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Saturday January 14, 2012Mesic Sets New UF Shot Put Record as Gators Begin 2012 at Alabama Invitational

Birmingham, Ala.

Senior thrower Kemal Mesic (Sarajevo, Bosnia) set a new Florida record in the shot put to highlight the start of the 2012 season at the Alabama Invitational in Birmingham, Ala. on Saturday.

 

The five-time All-American and reigning SEC Indoor Champion in the shot put bested his own previous school record of 19.53m/64-1 with a throw of 19.95m/65-05.50, an NCAA automatic qualifying mark, a Birmingham Crossplex record and the longest throw of the day by nearly three meters.

 

ďI think today was a typical opening meet,Ē Florida head coach Mike Holloway said. ďWe saw some good performances, saw some need for improvement and then saw some really great performances out of guys like Kemal and Gray (Horn).Ē

 

Senior multi-event athlete Gray Horn (Waynesfield, Ohio) had a stellar outing in Birmingham, leaping to a first place finish in the long jump with a career-best 7.66m/25-01.75, a Birmingham Crossplex record and good for 10th all-time in Florida history.

 

ďI was really impressed with Gray,Ē Holloway said. ďHe had one of his best performances in the hurdles and I canít say enough about what he did in the long jump.Ē

 

The womenís 4x400-meter relay team, comprised of Alishea Usery (St. Louis, Mo), Lanie Whittaker (Miami, Fla.), Ugonna Ndu (Newark, N.J.) and Ebony Eutsey (Miami, Fla.) took home the third Birmingham Crossplex record of the day for the Gators, racing to a first place finish with a time of 3:39.76.

 

Junior thrower Jeremy Postin (Auburndale, Fla.) had a career outing on Saturday, recording a personal best 20.15m/66-01.50 mark in the menís weight throw, tallying another Crossplex record and improving his standing in the Florida record book at third all-time at UF.

 

The newcomers had their chance to shine as well on Saturday. Freshman distance runner Tyler Cardillo (Punta Gorda, Fla.) earned his first victory of the 2012 indoor season, taking the 800 meter title with a time of 1:51.50, finishing just ahead of teammate John Mitchell (Plant City, Fla.) and his time of 1:51.54.

 

Freshman jumper Ciarra Brewer (Union City, Calif.) took a second place finish in the womenís triple jump in her first collegiate meet, leaping to a 12.74m/41-09.75 mark on Saturday.

 

Freshman distance runner Harsha Torke (Melbourne, Fla.) took second in the menís mile run with a time of 4:12.63, while freshman jumper Marquis Dendy (Middleton, Del.) recorded a 15.24m/50-00.00 mark in the menís triple jump to earn second place.

 

The Gators now return home to the friendly confines of the Stephen C. OíConnell Center as the track and field teams play host to the 2012 Gator Invite on Sunday, January 22.

 

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2012 ALABAMA INVITATIONAL (JAN. 14, 2012 – BIRMINGHAM, ALA.)

 

Womenís Weight Throw

8. Ashley Miller, 16.40m/53-09.75

10. Jayla Bostic, 16.13m/52-11.00

 

Menís Weight Throw

1. Jeremy Postin, 20.15m/66-01.50

2. David Triassi, 20.00m/65-07.50

5. David Levin, 16.14m/52-11.50

 

Womenís 60m

5. Alishea Usery, 7.49

6. Darshay Davis, 7.52

 

Menís 60m Hurdles Prelims

5. Gray Horn, 8.11

6. William Wynne, 8.19

 

Womenís 60m Hurdles

4. Ugonna Ndu, 8.61

 

Womenís Long Jump

5. Ciarra Brewer, 5.79m/19-0

7. Lorraine Graham, 5.78m/18-11.75

13. Brittany Harrell, 5.49m/18-00.25

 

Menís Long Jump

1. Gray Horn, 7.66m/25-01.75

19. Josh Pederson, 6.32m/20-09.00

 

Womenís Pole Vault

4. Claire Spurling, 3.70m/12-01.50

 

Menís Pole Vault

8. Max Lang, 4.90m/16-00.75

 

Womenís Mile

4. Sarah Davis, 5:01.35

 

Menís Mile

2. Harsha Torke, 4:12.63

6. Daniel Wehunt, 4:22.26

 

Womenís 400m

4. Lanie Whittaker, 54.79

13. Ashley Usery, 56.89

 

Womenís Shot Put

6. Arlithia Mackey, 12.82m/42-00.75 

 

Womenís High Jump

4. Taylor Burke, 1.75m/5-08.75

8. Alexis Muniz, 1.70m/5-07.00

 

Menís 400m

8. Sean Obinwa, 48.70

 

Menís 800m

1. Tyler Cardillo, 1:51.50

2. John Mitchell, 1:51.54

9. Luc Lawrence, 1:59.56

 

Womenís 200m

3. Ebony Eutsey, 24.06

 

Womenís Triple Jump

2. Ciarra Brewer, 12.74m/41-09.75

12. Trish Leger, 11.14m/36-06.75

 

Menís Triple Jump

2. Marquis Dendy, 15.24m/50-0

 

Menís 200m

5. Hugh Graham, 21.83

 

Womenís 3,000m

4. Shelby Hayes, 9:43.73

10. Brittany Koziara, 10:57.10

 

Menís Shot Put

1. Kemal Mesic, 19.95m/65-05.50

 

Womenís 4x400m Relay

1. Florida ďAĒ (Al. Usery, L. Whittaker, Ndu, Eutsey, 3:39.76

7. Florida ďBĒ (As. Usery, Davis, Goodson, Harrell), 3:50.30

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