Monday September 26, 2011Cross Country Coach Todd Morgan Reviewed Saturday's Mountain Dew Invite With Media Monday
Florida assistant track and field and cross country coach Todd Morgan met with the media Monday morning as part of the Gators’ All-Sports Media Day to review this past weekend’s Mountain Dew Invitational and discuss the upcoming training period before Florida heads to the ultra-competitive Wisconsin adidas Invitational in Madison, Wisc., Oct. 14.
Florida played host to its lone home competition of the fall Saturday - the 23rd Annual Mountain Dew Invitational – where the Florida women’s squad made it seven straight Mountain Dew Invitational titles, claiming the overall team victory (30 points), while the Gator men’s team was edged by just four points in the team race by the squad from Michigan, 42-46, to place second overall. Senior Genevieve LaCaze (Daisy Hill, Australia), junior Florence N’Getich (Eldama Ravine, Kenya) and sophomore Cory McGee (Pass Christian, Miss.) rallied for the top three spots in the women’s race, while sophomore Matt Mizereck (Tallahassee, Fla.) claimed UF’s highest finish in the men’s race. LaCaze ran a new career-best time in the 5K, marking a new MDI event record and a new UF golf course record for the Gators. Having the teams from North Carolina and the men's team from Michigan added a significantly more competitive field in addition to the normal all-Sunshine State feel for the Mountain Dew Invitational field.
Strategically planned, both Gator cross country teams will enter a three-week training period before heading to the top-25 saturated Wisconsin adidas Invite, where both teams finished seventh last season.
“The Wisconsin meet this year – as far as the field – is astronomically better than last year. The teams that were good last year that finished ahead of us are going to be back, in addition to some very quality teams. It’s going to be a stacked race,” Morgan said Monday. “That is the meet we want to generate into the SEC Championship, so we are really looking forward to having this three-week block to train, focus and prepare to make a big push towards the end of the year. With the training cycle our men and women work well off of, three weeks is a good period and we’ll really be getting after it the next three weeks.”