Friday April 24, 2009T&F Claims Second Consecutive SHR Championship of America Title
The Florida track and field team captured the Men’s Shuttle Hurdles Championship of America title for the second consecutive year and the Gators recorded 10 NCAA regional-qualifying marks/times on Friday at the prestigious 115th Penn Relays Carnival hosted by the University of Pennsylvania at its historic Franklin Field.
The Gators won three events on the day to give them four event victories for the weekend. Additionally, Florida’s 10 NCAA regional-qualifying marks give it 20 for the meet heading into Saturday’s final day of competition.
The Florida quartet of Kallinka Pitt (Largo, Fla.), Dennis Martin (Anderson, S.C.), William Wynne (Marietta, Ga.) and Jarius Cooper (Palm Coast, Fla.) broke the school record by winning the Shuttle Hurdle Championship of America in a time of 54.30. The Gators defended their title after winning the event last year in a time of 56.24. En route to Friday’s victory, Florida broke its previous school record of 54.76 in that event, set during the 2004 campaign.
“Overall, I am very pleased with our team’s performance today,” Florida head coach Mike Holloway said. “It was a great day – we had a couple of bumps in the road but, overall, it was a wonderful ride. William Wynne did a great job of winning the 400 hurdles at 9 a.m. today and I am very pleased with the shuttle hurdle relay winning its second Championship of America title. To this point, it is probably one of the best Penn Relays we have ever had and we want to build on that. We need to have the intensity and the courage to overcome the few bumps in the road and continue to make this a great meet tomorrow.”
Wynne, a freshman hurdler and the reigning Southeastern Conference Male Freshman of the Week, started the day off for the Gators with a victory in the men’s 400-meter hurdles. He finished in an NCAA regional-qualifying time of 50.02.
Sprinters Terrell Wilks (New Haven, Conn.) and Jeremy Hall (Jacksonville, Fla.) each clocked an NCAA regional-qualifying time of 10.39 in the preliminaries of the men’s 100-meter dash, with Wilks officially earning the miniscule time advantage to capture the event.
Junior jumper Shara Proctor (The Valley, Anguilla) finished fifth overall in the women’s triple jump championship with an NCAA regional-qualifying leap of 42-1.25/12.83m. That mark tied her season best in the event.
The men’s 4x200-meter relay team finished fifth overall in the preliminaries in a time of 1:23.54. The Gators advance to Saturday’s Championship of America final in that event at 2:35 p.m. EST.
Martin recorded a personal-best and NCAA regional-qualifying time of 13.77 in the men’s 110-meter hurdles to finish fifth overall. Cooper also recorded a regional-qualifying time of 14.15.
The men’s 4x100-meter relay team won its heat and finished 12th overall in an NCAA regional-qualifying time of 40.65. Hall, junior Calvin Smith (Lutz, Fla.), Wilks and freshman Jeff Demps (Winter Garden, Fla.) comprised the 4x100 relay team. The Gators will participate in the college championships tomorrow at 1:20 p.m. EST.
The women’s 4x100-meter relay team finished third overall in the event’s final in an NCAA regional-qualifying time of 45.66. The squad consisted of Madison McNary (Clearwater, Fla.), Alishea Usery (St. Louis, Mo.), Danielle Williams (Jacksonville, Fla.) and Ije Iheoma (Holland, Pa.).
Activities at the 115th Penn Relays Carnival continues on Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. EST. Live results will be available at www.thepennrelays.com. A complete recap will be available at www.GatorZone.com.
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115TH PENN RELAYS (APRIL 23-25, 2009 – Philadelphia , Pa.)
FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 2009
Men’s 400m Hurdles – 9 a.m. (RQS: 52.51)
1. William Wynne – 50.02 R
Women’s Triple Jump Championship – 10 a.m. (RQS: 12.32m)
5. Shara Proctor – 42-1.25/12.83m R
Men’s 4x100m Relay Prelims – 12:30 p.m. (RQS: 40.66)
12. Florida – 40.65 R
-Jeremy Hall, Calvin Smith, Terrell Wilks, Jeff Demps
Women’s 4x100m Relay Final – 1:05 p.m. (RQS: 45.70)
3. Florida – 45.66 R
-Madison McNary, Alishea Usery, Danielle Williams, Ije Iheoma
Women’s 4x1500m Relay – 1:30 p.m. (Not an NCAA event)
7. Florida – 18:22.70
-Genevieve LaCaze, Kaitlin Shiver, Charlotte Browning, Julie Northrup
Men’s 4x200m Relay Prelims – 1:50 p.m. (Not an NCAA event)
5. Florida – 1:23.54
-R.J. Anderson, Terrell Wilks, Jeremy Hall, Calvin Smith
Men’s Long Jump Championship – 2 p.m. (RQS: 7.34m)
9. Christian Taylor – 24-2.25/7.37m R
Men’s Shuttle Hurdles – 2:55 p.m. (Not an NCAA event)
1. Florida – 54.30
-Kallinka Pitt, Dennis Martin, William Wynne, Jarius Cooper
Men’s 110m Hurdles – 3:30 p.m. (RQS: 14.30)
5. Dennis Martin – 13.77 R
14. Jarius Cooper – 14.15 R
22. Kallinka Pitt – 14.40
Men’s 100m Dash Prelims – 3:25 p.m. (RQS: 10.55)
1. Terrell Wilks – 10.39 R
2. Jeremy Hall – 10.39 R
Men’s 4x400m Relay Prelims – 4:35 p.m. (RQS: 3:10.00)
13. Florida – 3:09.61 R
-Preston Wilson, Calvin Smith, William Wynne, R.J. Anderson
FLORIDA EVENT VICTORIES (3)
NCAA REGIONAL QUALIFYING MARKS (10)
END OF REPORT