Weekend's Women's #ASUNXC Action Features Five Teams at Five Different Sites

Weekend's Women's #ASUNXC Action Features Five Teams at Five Different Sites

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ATLANTA, Ga. - The 2019 ASUN Conference Cross Country season continues this weekend with Jacksonville, NJIT, North Florida, Liberty and Stetson all in action. Two conference teams in action are ranked in the USTFCCCA's Week 2 Regional Polls in Liberty (12th, Southeast Region) and North Florida (14th, South Region). Lipscomb is ranked 11th in the South region.

Friday begins at 10:15 AM with the majority of Liberty's team participating in the Virginia/Panorama Farms Invitational 6K in Earlysville, Va. Other Flames' team members head to Charlotte, N.C. for the Queen City Invite. Stetson's squad also travels Charlotte for the 5K race that has a start time of 5 PM. The UCF Invitational features the Dolphins in Orlando, Fla., toeing the line for a 5:45 PM start time. North Florida returns to action after a two-week break to compete at the Mizzou Gans Creek Classic in Columbia, Mo. The 5K race has a start time of 5 PM CT. On Saturday at noon, NJIT concludes the weekend running the Ted Owen Invitational 5K at Stanley Quarter Park in New Britain, Conn.

Friday Races
Liberty at Virginia/Panorama Farms Invitational 6K - Panorama Farms - 10:15 AM
- The Flames face four other programs ranked in the Southeast Region: Virginia (7th), Richmond (8th), Kentucky (9th) and High Point (15th).
- Adelyn Ackley has led the team to a 1-2-3-4 finish in their first two meets of the season (Liberty Challenge 4K and FGCU Invite 5K); Friday is her first time running the 6K distance.
- Only one runner in program history has ever had a top-10 finish at the Virginia/Panorama Farms Invitational (Ednah Kurgat, 7th, 2015).

Liberty at Queen City Invite 5K - McAlpine Creek Park - 5 PM
- At last year's Queen City Invite, Noel Palmer set Liberty's cross country 5K record with a winning time of 17:09.
- Four returning Flames had their personal-best 5K times in last year's race: Lauren Hirneisen (18:26), Sophia Jantomaso (18:32), Rebekah Leone (19:20) and Heidi Smith (18:50).
- The team finished second in the 2018 Queen City Invite; in Friday's race, Liberty faces competition from Division I, II, III and NAIA institutions.

Stetson at Queen City Invite 5K - McAlpine Creek Park - 5 PM
- The Hatters last competed in the FGCU Invitational 5K where the team placed fourth in the preview meet for the 2019 ASUN Championship host site.
- Sally Calhoun (20:39.17, 15th) led the team, followed by Shelbie Truett (21:27.20, 29th), Nicohl Torres-Santos, (21:37.29, 30th) and Emma Zazzero (22:29.69, 33rd).
- Stetson opened the season with a seventh-place finish at the FAU Invitational; Melanie Pacheco led the Hatters in the 5K race (20:27.26, 27th).

Jacksonville at UCF Invitational 5K - UCF Soccer and Track Complex - 5:45 PM
- The Dolphins finished third in the 11-team Asics Embry-Riddle Classic last weekend; this was the team's second meet of the season.
- Hayleigh Palotti was the individual winner of the race with a time of 18:26.6; she earned ASUN Runner of the Week honors for the second-consecutive week.
- Lauren Polimeno (22:03.4, 16th), Rain Marti (22:03.5, 17th), Jayda Brooks (22:39.1, 25th) and Serena Gadson (24:13.0, 44th) were other top finishers for the Dolphins.

North Florida at Mizzou Gans Creek Classic 6K - Gans Creek Recreation Area - 5 PM CT
- In addition to North Florida, two other teams in Friday's race are also regionally ranked: Texas A&M (3rd, South Central) and host Missouri (No. 5, Midwest).
- UNF placed third in the 30-team field at the Mountain Dew Invitational 5K; Camryn Cooney led the team with an 18:40 12th-place finish.
- Three other Ospreys finished in the top 40 of over 300 runners: Grace Gumpel (18:51.88, 18th), Raquel Lespasio (18:56.93, 23rd) and Tina Cesnik (19:18.67, 36th).

Saturday Race
NJIT at Ted Owen Invitational 5K - Stanley Quarter Park - Noon
- The Highlanders last competed in New York at the Fordham Fiasco 5K race on Sept. 7th; the team finished in sixth place.
- Juniors Cassandra Raia (20:37.73, 33rd) and Kelly Dicristina (20:41.94, 35th) led the team and were followed by fellow top-50 finisher Laila Hill-Glover (21:23.95, 48th).
- NJIT finished sixth in the 2018 Ted Owen Invitational; Raia (19:35.9, 18th), Dicristina (19:37.2, 19th) and Chloe Jelley (20:28.7, 38th) are top returners from last year's race.


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The ASUN Conference is an NCAA Division I league with nine member institutions committed to Building Winners for Life. The ASUN meets the challenge of maintaining the highest standards in academic and athletic achievement through a true balance between student and athlete. Six ASUN schools reside in Nielsen Top 50 national media markets, and all nine are in top 80 markets. The ASUN includes a blend of the most prestigious and dynamic private and public institutions in the region: Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Liberty University, Lipscomb University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, University of North Alabama, University of North Florida and Stetson University. Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky., joins the ASUN for the 2020-21 academic year.

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