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Taylor Tubbs (left) won her first collegiate race. (Photo: Bradley Sell)

Friday August 29, 2014Gators Begin 2014 Campaign with Fourth Consecutive Sweep at Western Carolina Invite

Cullowhee, N.C.

Taylor Tubbs (left) won her first collegiate race. (Photo: Bradley Sell)

For a fourth consecutive year, the Florida men’s and women’s cross country teams swept the Western Carolina Invitational. Leading the way in the Gators’ season-opening race and claiming individual victories were redshirt sophomore Mac Reynolds and sophomore Taylor Tubbs.


Both the men and women saw four of their top-five runner’s finish within the top five. The women’s team score of 18 points bested runner-up Georgia State by 28 points, while the men’s 17 points topped the host team Western Carolina by 27 points.



·         The victories by Reynolds and Tubbs were the first of each runner’s career. In addition, the two Gators set personal bests. Reynolds bested his previous top time of 15:31.60 in the 5k by 17.85 seconds. Tubbs improved her career-best mark of 10:59.09 in the two-mile by nearly five seconds.

·         Since 2011, the first year the Gators ran in the Western Carolina Invite, a Florida man and woman has won the race.

·         Reynolds joins Jimmy Clark as active men’s Gator cross country runners to have won the Western Carolina Invite. Clark won the race in 2011 as a freshman, finishing in 15:39.11.

·         Florida freshmen Lauren Brasure and Thomas Howell ran their first collegiate races on Friday, both finishing in second.

·         Howell, the 2012 Florida Gatorade Boys High School Cross Country Runner of the Year, ran the fastest time ever at the Western Carolina Invitational by a Florida freshman.

·         All seven Florida women ran collegiate personal best two-miles.



Gator Men (Complete Results) 5k


Mac Reynolds



Thomas Howell



David Kilgore



Carlos Miranda



Elliot Clemente



Austin Decker



Mark Mutz



Gator Women (Complete Results) 2 mile


Taylor Tubbs



Lauren Brasure



Becky Greene



Devin McDermott



Macy Huskey



Amber Johnson



Gabrielle Yatauro



*Denotes collegiate best mark



On the men…

“The men did a real good job today, having four of our guys finish real close together was great for the first race of the year. Those guys are significantly faster this year than they were last year on this course. They are getting better year-to-year, and that’s what we want to see.”


On the women…

“The plan was for the women to stay in control and stick together, and I thought they did an exceptional job. There were a lot of positives today, but it’s a long season and we have a lot of work to do. We had four of the women finish strong. The key this year is how our fourth and fifth runners run.”


On Mac Reynolds and Thomas Howell…

“Thomas Howell did an exceptional job, finishing second in just his first collegiate race. I thought him and Mac Reynolds, who won his first collegiate race today, did a great job for us.”


On Taylor Tubbs, Lauren Brasure and Devin McDermott…

“Taylor [Tubbs] had her first collegiate victory, and I thought she did an exceptional job. Taylor said it was a lot easier this year than it was last year. That tells me she is a lot farther ahead of where she was last year at this time. In her first-career race, Lauren Brasure finished second, and I thought she did a real good job. I thought Devin McDermott did a really good job today and stepped up in the four-spot.”


On impact of freshmen Lauren Brasure and Thomas Howell…

Anytime you have a freshman come in and finish that high up on the team, you like to see that. It’s good for them and it’s good for the future of the program. If you look on both sides, especially the women, we are pretty young. Lauren and Thomas are going to have a very successful year here, and a successful career here. I am excited to see what the next four years holds for them.”

-Florida assistant track and cross country coach Paul Spangler



The Gators will not compete again until the 26th Annual Mountain Dew Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 20, at UF’s Mark Bostic Golf Course. The men’s collegiate 8k is the first race of the day, starting at 7:55 a.m., followed by the women’s collegiate 5k at 8:30 a.m. High school varsity and junior varsity races will follow the two collegiate races.


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