|Young Alumni recognized
at 2009 Outstanding Young Alumni Awards ceremony
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. The University of Florida
Alumni Association recognized 31 former UF students at the 2009
Outstanding Young Alumni Awards on April 18 at Emerson Alumni Hall.
The Outstanding Young Alumni Award honors alumni age 35 and younger
who have excelled in their professions and communities. The award
ceremony was established in 2006 by the UF Alumni Association (UFAA).
Recipients are selected by their respective colleges, usually by
their dean or development officer. Colleges are asked to select
up to two recipients.
University of Florida President Bernie Machen, UFAA President-elect
Jeff Jonasen and UFAA Executive Director Lee Patouillet were in
attendance and addressed the Young Alumni group. Beau Zimmer, an
alumnus and member of the Young Alumni Council, introduced the recipients.
Outstanding Young Alumni for 2009 are
Kirsten Anderson Clanton, Emily Eckhardt Eubanks, Demetrick LeCorn,
Rafael Urbino, Scott Lagueux, Jamee Cagle Miller, Elayne Colon,
Peter M. Moore, Lisa H. Armbruster, Miguel Luciano, John Pinckard,
Susan T. Vadaparampil, Phillip W. Laird,
Christina Kuzma, Christine Pietryla, Thomas Rooney, Caryn Clark,
Erin M. Dunbar, Amy N. Barton, Beverly C. Solesky, Katie Vogel Anderson,
Sriram Krishnaswami, Otto Padraza, Stephen D. Anton, Tonya Clauss,
Jeffrey T. Nickell, Brian D. Burgoon, Ashley B. Moody, Brian Dassler,
Daniel R. Byrnes and John C. Hettinger.
October 31, 2003
regular season is just a warm-up for this part of the cross country
season. While the regular season is useful for garnering points
to receive bids to the NCAA Championships, the next three weeks
are the most important of the cross country season. Championship
season begins Monday, Nov. 3 with the SEC Championships in Athens,
Ga. Both teams have been training hard and especially the womens
team should finish above the sixth place they were voted to finish
in the preseason poll. The men definitely are strong enough to finish
second as predicted, but also have a legitimate shot at the title.
Location: Athens, Ga.; University of Georgia Golf Course
Distances: Women - 6K; Men - 8K
Schedule: Men - 9 a.m.; Women - 10 a.m.
Running for Florida: Men - Steve Zieminksi, Cory Presnick, Brent
Schneider, Steven Hassen, Moise Joseph, Adam Sisler, Jose Garcia,
Jeremy Miller and Ryder Leary Women - Diane Avigne, Kay Lennon,
Carling Cookerly, Elly Kabboord, Jacqueline Mariani, Jennifer Riley,
Mallory Dunn, Jessica Newton and Shea Cookerly
World Travelers ...
Senior Jessica Newton will return from a 10-day trip to Belgium
just before SEC CHampionships. Newton graduated last spring and
was in Belgium as part of her masters degree program in finance.
Senior Philip Laird also spent time away
from the U.S. this summer as he traveled to Haiti to serve in a
mission hospital for three weeks.
September 6, 2003
University of Florida mens and womens cross country
teams opened their 2003 seasons with first-place finishes to capture
the Florida Gator Invitational on Saturday morning at the UF Golf
The Florida mens team won its 8k race with 22 points to beat
runner up South Florida by 57 points. The Gator men ran well as
a team and had a pack spread of less than one minute at 38.35. The
Gator women took first in the 5k event with 37 points to edge out
defending Gator Invitational South Florida by just three points.
This marks 13th time in the 15 year history of the race the Gator
women have won the title.
Both of the Gators teams dominated individually on their
Freshman Steven Hassen began his collegiate career impressively
as he finished first overall with a time of 25:03.55. Hassen was
one of five Gators to finish in the top-10. All eleven of the Florida
men finished in the top-20 of the 95 runners.
Mens junior Cory Presnick finished in third place with a
time of 25:14.44 and was one of four Gators to run personal-best
times, Joining Presnick with personal-best times were junior Brett
Schneider, sophomore Adam Sisler and junior Alex Phipps.
Junior Carling Cookerly led the womens team a time of 18:15.30
to finish in fourth place behind South Florida winner Christa Benton
who ran a 17:49.22. Benton also won the 2002 Gator Invitational.
Florida junior Kay Lennon finished just behind Cookerly in fifth
place with a personal-best time of 18:25.85. Seven of Floridas
women placed in the top-15.
Four members of Floridas womens team finished with
personal-best times. In addition to Lennon, junior Jennifer Riley,
sophomore Diane Avigne and sophomore Charlie Cookerly ran personal-best
Floridas cross-country teams return to action Sept. 20 when
they participate in the Bulldog Stampede in Athens, Ga.
|Mens Team Scores
2.South Florida, 79
3.Florida Southern, 82
5.Florida A&M, 109
7.St. Thomas, 200
8.Florida Tech, 205
9.Florida Gulf Coast, 275
|Womens Team Scores
2.South Florida, 40
4.Florida Southern, 88
5.Florida Tech, 137
7.Florida A&m, 199
8.Florida Gulf Coast, 242
9.St. Leo, 264
Mens Individual Champion
Steven Hassen, Florida 25:03. 55
Mens Top 25 Agate
2. Darin Shearer, Unattached, 25:07.80; 3. Cory Presnick, Florida,
25:14.44; 4. Elias, Gonzalez, Tampa, 25:19.82; 5. Sean Burris, South
Florida, 25:26.68; 6. Brent Schneider, Florida, 25:27.27; 7. Steve
Zieminski, Florida, 25:33.42; 8. Adam Chumbley, South Florida, 25:38.80;
9. Moise Joseph, Florida, 25:41.85; 10. Nico DeVries, Unattached,
25:45.18; 11. Tyrone Bell, Florida Southern, 25:53.22; 12. Jeremy
Miller, Florida, 26:00.47; 13. Jose Garcia, Florida, 26:05.13; 14.
Adam Sisler, Florida, 26:13.71; Ryder Leary, Florida, 26:25.25;
16. Omar Osbourne, Florida A&M, 26:26.85; 17. Derek Lincoln,
South Florida, 26:43.53; 18. Philip Laird,
Florida, 26:56.80; 19. Nick Kraus, Tampa, 26:57.80; 20.
Alex Phipps, Florida, 27:04.63; 21. John Emerson, Florida Southern,
27:05.80; 22. Brandon West, Florida A&M, 27:08.87; 23. Louis
Rufo, Florida Southern, 27:18.07; 24. Jonathan Alter, Florida Southern,
27:19.33; 25. Eric Ward, Florida A&M, 27:43.32.
March 28, 2002
The second day of the 59th Annual Florida Relays is in the books
and the Gators are just beginning to heat up the action. Florida
had competitors in four races of this evening's distance carnival.
Today's protion of the meet was primarily the high school 1A/2A
Steve Zieminski was fourth in tonight's 3,000m steeplechase competition.
In his first collegiate steeplechase, Zieminski had a time of 9:11.22.
Donnell Bowen was ninth in the race with a time of 9:33.37. In the
women's steeplechase, UF was represented by Erika Feltz who finished
eighth with a time of 12:20.90.
UF's runners in the 5,000m were Marie Vogler and Alicia Weber for
the women and Carlos Hinojosa, Cory Presnick, Brent Schnieder and
Philip Laird for the men. Vogler
was 14th with a time of 19:21.98 and Weber was 17th with a time
of 19:37.20. Presnick was third in the men's race with a time of
14:51.92 Hinojosa was fourth in 14:51.93 in what was a good battle
among Gators for the third spot.
Fridays events will kick off with collegiate and open competition
at 8:30 a.m. and will conclude with both collegiate and high school
relays later on in the day.
September 29, 2001
University of Florida men's cross country team took second at the
Greensboro Invitational in Greensboro, N.C. on Saturday. The Gators
finished with 58 points. Idaho State won the meet with 39 points.
Junior Rolando Ortiz was Florida's top finisher in third place
overall with a time of 25:27. Courtney Chambers and Steve Zieminksi
also finished in the top ten, placing eighth overall with a time
of 25:52 and 10th with a 25:55, respectively. The overall winner
was Tommy Evans of High Point College with a time of 25:10. Florida's
top athlete, Chris Duncan, and freshman Moise Joseph did not run.
"I was pleased with the performance of Rolando Ortiz,"
said Head Coach Doug Brown. "Cory Presnick also stepped it
up today. We were glad to have Carlos Hinojosa back after he had
back problems last weekend. I opted not to run Chris Duncan and
Moise Joseph today to ensure that they will be 100 percent for the
Pre-NCAA Invitational in two weeks. I am excited to see what we
will be able to do there with a full squad at 100 percent."
3. Rolando Ortiz - 25:27
8. Courtney Chambers - 25:52
10. Steve Zieminski - 25:55
15. Cory Presnick - 26:01
22. Carlos Hinojosa - 26:20
24. Philip Laird - 26:33
37. Brent Schneider - 26:56
September 7, 2001
University of Florida's men's and women's cross country teams took
top honors at the University of Central Florida Invitational tonight
in Orlando, Fla. Each team scored 23 points.
Seniors Chris Duncan and Erin Merten each took first in their respective
races. Merten finished the 5K women's race with a time of 17:45.60,
over ten seconds ahead of her nearest competitor. Duncan finished
the men's 8k race in 25:03.50, just one second off the record for
the course. He finished exactly 20 seconds faster than the runner-up.
Rolando Ortiz, Courtney Chambers and Carlos Hinojosa also finished
in the top ten for the men. Freshmen Carling Cookerly and Kay Lennon,
as well as sophomores Kelly Walker and Jacqueline Mariani each finished
in the top ten for the women, in addition to Merten.
"I thought our kids ran pretty well as a team," said head
men's coach Doug Brown. "I was pretty pleased, especially that
our top five spread was under a minute and that our number eight
runner finished in the top 15. We still have a ways to go to prove
|Florida Women's Finishers Florida Men's Finishers
1.(1) Erin Merten - 17:45.60
4. (4) Carling Cookerly - 18:28.50
5. (5) Kelly Walker - 18:44.90
7. (6) Kay Lennon - 18:48.90
8. (7) Jacqueline Mariani - 18:51.10
18. (16) Mason Cathey - 19:27.20
20. (18) Norma Vega - 19:36.40
23. Jessica Newton - 19:38.20
47. Alicia Weber - 20:35.20
92. Megan Dube - 22:29.70
|Florida Men's Finishers
1. (1) Chris Duncan - 25:03.50
3. (2) Rolando Ortiz - 25:33.60
4. (3) Courtney Chambers - 23:35.50
10. (8) Carlos Hinojosa - 25:56.30
12. (9) Jeff Fabian - 26:02.40
13. (10) Donnell Bowen - 26:04.10
14. (11) Cory Presnick - 26:06.50
15. Philip Laird - 26:20.00