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(PHOTO: Cheryl Treworgy) Gator senior Agata Strausa became UF's first cross country All-American since 2009 Saturday.

Saturday November 23, 2013Agata Strausa Caps Off Gator XC Career With All-America Honors; Men 29th at NCAA Championships

(PHOTO: Cheryl Treworgy) Gator senior Agata Strausa became UF's first cross country All-American since 2009 Saturday.

Terre Haute, Ind. -- The second time was a charm for Gator senior Agata Strausa, who became UF’s first cross country All-American since 2009 Saturday in her second-ever NCAA Championship race. Strausa clocked a 33rd-place finish (20:42.1) in the field of 253 athletes to cap off her senior cross country season on a high note. In men’s NCAA Championship team action, the Gators placed 29th in the field of 31 and were paced by senior Mark Parrish’s 49th-place individual finish (30:54.5), just shy of top 40 All-America accolades.

 

Wet course conditions at the Wabash Family Sports Center on a cold day in Terre Haute – high 20s and low 30s by race time – forced the Games Committee for the 2013 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships to relocate the start line up approximately 110 meters in an effort to provide the most fair and equal start for Saturday’s competitors.

 

Despite tough racing conditions, six Gators with previous NCAA Championships experience, including Parrish and juniors Jimmy Clark, Eddie Garcia and JL Hines, along with Strausa and redshirt junior Cory McGee on the women’s side, had career-best finishes at 2013 Nationals with improvement in their overall finishes from years past. On the men’s side, freshman Carlos Miranda, redshirt freshman Mac Reynolds and redshirt freshman Harsha Torke competed in their first NCAA Championships.

 

2013 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS NOTABLES

·         Senior Agata Strausa was one of just three SEC athletes to pick up All-America honors Saturday in Terre Haute

·         Strausa additionally became the Gators’ first cross country All-American since 2009, when Rebecca Lowe and Charlotte Browning earned All-America status. Strausa is UF’s eighth XC All-American and picked up the Gators’ 10th cross country All-America honor (Beth Farmer & Shelly Steely twice earned XC AA status)

·         Strausa adds 2013 All-America honors to a two-year Gator career that includes two All-SEC First Team accolades and 2013 USTFCCCA All-South Region honors

·         Florida’s men improved from 30th in 2011, their last outing as a team at NCAAs, to 29th in 2013

·         Senior Mark Parrish was UF’s highest-finishing men’s runner at NCAAs since 2008 All-American Jeremy Criscione turned in a 20th-place overall finish

·         Parrish, a three-time cross country All-SEC selection and three-time USTFCCCA All-South Region honoree, finishes out his Gator cross career as the University of Florida 8K record-holder, while also picking up USTFCCCA South Region Athlete of the Year honors after being the South Region 10K Champion Nov. 15

·         GATOR NCAA IMPROVEMENTS

o    Agata Strausa

2013: 33rd

2012: 101st

 

 

o    Cory McGee

2013: 83rd

2012: DNC

2011: DNF

2010: 129th

o    Mark Parrish

2013: 49th

2012: 174th

2011: 68th

 

o    Jimmy Clark

2013: 124th

2012: 196th

2011: 191st

 

o    Eddie Garcia

2013: 150th

2012: DNC

2011: 243rd

 

o    JL Hines

2013: 232nd

2012: DNC

2011: 236th

 

 

SPANGLER SPEAKS
Florida assistant track and cross country coach Paul Spangler

On the men’s race and team finish Saturday:

“We wanted to finish higher on the men’s side today, but Mark Parrish did a really solid job finishing 49th overall. With top 40 being All-American, he was just nine places out of being an All-American and I really thought he had a good race. Eddie Garcia really stood out as having a solid performance today for the men as well.”

 

On Agata Strausa’s All-America performance:

“I am extremely proud of Agata. The conditions today were tough – sub-freezing temperatures. They were certainly conditions where you have to be mentally tough to have success. For her to go out there and be an All-American and persevere through some tough conditions, I’m very proud of what she did.”

 

UP NEXT
The Orange and Blue will now turn full attention towards the 2014 indoor track and field season, which kicks off January 10-11 at the UAB Invite in Birmingham, Ala.

 

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GATORS RESULTS

Gator Men 10K (Complete Results)

49. Mark Parrish, 30:54.5

124. Jimmy Clark, 31:31.7

150. Eddie Garcia, 31:47.3

232. JL Hines, 32:53.7

237. Carlos Miranda, 33:13.4

245. Mac Reynolds, 33:28.6

249. Harsha Torke, 33:40.7

 

Gator Women 6K (Complete Results)

33. Agata Strausa, 20:42.1  – USTFCCCA All-America status

83. Cory McGee, 21:13.2

 

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS MEN’S TEAM FINISHERS

1. Colorado 149; 2. Northern Arizona 169; 3. Oklahoma State 230; 4. BYU 267; 5. Oregon 274; 6. Iona 284; 7. Portland 293; 8. Indiana 306; 9. Wisconsin 326; 10. Syracuse 329; 11. New Mexico 334; 12. Arkansas 340; 13. Virginia 370; 14. Texas 376; 15. Eastern Kentucky 380; 16. Providence 396; 17. North Carolina 403; 18. Villanova 415; 19. Stanford 417; 20. Air Force 419; 21. Michigan 433; 22. Princeton 469; 23. Notre Dame 484; 24. Dartmouth 551; 25. Columbia 580; 26. Colorado State 606; 27. Tulsa 628; 28. NC State 630; 29. Florida 654; 30. Harvard 678; 31. Georgia 690.

 

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS WOMEN’S TEAM FINISHERS

1. Providence 141; 2. Arizona 197; 3. Butler 200; 4. Michigan 215; 5. Georgetown 226; 6. Michigan State 236; 7. Colorado 265; 8. Florida State 278; 9. Virginia 283; 10. New Mexico 301; 11. Stanford 322; 12. William and Mary 326; 13. Iowa State 333; 14. Oregon 340; 15. Arkansas 340; 16. Dartmouth 369; 17. Washington 376; 18. San Francisco 385; 19. Villanova 397; 20. Minnesota 406; 21. Wisconsin 489; 22. Syracuse 516; 23. Cornell 569; 24. West Virginia 621; 25. Penn State 640; 26. Indiana 673; 27. Vanderbilt 676; 28. BYU 687; 29. Notre Dame 688; 30. Princeton 704; 31. SMU 790.

 

 

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