Cross Country

2023 Mountain Dew Invitational: Florida and North Florida win titles

The Florida Gators women's Cross Country team won the 2023 Mountain Dew Invitational placing first, while the men finished third behind North Florida and Georgia Tech on Friday.

2023 Mountain Dew Invitational - Cross Country meet with Florida women in action.
2023 Mountain Dew Invitational - Cross Country meet with Florida women in action. Photo by Mallory Peak

Gainesville, Fla., (Sept. 15) — The Florida Gators Cross Country teams kicked off their 2023 season at the 2023 Mountain Dew Invitational, with the women’s team clinching first place and the men’s team finishing third. The women’s victory was particularly noteworthy, as they amassed 38 points thanks to five top-fifteen finishers. Photo Gallery

Gators Women Triumph, Men Secure Third Place at 2023 Mountain Dew Invitational

The men’s race commenced just 25 minutes after sunrise at the Mark Bostick Golf Course. Joe Wester led the Gators, finishing ninth with a time of 24:36.40 in the 8k race.

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The team accumulated 117 points, with Ethan Geiger, Javi Vento, Josh Stern, and Orlando Cicilioni also contributing to the third-place finish.

Shortly after the men’s race, the women took to the three-mile course. Allison Wilson, a transfer from the University of Alabama, marked her first race in three years by finishing first overall with a time of 16:38.70.

Her teammates Liina Winborn, Vasileia Spyrou, Rylee Pustilnik, Olivia Jones, and Sayla Donnelley also finished in the top twenty, helping the team beat out Vanderbilt for the first-place finish.

2023 Mountain Dew Invitational Results

Men’s Team Scores

North Florida1st30
Georgia Tech2nd40
Florida Southern7th181
South Florida9th232
Florida Gulf Coast11th270
Florida Atlantic13th419

Women’s Team Scores

Georgia Tech3rd62
North Florida6th151
South Florida7th222
Florida Atlantic8th236
Florida Gulf Coast10th288
Florida A&M11th359
Florida Southern12th362

The Gators will next compete in the FSU XC Invitational in Tallahassee, Florida, marking their second meet of the 2023 season. With the Mountain Dew Invitational serving as a strong opening act, expectations are high for the remainder of the season.

Communications Assistant (Cross Country, Track & Field) University of Florida Athletic Association C: (973) 507-6189 | O: (352) 375-4683 Ext: 6120 | @ajmorton_19

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