UCF Black & Gold Challenge Concludes with Women's Cross Country in Fourth Place
Friday, October 14, 2011 | by Caleb Baker (@calebaker)

ORLANDO, Fla. – In its final tune-up before the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship, the FGCU women’s cross country team ran to a fourth place finish in the 16-team field at the UCF Black and Gold Challenge on Friday evening in Orlando, Fla. Junior Barrie Cohen (Voorhees, N.J./Eastern Regional HS) led the Eagles through the 6K event, taking fifth place overall.

“The women competed well this evening running in the 6K race,” said fourth-year head coach Cassandra Harbin. “This was our final competition before the A-Sun championship, and I am pleased with a fourth place finish heading into that event.”

Competing in their first 6K event of the season, the Eagles took fourth place with a score of 110. Each finishing with 88 points, UCF took the team victory over A-Sun foe Jacksonville with the sixth runner’s score being the deciding factor.

Leading the Eagles for the fifth straight event, Cohen earned the fifth place finish with a time of 22:43.87 in the field of 128 runners. With the Green and Blue competing in the first 6K event since the 2006 season, Cohen’s time set a new program record at the event.

Taking 19th and 20th, respectively, sophomores Caity Hoffman (Garnerville, N.Y./Albertus Mangus HS) and Kelly Perzanowski (St. Clairsville, Ohio/St. Clairsville HS) also contributed to the Eagles score. Hoffman crossed the finish line at the 23:52.78 mark, ahead of Perzanowski’s time of 23:55.26. Also placing in the top 25 was sophomore Marjorie Ducos (Orlando, Fla./Winter Park HS), who’s time of 23:59.28 was good for 23rd overall.

Also contributing to the total score, senior Taylor Cooke (Homosassa, Fla./Lecanto HS) finished 43rd with a time of 24:53.05, while sophomore Gretchen MacMillan (Ocala, Fla./West Port HS) used a time of 25:06.69 to take 50th overall.

Rounding out the Eagles’ team was freshman Alicen Wilbur (Saint James City, Fla./Ida S. Baker HS) and redshirt sophomore Alyssa Sawyer (Key West, Fla./Key West HS). Taking 60th overall, Wilbur crossed the finish with a time of 25:52.40, ahead of Sawyer’s 26:33.72 which placed her 70th.

The Friday competition was the final tune-up before heading to the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship on Saturday, Oct. 29th in Nashville, Tenn. Results and recaps from all FGCU events will be available at www.FGCUAthletics.com.

FGCU Results
5. Barrie Cohen - 22:43.87
19. Caity Hoffman – 23:52.78
20. Kelly Perzanowski – 23:55.26
23. Marjorie Ducos – 23:59.28
43. Taylor Cooke – 24:53.05
50. Gretchen MacMillan – 25:06.69
60. Alicen Wilbur – 25:52.40
70. Alyssa Sawyer – 26:33.72