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Tuesday September 13, 2011Cross Country's Tenley Godfrey and Phil Duncan Capture SEC Weekly Accolades

Birmingham, Ala.

Photos courtesy of Jason Roberts, Envision Sports Media

For the second consecutive week, a pair of Gator freshmen cross country runners captured weekly honors from the Southeastern Conference, as the freshman duo of Tenley Godfrey (Chattanooga, Tenn.) and Phil Duncan (Orlando, Fla.) picked up SEC Women’s Freshman of the Week and SEC Men’s Runner of the Week accolades, respectively, announced by the league office Tuesday.

 

The Gators have now had four different freshman runners recognized for their accomplishments just two weeks into the 2011 cross country season as Jimmy Clark (St. Johns, Fla.) and Grace VanDeGrift (Durant, Fla.) were honored as last week’s SEC Freshmen of the Week.

 

Following season-opening team victories for both the men’s and women’s cross country squads Sept. 2 at the Western Carolina Invitational, Florida cross country coach Todd Morgan posed a challenge to each team’s younger members by taking 10 Gators – including eight freshmen – to the South Florida Invitational Sept. 9. Duncan and Godfrey stepped up to lead the Gators at the CLAW at USF, finishing as the top UF freshmen at the meet. Duncan paced Florida’s men with a fourth-place finish, while Godfrey was Florida’s second scorer, the top freshman, with a top-10 finish in the women’s field of 142 runners.

 

Last Friday’s meet marked the first 5K of the young season for UF’s women and the first 8K race for the men’s team as Duncan helped the men claim the overall team title (39 points), while the women posted a fourth-place team finish (107 points) out of the 13 women’s teams competing. In addition to being UF’s top finisher, Duncan was the highest-placing freshman in the men’s field of 97 athletes and directed the Gator men as all five competitors recorded top-11 finishes. Duncan clocked a 26:02.74 race, good for fourth-place overall, establishing his first collegiate mark in the event. He additionally improved from a 16th-place finish in his first meet donning the Orange and Blue (WCU Invite) to fourth at the USF Invite.

 

Godfrey clocked an 18:19.77 in her first collegiate 5K race to place 10th in the field at the USF Invite after registering an 11th-place showing in the women’s two-mile race in her inaugural meet as a Gator at Western Carolina. Godfrey was one of just four freshmen to record a top-10 finish at the Bulls’ Invitational.

 

The Gators will enter a two-week training period free of competition before hitting the Mark Bostick Golf Course in Gainesville for UF’s annual Mountain Dew Invitational Sept. 24. The men’s 8K will go off at 8 a.m., while the women’s 5K race will start at 8:30 a.m. For all information on the 2011 Mountain Dew Invitational, including a schedule of events and entry information, visit the meet information page and check out the course maps and information on UF’s Mark Bostick Golf Course in the Mountain Dew Invite informational box on the lower right-hand corner of www.GatorZone.com/crosscountry. For up-to-date news on the Gators, follow on Twitter @GatorZoneXCntry and @GZTrackField.

 

Florida’s 2011 SEC Weekly Honors

Sept. 6 – SEC Men’s Freshman of the Week, Jimmy Clark

Sept. 6 – SEC Women’s Freshman of the Week, Grace VanDeGrift

Sept. 13 – SEC Women’s Freshman of the Week, Tenley Godfrey

Sept. 13 – SEC Men’s Runner of the Week, Phil Duncan

 

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