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  Eliana Lopez
  • Junior
  • Boca Raton, Fla.
  • Spanish River High

Has one top-10 finish (10th) and PRs of 4:45.40 (1500m), 10:41.90 (3000m) and 18:48.34. (5000m)... Top 5k cross country time is 18:51.03

1999 XC: Competed in seven meets this year...Placed seventh for the Gators and 248th overall at the NCAA Championships in 20:16.00...Finished seventh for the Gators and 82nd overall at the NCAA South Region in 18:51.03; went on the trip as the alternate but was pressed into service when Shannon Burcham's back tightened up on her...Finished eighth for the Gators and 52nd overall at her first SEC Championships in 19:53.60....A walk-on who ran with the varsity team... Has a top time of 19:01.14 at the Gator Invitational (13th place)... Competed for the first time with the traveling squad at the Crimson Classic, finishing 32nd (19:32.31)... Earned her first top-10 finish at the Nike Twi-Light, setting PR's for place and time by finishing 10th in 19:56.95...

1998 XC: Competed in three events... Top finish was 22nd at the Walt Disney Classic... Top time was 19:22.00 at the South Florida Invitational.

Prep: Placed second in the 800m at the 1997 Regionals...Spanish River High School won Cross Country State Champions in 1997...Placed third in state in the 4x800m relay in 1996 and 97...She made her personal best time in the 800m (2:19) at the 1997 Districts...Sun Sentinel's Scholastic Athlete of the Year in 1996 and 97 and the 1997 Army-Navy Academic Athlete of the Year...Also a cheerleader.

Personal: Born January 16, 1979...Made the Dean's List in high school...Member of the National Honor Society and the Spanish National Honor Society...She is a member of Zeta Tau Alpha at the University of Florida.

Major: Political Science

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