Monday November 7, 2011Todd Morgan Evaluated the SEC Championships, Previewed Upcoming NCAA Regional With Media Monday
University of Florida’s assistant track and field and cross country coach, Todd Morgan, addressed the media Monday morning as part of the Gators’ All-Sports Media Day to review the SEC Championships and preview the upcoming NCAA South Regional.
Florida's cross country teams are coming off the SEC Championships last Monday in Tennessee, where the men finished second and the women took third. The Gators will head to the 2011 NCAA South Regional this Saturday at the Harry Pritchett Cross Country Course in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The top two team finishers earn automatic bids to the 2011 NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Indiana, Nov. 21. Any at-large bids will be released by the NCAA Sunday, Nov. 13.
Florida's women have earned a bid to the NCAA Championship for the past five years as a team, while UF's men have had an individual competitor at the NCAA meet three of the last four years, but haven't qualified as a team since 2006.
UF's second-place finish at SECs on the men's side was the highest the squad has finished since also placing second in 2007. For the women, the Gators' third-place team finish marked their fourth-consecutive top-three finish at SECs. Gator freshman Jimmy Clark was named the SEC Freshman of the Year on the men's side, while a total of nine Florida runners picked up All-SEC honors at the league meet.
For updated information regarding the Gators at the Tuscaloosa NCAA South Regional, visit www.GatorZone.com/crosscountry in the coming days for a Regional preview and notes supplement.