Gators Women Place First, Men Finish Third at Mountain Dew Invitational

Gators Women Place First, Men Finish Third at Mountain Dew Invitational

The women totaled 38 points, courtesy of five top fifteen finishers, in the victory.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Florida Gators men’s and women’s Cross Country teams began their 2023 campaigns Friday morning at the Mountain Dew Invitational placing third and first, respectively.
Just twenty-five short minutes after the sunrise, the gun had sounded and the Gators men were off. After navigating through the holes of Mark Bostick Golf Course, the team collected 117 points in their 8k race. Joe Wester was the first Gator to cross the finish line, placing ninth with a time of 24:36.40.
Following Wester were Ethan Geiger, Javi Vento, Josh Stern, and Orlando Cicilioni, who all contributed points towards the third place finish.
Shortly after, the women took to the three-mile course. Running in her first race in three years, Allison Wilson, a transfer from the University of Alabama, placed first overall with a time of 16:38.70.
Her Gator teammates were not far behind as five other Florida runners, Liina Winborn, Vasileia Spyrou, Rylee Pustilnik, Olivia Jones and Sayla Donnelley placed in the top twenty.
Winborn, Spyrou, Pustilnik and Jones contributed to the 38 points scored by the women, which was enough to beat out Vanderbilt for a first place finish.
Men’s Team Finishes

Team Place Points
North Florida 1st 30
Georgia Tech 2nd 40
Florida 3rd 117
Flagler 4th 154
Embry-Riddle 5th 158
Vanderbilt 6th 168
Florida Southern 7th 181
Tampa 8th 211
South Florida 9th 232
Chattanooga 10th 236
Florida Gulf Coast 11th 270
Stetson 12th 318
Florida Atlantic 13th 419
FIU 14th 451
Bethune-Cookman 15th 490

Individual Finishes – Men’s 8k
9) Joe Wester – 24:36.40
13) Ethan Geiger – 24:38.20
25) Javi Vento – 25:04.30
26) Josh Stern – 25:04.70
59) Orlando Cicilioni – 25:31.80
109) Ryan Miller – 26:33.80
117) Mac Wright – 26:50.20
Women’s Team Finishes

Team Place Points
Florida 1st 38
Vanderbilt 2nd 42
Georgia Tech 3rd 62
Chattanooga 4th 130
Flagler 5th 132

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