SEC Cross Country Athletes of the Week (Sept. 3, 2013)
Men’s Runner of the Week: Brandon Lord, Georgia
• Opened his senior season by winning his second career cross country meet and grabbing the top finish for the Bulldogs for the fifth time in his four years at Georgia.
• Clocked a 25:49.17 to top the nearest competitor at the Georgia Cross Country Invitational by six seconds in the only 8K run in the SEC this past weekend.
• Marks Lord’s second consecutive victory at the Georgia Cross Country Invitational, placing first in a field of 63 individual participants.
• Georgia placed first as a team in a meet that consisted largely of in-state schools, including Georgia Tech and Mercer.
Women’s Runner of the Week: Agata Strausa, Florida
• Turned a first-place finish, topping the field of 104 women’s athletes, in the Western Carolina Invitational in Cullowhee, N.C.
• The individual event victory was the second of Strausa’s career after claiming the 2012 Mountain Dew Invitational title at home last year.
• Helped lead a Gator pack that claimed the top-five spots for a perfect 15-point score.
• Ran her first collegiate two-mile race, clocking a 10:52.29 – the top two-mile time in the SEC.
• Led the Gators to the WCU Invitational team title, Florida’s third consecutive victory at the season-opening invitational and the perfect team score for UF during that span.
Men’s Freshman Runner of the Week: Carlos Miranda, Florida
• In his first collegiate race, helped compose Florida’s scoring corps by crossing and scoring fifth for UF in the Gators’ season-opening race at the Western Carolina Invitational.
• Ran his first collegiate 5K, clocking a time of 15:32.14, finishing 14th overall in the field in Cullowhee, N.C.
• Was the fifth freshman in the field of 104 men’s athletes to cross the finish line at the Western Carolina Invitational.
• Helped lead the Gators to the WCU Invitational team title, Florida’s third consecutive victory at the season-opening event.
Women’s Freshman Runner of the Week: Karlie Garcia, Ole Miss
• Made her collegiate debut at the Brooks Memphis Twilight Classic with a third-place individual finish that helped the Ole Miss women finish second as a team (to conference foe Mississippi State).
• Currently holds the top women’s 5K time in the SEC this season at 17:32.72.
• Led an all-freshman contingent of Rebel runners at the Brooks Memphis Twilight, placing third out of 157 total participants.