THURSDAY, JULY 13, 2000
Jacksonville Men Finish 12th At Gator Cross Country Invitational

October 9, 1999

Gainesville, FL. - Nearly 1300 participants were on hand Saturday for the 12th annual Gator Invitational Cross Country meet at the University of Florida Golf Course. In a six race meet which included four high school competitions, the highlights were the two collegiate competitions which kicked off the day at 8 a.m.

Both the Florida women and the men came away with important victories at the Invitational. The 23rd-ranked Gator women packed five runners within 25 seconds of each other in the top-10 to finish first in the 16-team field with a score of 26. The men put six finishers in the top-15 including three under the 26-minute mark to take the top place of 19 teams with a team score of 22. The Jacksonville women complete a strong showing in fifth place, as four Dolphin runners finished in the top 40 among collegiate women. Meanwhile, the Dolphins' men's team placed three runners in the top sixty to finish 12th among 19 schools.

South Florida alumni Maria Otto won the women's race with a time of 17:41.32, the third best time in the history of the race. Sonja Shedden of UCF was second in 17:52.21 followed by Sarah Howard of Georgia State in third at 17:59.20. Gator Senior Tamieka Grizzle (Bronx, N.Y.) led the women's team with a fourth place finish in 18:09.46.

The Jacksonville women were led by Adriana Campos in a time of 18:32.97, good for 8th overall and 7th among collegiate competitors. Campos was joined in the top forty by April Nudo (19:42.36-27th), Ayesha Muhammad (19:54.46-32nd) and Jennifer Takach (20:19.02-40).

In the men's competition, Rob Evans once again led the way for the Gators' men's team, setting his third personal best of the year in his third race. The junior from Altamonte Springs, Fla., broke the 25-minute barrier for the first time in his career, taking second overall (1st among collegians) in 24:50.49 behind UF alumnus Mike Mykytok who won his third career Invitational in a time of 24:47.29.

Jacksonville was led by Kevin Barry who finished 74th overall and 51st among collegiate competitors with a time of 29:22.13 for the 8,000 meter course. Rowan Irons (29:50.29) and Daniel Laverty (29:56.92) finished 59th and 60th respectively among collegians for the Dolphins.

MEN'S TEAM SCORES

1 Florida 22 1 2 5 6 8 10 11

2 Georgia State 69 3 14 16 17 19 21 22

3 UCF 84 7 12 18 23 24 26 31

4 Troy State University 152 9 13 15 29 86

5 Webber College 185 25 28 40 44 48 58 78

6 Fla. Southern 203 4 27 38 66 68

7 West Florida 239 33 42 43 46 75 79

8 Florida Tech 240 32 36 55 56 61 63 70

9 Embry-Riddle University 243 30 34 50 57 72 76 77

10 Florida A&M University 246 37 39 41 49 80

11 Stetson University 268 20 52 64 65 67 96 97

12 Jacksonville University 360 51 59 60 87 103

13 Fl. Atlantic University 379 35 69 73 100 102

14 Flagler College 382 62 71 74 83 92 114 115

15 Rollins College 410 54 82 89 91 94 101

15 Tampa 410 53 84 85 90 98 104 110

17 Warner Southern 437 45 93 95 99 105 109 112

18 Saint Leo University 454 47 81 107 108 111 113

19 Palm Beach Atlantic 545 88 106 116 117 118

Finals Men's 8,000 Meter Run (Top 25)

1 Mykytok, Mike, Alumni UF 24:47.29, 2 Evans, Rob, Florida 24:50.49, 3 Whiteside, Everett, Nike South 25:03.16, 4 Duncan, Chris, Florida 25:23.80, 5 Hollinger, Randy, Unattached 25:32.88, 6 Mott, Tee, Georgia State 25:39.10, 7 Lipham, Erik, Unattached 25:39.68, 8 Crossan, Gary, Fla. Southern 25:44.37, 9 Ortiz, Rolando, Florida 25:56.29, 10 Chambers, Courtney, Florida 26:03.66, 11 McCabe, Sean, UCF 26:07.30, 12 Ernest-Jones, Eddie, Florida 26:10.91, 13 Fesh, John, Troy State 26:16.50, 14 Bowen, Donnell, Florida 26:21.41, 15 Tanner, Marcus, Florida 26:21.81, 16 Antoine, Wayne, Florida 26:23.38, 17 Snelling, Lou, UCF 26:28.65, 18 Knorr, Jeremy, Florida 26:40.56, 19 Gilman, Sean, Troy State 26:45.37, 20 Horst, Ben, Georgia State 26:49.67, 21 Britton, Brandon, Troy State 26:56.17, 22 Fabian, Jeff, Unattached 26:59.71, 23 Irwin, Josh, Florida 27:04.70, 24 Gentiluomo, Giovanni, Georgia State 27:05.38, 25 Schiff, Adam, Unattached 27:06.19

DOLPHIN FINISHERS:

74 Barry, Kevin, JU 29:22.13, 88 Irons, Rowan, JU 29:50.29, 90 Laverty, Daniel, JU 29:56.92, 129 Arnett, Daniel, JU 32:39.90, 150 Mosby, Alan, JU 34:38.54.