Sep 1, 2013
BOCA RATON, Fla. - The Florida Atlantic University men's and women's cross country teams opened their season at the Westminster Collegiate Invitational on Saturday.
The top finisher for the men's team, Michael Vidal, finished ninth overall in the 5K with a final time of 16:13.19. Josh Peterson, a Boca Raton High School graduate and transfer from Cocker College, earned FAU's second best finish (16:30.97). Newcomer Josh Nicholas, who comes to FAU from Indian River State College, finished in 16:53.00 for 19th place.
Rounding out the top-five for the men's team were senior Neil Coffman and Brian Dillard, taking 24th (17:09.21) and 25th place (17:16.56), respectively.
The women's team competed in the 3500 meter run. Freshman Brittany Garesio led the team with an 11th place finish (14:09.41). Danielle Dunn followed in 14th place with a final time of 14:30.92. Following the newcomers was sophomore Kia Heller-Spencer finishing in 14:47.32 for 17th place.
Freshman Clare Brinkman finished in the top-20 with a final time of 14:55.35. Rounding out the women's top-five was sophomore Kimberly Jones in 20th (14:57.07).
The teams competed against the University of Miami, Florida Gulf Coast and FIU.
"The meet was more of a workout than a true test of where everybody is at currently" said head coach Alex Smolka. "During the early part of the season, we want to try and give everybody on the roster a chance to prove what they are capable of. Considering where we are in our training cycle I was happy with yesterday's results."
Florida Atlantic will compete at 5 p.m. on Friday, September 6, at USF's South Florida Invitational in Tampa.