Karley Piers ran the sixth-best FGCU 5K time at the ASUN Cross Country Championship

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala.Karley Piers (Falmouth, Maine/Falmouth HS) led the FGCU women’s cross country team as she earned 36Thursday place individually at the ASUN Cross Country Championship held Saturday at John Hunt Park in Huntsville, Alabama. The Eagles placed 12thThursday as a team.

“Compared to last season, we have improved in many ways. We were hoping for a better result, but that being said, the women showed a lot of fight in this race,” said the head coach. Cassandra Goodson. “We are happy that Karley and Mary are running personal bests. Blake is running more consistently at her new level so we are making progress. We will continue to work hard for regionals in a few weeks.”

Piers led the Eagles with a time of 17:54.20, which was the sixth-fastest 5K time in program history. It was a personal best when she ran 18:05:53 at the North Alabama Showcase on Sept. 16.

Blake Petrick (St. John’s, FL/Creekside HS) crossed the line next for the Green and Blue in 18:41.50 to earn 74thThursday place. Marie McCullough (Highlands Ranch, Colorado/Mountain Vista HS/Colorado Mesa University) he was one spot behind in 75thThursday and a time of 18:41.90, over a minute faster than her 19:43.9 she ran two weeks ago at USF.

freshman Gabrielle Spain (Sioux Falls, SD/Sioux Falls Washington HS) was next in 76Thursday (18:42:10) with Reilly Ritter (Tabernacle, NJ/Seneca HS) stopping the clock at 19:55.50 and capturing 97Thursday point.

Rounding out FGCU’s performances on the day was Maricel Esquilin (Bonita Springs, FL/Estero HS/Stetson), who completed the course in 20:34.70. and finished 108thThursday.

Lipscomb won its ninth ASUN title with 35 points, while Liberty finished second (45 points). Calli Doan of the Flames won the individual title and became the ASUN Runner of the Year for the second time, finishing the course in 16:21.00.

The Eagles will return to action on Friday, Nov. 11 at the NCAA Regionals hosted by North Alabama in Huntsville, Ala.

First team all-conference

1. Calli Doan, Liberty (16:21:00) – Runner of the year

2. Lydia Miller, Lipscomb (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, Liberty (16:50:50)

Second team all-conference

8. Kayla Werner, Liberty (16:54:30)
9. Liza Corso, Lipscomb (16:56:00)
10. Ally Suyak, Lipscomb (17:00:70)
11. Mackenzie Barnett, Lipscomb (17:02:50)
12. Anna Hostetler, Liberty (17:05:50)
13. Anouk Van Gils, Eastern Kentucky (17:06:50)
14. Sarah Hendrick, Kennesaw State (17:13:20)

Third Team All-Conference

15. Kiara Carter, Lipscomb (17:20:10)
16. Grace Kilroy, Eastern Kentucky (17:24.10)
17. Catherine Farrell, Liberty (17:26:00)
18. Letizia Martinelli, Queens (17:27.60)
19. Aly Negovetich, Lipscomb (17:29.60)
20. Priscillah Kiplagat, Liberty (17:33:20)
21. Emma Sullivan, Jacksonville (17:35:30)

All-Freshman Team

Ava Gordon, Liberty (16:50:50) – Rookie of the Year

Kayla Werner, Liberty (16:54:30)
Letizia Martinelli, Queens (17:27:60)
Aly Negovetich, Lipscomb (17:29.60)
Katrina Schlenker, Liberty (17:38.90)

Coach of the year

Nick Polk, Lipscomb

Team score

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
9. Jacksonville – 265
10. Central Arkansas – 289
11. North Alabama – 29312. FGCU – 320

13. Jacksonville State – 349
14. Austin Peay – 406

For complete coverage of FGCU men’s and women’s cross country this season, follow us on Twitter @FGCU_XC and visit www.FGCUAthletics.com.

FGCU is led by Cassandra Goodson, whose 15 seasons at the helm have taken the Eagles from their humble beginnings to a competitive DI program, highlighted by eight trips to the NCAA South Regional Championship. Every mark in FGCU’s all-time record book was etched during Goodson’s era, as she coached 21 ASUN All-Conference selections, the 2013 Female Runner of the Year and three NCAA South All-Region Team members.
FGCU Athletics is sponsoring events in November and April to benefit the FGCU Campus Food Pantry (www.fgcu.edu/foodpantry) and the Harry Chapin Food Bank (www.harrychapinfoodbank.org), FGCU Athletics charities. For more information, including how to donate, please visit www.fgcu.edu/foodpantry and use the hashtag #FeedFGCU to raise awareness.

About FGCU
FGCU teams have combined to win a whopping 92 regular season and tournament conference titles in just 15 seasons at the Division I level. Additionally, in just 11 seasons of DI postseason eligibility, the Eagles have had a combined 45 teams or individuals compete in NCAA championships. In 2022, the men’s golf team became the first program to earn an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament. Eight FGCU programs have earned top-25 national rankings in their respective sports – including women’s basketball (No. 20, 2021-22), beach volleyball (No. 20, 2022) and both men’s soccer (2018, 2019) and women’s of football (2018) as the four most recent. In 2016-17, the Green and Blue finished a department-best sixth in the DI-AAA Learfield Directors’ Cup and ranked in the top 100 nationally, ahead of several Power-5 and FBS institutions. In 2018-19, the Eagles had an ASUN top-seven team and Florida State earn the NCAA Public Recognition Award for their rate of academic progress in their sport. FGCU also collectively earned a record 3.50 classroom GPA in the fall 2020 semester, outperforming the university’s general undergraduate population for 26 consecutive semesters. Another milestone was reached in the last five semesters (Fall 2019 – Spring 2022) as all 15 programs achieved a cumulative team GPA of 3.0 or higher. The Eagles also served an all-time high of 7,200 volunteer hours in 2017 – being honored as one of two finalists for NACDA’s inaugural Fiesta Bowl Community Service Award.



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