Florida Checks in Second at Disney Cross Country Classic
ORLANDO, Fla. – Led by sophomore Julie Macedo’s third-place individual finish, the Florida’s women’s cross country squad turned in a second-place overall standing (65 points) in the women’s college 5K competition at the Disney Cross Country Classic at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Saturday behind winner Malone University (56 points).
A mere 2.06 seconds separated the first, second and third-place finishers in a particularly tight race, which Macedo led after the mile mark. Freshman Taylor Tubbs scored second for UF, turning in a personal best time (17:41.40) with her fifth-place finish in the field of 200 athletes. Junior Macy Huskey and senior Brittany Koziara crossed the finish line 15th and 16th overall for the Gators, Huskey with a personal-best mark (18:30.15) and Koziara with her best 5K mark as a Gator (18:39.30). First-year Gator Amber Johnson was the fifth scorer for the Orange and Blue in 27th (19:06.10).
Junior transfer Brian Gorwitz, running unattached at the Disney Cross Country Classic, crossed third overall in the men’s 8K field with a personal-best 25:16.61.
• Freshmen Taylor Tubbs and Amber Johnson competed in their first college 5K races as Gators
• Tubbs, junior Macy Huskey and senior Brittany Koziara ran their fastest 5K marks donning the Florida uniform
• Sophomore Julie Macedo was just one second shy of a personal best race
“Julie Macedo ran one of the gutsiest races I have seen,” Spangler said. “She was leading after the mile and did everything she needed to do to win the race, but just got caught at the finish line. Additionally, Taylor (Tubbs) ran a 54-second PR, and Macy (Huskey) ran a 29-second PR.”
The Orange and Blue will face its biggest test of the season so far in both men’s and women’s action at the top-25 saturated Wisconsin adidas Invite Oct. 19. The University of Florida will then play host to the 2013 SEC Championships Nov. 1 at UF’s Mark Bostick Golf Course. For all info about the Gator cross country squads, stay posted to www.GatorZone.com/crosscountry.