Karley Piers sets sixth fastest FGCU 5K time at ASUN Cross Country Championship
HUNTSVILLE, Alabama. – Karley Pier (Falmouth, Maine/Falmouth HS) led the FGCU women’s cross country team as they took 36e place individually in the ASUN Cross Country Championship held at John Hunt Park in Huntsville, Alabama on Saturday. The Eagles, ranked 12e like a team.
“We have improved in many ways compared to last season. We were hoping for a better result, but that being said, the women showed a lot of fighting spirit this race,” said the head coach. Cassandra Goodson. “We’re happy that Karley and Mary are making personal bests. Blake is more consistent at his new level, so we’re making progress. We’ll keep working hard for regionals in a few weeks.”
Piers led the Eagles with a time of 17:54.20, the sixth-fastest 5k time in program history. It was a personal best as she ran 18:05.53 at the North Alabama Showcase on September 16.
Blake Petrick (St. John’s, FL/Creekside HS) then crossed the line for the Greens and Blues in 18:41.50 and caught 74e square. Married McCullough (Highlands Ranch, Colorado/Mountain Vista HS/Colorado Mesa University) was a place behind in 75e and with a time of 18:41.90 which is more than a minute faster than her 19:43.9 she ran two weeks ago at USF.
First-year student Gabriella Spain (Sioux Falls, SD / Sioux Falls Washington HS) was next in 76e (18:42.10) with Reilly Ritter (Tabernacle, NJ/Seneca HS) stop the clock at 19:55.50 to take the 97e place.
Completing the FGCU performance that day was Mariel Esquilin (Bonita Springs, FL/Estero HS/Stetson), who finished the course in 20:34.70. and finished 108e.
Lipscomb won his ninth ASUN title with 35 points, while Liberty placed second (45 points). Calli Doan of the Flames won the individual title and was ASUN Runner of the Year for the second time finishing the course in 16:21.00.
The Eagles will return to action on Friday, November 11 at the NCAA Regionals hosted by North Alabama in Huntsville, Ala.
All-Conference First Team
1. Calli Doan, Freedom (16:21.00) – Runner of the year
2. Lydia Miller, Lip Comb (16:26.50)
3. Colbi Borland, Lipscomb (16:34.20)
4. Jone Zabaleta-Larranaga, Eastern Kentucky (16:45.40)
5. Caroline Timm, Kennesaw State (16:46.80)
6. Hayleigh Palotti, Jacksonville (16:49.90)
7. Ava Gordon, Freedom (16:50.50)
All-Conference Second Team
8. Kayla Werner, Freedom (16:54.30)
9. Liza Corso, Lip Comb (16:56.00)
10. Ally Suyak, Lipscomb (17:00.70)
11. Mackenzie Barnett, Lipscomb (17:02.50)
12. Anna Hostetler, Freedom (17:05.50)
13. Anouk Van Gils, Eastern Kentucky (17:06.50)
14. Sarah Hendrick, Kennesaw State (17:13.20)
All-Conference Third Team
15. Kiara Carter, Lip Comb (17:20.10)
16. Grace Kilroy, Eastern Kentucky (17:24.10)
17. Catherine Farrell, Freedom (17:26.00)
18. Letizia Martinelli, Queens (17:27.60)
19. Aly Negovetich, Lipscomb (17:29.60)
20. Priscillah Kiplagat, Freedom (17:33.20)
21. Emma Sullivan, Jacksonville (17:35.30)
Ava Gordon, Freedom (16:50.50) – Freshman of the Year
Kayla Werner, Freedom (16:54.30)
Letizia Martinelli, Queens (17:27.60)
Aly Negovetich, Lipscomb (17:29.60)
Katrina Schlenker, Freedom (17:38.90)
Coach of the year
Nick Polk, Lip Comb
1. Lip Comb – 35
2. Freedom – 45
3. Eastern Kentucky – 102
4. Kennesaw State – 106
5. North Florida – 158
6. Queens – 172
7. Bellarmine – 239
8. Stetson – 241
10. Central Arkansas – 289
11. North Alabama – 293
13. Jacksonville State – 349
14.Austin Peay – 406
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FGCU is led by Cassandra Goodson, whose 15 seasons at the helm have taken the Eagles from humble beginnings to a competitive DI program, highlighted by eight trips to the NCAA Southern Regional Championship. Every mark in the FGCU’s all-time record books was etched during the Goodson era, as it resulted in 21 ASUN All-Conference selections, the 2013 Women’s Conference Runner of the Year and three members of the NCAA South All-Region team.
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