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Friday November 5, 2010Morgan Tabbed SEC Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year; Eight Gators Named All-SEC

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For the second consecutive season, University of Florida assistant track and cross country coach Todd Morgan was named the SEC Womenís Cross Country Coach of the Year, announced by the Southeastern Conference Friday. The honor for Morgan, UFís second coaching honor since 1997 and fifth overall, comes four days after the Gators won their second consecutive and fifth overall SEC Cross Country title by one point (61) over Arkansas (60). In addition to Morganís accolade, eight Gator runners picked up All-SEC honors, including five for the Gator women and three for the UF menís team.

Florida placed two on the first team All-SEC list on the womenís side in top UF finishers, Charlotte Browning (Chichester, England) and junior Rebecca Lowe (Vaucluse, Australia), who placed third (21:11.13) and sixth (21:15.47), respectively, and one on the second team All-SEC list, junior Genevieve LaCaze (Daisy Hill, Australia), for her eighth-place finish (21:16.10) at the 2010 SEC meet in Columbia, S.C., Nov. 1.

The womenís freshman duo of Cory McGee (Pass Christian, Miss.) and Stephanie Strasser (Fernandina Beach, Fla.) rallied as Floridaís fourth and fifth scorers with performances that impressed, each receiving SEC All-Freshman Team accolades. McGee, the second freshman finisher in the field of 100 athletes, clocked a 21:33.17, 17th-place overall finish, while Strasser, the fourth freshman finisher overall, crossed the finish line in 21:49.94, good for 26th in the field of competitors.

On the menís side, the Gators placed one each on the first, second and freshman All-SEC teams, led by junior Dumisane Hlaselo (South Africa), who finished fifth overall in 24:08.32, the sixth-fastest 8K at the SEC Championship meet in Florida history to achieve first team honors, his inaugural league accolades as a Gator.

Perhaps the most improvement from last season came from 2010 second team All-SEC sophomore Derek Wehunt (Odessa, Fla.), who was UFís second scorer in 13th place after coming in 58th at last yearís league meet. Wehunt additionally put up a personal-best time, crossing the finish line in 24:39.35 for his first SEC honor donning the Orange and Blue.

The talent of the Florida freshman recruiting class was just as prevalent on the menís side as the womenís, as Tallahassee native, freshman Matt Mizereck, crossed the finish line as Floridaís third scorer overall, achieving 15th place and reeling in SEC All-Freshman Team honors as the second freshman to finish the menís 8K race.

Floridaís men additionally rose to the challenge at the 2010 conference meet, securing third place, the best team finish for the UF men since 2007. The menís squad finished in the top five at the conference meet for the 14th consecutive year and in the top three for the seventh season out of the last nine. Florida was just seven points shy (69) of second-place team and defending champion Alabama (62 points), while Arkansas captured this year's menís team title with 34 points.

Florida will continue training and remain idle from competition until they hit the road for the NCAA South Region Championships in Birmingham, Ala., Nov. 13. For updated information, race times and results, visit www.GatorZone.com and follow the Gators on Twitter at www.twitter.com/GatorZoneXCntry.

2010 SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE CROSS COUNTRY AWARDS

2010 SEC Womenís Cross Country Athlete of the Year

Kristie Krueger, Georgia

 

2010 SEC Womenís Freshman Athlete of the Year

Stephanie Brown, Arkansas

 

2010 SEC Womenís Coach of the Year

Todd Morgan, Florida

 

2010 SEC Menís Cross Country Athlete of the Year

Barnabas Kirui, Ole Miss

 

2010 SEC Menís Freshman Athlete of the Year

Bryan Cantero, Arkansas

 

2010 SEC Menís Coach of the Year

Chris Bucknam, Arkansas

 

2010 SEC Cross Country All-SEC Teams

Men's First Team

Barnabas Kirui, Sr. - Ole Miss (23:52.07)

Ben Cheruiyot, Jr. - Auburn (24:01.36)

Dorian Ulrey, Sr. - Arkansas (24:03.46)

Julius Bor, Sr. - Alabama (24:05.88)

Dumisane Hlaselo, Jr. - Florida (24:08.32)

Eric Fernandez, So. - Arkansas (24:10.12)

Solomon Haile, So. - Arkansas (24:17.35)

 

Men's Second Team

Bryan Cantero, Fr. - Arkansas (24:22.16)

Carrison Kemei, So. - Alabama (24:23.65)

Dey Tuach, Jr. - Arkansas (24:24.77)

Michael Spooner, Sr. - Tennessee (24:27.17)

Joel Rop, Jr. - Alabama (24:34.14)

Derek Wehunt, So. - Florida (24:39.35)

Martin Kirui, Jr. - Ole Miss (24:41.91)

 

Men's All-Freshman Team

Bryan Cantero - Arkansas

Matt Mizereck - Florida

Kipchirchir Kiptoo - Ole Miss

Jake Rainey - Tennessee

Daniel Tobin - Tennessee

Brandon Lord - Georgia

Charles Sparks - Georgia

 

Women's First Team

Kristie Krueger, Jr. - Georgia (20:41.25)

Hollie Knight, Sr. - Auburn (20:49.39)

Charlotte Browning, Sr. - Florida (21:11.13)

Miranda Walker, Sr. - Arkansas (21:12.25)

Stephanie Brown, Fr. - Arkansas (21:12.84)

Rebecca Lowe, Jr. - Florida (21:15.47)

Stephanie Barnes, Sr. - Auburn (21:15.86)

 

Women's Second Team

Genevieve LaCaze, Jr. - Florida (21:16.10)

Haley Greenwell, So. - Mississippi St. (21:16.71)

Jordan White, So. - Vanderbilt (21:18.46)

Rita Jorgensen, Sr. - Vanderbilt (21:22.76)

Renee Masterson, So. - Mississippi St. (21:23.78)

Cally Macumber, So. - Kentucky (21:24.47)

Kristen Gillespie, Jr. - Arkansas (21:26.79)

 

Women's Freshman Team

Stephanie Brown - Arkansas

Cory McGee, - Florida

Liz Anderson - Vanderbilt

Stephanie Strasser - Florida

Taylor Wendler - Kentucky

Grace Heymsfield - Arkansas

Anna Bostrom - Kentucky

 

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