Saturday April 6, 2013Florida Women's 4x4 Breaks School Record to Close Pepsi Florida Relays
Photo: Tim Casey
The Florida women’s 4x400-meter relay closed the 69th Annual Pepsi Florida Relays in stunning fashion, breaking the Florida school record in 3:27.43 to claim the collegiate-leading time for the second week in a row.
“The 4x400 is kind of the signature event for us and we always like to close the meet with it,” Florida head coach Mike Holloway said. “It’s the last thing anyone sees of us so we want to go out with a great effort. The women went out and broke a school record that people thought was unbreakable and I’m incredibly proud of them.”
The relay team of Robin Reynolds (Miami, Fla.), Lanie Whittaker (Miami, Fla.), Destinee Gause (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) and Ebony Eutsey (Miami, Fla.) etched their names in Gator history, finishing as the top collegians in the event behind professional team One Goal Athletics in 3:24.58.
“It feels great. Our team is young here,” Eutsey said. “We have two freshmen on this team, so for freshmen to be able to step up and take that record is a good thing. It means a lot to all of us. It’s just great.”
Holloway was the head coach at Buchholz High School when the previous Florida record (3:27.53) was set in 1992. Holloway noted that even then, no one thought the record could be broken. He looks to Eutsey and Whittaker as leaders on this year’s Gator squad.
“We’ve talked about that a lot,” Holloway said. “The thing that Ebony has done for us is that she and Lanie Whittaker have said ‘Hey in the past we’ve kind of had a leg here or a leg there that wasn’t quite ready, but we’ve got four legs, let’s engage in it every time.’ That’s really important to them. What they’ve done is they’ve said ‘Let’s see how fast we can go this year.’ The goal at the beginning of the year was to break the school record. But I guess we reevaluate our goals now.”
The men’s 4x400-meter relay also turned in a runner-up finish, crossing the line as the top collegians in the race at 3:04.39. The Gators still hold the top time in the NCAA from their race in Austin last weekend at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays (3:02.65).
Florida’s sprint medley relay captured the Pepsi Florida Relays title in 3:43.62, the second-fastest time in program history. Gause, Eutsey, Whittaker and McGee claimed the crown easily Saturday, winning by nearly three seconds over UCF.
Both of the women’s and the men’s 4x800-meter relays improved on their previous Florida Relays times by over 20 seconds, registering second-place finishes of 8:30.15 and 7:22.41, respectively.
The Pepsi Florida Relays was UF’s first outdoor home meet and nears the midpoint of the outdoor season. With the Gators just over a month away from the conference meet, Holloway likes where his team is headed.
“I think (these performances show) that they trust the program, they trust our strength trainer, Matt DeLancey, they trust everyone involved in the program,” Holloway said. “Coming off of indoor nationals, we started lifting heavy, working hard, and they’re sore. But they come here and perform at a high level and now they get excited about what’s going to happen. I think what it shows is that we are going to be okay and we’re going to do really well here in five to six weeks.”
The Gators travel up the road to Tallahassee for the Seminole Invitational, Friday-Saturday, April 12-13.
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69TH ANNUAL PEPSI FLORIDA RELAYS :: THURSDAY-SATURDAY, APRIL 4-6, 2013 :: GAINESVILLE, FL
Men’s Pole Vault
T10. Jared Watkins, 4.70m/15-5
T10. Max Lang, 4.70m/15-5
-- Kyle Mailloux, NH
Women’s Triple Jump
12. Gissell Warner, 12.31m/40-4.75 (+0.3)
-- Trish Leger, FOUL
Women’s Shot Put
-- Arlithia Mackey, FOUL
Women’s Hammer Throw – Invite
4. Jayla Bostic, 59.17m/192-8 (PR)
Men’s 4x100-Meter Relay
-- Florida “A” (Lovett, Graham, Jr., Seymore, Dukes), DNF
Women’s 4x400-Meter Relay
2. Florida “A” (Reynolds, Whittaker, Gause, Eutsey), 3:27.43 (SR/CL)
25. Florida “B” (Bryant, Ndu, Morton, Harris), 3:44.11
Men’s 4x400-Meter Relay
2. Florida “A” (Glass, Graham, Jr., Seymore, Hall), 3:04.39
28. Florida “C” (Roberts, Toppin, Aird, Burris), 3:16.43
Women’s 4x800-Meter Relay
2. Florida “A” (Perkins, Strausa, Hayes, McGee), 8:30.15
Men’s 4x800-Meter Relay
2. Florida “A” (Da. Wehunt, Obinwa, Schnulle, De. Wehunt), 7:22.41
Women’s Shuttle Hurdle Relay
-- Florida “A” (Ndu, Graham, Morton, Favors), DNF
Women’s Sprint Medley Relay
1. Florida “A” (Gause, Eutsey, Whittaker, McGee), 3:43.62
FLORIDA RELAYS DAY 3 WINNERS
Women’s Hammer Throw - Erin Miller (Buffalo) – 188-10
* (R/T) Women’s 4x100M Shuttle Hurdle – Boogie Fast Track Club (Ali, Castlin, Lewis, Harrison) – 50.78
Men’s 4x100M Shuttle Hurdle – Star Athletics ‘A’ (Braithwaite, Neurdeen, Monrose, Hyman) – 54.23
Men’s 1600 Sprint Medley – Layola ‘A’ (Strup, Wetzel, Glastetter, Murray) – 3:17.41
Women’s 1600 Sprint Medley – Florida ‘A’ (Gause, Eutsey, Whittaker, McGee) – 3:43.62
Men’s Discus Invite – Jared Thomas (Unattached) – 181-06
Girls 4x800M Relay – St. Thomas Aquinas ‘A’ (Jean-Baptiste, Lewis, Kalis, Levy) – 9:15.60
Boys 4x800M Relay – St. Thomas Aquinas ‘A’ (Butler, Darosa, Statham, Haynes) – 7:57.97
Women’s Hammer Throw Invite – Erin Atkinson (Baylor) – 211-05
* (R/T) Men’s 4x100M Relay – Gainesville Elite (Sorillo, McQuay, Thomas, Rodgers) – 38.52
Girls 4x100M Relay – St. Thomas Aquinas ‘A’ (Ellis, Sparling, St. Fort, Golden) – 46.49
* (R) Boys 4x100M Relay – American Heritage – Fla (McKenzie, Herbert, Gibson, Strainge) – 40.49
Women’s 4x100M Relay – Star Athletics ‘A’ (Anderson, Williams, Wells, Jones) – 43.56
*(R/T) Women’s 4x800M Relay – Tennessee ‘A’ (Jackson, Ruff, Kane, Snapp) – 8:28.81
Men’s Triple Jump – Felix Obi (Baylor) – 51-06.50
Men’s 4x800M Relay – Georgia Tech (Jackob, Greenwald, Lasater, Fanelty) – 7:22.37
Men’s Pole Vault – Sam Kendricks (Mississippi) – 18-00.50
Men’s Shot Put – Luka Mustafic (Unattached) – 58-08.50
Women's DMR - Tennessee 'A' (Kane, Petree, Jackson, Davidson) - 11:51.88
Men's 4x200m Relay - Zenith Velocity AC 'A' (Law, Gordon, Redhead, Summers) - 1:22.17
Women's 4x200m Relay - G.W. Express/Nike 'A' (Edwards, Cox, Hayes, Onuora) - 1:32.02
Men's DMR - Georgia 'A' (Grethen, Mills, Grass, Smith) - 9:57.66
Men's Shot Put Invite - Reese Hoffa (Unattached) - 69-11.75 (Relays and track record)
Men's High Jump - Ronnie Black (Virginia Tech) - 7-03.00
Women's Shot Put Invite - Kyla Buckley (Indiana) - 55-03.00
Women's Triple Jump - Jhanelle McLeod (Georgia Tech) - 43-11.25
Women's 4x400 Relay - One Goal Athletics 'A' (Robinson, Williams-Mills) - 3:24.58; 2nd – Florida ‘A’ (Reynolds, Whittaker, Gause, Eutsey) - 3:27.43 (UF record)
Men's 4x400 Relay - Adidas 'A' (McQuay, Wariner) - 3:02.80; 2nd - Florida 'A' (Glass, Graham, Seymore, Hall) - 3:04.39