- Mark Mutz
- Lakeland, Fla.
o: 3,000m, 5,000m & Steeplechase
8K: 25:41.98 (Mountain Dew Invitational, 9/20/14)
10K: 32:05.00 (South Region Championships, 11/14/14)
2013-14 SEC Academic Honor Roll
2014: Became a regular in the Gators’ starting lineup, running in every race…Notched two top-15 finishes…Helped Florida to a team title at the season-opening Western Carolina Invitational with a 15th-place finish, clocking a 16:24.42 5k…Ran a personal-best 8k at the Mountain Dew Invitational (25:41.98)…Took 14th at the Walt Disney Invitational (25:51.34, 8k)...Scored sixth for the Gators at the SEC Championships (26:21.77, 8k).
2013: Ran in three cross country meets for Florida his redshirt freshman season…Set a collegiate-best mark in the 8k at Florida’s Mountain Dew Invitational Sept. 14, when he clocked a 26:00.14 and finished 41st in the competitive field…Also competed at the FLRunners.com Invitational 14, where he turned in his highest individual finish (11th) and scored fifth for the Orange and Blue with a career-best 5k (16:06.90)…Ran at the 2013 SEC Championships, hosted by Florida in Gainesville…Crossed eighth for UF at SECs (26:56.84), as Florida finished second as a team.
2012: Did not compete for Florida his redshirt year on campus…Ran unattached at the Gators’ Mountain Dew Invitational, where he finished 42nd in the field (26:34.01).
Prep: A distance runner from Lakeland Christian High School in Lakeland, Fla….The sixth member of his family to attend the University of Florida…Finished fourth (15:58.46) at the FHSAA Class 1A State Championships as a senior, won the county and district cross country titles his final season and turned in a fourth-place finish in the 3,200m at the Class 1A Outdoor State Finals…Notched a top-10 Class 1A state cross country championships top-10 finish (10th, 16:02.32) as a junior as well…Was Lakeland Christian’s top finisher at the Class 1A State Championships his freshman season (19th) in 17:01, then crossed 26th (17:02.91) his sophomore season as Lakeland Christian finished sixth in Class 1A…Named to the FHSAA Academic All-State Team as a senior…The Lakeland Ledger All-Country Cross Country Boys Runner of the Year his senior season in 2011-12…Ran a 5k PR at the Foot Locker South Regional Cross Country Championships in North Carolina after crossing the finish line in 15:41.00…Graduated from Lakeland Christian School with honors.