Friederike Feil was named All-Conference for the second straight year.
Oct. 28, 2007
BOWLING GREEN, KY - Despite being without four of its top five runners from last year's third place team, the Florida Atlantic University women's cross country team was able to finish 5th at the Sun Belt Cross Country Championships over the weekend.
The men's squad finished 9th at the meet, improving two spots from last year's 11th place result.
"For the women to finish 5th after losing so many of their top runners from last season is an excellent performance," said head cross country coach Alex Smolka. "On the men's side, they improved two spots from last season, with four sophomores and three freshman competing."
Sophomore Friederike Feil duplicated her 8th place individual performance from last season's meet. She was FAU's high individual finisher, completing the women's 5K in 18:16.86. She was also named all-conference for her top-10 finish. She is the first two-time cross country all-conference member in FAU history. Janet Jesang of host Western Kentucky took the women's individual title and helped the Hilltoppers take the women's team title.
Christina Dutko was the second finisher for the FAU women, shattering her previous personal record in a time of 19:31.32 to place 23rd. Barbara Fronrath (19:58.41, 34th), Toni Shae Jackson (20:00.33, 36th) and Katie Quick (20:03.57, 37th) rounded out the scoring for the Owls. Jennifer Schwan posted a 20:47.62 to finish 51st and Emily Seymore placed 59th in 21:16.77 for FAU.
The men were led by Taylor Reeves who finished 31st in 27:27.92. Stephen Dassin ran a 27:42.16 to finish 37th. The Owls swept spots 52-56 as John Roy (28:51.36), Kyle Butler (28:51.88), Timothy Haines (28:52.30) and Jordan Dopkins (28:53.49) all completed the 8K course, with just over two seconds separating the entire group. David Rundio (30:45.30, 71st) also ran for the Owls. UALR took the men's title with a total score of 53 points.