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Saturday February 14, 2009Gators Cap Off Successful Weekend at Arkansas, Iowa State

Fayetteville, AR and Ames, IA

In its final tune-up before the upcoming Southeastern Conference Indoor Championships, the University of Florida track and field team posted two NCAA automatic-qualifying marks, 16 provisional-qualifying marks and won six events to highlight the Gators’ participation this weekend in the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., and the Iowa State Classic in Ames, Iowa.


“I thought we had another good day today,” Florida head coach Mike Holloway said. “I was very pleased with Alishea Usery in the 200 and our jumpers Shara and Christian, for both earning provisional-qualifying marks. Overall, I felt like we had a very, very solid week in general both at the Tyson Invitational and at Iowa State with Mariam continuing to improve in the shot put and Beau Burroughs earning a provisional-qualifying mark.”


Florida now has a week off from competition before traveling north to E.J. Nutter Fieldhouse in Lexington, Ky., for the SEC Indoor Championships.


“I feel good about SECs,” Holloway said. “There’s definitely some things we need to improve on. I feel like we need to get a little better in the sprints, but I think we will be okay. The big thing for our team is to stay positive, stay healthy and go into the meet ready to compete hard.”


Junior thrower Mariam Kevkhishvili (Tbilisi, Georgia) made it 4-for-4 on winning her event and notching an NCAA automatic-qualifying mark in the women’s shot put. Kevkhishvili, whose toss goes down as the third-best in the world so far this season, captured the event at the Iowa State Classic with a season-best toss of 56-10.75/17.34m.


Sophomore thrower Keely Medeiros (Luzuania, Brazil) finished third in the event, notching her fourth NCAA provisional-qualifying mark of the season with a toss of 51-8.25/15.75m, while senior thrower Beau Burroughs (Tampa, Fla.) notched an NCAA provisional-qualifying mark with a season-best toss of 58-9.25/17.91m.


 “The throwers did a good job this weekend,” Florida throws coach Steve Lemke said. “Mariam just gets better every week. She is progressing nicely in preparation for the next two championship meets and just continues to get the job done every week. It was a good competition for Keely Medeiros this weekend. It was a good level of competitors for her and she competed very well. Beau Burroughs got a provisional-qualifying mark and he’s really coming around at the right time.”


Freshman jumper Christian Taylor (Fayetteville, Ga.) continued his stellar weekend, notching a collegiate best and NCAA provisional-qualifying mark of 52-4.50/15.96m. His triple jump performance, which comes one day after automatically qualifying for the NCAA Indoor Championships in the long jump, bested his previous collegiate best of 48-11/14.91 achieved two weeks ago at the SEC/Big 12 Showdown.


Junior jumper Shara Proctor (The Valley, Anguilla) recorded the second-best women’s indoor triple jump mark in school history with a collegiate best and NCAA provisional-qualifying leap of 43-5.75/13.25m. That bests her previous best mark of 42-7.50/12.99m recorded at the 2007 SEC Indoor Championships. It was her second provisional-qualifying mark of the weekend, as she provisionally qualified in the long jump on Friday.


Senior distance runner Jeremy Criscione (Interlachen, Fla.) turned in the fifth-fastest men’s indoor 5,000m run in school history, winning the event in an NCAA provisional-qualifying time of 14:09.05. Criscione, who set numerous school records during the 2008 cross country season for the Gators, entered the meet ranked eighth on the school’s indoor 5,000m list, a time he achieved at the 2008 SEC Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark.


Senior hurdlers Dennis Martin (Anderson, S.C.) and Kallinka Pitt (Largo, Fla.) each notched season bests and NCAA provisional-qualifying marks in the finals of the men’s 60-meter hurdles, with Pitt recording a collegiate-best mark in the event to move him up to sixth place on the school’s all-time list. Pitt captured the event in a time of 7.81, while Martin was second in 7.84.


Freshman sprinter Alishea Usery (St. Louis, Mo.) continued her finest collegiate weekend to date. After recording an NCAA provisional-qualifying time in the 60m dash on Friday, she returned to the track on Saturday to record the 10th-fastest time in school history in the 200m dash, shattering her collegiate PR in 23.77. Her previous collegiate-best time in that event was 24.19, achieved at the SEC/Big 12 Showdown.


The women’s 4x400m relay team shaved more than three seconds off its season-best time to finish fourth overall in a time of 3:40.67.


Florida returns to action Feb. 26-March 1, when it travels to Lexington, Ky., to participate in the 2009 Southeastern Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships. Complete results and a recap of the three-day event will be available at


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Tyson Invitational – February 14, 2009 (Fayetteville, Ark.)



Women’s Pole Vault – 10 a.m. EST (AUTO: 4.20; PROV: 3.95)

8. Natalie Moser – 12-9.50/3.90m

18. Lauren Menke – 12-3.50/3.75m

20. Daisy Glasser – 12-3.50/3.75m


Men’s High Jump – 11 a.m. EST (AUTO: 2.24; PROV: 2.14)

15. Gray Horn – 6-4.25/1.94m


Women’s Triple Jump – 12 p.m. EST (AUTO: 13.30; PROV: 12.65)

4. Michelle Jenije – 39-9.25/12.12m


Men’s 60m Hurdles, Finals (AUTO: 7.70; PROV: 7.91)

1. Kallinka Pitt – 7.81 P

2. Dennis Martin – 7.84 P

5. William Wynne – 7.92


Men’s 60m Hurdles, Consolation

4. Jarius Cooper – 8.05


Women’s 800m Run – 12:30 p.m. EST (AUTO: 2:05.00; PROV: 2:09.00)

32. Ashley Usery – 2:20.78


Men’s 800m Run – 1 p.m. EST (AUTO: 1:48.00; PROV: 1:50.50)

5. Ethan Philpot – 1:52.76

13. Lamarr Davis – 1:53.74


Women’s 200m Dash – 1:30 p.m. EST (AUTO: 23.20; PROV: 23.90)

3. Alishea Usery – 23.77 P

28. Danielle Williams – 24.70

37. Madison McNary – 25.00

41. Ije Iheoma – 25.07


Men’s 200m Dash – 2:30 p.m. EST (AUTO: 20.83; PROV: 21.23)

7. Calvin Smith – 21.31

15. Jeremy Hall – 21.58

20. Deonte Thompson – 21.72

26. Terrell Wilks – 21.90


Women’s Triple Jump – 3:45 p.m. EST (AUTO: 13.30; PROV: 12.65)

2. Shara Proctor – 43-5.75/13.25m P


Men’s Triple Jump – 3:45 p.m. EST (AUTO: 16.10; PROV: 15.40)

5. Christian Taylor – 52-4.50/15.96m P


Women’s 5,000m Run (AUTO: 16:08.00; PROV: 16:45.00)

6. Jacy Kruzel – 17:11.05

7. Sara Petrick – 17:17.79


Men’s 5,000m Run – 4:50 p.m. EST (AUTO: 13:47.00; PROV: 14:10.00)

1. Jeremy Criscione – 14:09.05 P

5. Sean Blaney – 14:34.25


Women’s 4x400m Relay – 5:05 p.m. EST (AUTO: 3:33.00; PROV: 3:40.00)

4. Florida – 3:40.67


Men’s 4x400m Relay – 5:25 p.m. EST (AUTO: 3:06.50; PROV: 3:10.40)

12. Florida ‘B’ – 3:19.04



Iowa State Classic – February 14, 2009 (Ames, Iowa)


Women’s Shot Put – 11 a.m. EST (AUTO: 16.90; PROV: 15.20)

1. Mariam Kevkhishvili – 56-10.75/17.34m A

3. Keely Medeiros – 51-8.25/15.75m P

23. Fidela James – 45-1/13.74m


Men’s Shot Put – 4 p.m. EST (AUTO: 19.30; PROV: 17.75)

6. Beau Burroughs – 58-9.25/17.91m P



  • Mariam Kevkhishvili, Women’s Shot Put, 56-10.75/17.34m A
  • Christian Taylor, Men’s Long Jump, 26-3.75/8.02m A



  • Beau Burroughs, Men’s Shot Put, 58-9.25/17.91m P
  • Jeremy Criscione, Men’s 5,000m Run – 14:09.05 P
  • Dennis Martin, Men’s 60m Hurdles, 7.84 P
  • Keely Medeiros, Women’s Shot Put, 51-8.25/15.75m P
  • Carlos Phillips, Men’s 800m, 1:49.01 P
  • Kallinka Pitt, Men’s 60m Hurdles (Prelims), 7.88 P
  • Kallinka Pitt, Men’s 60m Hurdles (Finals), 7.81 P
  • Shara Proctor, Women’s Long Jump, 20-9/6.33m P
  • Shara Proctor, Women’s Triple Jump, 43-5.75/13.25m P
  • Kaitlin Shiver, Women’s Mile, 4:46.30 P
  • Calvin Smith, Men’s 400m, 47.03 P
  • Christian Taylor, Men’s Triple Jump, 52-4.50/15.96m P
  • Alishea Usery, Women’s 60m Dash (Prelims), 7.44 P
  • Alishea Usery, Women’s 60m Dash (Finals), 7.38 P
  • Alishea Usery, Women’s 200m Dash, 23.77 P
  • Men’s 4x400m Relay, 3:09.02 P



  • Jeremy Criscione, Men’s 5,000m Run – 14:09.05 P
  • Mariam Kevkhishvili, Women’s Shot Put, 56-10.75/17.34m A
  • Carlos Phillips, Men’s 800m, 1:49.01 P
  • Kallinka Pitt, Men’s 60m Hurdles (Finals) – 7.81 P
  • Shara Proctor, Women’s Long Jump, 20-9/6.33m P
  • Christian Taylor, Men’s Long Jump, 26-3.75/8.02m A





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