Saturday March 28, 2009Gators Win Five Events Amidst Rain, Wind at FSU Relays
Battling heavy rain and incredibly windy conditions on day three of the Florida State Relays, the University of Florida track and field team captured five events on Saturday at Mike Long Track.
The three-day FSU Relays were hampered by poor weather throughout the weekend that delayed activities on Thursday and cancelled Florida’s participation in the event on Friday afternoon. The majority of the Gators’ times in the running events on Saturday were severely wind-aided with readings greater than 4.0 in several races.
The meet served as a good tune-up for the 65th-annual Pepsi Florida Relays, which will take place Friday-Saturday, April 3-4, 2009 at James G. Pressly Stadium at Percy Beard Track in Gainesville.
Freshman thrower Keely Medeiros (Luziana, Brazil) captured the women’s discus event with a collegiate-best mark of 149-1/45.00m. That bests her previous mark of 138-1/42.08m, recorded last weekend at the UCF Black and Gold Challenge.
Sophomore sprinter Terrell Wilks (New Haven, Conn.), who concluded the 2009 indoor season by breaking the school record in the 60-meter dash, finished first in the men’s 100-meter dash on Saturday in a time of 10.23. Junior Jeremy Hall (Jacksonville, Fla.) was second in the event in a time of 10.29. Both would have been NCAA regional-qualifying times, but they were heavily wind-aided with a reading of +6.0.
Florida posted each of the top four times in the men’s 110-meter hurdles, run with a wind reading of +4.2. Senior Kallinka Pitt (Largo, Fla.) won the event in a time of 13.73, while freshman William Wynne (Marietta, Ga.) was second in 13.76. Senior Dennis Martin (Anderson, S.C.), a 2009 NCAA Indoor All-American, finished third in a time of 13.98, while sophomore Jarius Cooper (Palm Coast, Fla.) was fourth in 14.17.
The Florida women won the 4x400-meter relay in a time of 3:45.45, using a very young quartet of freshman Alishea Usery (St. Louis, Mo.), freshman Ije Iheoma (Holland, Pa.), sophomore Danielle Williams (Jacksonville, Fla.) and freshman Paige Morton (Stockbridge, Ga.).
The Florida men claimed the men’s 4x400-meter relay in a time of 3:13.37. The group consisted of Wynne, junior Calvin Smith (Lutz, Fla.), sophomore Lamarr Davis (Knightdale, N.C.) and senior R.J. Anderson (Big Pine Key, Fla.). The Gators’ ‘B’ relay was second in a time of 3:19.80, running freshman Preston Wilson (Orlando, Fla.), junior Ethan Philpot (Titusville, Fla.), Wilks and Hall.
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Florida State Relays (Tallahassee, Fla.) - March 26-28, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Men’s Discus – 10 a.m. EST (RQS: 51.70m)
2. Scott Clayman - 151-7/46.20m
8. Gray Horn - 120-11/36.85m
Women’s 100m Hurdles – 11:20 a.m. EST (RQS: 13.92)
2. Paige Morton - 14.22 (+2.9)
Men’s 110m Hurdles – 11:50 a.m. EST (RQS: 14.30)
1. Kallinka Pitt - 13.73 (+4.2)
2. William Wynne - 13.76 (+4.2)
3. Dennis Martin - 13.98 (+4.2)
4. Jarius Cooper - 14.17 (+4.2)
Women’s 4x100m Relay – 1:20 p.m. EST (RQS: 45.70)
2. Florida - 46.58
-Madison McNary, Alishea Usery, Danielle Williams, Daniela Griffin
Women’s Discus – 4 p.m. EST (RQS: 47.30)
1. Keely Medeiros - 149-1/45.00m
Women’s 100m – 4:15 p.m. EST (RQS: 11.75)
4. Madison McNary - 11.87 (+1.3)
5. Daniela Griffin - 12.01 (+2.8)
Men’s 100m – 4:45 p.m. EST (RQS: 10.55)
1. Terrell Wilks - 10.23 (+6.0)
2. Jeremy Hall - 10.29 (+6.0)
Women’s 4x400m Relay – 5:40 p.m. EST (RQS: 3:42.00)
1. Florida - 3:45.45
-Alishea Usery, Ije Iheoma, Danielle Williams, Paige Morton
Men’s 4x400m Relay – 6 p.m. EST (RQS: 3:10.00)
1. Florida A - 3:13.37
-William Wynne, Calvin Smith, Lamarr Davis, R.J. Anderson
2. Florida B - 3:19.80
-Preston Wilson, Ethan Philpot, Terrell Wilks, Jeremy Hall
END OF REPORT