Saturday May 9, 2009Gators Notch Eight NCAA Regional Marks on Final Day of Seminole Twilight
Florida’s field athletes combined for eight NCAA regional-qualifying marks and two event wins on Saturday, the final day of the Seminole Twilight Invitational, hosted by Florida State University at its Mike Long Track.
For the weekend, the Gators won four events and posted 11 NCAA regional-qualifying marks. The meet marked the final tune-up for Florida before it plays host to the 2009 Southeastern Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships Thursday through Sunday at Percy Beard Track at James G. Pressly Stadium. To order tickets online for the event, please log on to http://www.gatorzone.com/trackfield/tour/sec/2009/.
Junior thrower Mariam Kevkhishvili (Tbilisi, Georgia), the 2009 NCAA Indoor Shot Put Champion, captured the women’s shot put with an NCAA regional-qualifying toss of 56-10.25/17.33m.
Senior pole vaulter Natalie Moser (Tampa, Fla.) won the women’s pole vault event for the second time this outdoor season, posting an NCAA regional-qualifying leap of 13-1.50/4.00m. She also won the women’s pole vault at the UCF Black and Gold Challenge in March.
Freshman jumper Madara Apine (Ikskile, Latvia) notched her first NCAA regional-qualifying mark of the season with a collegiate best outdoor leap of 40-7.75/12.39m in the women’s triple jump.
Sophomore thrower Kemal Mesic (Sarajevo, Bosnia), who on Friday recorded the ninth-best discus throw in program history, followed that up Saturday with a runner-up finish in the men’s shot put with a regional-qualifying toss of 62-2.25/18.95m. Senior thrower Beau Burroughs (Tampa, Fla.) turned in a season-best throw of 58-5.75/17.82m in the men’s shot put.
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SEMINOLE TWILIGHT INVITATIONAL – MAY 8-9, 2009 (TALLAHASSEE, FLA.)
SATURDAY, MAY 9
Women’s Hammer Throw – 10 a.m. EST (RQS: 54.15m)
4. Fidela James – 149-10/45.67m
Women’s Triple Jump – 12 p.m. EST (RQS: 12.32m)
2. Madara Apine – 40-7.75/12.39m R
4. Michelle Jenije – 39-10/12.14m
Women’s Pole Vault – 3 p.m. EST (RQS: 3.85m)
1. Natalie Moser – 13-1.50/4.00m R
2. Daisy Glasser – 13-1.50/4.00m R
6. Alex Black – 11-7.75/3.55m
7. Claire Spurling – 11-7.75/3.55m
Women’s Shot Put – 4 p.m. EST (RQS: 13.30m)
1. Mariam Kevkhishvili – 56-10.25/17.33m R
4. Fidela James – 47-3.50/14.41m R
Men’s Shot Put – 4 p.m. EST (RQS: 16.80m)
2. Kemal Mesic – 62-2.25/18.95m R
3. Beau Burroughs – 58-5.75/17.82m R
Men’s Pole Vault – 5 p.m. EST (RQS: 5.05m)
2. Eric Foran – 16-6.75/5.05m R
Women’s 400m Hurdles – 6:40 p.m. EST (RQS: 1:00.82)
4. Ashley Usery – 1:04.26
Men’s 400m Hurdles – 7 p.m. EST (RQS: 52.51)
6. Jamaal Johnson – 54.23
Men’s 1,500m Run – 8:15 p.m. EST (RQS: 3:47.80)
8. Alex Wills – 3:54.60
10. Aaron Kindt – 3:55.91
22. Matt Hensley – 4:10.33
FLORIDA’S EVENT VICTORIES (2)
FLORIDA’S NCAA REGIONAL-QUALIFYING MARKS (8)
END OF REPORT