Sunday January 22, 2012Another Record Breaking Day for Gators as Postin Breaks Florida Weight Throw Record
The Florida men’s and women’s track and field teams recorded six first-place finishes on Sunday at the 2012 Gator Invite, held at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.
The Gators were led by junior thrower Jeremy Postin (Auburndale, Fla.), who set a new Florida record in the weight throw with a personal-best mark of 21.31m/69-11.
“I think today begins with Jeremy,” Florida head coach Mike Holloway said. “Talking with Coach Lemke, we kind of expected (that performance) today. Coach Lemke thinks there’s even more in the tank.”
Postin’s teammates David Triassi (St. Johns, Fla.) and David Levin (Altamonte Springs, Fla.) finished 2-3 right behind Postin, throwing 20.06m/65-9.75 and 16.77m/55-0.25, respectively.
In the women’s weight throw, senior Fidela James (Jacksonville, Fla.) took first for the Gators with a toss of 19.11m/62-8.50. James also turned in a solid performance in the shot put, finishing second with a throw of 15.08m/49-5.75.
Senior Keely Medeiros (Blumenau-SC, Brazil) won the shot put title on Sunday with a throw of 15.67m/51-5.00.
“I was very pleased with Fidela and Keely’s performances today,” Holloway said. “I thought they did a great job this afternoon.”
Freshman jumper Marquis Dendy (Middleton, Del.) won the first event of his young career, winning the men’s long jump with a leap of 7.20m/23-7.50.
For the second straight week, a Gator took the men’s shot put title. At the Gator Invite, that honor belonged to sophomore Stipe Zunic (Zadar, Croatia). Zunic recorded a toss of 16.40m/53-9.75 to claim first in the event.
A major highlight for the Orange and Blue was the performance of freshman jumper Taylor Burke (Medina, Ohio), who moved to fourth all-time at Florida with a jump of 1.79m/5-10.50, good for first on the afternoon. Burke is also the starting goalkeeper for the Florida soccer team.
“Taylor is a gamer,” Holloway said. “We know that she’s going to compete when it’s time to compete. She practices well and Coach Welty has been very pleased and said coming into the competition that she could jump that or a little bit higher. Coming in, she’s a high school All-American and we expect her to do great things. But the fact that she can do this coming off of soccer season is incredible.”
Senior sprinter Alishea Usery (St. Louis, Mo.) turned in a career-best performance in the 55 meters, racing to a second-place finish with a time of 6.90, good for eighth all-time at Florida.
The Gators will look to build off their strong performances over the last two weeks by participating in the Big 12 vs. SEC Challenge, held on the campus of future SEC member Texas A&M. The Texas A&M Challenge takes place on January 27 & 28 at Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium.
“I think the big thing for us is finding ways to get better and not settling,” Holloway said. “You can kind of get complacent sometimes and I’m always cautioning them on being complacent.
“The big thing for me is I want to see a continual effort and keep building on what we’ve done so far,” Holloway continued. “If you look at what we’ve done every year in the past, we get just a little bit better each week. Because of that, we always have great performances at conference and nationals and we don’t want to change that at all.”
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2012 GATOR INVITE (JAN. 22, 2012 – GAINESVILLE, FLA.)
Men’s Weight Throw
1. Jeremy Postin, 21.31m/69-11
2. David Triassi, 20.06m/65-9.75
3. David Levin, 16.77m/55-0.25
Women’s Weight Throw
1. Fidela James, 19.11m/62-8.50
5. Jayla Bostic, 16.03m/52-7.25
6. Ashley Miller, 15.82m/51-11
Men’s Long Jump
1. Marquis Dendy, 7.20m/23-7.50
Women’s Long Jump
5. Lorraine Graham, 5.55m/18-2.50
Women’s Pole Vault
2. Claire Spurling, 3.57m/11-8.50
6. Caitlin Schuessler, 3.22m/10-6.75
Men’s Pole Vault
3. Gray Horn, 4.76m/15-7.25
5. Kyle Mailloux, 4.61m/15-1.50
7. Anthony Amodio, 4.31m/14-1.75
Women’s High Jump
1. Taylor Burke, 1.79m/5-10.50
3. Alexis Muniz, 1.64m/5-4.50
8. Rebecca Goldring, 1.54m/5-0.50
Men’s High Jump
9. Ryan Summers, 1.88m/6-2.00
Men’s Shot Put
1. Stipe Zunic, 16.40m/53-9.75
5. Hunter Joyer, 14.67m/48-1.75
6. Gray Horn, 13.13m/43-1.00
Women’s Shot Put
1. Keely Medeiros, 15.67m/51-5.00
2. Fidela James, 15.08m/49-5.75
11. Arlitha Mackey, 12.19m/40-0.0
16. Brittany Harrell, 11.49m/37-8.50
Men’s Triple Jump
3. Marquis Dendy, 14.45m/47-5.00
Women’s 55m Hurdles
4. Ugonna Ndu, 7.89
12. Paige Morton, 8.31
16. Monique Harris, 8.49
Men’s 55m Hurdles
6. William Wynne, 7.54
2. Alishea Usery, 6.90
5. Darshay Davis, 6.93
11. Bria Goodson, 7.14
13. Brittany Koziara, 5:26.21
16. Monique Harris, 59.23
28. Danielle Newsome, 1:01.10
13. Michael Burris, 22.91
25. Danielle Newsome, 27.33