Dover, Fla. (September 8, 2006) - The Saint Leo women's cross country team finished eighth in the UT Early Bird Classic run at Sydney Dover Trail Park on Friday evening.

Junior Ashley Tyler (Nashua, N.H.) paced the Lions with a 45th-place finish individually, finishing the 5k race with a time of 23:36.

The University of Florida completed a sweep of the men's and women's events with a team total of 24 to finish ahead of top Division II finisher, and host, Tampa (60 pts.).  Florida Southern College runner Jael Koech won the meet with an individual time of 18:29.

Saint Leo will next compete on Saturday, September 16 at the Mountain Dew Invitational hosted by the University of Florida.  The meet is scheduled to begin at 8:00 a.m.