The Florida men and women's cross country team’s both entered this weekends race at Wisconsin with promise of having success. Florida unfortunately left the Badger State with two disappointing finishes. Both teams were looking to improve off of their 2013 Wisconsin adidas Invitational finishes were they finished 22nd respectively. The finishes Friday proved to be anything but improvement, running away from was expected with a 36th place race from the men and 38th out of 41 for the women.
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The 2013 Wisconsin adidas Invitational marked the worst regular-season finish for both the Florida men’s and women’s cross country teams.
Florida freshman Lauren Brasure hasn’t wasted any time bursting onto the 2014 cross country scene.
Facing some of their toughest competition this season, the Florida women’s cross country team needed their best performances if they hoped to compete with some of the top runners in North America.
Coach Paul Spangler knows the importance of seizing every opportunity to improve.
A team that expected to have a senior presence has suddenly found itself in a state of flux, unsure whether they’ll be classified as deep or young.
If it were their decision, Mark Parrish, Eddie Garcia and Jimmy Clark would be competing for the Gators cross country team this season.
Coach Paul Spangler has seen countless freshmen runners through the years, but maybe none quite as mature and impressive as Lauren Brasure and Thomas Howell.
Though she hasn’t been on campus more than a month, freshman Lauren Brasure is leaving her mark on Florida’s cross country program early.
When the women’s cross country team lines up for the Mountain Dew Invitational on Saturday, they’ll be fielding a nearly unrecognizable team than the one that finished third at the event in 2013.
David Kilgore is the oldest athlete on Florida’s cross country team, but he must feel like the youngest.
While he will not run as part of Florida’s cross country team on Saturday, senior Mark Parrish looks to continue the success he saw at UF when he competes independently at the 26th Mountain Dew Invitational in Gainesville.
The Gators weren’t going to ruin a tradition, especially not at the Western Carolina Invitational where they had swept the team and individual titles the last 3 years. They made sure not to disappoint.
If history is any indication, the Florida men’s and women’s cross country teams will finish on top in tonight’s season opening meet in Cullowhee, N.C.
While some might knock the Gators for their lack of veteran runners, coach Paul Spangler is embracing the influx of youth the Gators women’s cross country team has on its roster.
Cory McGee thought about one person as she walked up to the starting line at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow on Aug. 11.