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4x100m All-Americans Zan Joseph, Abigail David, Natalie Knight, Lakecia Ealey

Friday June 8, 20074x100m Relay Earns All-America Honors At NCAA Outdoor Championships

SACRAMENTO, Calif.

4x100m All-Americans Zan Joseph, Abigail David, Natalie Knight, Lakecia Ealey

The Gators’ 4x100m relay team of junior Abigail David (Port-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago), junior Natalie Knight (Snellville, Ga.), junior Lakecia Ealey (Albany, Ga.) and sophomore Zan Joseph (Boynton Beach, Fla.) earned All-America honors with a seventh-place finish on Friday at the 2007 NCAA Outdoor Championships at the Alex G. Spanos Sports Complex.

 

Through 12 of 21 scored events, Arizona State is in first with 38 points. The Gators are tied for 49th with two points.

 

The 4x100m relay clocked a time of 44.47 to finish seventh and earn the All-America distinction. The Gators were just 0.03 away from Tennessee, which was sixth in 44.44. Texas A&M captured the NCAA title in 43.05. It marks the third straight year and is the seventh time in the 11 years that Florida’s 4x100m relay has earned the All-America distinction. Both Knight and Ealey have run all three squads that make up the streak of three consecutive All-American relay teams.

 

“Our women ran well today,” Florida women’s interim head coach Steve Lemke said. “All of the teams at the national championships earned the right to be here, and we came in seeded eighth but finished seventh, so the relay did a great job. They gained experience and confidence all year, and we are really proud of them to come here and go home All-Americans.”

 

For Knight, it marks the fifth All-America honor of her career as she also achieved the feat in the outdoor 200m and the indoor 4x400m in 2005. Joseph obtains the All-America honor for the second time after also running on the indoor 4x400m relay that achieved the feat in 2005, while David collects the first All-America honor of her career.

 

The NCAA Championships conclude on Saturday and the Gators will be represented by freshman Mariam Kevkhishvili (Tbilisi, Georgia) in the shot put. Kevkhishvili made it to the shot put finals by posting a qualifying round toss of 16.01m/52-6.50. The only freshman to reach the shot put final, Kevkhishvili will be looking for her second shot put All-America honor on the year, after earning the distinction during the indoor season. She will also be vying to become Florida’s first outdoor shot put All-American since Kim Barrett in 2004. Barrett was also the last Gator to earn both indoor and outdoor shot put All-America honors in the same season.

 

The final day of competition at the 2007 NCAA Outdoor Championships is schedule to begin with all field events at 1 p.m. (ET). CBS will televise the meet from 1-3 p.m. (ET) and live results can also be found on the internet at www.NCAAsports.com.

 

Women’s Team Scoring (through 10 events):

1. Arizona State 38; 2. Southern California 27; 3. LSU 26; 4. Texas Tech 23; 5. Michigan 22; 6. Texas 17; 6. Georgia 17; 8. California 16; 9. UCLA 15; 10. Texas A&M 14; 49. Florida 2.

      

Florida Women’s Athletes Earning All-America Honors (4 athletes, 1 event):

Abigail David, Natalie Knight, Lakecia Ealey, Zan Joseph – 4x100m

 

Florida Women’s Athletes Advancing (1 athlete, 1 events):

Mariam Kevkhishvili – Shot Put Final

 

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