Friday June 12, 2009Men's 4x100-Meter Relay Team Captures NCAA Title
The University of Florida men’s 4x100-meter relay team on Friday captured the school’s first national title in that event since 2004 in a time of 38.58 to highlight the third day of the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships hosted by the University of Arkansas at its John McDonnell Field.
The 4x100-meter relay team, which entered the meet ranked No. 1 in the nation, won the NCAA Championship with the quartet of Dennis Martin (Anderson, S.C.), Calvin Smith (Lutz, Fla.), Terrell Wilks (New Haven, Conn.) and Jeremy Hall (Jacksonville, Fla.). It marked the third 4x100-meter relay NCAA Championship in program history.
Florida earned three All-America honors on Friday with the first-place 4x100-meter relay team, junior thrower Evelien Dekkers (Etten-Leur, Netherlands) finishing fourth in the women’s javelin and Wilks placing fourth in the men’s 100-meter dash. Those three honors come on the heels of the four All-America honors the Gators earned on Thursday.
Florida’s men currently are in fourth place overall through 13 events scored with 21 points, while the Gator women are tied for seventh place with 18 total team points.
“I am absolutely ecstatic about our performance today,” Florida head coach Mike Holloway said. “I am very pleased with our 4x100 relay team winning the national championship and very happy for Evelien finishing fourth in the javelin and Terrell finishing fourth in the 100. Everybody went out there and got the job done and I am pleased with the people we had qualify tonight. Things don’t always go perfectly, but I have stressed to our team that we have to remember all of the positive things that have happened. Today is in the books and we have to go get some rest, come back tomorrow morning and compete hard.”
Wilks was fourth in the men’s 100-meter dash finals, finishing in a time of 10.19 (+0.3) to earn five points for the team. He picked up two All-America honors on the day after also participating in the 4x100-meter relay.
Dekkers finished fourth in the javelin with a career-best toss of 174-5/53.16m. It marks her second consecutive javelin All-America honor.
Junior jumper Shara Proctor (The Valley, Anguilla), who on Thursday was an All-America selection in the women’s long jump, qualified for the finals of the women’s triple jump, finishing sixth overall in the qualifying round with a leap of 43-5.25/13.24m (+0.5). The finals of the event are slated for 1 p.m. EST Saturday.
Freshman jumper Christian Taylor (Fayetteville, Ga.) advanced to the finals of the men’s triple jump, finishing 10th in the qualifying round with a toss of 52-1.25/15.88m (+0.4). The finals of the men’s triple jump take place 1 p.m. EST Saturday.
Hurdlers William Wynne (Fayetteville, Ga.) and Kallinka Pitt (Largo, Fla.) each advanced to the finals of the men’s 110-meter hurdles. Wynne was third overall in a time of 13.66 (-0.4), while Pitt was sixth in 13.76 (-0.4). The finals of the event are scheduled for 1:59 p.m. EST Saturday.
Smith finished third overall in the semifinals of the men’s 400-meter dash in a time of 45.40. The nation’s No. 1-ranked athlete in that event entering the meet, Smith will participate in the event’s finals at 1:12 p.m. EST Saturday.
NCAA OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS (FAYETTEVILLE, ARK. – JUNE 10-13, 2009)
FRIDAY, JUNE 12
Women’s Triple Jump Qualifying – 4 p.m. EST
6. Shara Proctor – 43-5.25/13.24m (+0.5)
Men’s Triple Jump Qualifying – 5:30 p.m. EST
10. Christian Taylor – 52-1.25/15.88m (+0.4)
Women’s Javelin Finals – 6:30 p.m. EST
4. Evelien Dekkers – 174-5/53.16m
Men’s 4x100-Meter Relay Finals – 7:15 p.m. EST
1. Florida – 38.58
-Dennis Martin, Calvin Smith, Terrell Wilks, Jeremy Hall
Men’s 110-Meter Hurdles Semifinals – 8:05 p.m. EST
3. William Wynne – 13.66 (-0.4) Q
6. Kallinka Pitt – 13.76 (-0.4) Q
Women’s 400-Meter Dash Semifinals – 8:15 p.m. EST
16. Alishea Usery – 54.62
Men’s 400-Meter Dash Semifinals – 8:25 p.m. EST
3. Calvin Smith – 45.40 Q
Men’s 100-Meter Dash Finals – 8:45 p.m. EST
4. Terrell Wilks – 10.19 (+0.3)
FLORIDA’S NCAA CHAMPIONS ON FRIDAY
FLORIDA’S ALL-AMERICANS ON FRIDAY
MEN’S TEAM STANDINGS – 13 EVENTS SCORED
1. Oregon – 36
2. LSU – 30
3. Southern Cal – 22
4. Florida – 21
5. Georgia – 19
6. South Carolina – 18.5
T7. Arizona State – 18
T7. Arkansas – 18
T9. BYU – 16
T9. Kansas State – 16
WOMEN’S TEAM STANDINGS – 13 EVENTS SCORED
1. Oregon – 39
2. Southern Cal – 21
T3. Arizona State – 20
T3. FSU – 20
T3. Texas – 20
6. Texas A&M – 19
T7. Florida – 18
T7. Illinois – 18
9. UCLA – 15
10. Washington - 14
END OF REPORT