2023 Mountain Dew Invitational - Cross Country meet with Florida women in action.

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

Team Place Points
North Florida 1st 30
Georgia Tech 2nd 40
Florida 3rd 117
Flagler 4th 154
Embry-Riddle 5th 158
Vanderbilt 6th 168
Florida Southern 7th 181
Tampa 8th 211
South Florida 9th 232
Chattanooga 10th 236
Florida Gulf Coast 11th 270
Stetson 12th 318
Florida Atlantic 13th 419
FIU 14th 451
Bethune-Cookman 15th 490

Women’s Team Scores

Team Place Points
Florida 1st 38
Vanderbilt 2nd 42
Georgia Tech 3rd 62
Chattanooga 4th 130
Flagler 5th 132
North Florida 6th 151
South Florida 7th 222
Florida Atlantic 8th 236
Stetson 9th 270
Florida Gulf Coast 10th 288
Florida A&M 11th 359
Florida Southern 12th 362
FIU 13th 363
Bethune-Cookman 14th 444

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.

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