GAINESVILLE, Fla. – After ending runner-up in 2022, Parker Valby has been topped the 2023 NCAA Division I Particular person Nationwide Champion in dominant style and led the Gators to the very best end in Florida cross nation historical past.
Valby’s title is Florida’s first for cross nation between each the boys’s and girls’s packages. Throughout all sports activities, 240 totally different Gators have claimed 353 NCAA particular person titles. A Gator has now claimed at the least one title in every attainable sport that provides particular person NCAA wins – cross nation, golf, gymnastics, swimming & diving, tennis and monitor & area.
The victory additionally completes Valby’s good season as she has positioned first in all 4 meets she has competed on this season together with the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational, SEC Cross Nation Championships, NCAA South Regional and now the NCAA Cross Nation Championships. As we have seen loads of occasions this season Valby acquired out to a commanding lead. Half-way via the competition the Tampa, Fla., native captured an 18.4 second lead over a pack of seven runners that had been all separated by lower than a second. She sustained mentioned lead via many of the race, finally crossing the end line in 18:55.2. Her mark was 10.6 seconds sooner than the second place finisher.
Valby’s end, along with a top-40 scoring finishes by Flomena Asekol and Allison Wilson in addition to effectively fought performances from Elise Thorner and Liina Winborn, landed the Gators in fifth place. The crew completed one spot higher than the very best males’s placement of all time and accomplished the competition two spots higher than the best ladies’s end. Asekol accomplished Saturday’s race eight spots forward of her 2022 end as she crossed the end line in sixth incomes six factors for the Gators. Asekol was propelled to such a powerful end courtesy of her quickest kilometers coming within the first and closing kilometer. Allison Wilson was the following Gator so as to add to the purpose complete as her placement of forty ninth gave Florida 36 factors. Wilson continued to select via the pack as she improved her placement at each kilometer cut up all through the course. Florida rounded out its scoring with Elise Thorner putting seventy fifth (57 factors) and Liina Winborn putting 202nd (168 factors).
The crew ended Saturday’s contest with a complete of 268 factors.