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Florida's men claimed first at the 2013 Mountain Dew Invite, women were third in the team standings.

Saturday September 14, 2013Florida Men's XC Notches Mountain Dew Title; Women Third at UF's Home Invitational

Florida's men claimed first at the 2013 Mountain Dew Invite, women were third in the team standings.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- In front of an Orange & Blue-clad crowd at UF’s Mark Bostick Golf Course, junior Jimmy Clark cruised to an individual victory in the men’s college 8k race, leading the Gator men’s squad to its eighth Mountain Dew Invitational title in the last nine years. In women’s action, senior Agata Strausa paced Florida with a second-place finish in the 6k competition as UF checked in third in the women’s team standings to cap off the 25th Annual MDI Saturday.

 

In the highly competitive meet, which served as a preview to the 2013 SEC Championships in Nov., three Southeastern Conference squads rounded out the top three team finishers on the men’s side as Florida posted 33 points for first, while Auburn (50) and Tennessee (55) checked in second and third. Auburn (71) and Tennessee (71) tied for the team lead on the women’s side, while the Gators racked up 76 points for their third-place finish.

 

WORTH NOTING

·         Clark notched the seventh top-10 finish of his career at Florida with a college-best 23:53.78, the fourth-fastest 8k ever run at the Mark Bostick Golf Course

·         Close behind Clark, senior Mark Parrish finished second, while Eddie Garcia, JL Hines and Carlos Miranda scored third, fourth and fifth for Florida after crossing fourth, ninth and 20th, respectively, in men’s action

·         In addition to Clark, Garcia notched a career-best mark, Miranda ran his first collegiate 8k and Elliot Clemente, Harsha Torke, Mac Reynolds and Mark Mutz all ran college-best 8k marks Saturday

·         On the women’s side, sophomore Julie Macedo ran a Florida-best mark in the 6k competition, while freshman Taylor Tubbs and junior Macy Huskey each ran their first Mountain Dew 6ks as Gators

·         Strausa, Macedo, Tubbs, Huskey and senior Brittany Koziara counted as UF’s five scorers on the women’s side, finishing second, 14th, 18th and 51st in the field of 270 collegiate women’s athletes

 

SPANGLER SPEAKS
Florida assistant track and cross country coach Paul Spangler

On the men’s performance Saturday:

"We were really happy with the men’s team today, Jimmy, Mark and Eddie Garcia had a great race today and proud of Carlos Miranda for stepping up in that fifth spot with a 25:10. JL Hines ran well – across the board we were really happy with the men. We ran some great times on a pretty tough course. I’m happy with where we are at right now, but we obviously need to continue to get better and get ready for our upcoming meets.”

 

On his analysis of the women’s team performance at Saturday’s Mountain Dew Invite:

Two of our top six couldn’t go today and we also held (redshirt junior) Cory McGee out, so that hurt us from a team score standpoint. It is what it is at this point, but we’ll get those two girls healthy and get Cory into the mix in time for the Wisconsin adidas Invite and in time for the SEC Championships. We’re a much better team as a whole when those girls are with us and unfortunately, they weren’t able to go this morning.”

 

On the Mountain Dew Invite and hosting such a large college and high school meet at UF:

“It’s probably one of the largest invitationals we’ve ever had here – over 2,500 athletes competed today. Our trainers, managers, track & field staff, operations and event staff did a great job hosting the meet. This is regarded as one of the premier cross country meets in the state; it was when I ran here in high school, I loved to come up to Gainesville and compete. The growth from last year to this year is indicative of the job our staff does putting a first-class event on.”

 

UP NEXT
The Orange & Blue will enjoy nearly a month-long training period before swinging back into action at the Florida State Invitational in Tallahassee Oct. 11. UF will then head to the ultra-competitive and top-25 saturated Wisconsin adidas Invitational for a solid mid-season test before the championship portion of the 2013 campaign kicks off with SECs in Gainesville Nov. 1.  For all info about the Gator cross country squads, stay posted to www.GatorZone.com/crosscountry.

 

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RESULTS

Gator Women 6k Mountain Dew Invite Results (Complete Results)

2.

Agata Strausa

20:51.06

6.

Julie Macedo

21:37.94

14.

Taylor Tubbs

22:01.77

18.

Macy Huskey

22:12.51

43.

Bryce Seymour

22:48.04 – unattached

51.

Brittany Koziara

23:03.59

 

Team Top Five Finishers

1.

Tennessee

71 points

1.

Auburn

71 points

3.

Florida

76 points

4.

South Carolina

109 points

5.

South Florida

154 points

 

 

Gator Men 8k Mountain Dew Invite Results (Complete Results)

1.

Jimmy Clark

23:53.78

2.

Mark Parrish

23:59.41

4.

Eddie Garcia

24:26.46

9.

JL Hines

24:40.75

20.

Carlos Miranda

25:10.10

25.

Elliot Clemente

25:25.84

26.

Harsha Torke

25:28.40

38.

Mac Reynolds

25:49.84

39.

Brian Gorwitz

25:49.84 – unattached

41.

Mark Mutz

26:00.14

 

Team Top Five Finishers

1.

Florida

33 points

2.

Auburn

50 points

3.

Tennessee

55 points

4.

North Florida

143 points

4.

FGCU

143 points

 

 

 

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