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Women's Cross Country Heads to Pennsylvania

Women's Cross Country Heads to Pennsylvania

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September 18 2006

Heading to Pennsylvania...

The Coastal Carolina University’s women’s cross country team and head coach Alan Connie will head to Lehigh, Pa to compete in the Paul Short Run September 29 for their third meet this season.

Viellehner Gets Two...

Freshman Julia Viellehner (Winhoring, Germany/Maria Ward Gymnasium) won her second straight meet and set another course record. In her first collegiate meet, the Covered Bridge Open, Viellehner finished first with a time of 18:10 in the 5,000-meter-event, which set a new collegiate course record. At the CCU Invitational, she won her second straight race in her first collegiate season, setting a new course record of 17:28.68 to defeat runner-up Cassie King of North Carolina by over 15 seconds.

 

Covered Bridge Open...

The Coastal Carolina women’s cross country team placed third at the Covered Bridge Open Friday, September 1 with 69 points. Freshman Julia Viellehner won with a time of 18:10 in the 5,000-meter-event, which set a new collegiate course record. CCU finished behind Florida State and Appalachian State with scores of 30 and 53, respectively.

The Lady Chanticleers had two runners place in the top five with Viellehner and sophomore Felicitas Mensing (Neuhausen, Germany/Leplergy Secondary School ) who placed fifth. She finished with a time of 18:35, almost a minute faster than her ninth place finish last year. Three other runners scored points for Coastal in the meet, freshman Theresa Schamberger (Kendalville, Ind./East Noble) finished 14th with a time of 19:29, junior Aubrey Bergquist (Pataskala, Ohio/Watkins Memorial) clocked in at the 18th slot with 19:37 with a time of 20:38.

Senior Claudia Witte (Warlin, Germany/Sportgymnasium Neubrandenburg) crossed the finish line 31st. Also running for the Lady Chants placing 53rd with a time of 22:32 was freshman Peggy Busbee (Aiken, S.C./South Aiken.

CCU Invitational...

The Coastal Carolina women split the results at the 2006 CCU Cross Country Invitational, held at Quail Creek Golf Course, Sept. 16. In the meet scored as a double dual, the Lady Chanticleers defeated East Carolina 19-37 and lost to North Carolina 24-35.

Freshman Julia Viellehner won her second straight race in her first collegiate season, setting a new course record of 17:28.68 to defeat runner-up Cassie King of North Carolina by over 15 seconds. Sophomore Felicitas Mensing was next for Coastal at fourth in 18:15.58, while freshman Theresa Schamberger was seventh at 19:02.86. Claudia Witte placed 13th at 19:39.49, Danielle Hagler placed 14th at 20:00,

senior Nikki Jasperson (Fort Wayne, Ind./Bishop Luers) placed 19th at 20:22.30, Peggy Busbee clocked in at 21:18.53 notching 24th place and Kathryn Zenowitz (Groton Long Pt, Conn./Robert E. Fitch Senior High School) placed at 26th place with a time of 21:31.49.

Do I Hear Six in a Row?...

Leading CCU as it attempts to capture its sixth consecutive Big South Championship title is senior captain Danielle Hagler (Beach Haven, N.J./ Southern Regional), who completed the 6k course 97th at 22:50 in the Southeast Regional meet last season. Sophomore Felicitas Mensing (Neuhausen, Germany/ Leplery Secondary School) comes off an impressive freshman campaign, placing fifth at the Big South Championships and 37th at the Southeast Regional at 21:28, as well as notching 2005 All-Big South Honors.

Domination in the Big South....

Coastal Carolina University’s women’s cross country squad has been chosen first in the Big South Conference’s annual preseason poll, as voted by the League’s Head Cross Country Coaches and Sports Information Directors and announced today by the Conference office.

Coastal Carolina has been picked to win its sixth-straight Big South women’s cross country title, receiving 13 first-place votes and 157 out of a possible 162 points. The Lady Chants, which have claimed a Big South-record 11 championships, finished 16 points ahead of second-place Liberty.

The 2005 Big South cross country season begins Friday, Sept. 1. The New Balance men’s and women’s cross country Conference Championship is slated for Saturday, Oct. 28, and will be hosted by Charleston Southern University.

Experience Matters....

Also returning this year for Coastal is junior Aubrey Bergquist (Pataskala, Ohio/Watkins Memorial) who finished 33rd at the Big South Cross Country Championships, Nikki Jasperson (Fort Wayne, Ind./Bishop Luers) who placed 35th, Keli Jo White (Wadsworth, Ohio/Wadsworth) who placed 34th,and Claudia Witte (Germany/Sport gymnasium Neubrandenburg).

Book on the Rookies...

Coach Connie brings in six newcomers for the 2006 season including a transfer from New Orleans and a German Junior National Champion. Junior transfer Diana Jepchirchir (Kampala, Uganda/University of New Orleans) comes to Coastal after Hurricane Katrina forced the cutting of the track and field team at UNO. Jepchirchir was the Sun Belt Conference Cross Country Champion along with being named Sun Belt Runner of the Year. She finished 24th at the NCAA South Region Championship and earned All-Region honors. Freshman Julia Viellehner (Winhoring, Germany/Maria Ward Gymnasium) was a two-time German Junior National 10,000 meter champion. She was also a two-time German Junior National Half-Marathon Champion and the German Junior National Champion for cross country in 2004. Other newcomers for 2006 include, Peggy Busbee (Aiken, S.C./South AIken), Theresa Schamberger (Kendalville, Ind./East Noble), Maranie Staab (Trafford, Pa./Penn Trafford), and Katheryn Zenowitz (Groton Long Pt., Conn./Robert E. Fitch).