Skip to Content, Navigation, or Footer.
We inform. You decide.
Friday, January 28, 2022

Florida cross country takes first place at Mountain Dew Invitational

Both the men’s and women’s cross country teams take first place in the first meet of the season.

Runners start the women's race during the 2021 Mountain Dew Invitational in Gainesville, Florida on Sept. 11, 2021
Runners start the women's race during the 2021 Mountain Dew Invitational in Gainesville, Florida on Sept. 11, 2021

As the sun rose and the humid air of a Gainesville September morning surrounded the Mark Bostick Golf Course, cross country runners from around Florida gathered in preparation for the first meet of the season. 

Runners, families and spectators alike scattered around the course, some anxious in anticipation and others ready to offer encouragement to runners of all teams.

Early Saturday morning, the Gators cross country teams took home team victories on both the men’s and women’s sides at the Mountain Dew Invitational. Three individual runners also managed to capture top-three finishes in the race. 

The men kicked off the race day at 7:55 a.m. with a 6K competition. Freshman Ethan Geiger was the first Gator to cross the finish line. Geiger finished the race in second place with a time of 18:32.3. Redshirt junior Nick Deal finished next for the Gators in fourth, and sophomore Angel Vicioso followed behind in sixth. 

The men’s victory marks their first top finish since the 2019 season. In last year’s Mountain Dew Invitational, the men finished third in the team competition. 

As for the women, the Gators also took home a team victory, along with two individual top-three finishes in the 4K race. 

Freshman Parker Valby crossed the finish line as the first Gator, earning second place individually. Valby finished the race with a time of 13:44.9. Redshirt sophomore Pamela O’Brien finished in third place with a final time of 14:02.6. Stephanie Ormsby was the third Gator to cross the finish line. She finished the race in fourth place at 14:06.7.

In last year’s Invitational, the women did not place, so a first-place finish is certainly a more positive outcome for the Florida runners. This also marks the first No. 1 finish for the women since the 2019 season. 

The Gators will travel to South Bend, Indiana, for their next meet where they will compete in the Notre Dame Joe Piane Invitational on Oct. 1. 

Contact Sara Kate Dyson at skatedyson@alligator.org. Follow her on Twitter at @sarakatedyson

Enjoy what you're reading? Get content from The Alligator delivered to your inbox
Support your local paper
Donate Today
The Independent Florida Alligator has been independent of the university since 1971, your donation today could help #SaveStudentNewsrooms. Please consider giving today.

Powered by SNworks Solutions by The State News
All Content © 2022 The Independent Florida Alligator and Campus Communications, Inc.