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Thursday April 23, 2009T&F Notches 10 NCAA Regional Marks On Day One of Penn Relays

Philadelphia, PA

A number of strong individual performances, leading to 10 NCAA regional-qualifying marks and times, highlighted Florida’s opening day at the prestigious 115th Penn Relays Carnival on Thursday at historic Franklin Field.


The Gators turned in an all-around strong showing, led by their distance runners, who notched six of the team’s 10 regional-qualifying times during the evening session. Junior jumper Shara Proctor (The Valley, Anguilla) also posted a victory in the women’s long jump championship.


“I continue to be proud and very impressed with our team’s effort,” Florida head coach Mike Holloway said. “We got off to a good start during the morning session with Shara winning the long jump and Keely getting a big PR in the shot put and continuing on in the discus. We had some big performances tonight in the distance events that were very impressive. The big thing for our team is that our athletes just have incredible focus. I hope everyone on our team can take notice of what went on today and continue the momentum into tomorrow. I am extremely proud of not only our athletes, but also our assistant coaches for the work they have done in getting our athletes ready to compete.”


Freshman distance runner Genevieve LaCaze (Queensland, Australia), the reigning Southeastern Conference Female Freshman of the Week, continued her rookie success on Thursday, placing second in the women’s 5,000-meter run with the sixth-fastest time in school history in that event, an NCAA regional-qualifying time of 16:13.61. LaCaze has now qualified for the NCAA East Regional in the 1,500m run, the 3,000m steeplechase and the 5,000m run.


Junior Julie Northrup (Vero Beach, Fla.) recorded the third-fastest women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase time in school history, finishing second overall in the event by clocking an NCAA regional-qualifying time of 10:32.68. Northrup shaved nearly three seconds off of her previous best time of 10:35.54 in that event, achieved on April 3 at this year’s Pepsi Florida Relays.


Freshman thrower Keely Medeiros (Luziana, Brazil) turned in NCAA regional-qualifying marks in both the women’s shot put and the women’s discus on Thursday, finishing second in both events. Her toss of 54-4.50/16.57m in the shot put marked a personal best and went down as the seventh-best heave in school history in that event.


Proctor captured the women’s long jump championship, finishing first in the event with an NCAA regional-qualifying leap of 20-4.50/6.21m. Proctor has now earned an NCAA regional-qualifying mark in each of her three long jump competitions thus far this season.


Junior Evelien Dekkers (Etten-Leur, Netherlands) finished third in the women’s javelin, recording a season-best and NCAA regional-qualifying throw of 162-7/49.56m, while junior Star Sansone (Atlantic Beach, Fla.) was eighth in the event.


Running in the Olympic Development section of the women’s 5,000-meter run, Laura Garrow (Port Orange, Fla.) charted a personal-best and NCAA regional-qualifying time of 16:51.10.


Men’s distance runner Justin Taylor (St. Augustine, Fla.) turned in an impressive, more-than-35-second personal best in the men’s 5,000-meter run, finishing in an NCAA regional-qualifying time of 14:10.97. Prior to Thursday’s competition, Taylor’s best time in a 5,000m run in a meet was 14:47.20, recorded at the 2007 Pepsi Florida Relays.


Junior Sean Blaney (Kissimmee, Fla.) came just shy of his personal best in the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase, charting an NCAA regional-qualifying time of 9:04.64.


The Florida women’s 4x100-meter relay team finished 10th overall in the preliminary round in a time of 46.15. The team, consisting of Madison McNary (Clearwater, Fla.), Alishea Usery (St. Louis, Mo.), Danielle Williams (Jacksonville, Fla.) and Ije Iheoma (Holland, Pa.), advances to Friday’s college final.


Activities at the 115th Penn Relays Carnival continues on Friday beginning at 9 a.m. EST. Live results will be available at A complete recap will be available at


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115TH PENN RELAYS (APRIL 23-25, 2009 – Philadelphia , Pa.)




Women’s Long Jump Championship – 12 p.m. (RQS: 6.00m)

1. Shara Proctor – 20-4.50/6.21m R


Women’s 4x100m Relay Prelims – 1 p.m. (RQS: 45.70)

10. Florida – 46.15

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


Women’s Shot Put College – 1 p.m. (RQS: 14.30m)

2. Keely Medeiros – 54-4.50/16.57m R


Women’s Javelin Championship – 2 p.m. (RQS: 43.45m)

3. Evelien Dekkers – 162-7/49.56m R

8. Star Sansone – 139-3/42.45m


Women’s Discus College – 4 p.m. (RQS: 47.30m)

2. Keely Medeiros – 155-5/47.38m R


Women’s 4x400m Relay Prelims – 5:40 p.m. (RQS: 3:42.00)

24. Florida – 3:48.43

          -Ije Iheoma, Alishea Usery, Danielle Williams, Ashley Usery


Men’s Steeplechase Championship – 7:30 p.m. (RQS: 9:07.00)

12. Sean Blaney – 9:04.64 R


Women’s Steeplechase Championship – 7:50 p.m. (RQS: 10:50.25)

2. Julie Northrup – 10:32.68 R


Women’s 5,000m Run Championship – 8:30 p.m. (RQS: 16:52.00)

2. Genevieve LaCaze – 16:13.61 R

15. Sara Petrick – 16:42.53 R

28. Jacy Kruzel – 17:16.77


Women’s 5,000m Run Olympic Development – 8:50 p.m. (RQS: 16:52.00)

11. Laura Garrow – 16:51.10 R


Men’s 5,000m Run Championship – 9:10 p.m. (RQS: 14:12.00)

13. Justin Taylor – 14:10.97 R



  • Shara Proctor – Women’s Long Jump – 20-4.50/6.21m R



  • Sean Blaney – Men’s Steeplechase – 9:04.64 R
  • Evelien Dekkers – Women’s Javelin – 162-7/49.56m R
  • Laura Garrow – Women’s 5,000m Run – 16:51.10 R
  • Genevieve LaCaze - Women’s 5,000m Run – 16:13.61 R
  • Keely Medeiros – Women’s Shot Put – 54-4.50/16.57m R
  • Keely Medeiros – Women’s Discus – 155-5/47.38m R
  • Julie Northrup – Women’s Steeplechase – 10:32.68 R
  • Sara Petrick – Women’s 5,000m Run – 16:42.53 R
  • Shara Proctor – Women’s Long Jump – 20-4.50/6.21m R
  • Justin Taylor – Men’s 5,000m Run – 14:10.97 R





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