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Saturday April 7, 2012Relays Encompass Total Team Effort on Final Day of Florida Relays

Gainesville, Fla.

The Florida track and field teams flourished on the final day of the 68th Annual Pepsi Florida Relays, hosted by the Gators at Percy Beard Track at James G. Pressly Stadium.

 

Over the two days of competition, the Gators claimed eight victories throughout all parts of the track, as titles were split evenly between the men and the women.

 

Darshay Davis (Mirimar, Fla.), Alishea Usery (St. Louis, Mo.), Lanie Whittaker (Miami, Fla.) and Cory McGee (Pass Christian, Miss.) ran away with the win in the women’s 1600 sprint medley relay with a time of 3:44.05, making today’s race the second-fastest performance in Florida school history.

 

“They kind of got the ball rolling for us today,” Florida head coach Mike Holloway said. “The challenge for us as a coaching staff is working so hard to keep the meet running with so many high schools and colleges here, as well as post-collegians, so sometimes, our team gets lost. If we can all perform at the level we performed at (the rest of the season), it makes me really pleased at what I saw today. From top to bottom, it was a fantastic day for the Gators.”

 

Davis also had a stellar day on Friday, running a personal best in the women’s 200 meters (23.03) to put herself in the Florida record books at fifth all-time at UF.

 

Later in the afternoon on Saturday, Genevieve LaCaze (Queensland, Australia), Sarah Davis (Jacksonville, Fla.), Mandy Perkins (Ormond Beach, Fla.) and Shelby Hayes (Winter Park, Fla.) took home the women’s 4x800 meter relay for the Gators with a time of 8:44.41.

 

NCAA Indoor triple jump champion Omar Craddock (Killeen, Texas) earned second place in the men’s triple jump with a mark of 16.71m/54-10, making it the top all-conditions mark in the NCAA this season.

 

“I’m really proud of Omar; he did a great job,” Holloway said. “It’s early in the season and he’s going to jump far again as the season progresses.”

 

In the men’s 4x100 meter relay, Jeff Demps (Winter Garden, Fla.), Tony McQuay (Riviera Beach, Fla.), Leonardo Seymore (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) and Dedric Dukes (Miami, Fla.) ran the best collegiate time of the day with a finish of 38.91, earning them the Dick Jones Award with their second-place finish. McQuay also received the William W. "Billy" Richardson Memorial Track Scholarship, given to an outstanding Florida junior student-athlete in memory of Richardson, a track star for the Gators in the 1940s.
 
“Tony ran some 4x1s when he was a freshman and he really stepped up today,” Holloway commented. “We’re a family and we stick up for each other. Tony is pretty fast, so it worked out.”

 

In the women’s 4x100 meter relay, Davis, Alishea Usery, Ugonna Ndu (Newark, N.J.) and Ebony Eutsey (Miami, Fla.) took fifth with a time of 43.99, turning in one of the top 10 times in the country this season.

 

The women’s shot put invite featured Gator senior Keely Medeiros (Blumenau-SC, Brazil), who threw a 16.18m/53-1 for third place. In the other women’s shot put competition, senior Fidela James (Jacksonville, Fla.) tossed for a mark of 14.36m/47-1.50 for a sixth-place finish.

 

In the women’s 4x400 meter relay, Florida’s “A” team composed of Eutsey, Alishea Usery, Ndu and Whittaker placed third with a time of 3:31.03.

 

The Florida “A” team, consisting of Dukes, McQuay, Seymore and Jovon Toppin (Port of Spain, Trinidad), placed sixth in the men’s 4x400 meter relay with a time of 3:06.90.

 

Luc Lawrence (Fort Walton Beach, Fla.)Tyler Cardillo (Punta Gorda, Fla.), Daniel Wehunt (Tampa, Fla.) and John Mitchell (Plant City, Fla.) overcame some obstacles in the men’s 4x800 meter relay. After a stumble in the first handoff between Lawrence and Cardillo, the Gators finished ninth with a time of 7:41.25. Mitchell lost his shoe in the first 100 meters of his leg and anchored the Gators to the finish line with only one shoe remaining.

 

Junior high jumper Dwight Barbiasz (Milford, N.H.) tied for seventh with a season-best-tying 2.10m/6-10.75.

 

“This is our last week where we can really train hard,” Holloway noted. “We have to get after this next week and get everybody focused. We’ll head to Drake (Relays), Mt. Sac and Stanford later on, so we’re going to be all over the place for the next month but the big thing is getting lined up to compete for national championships, doing well at the conference meet and moving forward towards nationals.”

 

The Gators are off next weekend before hosting the Tom Jones Memorial Classic on Saturday, April 21. Schedule and meet information can be found here.

 

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2012 68TH ANNUAL PEPSI FLORIDA RELAYS (APRIL 6-7, 2012 – GAINESVILLE, FL)

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 7, 2012

 

FIELD EVENTS

 

Men's Pole Vault Finals - University Men

11.          Max Lang, J5m/16-4.75

22.          Kyle Mailloux, J4.6m/15-1

 

Men's Triple Jump Finals - University Men

2.             Omar Craddock, 16.71m/54-10 NWI

 

Women's Shot Put Finals - University Women

6.             Fidela James, 14.36m/47-1.50

--             Arlitha Mackey, FOUL

 

Men's High Jump Finals - University Men

T7.          Dwight Barbiasz, 2.10m/6-10.75

--             Ryan Summers, NH

 

Women's Shot Put Invite Finals - University Women

3.             Keely Medeiros, 16.18m/53-1

 

RUNNING EVENTS

 

Women's 1600 Meter Sprint Medley Relay Finals - University Women

1.             Florida (D. Davis, Al. Usery, L. Whittaker, C. McGee), 3:44.05

 

Women's 4 x 100 Meter Relay Finals - University Women

5.             Florida (D. Davis, Al. Usery, U. Ndu, E. Eutsey), 43.99

 

Men's 4 x 100 Meter Relay Finals - University Men

2.             Florida (J. Demps, T. McQuay, L. Seymore, D. Dukes), 38.91

 

Women's 4 x 800 Meter Relay Finals - University Women

1.             Florida (G. LaCaze, S. Davis, M. Perkins, S. Hayes), 8:44.41

 

Men's 4 x 800 Meter Relay Finals - University Men

9.             Florida (J. Mitchell, D. Wehunt, T. Cardillo, S. Obinwa), 7:41.25

 

Women's 4 x 400 Meter Relay Finals - University Women

3.             Florida “A” (E. Eutsey, Al. Usery, U. Ndu, L. Whittaker), 3:31.03

38.          Florida “B” (M. Stegall, As. Usery, M. Harris, P. Morton), 3:49.59

 

Men's 4 x 400 Meter Relay Finals - University Men

6.             Florida (D. Dukes, T. McQuay, L. Seymore, J. Toppin), 3:06.90

 

RECORDS BROKEN ON DAY ONE:

·         Women's 400mH: Tierra Brown (Adidas), 54.88, Percy Beard Track & Florida Relays record

·         Men's 400mH:  Bershawn Jackson (G.W. Express/Nike), 48.49, Percy Beard Track record

·         Women's 3000m Steeplechase: Agata Strausa (Florida), 10:21.03, Florida Relays record

 

RECORDS BROKEN ON DAY TWO:

·         Women's 4x100 Meter Shuttle Relay: Star Athletics (D. Mitchell, L. Smith, T. James, K. Wells), Florida Relays & Percy Beard Track record

·         Girls' Pole Vault: Erica Sergeant (Lake Mary), 3.71m/12-2, Florida Relays record

·         Men's 4x100: Pure Athletics (M. Salaam, K. Bledman, T. Padgett, N. Ashmeade), 38.64, Florida Relays & Percy Beard Track record

·         Men's High Jump: Ricky Robertson (Ole Miss), 2.32m/7-7.25, Florida Relays & Percy Beard Track record

·         Women's 4x400 Meter Relay: One Goal Athletics (M. Robinson, N. Williams-Mills, J. Martin, N. Hastings), Florida Relays & Percy Beard Track record

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