DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Sophomore Cadie Sly paced the Florida Gulf Coast University women’s cross country team to a sixth place finish in the 12-team Embry-Riddle/Smoothie King Invitational 5-K Classic on Saturday.
Florida Tech won the team title with 52 points to easily outdistance runner-up Nova Southeastern’s 89 points. South Florida’s “B” team was third with 130 points. FGCU tied with Stetson for sixth with 175 points. The meet, which features one of the most challenging courses in the state, drew over 1,100 competitors from 13 colleges and 30 high schools from across the state of Florida.
Kristina Aronson (20:54) of Rollins took home the women’s individual crown, narrowly beating Jocelyn Boose of Florida Tech (20:59).
Sly finished 17th overall in 22:18, her third straight top-20 finish this year. Freshman April Ward placed 21st (22:48) while freshman Lyndsey Kelly finished 39th (23:37).
Junior Lindsey Garven placed 56th (24:29) and freshman Marie Scarpantonio was 58th (24:33) to complete the Eagles scoring. Junior Katy Steffan, currently battling an injury, placed 59th (24:34) while senior Antoinette Savino was 99th (30:21).
FGCU will compete next Friday in the NCAA Division II pre-regional meet at the flrunners.com VI Invitational at the Little Everglades Ranch in Dade City, site of the NCAA Division II South Region championship meet.