Saturday March 31, 2012Demps Runs Nation's Fastest 100 Meters En Route to Texas Relays Title
Senior sprinter Jeff Demps (Winter Garden, Fla.) claimed the men’s 100 meters university crown at the 85th Annual Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays on a breezy Saturday afternoon. The fourth and final day of competition at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas, Austin proved to be a windy one, with nearly every race marked as wind-aided.
“With Jeff, we’re seeing the results of his early training,” Florida head coach Mike Holloway said. “I think we’d both say that this wasn’t his most technical race. We’re pleased that he won in such a great field but we’re looking forward to his growth throughout the season.”
Demps ran the third-fastest all-conditions time of his career, racing to a first-place finish with a performance of 10.01 (+2.9). Demps has twice turned in 9.96 wind-aided performances in his Gator tenure and his 10.01 is the fastest all-conditions time in the nation this season.
His win marked the fourth Gator victory at the Texas Relays, as senior jumper Daniela Griffin (Jacksonville, Fla.), junior thrower Jeremy Postin (Auburndale, Fla.) and sophomore thrower Stipe Zunic (Zadar, Croatia) took home titles in the “B” section of the women’s long jump, the “A” section of the men’s hammer throw and the “A” section of the men’s javelin throw, respectively.
Another impressive performance for the Gators was junior thrower Kaitlin Davis (Niceville, Fla.), who finished second in the “B” section of the women’s discus, throwing the furthest of any Florida female in the discus this weekend with a toss of 49.26m/161-7.
“Kaitlin is a very steady athlete,” Holloway said. “She listens well to Coach (Steve) Lemke and she did incredibly well this weekend.”
Senior thrower Keely Medeiros (Blumenau-SC, Brazil) matched her season’s best shot put performance with a throw of 16.52m/54-2.50 in the “A” section of the women’s shot put. Teammate Fidela James (Jacksonville, Fla.) threw a season-best 14.73m/48-4 in the event, finishing 11th.
Florida’s relay squads also put forth solid performances on Saturday. Florida’s men’s 4x400 meter relay, comprised of Hugh Graham, Jr. (Miami, Fla.), Dedric Dukes (Miami, Fla.), Leonardo Seymore (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) and Tony McQuay (Riviera Beach, Fla.), finished third overall with a time of 3:05.22, with less than a second separating the top three teams (LSU – 3:04.54; Baylor – 3:04.67).
The women’s 4x400 meter relay, featuring Ebony Eutsey (Miami, Fla.), Alishea Usery (St. Louis, Mo.), Ugonna Ndu (Newark, N.J.) and Lanie Whittaker (Miami, Fla.), placed fourth in 3:33.13, improving on their preliminary time by over two seconds (3:35.41).
The Gators’ men’s 4x100 meter relay, composed by Demps, Graham, Jr., Seymore and Dukes, finished fifth overall with a time of 39.26.
“I think all of our performances, including our relays and throws, show we’re training hard,” Holloway said. “We’ve learned a lot being here. I said yesterday that we came here to be a factor and I think we were. We competed against the better teams and better athletes in the nation and I think we got better. Now we’re ready to focus on Florida Relays and the rest of our outdoor season.”
Next up for the Orange and Blue is the 2012 Pepsi Florida Relays. The event will take place Friday and Saturday, April 6-7. For more information, including schedule, entry lists and ticket information, go to the official Florida Relays homepage at http://www.gatorzone.com/trackfield/floridarelays/.
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2012 85TH ANNUAL CLYDE LITTLEFIELD TEXAS RELAYS (MARCH 28-31, 2012 – AUSTIN, TX)
Women’s Discus – Section B University/College Women
2. Kaitlin Davis, 49.26m/161-7
Men’s High Jump – Section A University/College Men
8. Dwight Barbiasz, 2.10m/6-10.75
Women’s Shot Put – Section A University/College Women
4. Keely Medeiros, 16.52m/54-2.50
11. Fidela James, 14.73m/48-4
Men’s Long Jump – Section A University/College Men
8. Marquis Dendy, 7.49m/24-7 (+1.0)
Men’s 4x100 Meter Relay Finals – University Men
5. Florida (Demps, Graham, Jr., Seymore, Dukes), 39.26
Men’s 110 Meter Hurdles Finals – University Men
5. Eddie Lovett, 13.76 (+2.9)
Women’s 100 Meter Dash Finals – University/College Women
9. Darshay Davis, 11.46 (+3.0)
Men’s 100 Meter Dash Finals – University Men
1. Jeff Demps, 10.01 (+2.9)
Women’s 4x400 Meter Relay – University/College Women
4. Florida (Eutsey, Al. Usery, Ndu, Whittaker), 3:33.13
Men’s 4x400 Meter Relay – Cleburne Price, Jr. University Men Invitational
3. Florida (Graham, Jr., Dukes, Seymore, McQuay), 3:05.22