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Women’s Cross Country Takes Fifth at UCF Black & Gold Challenge
ORLANDO, Fla. – Led by 10th and 13th place finishes from junior Kelly Perzanowski (St. Clairsville, Ohio/St. Clairsville HS) and senior Barrie Cohen (Voorhees, NJ/Eastern Regional HS), the FGCU women’s cross country earned a fifth place finish at the 16-team UCF Black & Gold Challenge in Orlando, Fla. Friday night.
Perzanowski came in with a time of 22:28.95 and Cohen followed when she finished with a time of 22:51.46. Perzanowski’s time is the second fastest time in 6k history at FGCU behind Cohen’s time of 22:14.30, which was set back at the NCAA Division I South Regional in 2011.
"For the women this was a solid performance,” said head coach Cassandra Goodson. “They edged out Miami and beat a few good teams. I'm pleased with their effort.”
Fellow A-Sun member North Florida took home first place with a score of 49, followed by UCF (88), Jacksonville (106), USF (121) and FGCU (153) to round out the top five teams. Eagles edged out Miami for fifth place by 21 points.
Freshman Courtney Corradetti (San Diego, Ca./Vista HS) was the third FGCU competitor to finish when she took 30th place with a time of 23:53.22. Sophomore Ali Wilbur (Saint James City, Fla./Ida S. Baker HS) finished the competition with a time of 24:18.73 in 41st place, followed by junior Gretchen MacMillan (Ocala, Fla./West Port HS) who finished 63rd with a time of 25:10.58.
Freshman Kelsey English (Oakhurst, N.J./Ocean Township HS) finished 71st with a time of 25:27.27. Classmate Savanah Lacey (Oviedo, Fla./Oviedo HS) and junior Caity Hoffman (Garnerville, N.Y./Albertus Magnus HS) finished in 87th and 96th place, respectively, with time of 26:13.94 and 26:33.39. Senior Alyssa Sawyer (Key West, Fla./Key West HS) was the final FGCU competitors to finish with a time of 27:06.98.
The Eagles will be back in action on Saturday, October 27, when they host the Atlantic Sun Championships at Buckingham Park. The women’s event is scheduled to begin at 8:45 a.m. More information, including directions to Buckingham Park, will be available at www.FGCUATHLETICS.com
UCF Black & Gold Challenge
1. North Floirda - 49
2. UCF - 88
3. Jacksonville - 106
4. USF - 121
5. FGCU - 153
6. Miami - 174
7. Florida A&M - 207
8. FIU - 223
T-9. FAU - 231
T-9. Palm Beach Atlantic - 231
11. Rollins - 286
12. Pasco-Hernando CC - 341
13. Stetson - 342
14. Bethune-Cookman - 388
15. Saint Leo - 405
16. Lynn - 450
FGCU INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
10. Kelly Perzanowski - 22:28.95
13. Barrie Cohen - 22:51.46
30. Courtney Corradetti - 23:53.22
42. Alicen Wilbur - 24:18.73
63. Gretchen MacMillan - 25:10.58
71. Kelsey English - 25:27.27
87. Savanah Lacey - 26:13.94
96. Caity Hoffman – 26:33.39
101. Alyssa Sawyer – 27:06.98