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Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Ten of 12 women and 11 of 12 men earned career-best times Saturday as the UF cross country teams swept the Auburn Invitational team titles, their second team sweep of the season in as many meets.

The Gators had five top-10 finishers on the men's side and compiled a team score of 24 points, 50 points ahead of second-place LSU.

Senior Enoch Nadler led the men with his second win of the year. He finished the 8k race with a career-best time of 23:46.28, the fourth fastest time in school history.

Junior Jeremy Criscione made his season debut after recovering from hernia surgery, finishing second in the individual standings with a career-best time of 23:52.69.

Sophomore Sean Blaney and seniors Jose Garcia and Jeremy Miller rounded out the Gators' top five successively in seventh, eighth and ninth overall, all earning career-bests of 24:15.66, 24:18.28 and 24.22.88.

Junior Jacy Kruzel and freshman Rebecca Lowe led the UF women in their upset of No. 14 Iowa, both finishing the 5k race in less than 17 minutes and taking sixth and seventh places overall.

It marked the first time Gators runners have run under 17 minutes since 1986.

Kruzel finished the race in 16:57.74, followed by Lowe's time of 16:59.40, the seventh and ninth fastest times in school history.

Although Iowa had three of the top four finishers overall, the Gators notched their best five runners in the top 14, enough to stay four points ahead of the Hawkeyes with a team score of 41 points.

Seniors Lindsay Sundell and Kristen Johnson and freshman Ali Crabb posted career-best times of 17:03.58, 17:13.69 and 17:20.36 and rounded out the scoring five for the Gators.

UF next travels to Terre Haute, Ind., for the Pre-NCAA Invitational on Oct. 13.

-STAFF REPORT

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