Gators Cross Country Begins 2023 Season Friday in Gainesville

Gators Cross Country Begins 2023 Season Friday in Gainesville

The men’s and women’s programs will host the Mountain Dew Invitational at Mark Bostick Golf Course in season opening competition.


GAINESVILLE, Fla. – After the season opener was put on a two week hold, the Gators get the privilege of beginning their 2023 campaign on their home course. The University of Florida welcomes sixteen colleges to Gainesville for the Mountain Dew Invitational on Friday, September 15.
After taking a year hiatus in 2022, the Gators will look to defend their 2021 first place finishes. Both the men’s and women’s program earned the top spot at the 2021 Mountain Dew Invitational earning 25 and 24 points respectively.
This year’s rendition of the event will serve as the first of three regular season meets that the Gators will participate in before beginning post-season competition.
The competition will begin with the men racing in the 8k starting at 7:40 a.m. ET. Shortly after, the women will participate in a 3M race at 8:20 a.m. ET.
The Mountain Dew Invitational is one of two Cross Country meets held at Mark Bostick Golf Course this season, as the Gators are also set to host the NCAA South Regional on November 10.
The Gators will send nine men and twelve women to the starting line on Friday morning.
The set of ten athletes on the men’s side all feature Gators that have raced both at the collegiate level and with the University of Florida over the past two years.
On the women’s side, Sayla Donnelley, Allison Drummond, Kate Drummond, Annie Loehle, Breanna Stuart, and Haley Thornton will all make their collegiate Cross Country debut. Meanwhile, Allison Wilson will make her Florida Gators debut after transferring from the University of Alabama.
The complete list of athletes dawning the Orange and Blue are listed below.


Men Women
Bethune-Cookman Bethune-Cookman
Chattanooga Chattanooga
Flagler Flagler
Florida Atlantic Florida Atlantic
Florida Gulf Coast Florida Gulf Coast
Florida Southern Florida Southern
Georgia Tech Georgia Tech
North Florida North Florida
South Florida South Florida
Stetson Stetson
Thomas (Ga.) Thomas (Ga.)
Embry-Riddle Florida A&M
Tampa Vanderbilt


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