Women's Cross Country Team Travels to Embry-Riddle
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Florida Gulf Coast University women’s cross country team returns to action after a weekend off when it competes in the Embry-Riddle Cross County Classic in Daytona Beach on Saturday at 8:25 a.m.
The 5-K course is billed as one of the most challenging in the state of Florida. It is a true cross country course that includes all types of terrain, including athletic fields, a 150-meter hill, short sand trail and two road crossings and requires two loops.
Two weeks ago the Eagles placed three runners in the top-20 to finish fourth in the seven-team Florida Tech Invitational at Wickham Park in Melbourne, Fla. Juniors Katy Steffan (Naples, Fla.), sophomore Cadie Sly (Loxahatchee, Fla.), and freshman April Ward (North Fort Myers, Fla.) have been the top three finishers for FGCU in the first two meets of the season. Freshman Marie Scarpantonio (North Fort Myers, Fla.) and junior Lindsey Garven (Oviedo, Fla.) complete the Eagles top-five finishers thus far.
Freshman Lyndsey Kelly (Cape Coral, Fla.), junior Lindsay Gualario (Naples, Fla.), and senior Antoinette Savino (Largo, Fla.) have also run well in the early going.
This is the second straight season the Eagles have competed in the meet. Last year Steffan placed fourth overall to lead FGCU to a seventh-place finish in the team standings. About 10 schools are expected to compete this week.