Gators Women’s Cross Country Voted Preseason USTFCCCA NCAA Division I No. 9

Gators Women’s Cross Country Voted Preseason USTFCCCA NCAA Division I No. 9

The USTFCCCA releases their 2023 NCAA Division I Cross Country Preseason Coaches’ Poll.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Just a day after being ranked No. 1 in the SEC Preseason Coaches’ Poll, the Florida Gators women’s cross country team was selected to finish ninth in the USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll.
Since its introduction in 1995, the Gators women’s team has been ranked in the preseason poll a total of nine times, the most recent occurring in 2013 when they were ranked twenty-third. This year’s ninth place ranking is the team’s highest in the preseason since 2010 when it was ranked eighth.

Year Ranking
2013 23
2011 26
2010 8
2007 24
1999 24
1998 17
1997 17
1996 17
1995 17

Despite not competing at the NCAAA Championships as a team in 2022, with the existing experience within the program as well as the addition of transfers, the Gators look ahead to a strong 2023 campaign.
The only Gator to compete at NCAA Championships in 2022 was Parker Valby. The 2022 SEC Cross Country Women’s Runner of the Year finished second out of 253 runners. The Gators added three additional top-40 NCAA Championships runners via the transfer portal in Flomena Asekol, Amelia Mazza-Downie and Elise Thorner.
Asekol finished 14th at the meet, Mazza-Downie finished 22nd and Thorner finished 40th. Asekol contributed to a third-place finish by Alabama while Mazza-Downie and Thorner were part of a second place New Mexico finish.

Rank Team Points Region Conference 2022 Final
1 NC State 329 Southeast (1) ACC 1
2 Northern Arizona 315 Mountain (1) Big Sky 6
3 Oklahoma State 300 Midwest (1) Big 12 4
4 Notre Dame 273 Great lakes (1) ACC 7
5 Colorado 269 Mountain (2) Pac-12 11
6 North Carolina 266 Southeast (2) ACC 5
7 BYU 257 Mountain (3) Big 12 8
8 Stanford 242 West (1) Pac-12 13
9 Florida 235 South (2) SEC
10 Oregon 233

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