Oct. 1, 2004
Cary, N.C. - Florida Atlantic University's women's cross-country team finished fourth out of 13 teams at the Great American Cross-Country Festival on Friday afternoon. For the first time in program history the Lady Owls, ranked third in the Atlantic Sun Conference Coaches Poll, had all five runners finish in less than 20 minutes. The trio of Brittany Powers, Trisha Doyle and Monika Grabowiecka grabbed medalist honors after finishing 16th, 21st and 22nd individually.
"This was a great confidence booster for us because we beat a number of well established teams," said head coach Alex Smolka. "This was great preparation for our race at Disney next week and because of this course's hilly terrain, it will really prepare us for the conference tournament."
Powers finished the 5k race with a personal best time of 19:16.81, shattering her previous record by 40-seconds. Doyle, who had finished first for FAU in the previous two races, finished in 19:35.60 while Grabowiecka finished in 19:35.74. Linn Modin (19:41.67) and Allison Wilcox (19:45.20) finished 27th and 28th while Jennifer Schwan (20:39.27) and Antoinette Foster (21:10.51) finished 51st and 70th among the 102 runners.
FAU had an average time of 19:35.01, narrowly beating the University of Albany (19:36.93) for fourth place. High Point University (19:03.64) won overall with Liberty University (19:16.99) and Allegheny College (19:21.38) rounding out the top-three.
Florida Atlantic, previously ranked fifth in the A-Sun, jumped two spots in the poll, collecting 77 points. Belmont (110) remains in first, followed by Georgia State (99). Campbell (76) and UCF (64) round out the top-five.
FAU returns to action on Saturday, October 9 at the Disney World Invitational.