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Florida Gator takes fifth straight Mountain Dew Invitational

The University of Florida men’s and women’s cross country teams took first place for the fifth consecutive year at the Mountain Dew Invitational on Friday evening. The No. 14 women tallied 18 points and the men recorded 20 points as both teams placed six Gators in the top 10.

“It was a great way to start the season,” Cross country coach Todd Morgan said. “It’s important to get our runners out on the course in a meet and it’s always good to start the season strong. We didn’t let up on our training this week and our team had great results.”

Junior Charlotte Browning (Pulborough, England) won the women’s 5K, clocking in at 17:25.08, the third-best time ever run at the Gator Invitational. She also recorded the third-best time on the UF Golf Course in Gator history. Sophomore Genevieve LaCaze (Daisy Hill, Australia), last year’s winner, came in second in 17:41.03.

“Both [Browning and LaCaze] always show up and run hard and they ran great today,” Morgan said. “They run well ahead of what their training might indicate. Charlotte stayed in Gainesville this summer and she’s coming off a really great track season; she’s a really talented athlete. Genevieve always puts up great performances.”

Junior Kaitlin Shiver (Satellite Beach, Fla.) placed fourth (17:46.55), senior Julie Northrup (Vero Beach, Fla.) finished fifth, setting a new personal-best time (17:52.18) and junior Laura Garrow (Port Orange, Fla.) rounded out the scoring for the Gators with an eighth-place finish in 18:13.98.

Junior Ali Crabb (St. Petersburg, Fla.) finished right behind Garrow in ninth (18:15.92) and freshman Sydney Devore (Lakeland, Fla.) earned 26th place in her first-ever collegiate meet (18:52.88). Redshirt junior Alison Babb (Gainesville, Fla.) placed 35th (19:17.89) while freshmen Erica Taltos (Lake Mary, Fla.) finished 59th (20:07.84) and Callie Cooper (St. Augustine, Fla.) finished 71st (20:28.32) out of 227 runners.

Tampa came in second, USF took third, while Jacksonville and UCF rounded out the top five women’s team.

Junior Anthony Morales (Palm Coast, Fla.) led the way for the men’s team with a second-place finish in a new personal-best time of 24:24, the 10th-best time for a Gator on the UF Golf Course. Senior Aaron Kindt (Orlando, Fla.) crossed the line in third overall, also setting a new personal-best time (24:45.9).

Freshman Derek Wehunt (Odessa, Fla.) started his UF career on a high note, tallying a fifth-place finish (25:07.3), while senior James Uthmeier (Destin, Fla.) significantly improved his personal-best time, finishing sixth in 25:08.4. Classmate Matt Hensley (Port St. Lucie, Fla.) was the final Gator to score, placing seventh (25:11.7).

“The men who raced really stepped up and it was great to see,” Morgan said. “They showed off their hard work as they’ve been training hard and strong for weeks now.”

Redshirt freshman Daniel Manco (Miami, Fla.) recorded a fourth-place finish, running unattached, in a new personal-best time (25:03.8). Sophomore Michael Anderson (Williston, Fla.) was the final Gator to finish in the top 10, coming in ninth (25:32.3). Sophomore Josh Izewski (Doyleston, Pa.) placed 15th (25:52.9), with freshman Tim O’Loughlin behind in 16th (25:58.7) running unattached. Classmates Dan Wehunt (Odessa, Fla) finished 33rd (26:43.8) and John Mitchell (Valrico, Fla.) finished 111th (28:49.6), both also running unattached.

Embry-Riddle’s Evans Kirwa won the men’s race in a time of 24:21.1, recording the third-best time at the Gator Invitational. His team took second and North Florida came in third. Florida Southern was fourth and FAU claimed the fifth spot.

The Gators will be back in action on Friday, Oct. 2 when they travel to South Bend, Ind., for the Notre Dame Invitational. Last season, the women placed fifth and the men tied for sixth in the high-competitive meet.

Women’s Top-10 Team Results

1. Florida


2. Tampa


3. USF


4. Jacksonville


5. UCF


6. North Florida


7. FAU


8. Embry-Riddle


9. Florida Gulf Coast


10. Miami



Florida Finishers

1. Charlotte Browning


2. Genevieve LaCaze


4. Kaitlin Shiver


5. Julie Northrup


8. Laura Garrow


9. Ali Crabb


26. Sydney Devore


35. Alison Babb


59. Erica Taltos


71. Callie Cooper



Men’s Top-10 Team Results

1. Florida


2. Embry-Riddle


3. North Florida


4. Florida Southern


5. FAU


6. Nova Southeastern


7. Florida Tech


8. USF


9. Tampa


10. Miami



Florida Finishers

2. Anthony Morales


3. Aaron Kindt


4. Daniel Manco (Unatt.)


5. Derek Wehunt


6. James Uthmeier


7. Matt Hensley


10. Michael Anderson


15. Josh Izewski


16. Tim O’Loughlin (Unatt.)


33. Dan Wehunt (Unatt.)


111. John Mitchell (Unatt.)



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