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Monday, June 05, 2023

Sports | Other Sports Cross Country

Junior Jessica Pascoe (middle) and senior Caitlin McQuilkin-Bell (right) compete in the Mountain Dew Invitational on Saturday at the Mark Bostick Golf Course in 2017 alongside former-Gator Lauren Perry.

UF cross country runner Jessica Pascoe rises to the competition post-foot injury

Jessica Pascoe waited nine months to run with the Gators women’s cross country team again. This was abnormal for a UF runner, as they usually compete not only with cross country in the fall but the indoor and outdoor track and field in the spring as well. But when a tightness started to aggravate her foot, the Australia native knew she would not be able to make a return to the course anytime soon.

UF assistant cross country coach Chris Solinsky is a new addition to the team. “Leading into this year, it’s a bit more of a rebuilding year, just with the transitioning of coaches and different coaching philosophies,” Solinsky said. 

UF cross country team runs in first meet

With Category 4 Hurricane Irma threatening to reign over Florida, the Gators men’s and women’s cross country season began earlier than planned this year. After saying goodbye to standouts such as Taylor Tubbs on the women’s team and Carlos Miranda on the men’s team, younger players have proven they can rise to the occasion after Thursday’s performance at the North Florida Invitational in Jacksonville, previously scheduled for Saturday morning.

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