LEHIGH, PA. -- The Coastal Carolina women's cross country squad turned in a solid performance, placing 10th at the nationally-renowned Paul Short Run in Lehigh, Pa., Sept. 29. The event was composed of 35 teams and 237 runners from across the country. The Lady Chanticleers scored 290 points in the meet, as nationally-ranked Princeton won the meet by a single point over Wisconsin, also a nationally-ranked squad.
Freshman Julia Viellehner (Winhoring, Germany/Maria Ward Gymnasium) turned in another outstanding performance in her first year, setting a new Big South Conference and school 6K record with a time of 20:33, placing third in a very strong field. She bettered the old mark of former Lady Chant Anne Marie Moutsinga by five seconds at this distance. Junior Diana Jepchirchir (Kamdpala, Uganda/University of New Orleans), in her first race after receiving clearance from the NCAA to compete, finished 37th in a time of 21:42, while sophomore Felicitas Mensing (Neuhausen, Germany/Leplergy Secondary School) took 47th just 12 seconds behind Jepchirchir in 21:54. Rounding out the Coastal effort was junior Aubrey Bergquist (Pataskala, Ohio/Watkins Memorial) in 73rd in a time of 22:30, freshman Theresa Schamberger (Kendalville, Ind./East Noble) in 130th with 23:24 and senior Danielle Hagler (Beach Haven, N.J./Southern Regional) placing 185th with a time of 24:12.
"Julia had a brilliant race, running a steady pace the entire race and doing an outstanding job," head coach Alan Connie said. "She did a great job keeping a solid pace throughout and was able to defeat several All-Americans from last year as well as some of the top freshmen in the nation. It was also a very solid opening event for Diana, as she ran in her first competitive race this year after joining us from the University of New Orleans. She is just going to get better and better as she gets more work in throughout the season. Overall, I am very pleased with the effort these six young ladies put in for us today."
The Lady Chants are next on the course, Sat., Oct. 14 at the NCAA Pre-Nationals in Terre Haute, Ind. The course is the same one that will be used in the NCAA Cross Country Championships on November 20.