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Erin Merten
  • Senior
  • Jacksonville, Fla.

Has eight top 10 finishes ... Top 5k cross country time is 18:14.32, top 6k time is 21:34.66.

2000 XC: Competed in six meets with three Top 10 finishes...Took top team honors at the NCAA South Region Championships with a 16th-place time of 21:34.66... Was the second Florida runner to cross the line and finished 19th overall with a time of 22:20.08 at the Southeastern Conference Championships...Had a time of 18:33.00 earning her 20th place at the Furman Invitational... In her first 6k race, the Gator Invitational, finished fourth overall and had a time of 22:19.04... Finished fifth at the Tennessee Invitational with a time of 18:50.05... Registered her sixth career top 10 finish with her third-place, 18:47.77 performance at the Nike Twi-Light Invitational.

1999 XC: Competed in seven meets... Placed fifth for the Gators and 214th overall at the NCAA Championships in 18:54.10 ...Finished sixth for the Gators and 55th overall at the NCAA South Region in 18:23.09...Placed fifth for the Gators and 25th overall at the SEC Championships in 18:48.50... Finished second for Florida at the Pre-NCAA meet...Took seventh at the Gator Invitational with a time of 18:25.10... Finished in the top 10 for the second time in 1999 and the fourth time in her career with an eighth-place finish in 18:24.31 at the Crimson Classic... Earned her third career top-10 finish and career best of third place at the Nike Twi-Light Invitational.

1998 XC: Only freshman to compete with the Gators at the NCAA Championships... Finished 33rd at the NCAA South Regional with a career best 18:14.32...At the SEC Championships, finished in 30th place in 18:35.01...In first collegiate race, finished fifth overall in the Twi-Light, fourth on the UF squad...Earned her second top-10 finish of her career with a sixth place finish at NationsBank.

Prep: The first state champion ever from Stanton High in Jacksonville, Fla...Was the 1996-97 state champion in 1600m (4:59.66)...holds school records in the 800m (2:15), 1600 (4:59.66), 3200m (11:00.01) in track as well as the 2-mile and 3-mile cross country events. Personal: Born October 23, 1979... a 1998 Florida Times-Union Top-10 Student-Athlete for Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia... Recipient of the International Baccalaureate Diploma ...Served as an Olympic Torchbearer for the 1996 Olympics...Bright Futures Scholarship recipient...Independent Order of Foresters Scholarship recipient.

Major: Exercise Science with a concentration on Sport and Fitness Wellness

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