”
Also competing today for Coastal Carolina were Jessica Dennison, Rindi Wood, and Emma Hulburd at the 30th Annual Will Wilson Citadel Invitational. Dennison finished seventh in the 53 competitor field with a time of 19:37.38. Wood and Hulburd both finished in the top half of the field in 24th and 27th respectively with times of 20:31.07 and 21:13.56.
The women will return to action on Saturday, October 9th as the take part in the Walt Disney World Cross Country Classic for the first time in program history.