Florida and South Carolina were the only two SEC cross country teams in action over the weekend. Florida competed at the Florida State Invitational, while South Carolina competed at the Royals Cross Country Challenge. A recap of those meets follows:
The Gators made their presence well known in enemy territory on Friday morning, as the Florida men's and women's cross country team swept first-place team finishes at the Florida State Invitational, hosted at the Apalachee Regional Park. Senior Jessica Pascoe continued her dominant performance this season, collecting her third individual title in three meets this season, while the men's Matt Clark, Colin Schaefer and Jack Guyton tallied 3-4-5 finishes to lead the Florida men to victory. The women additionally saw three top-10 finishes on the day, with personal-best efforts from Payton Capes-Davis, Imogen Barrett and Pamela O'Brien, to guide Florida to victory. The Florida men (34 points) narrowly edged North Florida (37 points) for the first-place finish, while Stetson would finish third in the men's 8k race with 111 points. Florida dominated the women's field, accounting for 29 points, while host No. 11 Florida State (63 points) and Division II Tampa (127 points) followed in second and third-place respectively in the women's 5k.
Led by a pair of personal records, South Carolina women's cross country competed at the Royals Cross Country Challenge on Friday afternoon at McAlpine Park in Charlotte, N.C. Sophomore Maryah Nasir crossed the finish line first for Carolina with a personal record time of 18:10.1, besting her previous time by 10 seconds. Her time was good enough for a 25th place finish overall. Senior Morgan Adams also was able to achieve a personal record in Charlotte. The Cary, N.C., native finished with a time of 19:09.8, 18 seconds faster than her previous best time that was set earlier this season at the Adidas XC Challenge. Just three seconds apart, Kelsey Larkin and Sarah-Sims McGrath finished in 84th and 89th with times of 18:56 and 18:59, respectively.