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Young Alumni recognized at 2009 Outstanding Young Alumni Awards ceremony
Gainesville, FL
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May 19, 2009

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 recognition 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.


Cross Country Championship Season Begins With SECs
Greensboro, N.C.
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October 31, 2003

The 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 women’s 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 master’s 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.


Gator Harriers Take First at Gator Invitational
Greensboro, N.C.
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September 6, 2003

The University of Florida men’s and women’s cross country teams opened their 2003 seasons with first-place finishes to capture the Florida Gator Invitational on Saturday morning at the UF Golf Course.

The Florida men’s 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 home course.

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.

Men’s 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 women’s 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 Florida’s women placed in the top-15.

Four members of Florida’s women’s team finished with personal-best times. In addition to Lennon, junior Jennifer Riley, sophomore Diane Avigne and sophomore Charlie Cookerly ran personal-best 5k races.

Florida’s cross-country teams return to action Sept. 20 when they participate in the Bulldog Stampede in Athens, Ga.

Men’s Team Scores
1.Florida, 22
2.South Florida, 79
3.Florida Southern, 82
4.Tampa, 92
5.Florida A&M, 109
6.Embry-Riddle, 164
7.St. Thomas, 200
8.Florida Tech, 205
9.Florida Gulf Coast, 275
Women’s Team Scores
1.Florida, 37
2.South Florida, 40
3.Tampa, 65
4.Florida Southern, 88
5.Florida Tech, 137
6.Embry-Riddle, 151
7.Florida A&m, 199
8.Florida Gulf Coast, 242
9.St. Leo, 264

Men’s Individual Champion

Steven Hassen, Florida 25:03. 55

Men’s 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.


Second Day of Florida Relays Complete
Gainesville, FL
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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 meet.

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.

Friday’s 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.


Men's Cross Country Takes Second at Greensboro
Greensboro, N.C.
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September 29, 2001

The 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."

Florida Finishers

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


Florida Cross Country Men and Women Win UCF Invite
Gainesville, FL
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September 7, 2001

The 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 ourselves though."

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