Women's Cross Country Team Places Three in Top-20 at Florida Tech
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Florida Gulf Coast University women’s cross country team placed three runners in the top-20 to finish fourth in the seven-team Florida Tech Invitational at Wickham Park in Melbourne, Fla. Saturday morning. Host Florida Tech (31) won the team title with Nova Southeastern (62) in second. Embry-Riddle (95) edged FGCU (97) for the third spot.
Kristina Aronson of Rollins was the individual winner, covering the 5-K course in 19:43. Due to the muddy conditions, only four runners were able to finish under twenty minutes on an extremely wet course. Florida Tech captured the next three places including second place finisher Jocelyn Boose (19:51.1), Charise Parker (19:55.0) in third and Carolyn Salois (19:57.3) in fourth.
Sophomore Cadie Sly led all FGCU finishers in seventh place with a time of 20:25. Junior Katy Steffan placed 16th (21:21) and freshman April Ward was 18th (21:25). Completing the scoring for the Eagles were freshman Marie Scarpantonio in 26th (21:56) and junior Lindsey Garven in 30th (22:18).
Freshman Lyndsey Kelly placed 31st, junior Lindsay Gualario finished 44th, and senior Antoinette Savino was 55th. Savino, who has been hampered by injuries, became the first runner in FGCU history - either male or female to compete in a race in all four years of the program’s history.
Seven full teams completed in the event, including Webber International, Palm Beach Atlantic, Nova Southeastern, Rollins, Embry-Riddle and Florida Tech, along with a number of unattached runners.
FGCU has a week off before returning to the trails for the Embry-Riddle Invitational in Daytona Beach on September 24.