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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Southeastern Conference and the University of Florida are slated to play host to the 2013 SEC Cross Country Championships on Friday, Nov. 1 at Mark Bostick Golf Course in Gainesville, Fla.
The men’s 8K race is slated for a 9 a.m. ET start, while the women’s 6K race will commence at 10 a.m. ET. An awards ceremony will follow the races.
The official meet Web sites are: http://www.secdigitalnetwork.com/SECSPORTS/CHAMPIONSHIPS/2013CrossCountryChampionships.aspx and http://www.gatorzone.com/crosscountry/tour/sec/2013/.
Admission to the 2013 SEC Cross Country Championships is free and spectator parking is available at the UF Law School.
The University of Florida is playing host to the SEC Cross Country Championships for the fifth time in program history. Gainesville also served as the home of the event in 1973, 1981, 1990 and 2002.
The defending SEC men’s cross country champion is Arkansas, which has claimed 20 of the last 22 conference team titles. The defending SEC women’s cross country champion is Florida, which captured its third team title in four years in 2012.
Three SEC programs currently are ranked among the nation’s top-30 according to the latest edition of the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Division I National Coaches Poll, released last Tuesday. On the men’s side, Arkansas is ranked No. 12, while Florida also is receiving votes. On the women’s side, Arkansas is No. 2, while Ole Miss is ranked No. 30. Texas A&M and Vanderbilt also are receiving votes on the women’s side.
Arkansas’ Kemoy Campbell is currently the SEC’s leader at the men’s 8K distance with a time of 23:12, recorded at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational. Arkansas’ Grace Heymsfield is the SEC’s leader at the women’s 6K distance, clocking a time of 19:56 at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational.
Kentucky’s Cally Macumber, who won the women’s individual crown a year ago, returns to defend her title after clocking a victorious 20:23.29 in 2012. Texas A&M’s Henry Lelei won the men’s individual title a year ago, but has completed his cross country eligibility.
Complete coverage of the 2013 SEC Cross Country Championships will be available at www.SECDigitalNetwork.com and by following @SEC_Sean on Twitter.
SEC Cross Country Meet Information
Date: Friday, November 1, 2013
Time: Men’s 8K (9 a.m. ET); Women’s 6K (10 a.m. ET); Awards (11:15 a.m. ET)
Location: Mark Bostick Golf Course (Gainesville, Fla.)
Defending Men’s Champion: Arkansas
Defending Women’s Champion: Florida
Men’s 8K SEC Meet Record: Josphat Bolt, Arkansas (23:09.91), 2004
Women’s 6K SEC Meet Record: Andreina Byrd, Arkansas (19:07.21), 2001
Men’s 8K Course Record: Brian Jaeger, Auburn (23:34.0), 1986
Women’s 6K Course Record: Shannon Womack, Tennessee (19:50.16), 2005