GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Sophomore Barrie Cohen and freshman Kelly Perzanowski broke the 5K school record en route to leading the FGCU women’s cross country team to a seventh-place finish at the Mt. Dew Invitational hosted by the University of Florida on Saturday morning.
“Breaking a school record this early in the season is a great accomplishment for Barrie and Kelly,” said head coach Cassandra Harbin. “I feel like they really stepped it up and went out there and competed against some of the best schools in the state and region. It was a huge improvement for the program and hopefully shows where this season is heading.”
Host Florida won the event that featured 22 teams from around the state of Florida. The Eagles earned 224 points as four Eagles placed in the top 60 of the 208-member race. FGCU improves on its 2009 finish of ninth and improved its average team running time.
Cohen crossed the finish line at 18:42.38, breaking current teammate senior Megan Thies’ time of 18:55 set at the 2009 Atlantic Sun Championship, for a 25th-place finish. Perzanowski also broke the record, running an 18:49.06 to finish in 28th. Both times now stand as the top times for their respective class as well.
The top finisher at the 2009 A-Sun Championship, Thies finished in 50th for the Eagles, clocking in at 19:30.91. Thies’ time is now the top senior time in school history.
Freshman Majorie Ducos (19:42.76) finished in 58th place and sophomore Claire Stodghill (19:54.61) finished in 69th. Freshmen Caity Hoffman (Garnerville, N.Y./Albertus Magnus) (20:06.78) and Gretchen MacMillan (20:48.60) rounded out the runners who scored points for the Blue and Green.
FGCU now gets two weeks to prepare or the Sean Earl Loyola Lakefront Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 2 in Chicago, Ill.