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Friday April 3, 2009Track and Field Impressive on Opening Day of Florida Relays

Gainesville, FL

The University of Florida track and field teams posted 20 NCAA regional-qualifying marks and captured three events to highlight a successful opening day in front of a large contingent of Gator fans on Friday at the 65th-annual Pepsi Florida Relays.

 

The final day of the Pepsi Florida Relays begins at 9 a.m. Saturday with gates opening at 8 a.m. Tickets are $7 for adults, $4 for children and seniors and $1 for University of Florida students with a valid UF student ID. Complete coverage of the Florida Relays can be found at www.GatorZone.com/trackfield/floridarelays/

 

“I thought overall it was a great day for our team,” Florida head coach Mike Holloway said. “We had great weather today out of the track and that’s just what we needed. I thought it was important for our team to have a number of great performances in a lot of different areas. As a whole, we are continuing to show that we really have a balanced track and field team, and we perform well in a number of different events. I was very, very pleased with the effort today and am looking forward to another great day tomorrow.”

 

Freshman distance runner Genevieve LaCaze (Queensland, Australia) set two NCAA regional-qualifying marks to highlight her first collegiate outdoor meet. LaCaze set a new Florida freshman record en route to winning the women’s 3,000m steeplechase in a time of 10:30.79. She shattered Hilary White’s previous freshman-record time of 11:08.96, set on May 12, 2001.

 

LaCaze’s time in the steeplechase stands as the second-best mark in school history in that event, making her just the second person in program annals to post a time better than 10:40.00 in the steeplechase.

 

She began the day by notching a regional-qualifying time of 4:22.18 in the women’s 1,500-meter run. LaCaze was third in the event, as three Gators finished in the top five of the 1,500m. Junior Charlotte Browning (West Sussex, England) was second, running the fastest time of any first-year Gator (freshman or transfer) in program history, clocking in at an NCAA regional-qualifying clip of 4:20.22. That beat the previous record by more than 10 seconds and was the fourth-fastest time overall in school history. LaCaze’s time was the 10th-fastest all-time at UF. Sophomore Kaitlin Shiver (Satellite Beach, Fla.) also had a regional-qualifying time of 4:26.56, finishing fifth in the 1,500m.

 

Freshman hurdler William Wynne (Marietta, Ga.) won his first collegiate race, placing first in the men’s 400-meter hurdles in an NCAA regional-qualifying time of 49.67. He clocked the fourth-fastest men’s 400m-hurdle time in school history and was just shy of the school’s freshman record-holder Rickey Harris, who ran a time of 49.65 his rookie campaign, a year in which he won the NCAA Indoor 400m title.

 

Wynne also notched an NCAA regional-qualifying time of 13.92 (-0.2) in the men’s 110m hurdles. Senior Dennis Martin (Anderson, S.C.) finished second in the 110m-hurdle event in a personal-record time of 13.91 (-0.2).

 

Junior sprinter Calvin Smith (Lutz, Fla.) placed second and was the top collegian in the men’s 400-meter run, finishing in a time of 45.32. Freshman sprinter/jumper Christian Taylor (Fayetteville, Ga.) was third in the 400m, clocking an NCAA regional-qualifying time of 45.34.

 

The Florida men’s 4x200-meter relay team captured its event, finishing first with the fourth-fastest time in program history at 1:21.68. The squad consisted of Taylor, Terrell Wilks (New Haven, Conn.), Jeremy Hall (Jacksonville, Fla.) and Smith. It was UF’s fastest time in the event since the school-record setting time of 1:20.94 was achieved on April 30, 2005.

 

Hall and Wilks each registered regional-qualifying times in the men’s 100-meter dash. Hall was fifth overall in 10.45 (-0.3), while Wilks was 10th in 10.49 (-0.3).

 

Freshman thrower Fidela James (Jacksonville, Fla.), who has shown continued improvement in each of her three competitions this season, broke the Florida freshman school record in the women’s hammer throw with a toss of 156-9/47.78m. That throw shattered her previous personal-best of 150-3/45.81m, achieved last week at the FSU Relays, and broke Katie Townsend’s freshman-record mark of 151-10, set in 1998.

 

Junior All-America jumper Shara Proctor (The Valley, Anguilla) finished second in the women’s long jump with an NCAA regional-qualifying leap of 20-7.25/6.28m (+0.9m), while pole vaulters Natalie Moser (Tampa, Fla.) and Daisy Glasser (Atlantic Beach, Fla.) each notched regional-qualifying marks with heights of 13-5.25/4.10m and 12-7.50/3.85m, respectively.

 

Junior distance runner Sean Blaney (Kissimmee, Fla.) was second in the men’s steeplechase in a regional-qualifying time of 9:04.32, which eclipsed his previous personal-best in the event of 9:33.27, accomplished in the 2007 FSU Relays. Fellow distance runner Justin Taylor (St. Augustine, Fla.) recorded a personal-best in the 1,500m with a regional-qualifying time of 3:45.31 to finish second on Friday. That bested his time of 3:56.58, achieved at the 2007 Pepsi Florida Relays.

 

Thrower Beau Burroughs (Tampa, Fla.) was fifth in the men’s discus with a regional-qualifying throw of 170-7/51.99m. The competition was won by former Gator Wes Stockbarger, who was competing unattached, with a heave of 191-5/58.34m.

 

Junior mid-distance runner Carlos Phillips (Winter Park, Fla.) turned in an NCAA regional-qualifying time of 1:46.86 in the men’s 800m.

 

The University of Florida is home of the 2009 Southeastern Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships. For all of the latest information on Gator Track and Field, log on to www.GatorZone.com.

 

PEPSI FLORIDA RELAYS – APRIL 3-4, 2009 (GAINESVILLE, FLA.)

 

FRIDAY, APRIL 3, 2009

 

Women’s 1,500m – 11:30 a.m. EST (RQS: 4:27.80)

2. Charlotte Browning – 4:20.22 R

3. Genevieve LaCaze – 4:22.18 R

5. Kaitlin Shiver – 4:26.56 R

27. Hailey Neal – 4:52.93

 

Men’s 1,500m – 11:50 a.m. EST (RQS: 3:47.80)

2. Justin Taylor – 3:45.31 R

5. Sean Blaney – 3:49.04

10. Anthony Morales – 3:54.22

17. Alex Wills – 3:57.55

20. Aaron Kindt – 3:58.15

 

Women’s 100m Hurdles – 12:10 p.m. EST (RQS: 14.30)

28. Paige Morton – 14.31 (+0.4)

 

Men’s 110m Hurdles – 12:35 p.m. EST (RQS: 13.92)

2. Dennis Martin – 13.91 (-0.2) R

13. William Wynne – 13.92 (-0.2) R

16. Kallinka Pitt – 13.97 (-0.2)

19. Jarius Cooper – 14.16 (+2.1)

 

Women’s 400m – 1 p.m. EST (RQS: 54.61)

24. Ije Iheoma – 56.02

31. Danielle Williams – 56.95

 

Men’s 400m – 1:20 p.m. EST (RQS: 47.20)

2. Calvin Smith – 45.32 R

3. Christian Taylor – 45.34 R

8. R.J. Anderson – 46.66 R

18. Preston Wilson – 47.58

 

Women’s 100m – 2:20 p.m. EST (RQS: 11.75)

38. Shara Proctor – 12.11 (+1.7)

52. Daniela Griffin – 12.39 (+3.2)

 

Men’s 100m – 2:35 p.m. EST (RQS: 10.55)

5. Jeremy Hall – 10.45 (-0.3) R

10. Terrell Wilks – 10.49 (-0.3) R

 

Women’s 800m – 2:50 p.m. EST (RQS: 2:09.80)

8. Charlotte Browning – 2:09.85

23. Kaitlin Shiver – 2:14.18

 

Men’s 800m – 3:15 p.m. EST (RQS: 1:50.40)

2. Carlos Phillips – 1:49.86 R

14. Ethan Philpot – 1:52.55

28. Lamarr Davis – 1:55.19

 

Women’s 400m Hurdles – 3:40 p.m. EST (RQS: 1:00.82)

17. Paige Morton – 1:02.08

33. Ashley Usery – 1:04.45

41. Cierra Cummings – 1:09.18

 

Men’s 400m Hurdles – 4 p.m. EST (RQS: 52.51)

1. William Wynne – 49.67 R

44. Jamaal Johnson – 56.97

 

Women’s 4x200m Relay – 5:10 p.m. EST

7. Florida – 1:36.80

          -Madison McNary, Alishea Usery, Danielle Williams, Ije Iheoma

 

Men’s 4x200m Relay – 5:30 p.m. EST

1. Florida – 1:21.68

          -Christian Taylor, Terrell Wilks, Jeremy Hall, Calvin Smith

 

Women’s Pole Vault – 5:30 p.m. EST (RQS: 3.85m)

2. Natalie Moser – 13-5.25/4.10m R

10. Daisy Glasser – 12-7.50/3.85m R

22. Alex Black – 11-7.75/3.55m

25. Claire Spurling – 11-7.75/3.55m

 

Women’s Long Jump – 6 p.m. EST (RQS: 6.00m)

2. Shara Proctor – 20-7.25/6.28m (+0.9) R

 

Men’s Discus – 6 p.m. EST (RQS: 51.70m)

5. Beau Burroughs – 170-7/51.99m R

13. Scott Clayman – 158-4/48.26m

 

Women’s Hammer Throw – 6 p.m. EST (RQS: 56.80m)

12. Fidela James – 156-9/47.78m

 

Women’s Steeplechase – 6:30 p.m. EST (RQS: 10:50.25)

1. Genevieve LaCaze – 10:30.79 R

2. Julie Northrup – 10:35.54 R

17. LeeAnn Nawrocki – 12:15.66

 

Men’s Steeplechase – 6:30 p.m. EST (RQS: 9:07.00)

2. Sean Blaney – 9:04.32 R

5. Michael Anderson – 9:30.05

9. Geoffrey Anderson – 9:55.18

 

Women’s 5,000m – 6:30 p.m. EST (RQS: 16:52.00)

4. Laura Garrow – 16:55.18

6. Sara Petrick – 17:03.32

11. Jacy Kruzel – 17:42.49

 

FLORIDA REGIONAL QUALIFYING MARKS (20)

  • R.J. Anderson – Men’s 400m - 46.66 R
  • Sean Blaney – Men’s Steeplechase – 9:04.32 R
  • Charlotte Browning – Women’s 1,500m - 4:20.22 R
  • Beau Burroughs – Men’s Discus – 170-7/51.99m R
  • Daisy Glasser –  Women’s Pole Vault - 12-7.50/3.85m R
  • Jeremy Hall – Men’s 100m – 10.45 (-0.3) R
  • Genevieve LaCaze – Women’s 1,500m - 4:22.18 R
  • Genevieve LaCaze – Women’s Steeplechase – 10:30.79 R
  • Dennis Martin – Men’s 110m Hurdles – 13.91 (-0.2) R
  • Natalie Moser – Women’s Pole Vault – 13-5.25/4.10m R
  • Julie Northrup – Women’s Steeplechase - 10:35.54 R
  • Carlos Phillips – Men’s 800m – 1:49.86 R
  • Shara Proctor – Women’s Long Jump – 20-7.25/6.28m R
  • Kaitlin Shiver – Women’s 1,500m - 4:26.56 R
  • Calvin Smith – Men’s 400m – 45.32 R
  • Christian Taylor – Men’s 400m – 45.34 R
  • Justin Taylor – Men’s 1,500m – 3:45.31 R
  • Terrell Wilks – Men’s 100m - 10.49 (-0.3) R
  • William Wynne – Men’s 110m Hurdles – 13.92 (-0.2) R
  • William Wynne – Men’s 400m Hurdles – 49.67 R

 

FLORIDA EVENT WINNERS (3)

  • Genevieve LaCaze – Women’s Steeplechase – 10:30.79 R
  • William Wynne – Men’s 400 IH – 49.67 R
  • Men’s 4x200m Relay – 1:21.68

 

END OF REPORT

 

 

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