SEC Cross Country: UF women win, men third


Published: Monday, November 1, 2010 at 4:56 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, November 1, 2010 at 4:56 p.m.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The Florida women’s cross country team won its second consecutive Southeastern Conference title Monday at Hilton Field at Fort Jackson, while the men finished in third place in their race.

The team title, which Florida won by one point (60) over Arkansas (61), marked the program’s fifth all-time title and was the second time in program history the Gators have won back-to-back team titles after also winning in 1996 and 1997.

Florida’s third-place finish in the men's race is the best finish since 2007. The men’s squad finished in the top five at the conference meet for the 14th consecutive year and in the top three for the ninth consecutive season. Florida was just seven points shy (69) of second-place team and defending champion Alabama (62 points), while Arkansas captured this year's men’s team title with 34 points.

“I’m really proud of this group of women. The things that have gone on this fall have really tested them through the course of the season," assistant track and cross country coach Todd Morgan said. "We came back from a rough meet two weeks ago atPre-NCAAs and did great today.

"They really had to believe they were going to come out here, run hard and win. Today really showed their character.”

The UF’s women’s squad placed two on the first-team All-SEC list in top finisher Charlotte Browning and junior Rebecca Lowe, who placed third (21:11.13) and sixth (21:15.47), respectively, and one on the second-team, junior Genevieve LaCaze for her eighth-place finish (21:16.10).

The freshman duo of Corey McGee and Stephanie Strasser rallied, as Florida’s fourth and fifth scorers with performances that impressed, each receiving SEC All-Freshman Team accolades. McGee, the second freshman finisher in the field of 100 athletes, clocked a 21:33.17, 17th-place overall finish, while Strasser crossed in 21:49.94, good for 26th.

On the men’s side, Florida’s squad showed improvement from last season’s fourth-place SEC finish, just shy of second place by seven points.

Florida’s men ran a smart 8K race, led by junior Dumisane Hlaselo, who finished fifth overall in 24:08.32, the sixth-fastest 8K at the SEC Championship meet in Florida history, picking up first-team All-SEC honors.

Florida will compete at the NCAA South Region Championships in Birmingham, Ala., in two weeks.

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