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Wednesday August 14, 2013Gator Cross Country Squads Predicted to Finish Second in 2013 SEC Preseason Coaches Poll

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Florida’s 2013 men’s and women’s cross country squads were both predicted to finish second at the 2013 Southeastern Conference Cross Country Championships, as decided by vote of the league’s head coaches and released by the SEC Wednesday in the annual SEC Cross Country Preseason Coaches Poll.


Points for the men's poll were awarded on a 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12 basis while the women's poll was awarded on a 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12-13 basis. Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own teams.


Under Florida second-year assistant track and cross country coach Paul Spangler, the 2012 SEC Women’s Coach of the Year, UF’s women will look to defend their 2012 SEC Championship title, while the men will aim to improve upon a fifth-place finish at last year’s league meet.


For the Gator women, the 2012 crown marked the team’s third SEC title in a span of four years and sixth overall, while UF’s men’s cross country squad has three all-time SEC Championship titles under its belt.


Both Arkansas cross country teams were picked first in the preseason coaches poll. The Razorback women, who placed second at last year’s SEC Championship, were selected to win the 2013 crown. Arkansas garnered 11 first-place votes, while Florida was second with two first-place votes and Vanderbilt was selected third with one first-place vote.


The Arkansas men were a unanimous pick to win the 2013 SEC Championship after capturing their 20th SEC Cross Country Championship in 2012. Florida was predicted to finish second with Missouri third.


For the first time since 2002, the University of Florida will play host to the 2013 SEC Cross Country Championships, slated this year for Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, at UF’s Mark Bostick Golf Course. UF has previously hosted the event four times (’73, ’81, ’90, ’02).


The University of Florida has won three of the last four women’s team titles (2009, 2010, 2012) and will have a shot at its seventh in Gator history on its home course in November, while Arkansas won three straight from 2006-2008 and Vanderbilt claimed the Commodores’ first SEC title in 2011. On the men’s side, Arkansas has won 20 of the last 22 SEC Championship titles, with Alabama breaking up the streak with back-to-back championships in 2008 and 2009.


Stay tuned to, as well as the SEC’s cross country page for more information as it becomes available.


2013 SEC Men’s Predicted Order of Finish

1. Arkansas (12)


2. Florida (1)      


3. Missouri     


4. Georgia        


5. Auburn    


6. Texas A&M      


7. Kentucky       


8. Ole Miss         


9. Tennessee        


10. Alabama          


11. Mississippi State   


T12. LSU              


T12. Vanderbilt          



2013 SEC Women’s Predicted Order of Finish

1. Arkansas (11)


2. Florida (2)      


3. Vanderbilt (1)       


5. Ole Miss         


6. Texas A&M        


7. Kentucky  


8. Missouri


9. Alabama      


10. South Carolina


11. Mississippi State  


12. Tennessee   


13. Auburn                


14. LSU            




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