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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Florida Gators women’s cross country/track and field teams were named the Terry Crawford Program of the Year by the USTFCCCA on Tuesday afternoon. The USTFCCCA Program of the Year award honors the institution that has achieved the most success in each academic year (cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field seasons) based on the institution’s placing at the NCAA Championships.

To be eligible for the award, teams must qualify for each of the NCAA Championships. Points are awarded based on the team’s placing at each NCAA Championship.

The Gators women’s program never placed lower than fifth at any of the three NCAA championships and reached a runner-up finish at the NCAA Cross Country Championships (5th round).th) and then achieved two consecutive second places at the NCAA indoor and outdoor track and field championships.

USTFCCCA Program of the Year Rankings

Women’s program POY Points
Florida 9
Arkansas 11
Oregon 18
State of Oklahoma 25.5
Alabama 25.5


Summary: The Gators were led to their best finish in program history by Parker Valby when she won Florida’s first NCAA individual cross country title. Flomena Asekol, Allison Wilson, Elise Thorner And Liina Winborn were the other four Gators who scored points at the national championship. The team totaled 268 points and finished in the top five.

Press release: Valby crowned individual champion, Gators record best result in school history

1. Parker Valby – 18:55.2
6. Flomena Asekol – 19:26.9
49. Allison Wilson – 20:12.6
75. Elise Thorner – 20:31.0
202. Liina Winborn – 21:34.0

Indoor athletics

Summary: The Gators scored a total of 50 points en route to a second-place finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships. The team was led by two NCAA Individual Championships by Parker ValbyIndividual runners-up are Claire Bryant And Grace Stark and a third place for the women’s DMR (Elise Thorner, Laila Owens, Jess Edwards, Flomena Asekol).

Press Release: Valby sets college record on the way to national championship; Bryant puts up an incredible fight and takes second place
Press Release: Valby doubles at distance championships; Gator men and women finish 3/2 at NCAA indoor championships

60m, Grace Stark | 7.20, 6th Place, 3 points
60mH, Grace Stark | 7.81, 2and Place, 8 points
Mile, Flomena Asekol | 4:35.34, 8th Place, 1 point
3000m, Parker Valby | 8:41.50, 1st Place, 10 points
5000m, Parker Valby | 14:52.79, 1st Place, 10 points
DMR, Thorner, Owens, Edwards, Asekol | 10:54.40, 3rd Place, 6 points
long jump, Claire Bryant | 6.71m/22’0.25″, 2and Place, 8 points
Shot put, Alida van Daalen | 17.74m/58’2.5″, 5th Place, 4 points

Outdoor athletics
Summary: The Gators earned their second consecutive NCAA women’s track and field runner-up finish and their second runner-up finish in 2024. The Gators led the way to this finish with the NCAA individual championships they won: Parker Valby (x2) and Grace Stark and a second place of Claire Bryant and took third place Alida van DaalenThe team achieved a total of 59 points and missed the national championship by only four points.

Press Release: Stark and Valby crowned NCAA individual champions, Florida women’s track and field team finishes second

100mH, Grace Stark | 12.47, 1st Place 10 points
1500m, Flomena Asekol | 4:08.91, 5th Place, 4 points
3000m S, Elise Thorner | 9:37.30, 6th Place, 3 points
5000m, Parker Valby | 14:52.18, 1st Place, 10 points
10000m, Parker Valby | 31:46.09, 1st Place, 10 points
long jump, Claire Bryant | 6.74m/22’1.5″, 2and Place, 8 points
long jump, Anthaya Charlton | 6.59m/21’7.5″, 4th Place, 5 points
Shot put, Alida van Daalen | 17.52m/57’5.75″, 6th Place, 3 points
Discus, Alida van Daalen | 62.44m/204’10”, 3rd Place, 6 points


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