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Gator cross country plays host to 25th Annual Mountain Dew Invitational Sat., September 14

Monday September 9, 2013Coach Spangler Previews Mountain Dew Invitational (Sept. 14) With Media Monday

Gator cross country plays host to 25th Annual Mountain Dew Invitational Sat., September 14

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- On the heels of the 25th Annual Mountain Dew Invitational, Florida assistant track and cross country coach Paul Spangler met with the media Monday to preview UF’s home meet, set to take place Saturday, September 14, at UF’s Mark Bostick Golf Course in Gainesville.

Competition at the annual invitational will be at an all-time high on the collegiate side, as several Southeastern Conference programs will preview the course at the Mountain Dew Invite prior to returning to Gainesville for the 2013 SEC Cross Country Championships Nov. 1.

2013 Mountain Dew Invitational

Following its season-opening run in Cullowhee, N.C., at the Western Carolina Invitational August 30, where both UF squads placed first, Florida will return home to host the 25th Annual Mountain Dew Invitational September 14 at UF’s Mark Bostick Golf Course. The men’s collegiate 8K will kick things off at 7:55 a.m., while the women’s collegiate 6K will start at 8:30 a.m., with varsity and junior varsity boys and girls races to follow. For more info and race results following the competition, visit the Mountain Dew Invitational information box on the bottom right-hand side of the page at www.GatorZone.com/crosscountry.

2013 Mountain Dew Invitational Timeline

7:45am National Anthem

7:55am College Men 8K

8:30am College Women 6K

9:05am High School Boys 5K

9:30am College Awards Ceremony

9:35am High School Girls 5K

10:05am High School JV Boys 5K

10:35am High School JV Girls 5K

11:00am High School Awards Ceremony

UF to Host 2013 SEC XC Championships Nov. 1

For the first time since 2002, the University of Flori­da will play host to the 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, 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.

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