Whitman Alum, Mike Damato Runner of the Week

Walt Whitman 2013 Grad Mike Damato is making a big name for himself and the North Florida Ospreys.
Walt Whitman 2013 Grad Mike Damato is making a big name for himself and the North Florida Ospreys.

Whitman Alum, Mike Damato, led North Florida to a victory over Florida this past weekend with an unbelievable 8k time of 24:57. The South Region No. 5-ranked North Florida men's cross country team had seven runners finish among the Top 15 highlighted by three in the top five en route to topping No. 3 Florida for the team title Saturday morning at the Mt. Dew Invitational.   Also of note, Damato was selected as this season's first Atlantic Sun Men's Runner of the Week after a race-winning performance at the UNF XC Invitational. It is the first time Damato has been honored as Runner of the Week.

"Mike had a very good summer and came back from New York ready to roll," said head coach Jeff Pigg. In the Ospreys' season-opening meet, Damato paced the 8k field with a time of 25:45.23, winning the race by two seconds. Damato's first-place individual finish helped UNF go 4-0 in the meet.