UCF Cross Country to Open Season



Sep 5, 2013

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By Jenna Marina

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - The UCF cross country team opens its season at the USF Invitational this Friday for the second-consecutive year, but this time under a new set of circumstances.

For one, the meet in Tampa is hosted by now American Athletic Conference foe, the Bulls. The meet will also mark coach Johnny Gray's first test as UCF's new cross country leader after joining head coach Jeanette Bolden's staff during the summer.

"I can start seeing them transition to my method of training. I like what I see," Gray said. "The kids are consistent. They are coachable and they love to run. I look forward to the season. I think we're going to do some big things here at UCF."

Last season, Anne-Marie Blaney made a memorable debut to the college scene by winning the invitational , finishing ahead of the pack by more than 20 seconds.

Gray expects the talented sophomore to be the Knights' top performer once again, but he also has high hopes for UCF's other returners.

"Heather Classe is stepping her game up. I've seen Jocelin Adona move from the fifth-sixth position all the way to the third-fourth position. Amelia Williams is very consistent," Gray said. "Each one of them will improve, and the team as a whole will get better."