NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Closing the fall season with a trip to the 2011 Atlantic Sun Conference Championship hosted by Belmont in Nashville, Tenn., the FGCU women’s cross country team finished in seventh place in the 10-team 5K event on Saturday Morning.
“I think the women did well today and gave a really solid effort,” said fourth-year head coach Cassandra Harbin. “Due to some injuries, we were missing some important piece to our team and given the circumstances I was happy with the women’s result.”
Finishing with a team score of 193, the Eagles positioned themselves in seventh place overall. With three runners in the top 10 and six in the top 20, Lipscomb ran to the team title with a combined score of 53.
For the sixth straight event this season junior Barrie Cohen (Voorhees, N.J./Eastern Regional HS) led the Eagles. The Voorhees, N.J. product finished 24th in the field of 78 conference runners with a time of 18:44.40.
Sophomore Kelly Perzanowski (St. Clairsville, Ohio/St. Clairsville HS) also had a strong showing at the league meet, crossing the finish line at the 19:05.50 mark to take 30th overall.
Taking 45th and 47th, respectively, were sophomores Marjorie Ducos (Orlando, Fla./Winter Park HS) and Caity Hoffman (Garnerville, N.Y./Albertus Mangus HS). Ducos came across the finish at the 19:35.00 mark, just ahead of Hoffman’s time of 19:43.30. Ducos’ time set a new personal best, as she bettered her previous mark of 19:42.76.
Sophomore Gretchen MacMillan (Ocala, Fla./West Port HS) was the next to cross the line for the Green and Blue at the event, taking 59th with a time of 20:51.90.
The Eagles’ team was rounded out by the trio of freshman Alicen Wilbur (Saint James City, Fla./Ida S. Baker HS), senior Taylor Cooke (Homosassa, Fla./Lecanto HS) and redshirt sophomore Alyssa Sawyer (Key West, Fla./Key West HS). Wilbur took 62nd with a time of 21:01.40, while Cooke and Sawyer finished back-to-back with times of 21:34.60 (68th) and 21:48.80 (69th), respectively. Sawyer’s time also set a new personal best, beating her old mark of 21:51.30.
The A-Sun Championship was the final team competition of the season for the Eagles. However, Cohen and Perzanowski will go on to represent the Green and Blue at the NCAA South Regional competition in Tuscaloosa, Ala. hosted by Alabama on Saturday, Nov. 12. Results and recaps from the event will be available at www.FGCUAthletics.com.
24. Barrie Cohen – 18:44.40
30. Kelly Perzanowski – 19:05.50
45. Marjorie Ducos – 19:35.00
47. Caity Hoffman – 19:43.30
59. Gretchen MacMillan – 20:51.90
62. Alicen Wilbur – 21:01.40
68. Taylor Cooke – 21:34.60
69. Alyssa Sawyer – 21:48.80
A-Sun Championship Results
1. Lipscomb – 53
2. UNF – 69
3. Belmont – 81
4. USC Upstate – 91
5. Jacksonville – 122
6. Mercer – 169
7. FGCU – 193
8. ETSU – 197
9. Kennesaw State – 202
10. Stetson - 279