Cross Country Headline
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.-- Florida freshman cross country runner Carlos Miranda used a 5k victory at the FLRunners.com Invitational 14 Friday to pick up his third SEC Menís Freshman Runner of the Week accolade from the league office Tuesday.
Miranda, who has been awarded the honor following each of Floridaís meets thus far in 2013, turned in a personal best 5k mark at the FL Runners meet at Chain of Lakes Park in Titusville Sept. 27.
For Miranda, the win was a special one after the Naples native and Palmetto Ridge product claimed the boys high school title at the same meet as a senior last season. This year as a freshman Miranda crossed the finish line first, helping lead Florida to top team honors in the menís college competition.
Not only did the first-year Gator run a personal-best time by nearly 18 seconds for his first college win, but all five of Mirandaís Gator teammates notched best times in last weekís competition as well.
CARLOS MIRANDA Meet: FLRunners.com Invitational 14 | Distance: 5k | Place: 1st | Time: 15:17.60
∑ Won the FLRunners.com Invitational 14, the first collegiate victory of his career at UF
∑ Ran a personal-best mark of 15:17.60, topping his 15:32.14 from Floridaís season-opening Western Carolina Invitational
∑ Led the Gators to the FLRunners.com Invitational college menís team title, the third (out of three) team titles for the Gator menís squad so far in 2013
∑ Has now scored for UF as a freshman in all three of UFís races this season
Next up, the Gator womenís cross country squad will head to Orlando for competition in the Disney Cross Country Classic October 12. 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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2013 SEC RUNNERS OF THE WEEK
∑ September 3, 2013: Agata Strausa, SEC Womenís Runner of the Week
∑ September 3, 2013: Carlos Miranda, SEC Menís Freshman Runner of the Week
∑ September 17, 2013: Jimmy Clark, SEC Menís Runner of the Week
∑ September 17, 2013: Carlos Miranda, SEC Menís Freshman Runner of the Week
∑ October 1, 2013: Carlos Miranda, SEC Menís Freshman Runner of the Week