Saturday March 7, 2009Gators Notch Three Automatic-Qualifying Marks Saturday
Blacksburg, VA and South Bend, IN
Blacksburg, VA and South Bend, IN
Three Florida track and field athletes notched NCAA automatic-qualifying marks at a pair of last-chance meets on Saturday in Blacksburg, Va., and South Bend, Ind., in the team’s final opportunity to improve its qualifying times and marks for the upcoming NCAA Indoor Championships, which take place in College Station, Texas, this coming Friday and Saturday.
Sophomore sprinter Terrell Wilks (New Haven, Conn.) broke the school record in the indoor men’s 60-meter dash, with an NCAA automatic-qualifying time of 6.60 at the Virginia Tech Qualifier. That time broke the school record of 6.62 achieved by Ahmad Jasmine in 2003 and John Capel in 1999. Junior sprinter Jeremy Hall (Jacksonville , Fla.) also notched an NCAA automatic-qualifying mark and personal-best time in the 60m with a 6.62.
Junior distance runner Charlotte Browning (West Sussex, England) ran the second-fastest women’s indoor mile time in school history, finishing third overall at the Alex Wilson Invitational at South Bend, Ind., in an NCAA automatic-qualifying time of 4:36.09.
“I am very, very excited about what went on today,” Florida head coach Mike Holloway said. “The whole purpose of last chance meets is to improve your position in terms of going to the national meet and I think we did that. Jeremy and Terrell did a great job as automatic qualifiers in the 60 with Terrell breaking the school record and then I was very, very pleased with Charlotte in the mile at Notre Dame. I think this gives us great momentum going back to Gainesville and getting a couple of days rest. We need to keep it rolling into College Station next weekend.”
At the Alex Wilson Invitational, senior pole vaulter Natalie Moser (Tampa, Fla.) and senior mid-distance runner Carlos Phillips (Winter Park, Fla.) each notched NCAA provisional-qualifying times, but did not improve upon their season-best times. Junior Ethan Philpot (Titusville, Fla.) improved upon his season-best time in the 800m with a time of 1:50.66 on Saturday.
At the Virginia Tech Qualifier, sophomore Keely Medeiros (Luziana, Brazil) recorded a provisional-qualifying mark of 52-6/16.00m in the women’s shot put, while sophomore thrower Kemal Mesic (Sarajevo, Bosnia) also had a provisional-qualifying mark in the men’s shot put with a tally of 61-6.75/18.76m. Hurdlers Dennis Martin (Anderson, S.C.), Kallinka Pitt (Largo, Fla.) and William Wynne (Marietta, Ga.) each notched provisional-qualifying marks in the 60-meter hurdles, with Pitt (7.76) and Wynne (7.82) recording personal-bests in the events, putting them among the top 15 people in that event in the country.
The Gators return to action this weekend when they travel to College Station, Texas, to participate in the NCAA Indoor Championships. The announcement of NCAA participants will be issued on Monday afternoon and complete details of Florida’s participants will be available at www.GatorZone.com.
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Alex Wilson Invitational (South Bend, Ind.) – Saturday, March 7, 2009
Women’s Pole Vault – 1 p.m. EST – (AUTO: 4.20; PROV: 3.95)
3. Natalie Moser – 13-0.25/3.97m P
Alex Wilson 800m – 1:25 p.m. EST – (AUTO: 1:48.00; PROV: 1:50.50)
3. Carlos Phillips – 1:49.30 P
Men’s 800m – 2 p.m. EST – (AUTO: 1:48.00; PROV: 1:50.50)
9. Ethan Philpot – 1:50.66
Women’s Mile – 2:30 p.m. EST (AUTO: 4:38.00; PROV: 4:48.00)
3. Charlotte Browning – 4:36.09 A
Virginia Tech Qualifier (Blacksburg, Va.) – Saturday, March 7, 2009
Men’s Shot Put – 12 p.m. EST - (AUTO: 19.30; PROV: 17.75)
2. Kemal Mesic – 61-6.75/18.76m P
6. Beau Burroughs – 57-5.50/17.51m
Women’s Shot Put – 12 p.m. EST - (AUTO: 16.90; PROV: 15.20)
1. Keely Medeiros – 52-6/16.00m P
Men’s 60m Hurdles – 12:55 p.m. EST – (AUTO: 7.70; PROV: 7.91)
1. Kallinka Pitt – 7.76 P
2. William Wynne – 7.82 P
5. Dennis Martin – 7.91 P
Women’s 60m – 1:05 p.m. EST – (AUTO: 7.26; PROV: 7.44)
7. Alishea Usery – 7.51
Men’s 60m – 1:15 p.m. EST – (AUTO: 6.63; PROV: 6.74)
1. Terrell Wilks – 6.60 A
3. Jeremy Hall – 6.62 A
END OF REPORT