- Jacy Kruzel
- Cooper City, Fla.
- Cooper City High School
Track Events: 3,000m, 5,000m and 10,000m
Highlights: All-SEC in 2005, 2007 and 2008 All-South Region in 2006 and 2008 SEC Academic Honor Roll in 2006-07, 2007-08 and 2008-09 SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll in 2005-06 UTFCCCA Academic All-American in 2008 Seven top-10 finishes First Gator to cross the finish line at the 2007 and 2008 NCAA Championships Holds the third spot in Florida record books for the fastest time (21:15.5) in the NCAA Championship (6K) and the third spot for NCAA South Regional 6K time (21:08.18) Also has the third-best 6K UF Golf Course time among Gators (21:49.44) and the fourth-best SEC 6K Championship time (20:36.15) Holds the seventh spot for Floridas fastest 5K time (16:57.44) and the fourth spot for the fastest 6K time (20:36.15) Personal bests of 16:57.44 (5K) and 20:36.15 (6K).
2008: Scored in all six races, including three top-10 finishes First Gator to cross the finish line at the Notre Dame Invitational, placing 24th overall (17:10) and the Pre-NCAA Invitational, placing 22nd overall (20:52.3) Finished ninth overall at the SEC Championship to earn second-team All-SEC honors Second Gator to score at the NCAA South Region meet, coming in sixth overall.
2007: Competed in all five races of the season, finishing in the top 10 overall in three ... Came in first place four times for Florida, including the SEC and NCAA Championships ... Ran a 5K career-best time of 16:57.44 at the Tiger Invitational, placing first for Florida and sixth overall Earned All-SEC honors by finishing eighth overall at the Championship (21:12.49) Placed 60th overall at the NCAA Championship.
2006: Ran in six of seven races, scoring in four and finishing as the top Gator in two Ran a season-best 5K time of 17:28 to finish as Florida's top runner at the Notre Dame Invitational Florida's second finisher at the SEC Championship in 18th place overall Earned All-South honors in 19th place as Florida's fourth finisher at the Regional Championship . Florida's top finisher at the NCAA Championship, finishing 71st overall.
2005: Competed in five of six races, scoring in four Ran a season-best 5K time of 18:10.16 to finish eighth overall and third among Gators at the Walt Disney World Classic Floridas top finisher with a 6K time of 21:37 at the Pre-NCAA Invitational Earned All-SEC honors with a 15th place finish, tops among Gators, at the SEC Championship with a career-best 6K time of 20:36.15 Floridas second finisher at the South Regional meet.
Track Highlights: Holds the fifth-fastest time in the outdoor track record books for a 10,000m time of 34:57.88 Indoor 5,000m time of 16:40.79 also ranks fifth in Gator history Finished third in the 10,000m at the 2007 SEC Outdoor Championships Scored for the Gators with a fifth-place finish in the 10,000m at the 2006 SEC Outdoor Championships Also scored at the 2008 SEC Indoor Championships with a sixth-place finish in the 5,000m, setting a new personal-best time, and at the 2008 SEC Outdoor Championships with a sixth-place finish in the 10,000m Other personal bests of 5:12.78 (iMile), 9:48.48 (i3,000m), 16:40.79 (i5,000m), 4:55.00 (o1,500m) and 34:57.88 (o10,000m).
Prep: Coached by James Richardson Cooper City High School team was the 2004 Class 4A state runner-up Finished 10th at the 2004 Foot Locker South Regional Championships Took first in the 2004 Great American Cross Country Invitational Set school records in the 1,600m and 3,200m at the 2005 state championships Won the Wendy's High School Heisman for Florida which is an award given for athletics, academics and community service.
Personal: Daughter of David and Laurie Kruzel Sister, Alisa, earned bachelor's and masters degrees from UF Enjoys reading, swimming and cooking Admires Marla Runyan for having the determination and drive to not consider any obstacle too difficult to overcome Chose Florida for its outstanding academic and athletic programs, the great coaching staff and athletes and to be close to Alisa.