Tuesday September 18, 2012Cross Country's Julie Macedo Named SEC Women's Freshman Runner of the Week
For the second time this fall, Gator freshman cross country runner Julie Macedo (Wilmington, Del.) has picked up Southeastern Conference accolades after being named this week’s SEC Women’s Freshman Runner of the Week by the league office Tuesday.
The honor for Macedo follows a stellar weekend for both UF cross country squads at the 24th Annual Mountain Dew Invitational at Florida’s Mark Bostick Golf Course, where the Gators grabbed team victories on both the men’s and women’s sides Saturday.
Running the first 5K race of her collegiate career, Macedo was instrumental in the Gators’ success, turning in a third-place overall finish with a time of 17:32.01. Macedo was the first freshman in the field of 157 women’s athletes to cross the finish line, while her 5K mark is the third-fastest for a freshman in the SEC so far this season.
The Gators grabbed the top five spots on the women’s side for a perfect team score of15 points, Florida’s first such accomplishment since last season’s opening meet at the Western Carolina Invitational. The Gators took the race out fast and were packed together from start to finish, turning in a pack spread of just over 20 seconds between the first and fifth scorers, nearly a nine-second improvement from Florida’s season-opening race in Cullowhee, N.C.
Junior Agata Strausa (Riga, Latvia) won the women’s event for the Gators in 17:13.32, marking her first collegiate cross country race and victory, while seniors Florence Ngetich (Eldama Ravine, Kenya), Callie Cooper (St. Augustine, Fla.) and junior Steph Strasser (Fernandina Beach, Fla.) scored second, fourth and fifth, respectively, to contribute to the perfect score for the Orange and Blue.
The Gators will next be in action October 5 at the Seminole Invitational in Tallahassee, Fla., before heading to Louisville, Ky., for the first big test of the season at Pre-Nationals October 13. For all the latest on Florida cross country, visit www.GatorZone.com/crosscountry and follow the Gators on Facebook and Twitter (@GatorZoneXCntry/@GZTrackField).
FLORIDA 2012 SEC ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
Sept. 4 – Julie Macedo, SEC Women’s Runner of the Week
Sept. 18 – Julie Macedo, SEC Women’s Freshman Runner of the Week