Saturday April 21, 2012Florida Track & Field Earns a Dozen Victories in Final Home Meet of 2012
The No. 1 Florida men and No. 7 Florida women combined for 12 victories during the course of the fifth annual Tom Jones Memorial Classic, hosted by the Orange and Blue on Saturday at Percy Beard Track.
Despite a two-hour weather delay, the Gators turned in solid performances to prepare for the weeks leading up to the 2012 SEC Outdoor Championships.
“Overall, you look top-to-bottom, a lot of great things happened for the Gators,” Florida head coach Mike Holloway said. “Any time we have the opportunity to compete at home, especially with a chance to honor Coach Jones, you’ll see everyone competing at a high level and I think we did that today. We had phenomenal performances across the board. Just really proud of the men and the ladies and the way they handled themselves this weekend.”
The Gators had a strong showing in the men’s hammer throw with Jeremy Postin (Auburndale, Fla.) taking first, setting a personal and school record with a throw of 68.07m/223-04, beating his previous throw of 67.78m at the Pepsi Florida Relays. David Triassi (St. John’s, Fla.) also set a season best as he finished third for Florida with a throw of 58.09m/190-07.
Sophomore thrower Stipe Zunic (Zadar, Croatia) finished first for the Gators in the men’s javelin with a mark of 75.41m/247-05, earning his fourth-straight javelin title so far this season.
“I think with Stipe, we’re seeing his development as an athlete,” Holloway said. “He’s really becoming a man. He understands the system and how we work. He and Coach Lemke have really bonded and I think once we get him some favorable conditions, he’ll throw even farther.”
In the women’s shot put, Florida had a one-two finish, as senior Keely Medeiros (Blumenau-SC, Brazil) took first with a throw of 17.17m/56-4 and Fidela James (Jacksonville, Fla.) finished second with a 15.09m/49-6.25. Medeiros also had a strong outing in the women’s discus, as she earned a second-place finish with a season-best throw of 51.46m/168-10 and junior Ashley Miller (Miami Beach, Fla.) came in third with a throw of 50.37m/165-03. James also had a solid outing in the women’s hammer throw with a toss of 51.49m/168-11 to finish second overall.
With a season-best mark of 1.79m/5-10.50, freshman jumper Taylor Burke (Medina, Ohio) won her first high jump title of the 2012 outdoor season.
Freshman JL Hines (Orlando, Fla.) finished strong with a 63 second final lap, and posted a time of 8:27.42 in the 3000 meters to take home his first title of his Gator career. Eddie Garcia (Jacksonville, Fla.) made it another one-two finish for the Gators as he finished second with a time of 8:38.85.
Cory McGee (Pass Christian, Miss.) finished first in the women’s 800 meters with a personal best of 2:05.98, while Agata Strausa (Riga, Latvia) took second with a time of 2:09.30. For the men, Daniel Wehunt (Tampa, Fla.) had a runner-up finish with a season-best time of 1:51.58 in the 800 meters.
Freshman jumper Marquis Dendy (Middleton, Del.) took home the men’s triple jump title with a leap of 15.15m/49-8.50 with his first appearance of the year in the event.
The women’s 1500 meters was all Orange and Blue, as the Gators took the top four spots in the event. With the sixth-fastest time in Gator history and a new personal record (4:16.82), Genevieve LaCaze (Queensland, Australia) added another victory for the Gators. Shelby Hayes (Winter Park, Fla.) finished second with a time of 4:21.62, Mandy Perkins (Ormond Beach, Fla.) was third with a 4:22.46 and fourth was Sarah Davis (Jacksonville, Fla.) in a time of 4:35.22.
“Coach Spangler has been seeing this coming,” Holloway noted. “I’m so proud of Gen (LaCaze). She’s a senior, this is her last home meet and she’s been stuck on 4:20 since her freshman year, so for her to run 4:16 was huge. Really warmed my heart to see her race like that today.”
“The distance group is really coming together and meshing,” Holloway continued. “They’re really coming around at the right time and that gets us excited.”
The Gators finished the meet strong as both the men and women’s 4x400 relay teams came in first. In the women’s event, Florida took the lead early and never looked back as the team of Ebony Eutsey (Miami, Fla.), Lanie Whitaker (Miami, Fla.), Alishea Usery (St. Louis, Mo.) and Ashley Usery (St. Louis, Mo.) finished first with a time of 3:36.09. The men’s team of Dukes, Hugh Graham, Jr. (Miami, Fla.), Seymore and McQuay got the win for the Gators in a time of 3:05.27 to give them the sweep for the event.
Other strong performances included junior sprinter McQuay, who finished first in his heat and third overall with a time of 20.60, the fastest time for the Gators in the event so far this season.
Freshman distance runner Tyler Cardillo (Punta Gorda, Fla.) took second for the Gators in the men’s 1500 meters with a time of 3:54.88.
Sophomore hurdler Eddie Lovett (West Palm Beach, Fla.) finished seventh in the 110 meter hurdles while posting a personal best of 13.57. Lovett was the only collegian in the men’s final, competing alongside the likes of David Payne and David Oliver.
Continuing to set season bests, Brittany Harrell (McComb, Miss.) set a new personal season best with a time of 13.84 in the women’s 100 meter hurdles with a third-place finish. Harrell also finished third in the women’s javelin with a mark of 35.40m/116-2.
Alishea Usery had a season best in the women’s 400 meters as she finished fifth with a time of 53.92. Michelle Stegall (Fayetteville, Ga.) also set a season best in the event as she finished eighth with a time of 54.65.
In the women’s 200 meters, Ebony Eutsey finished seventh with a time of 24.01. It was her first appearance in the event for the outdoor season and her time was one of the top times so far for the Gators this season.
The Gators had a tie for fourth in the men’s shot put as Postin and freshman thrower Hunter Joyer (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) each threw 14.89m/48-10.25. Former Gator All-American and 2012 SEC Indoor Shot Put champion Kemal Mesic competed unattached and won the event with a throw of 19.85m/65-1.50.
Next up, the Orange and Blue head to Jim Duncan Track at Drake Stadium, the site of the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, for the 2012 Drake Relays
“Heading to Drake Relays, we really want to go and stick our nose in there,” Holloway said. “I’m not going to make any predictions but it’s a great venue and a great meet with a lot of history to it. When I agreed to go there, I wanted to make sure we go there and perform well. We’re going to work hard next week, compete hard on Friday and Saturday and then prepare for the conference championships but the major goal for next week is to get better.”
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2012 TOM JONES CLASSIC (APRIL 21, 2012 – GAINESVILLE, FL)
Women’s Hammer Throw
2. Fidela James, 51.49m/168-11
Men's Hammer Throw
1. Jeremy Postin, 68.07m/223-04 (SR)
3. David Triassi, 58.09m/190-07
-- David Levin, FOUL
Women’s Long Jump
6. Ciarra Brewer, 5.89m/19-4 (1.9)
8. Daniela Griffin, 5.87m/19-3.25 (2.3)
12. Lorraine Graham, 5.64m/18-6 (4.0)
Women’s High Jump
1. Taylor Burke, 1.79m/5-10.50
5. Alexis Muniz, 1.60m/5-03
-- Rebecca Goldring, NH
4. David Triassi, 41.59m/136-05
5. David Levin, 40.67m/133-05
6. Gray Horn, 40.49m/132-10
7. Jeremy Postin, 40.31m/132-03
Men’s High Jump
4. Ryan Summers, 1.90m/6-2.75
Men’s Long Jump
5. Omar Craddock, 7.24m/23-9 (1.4)
6. Josh Pederson, 7.04m/23-1.25 (2.1)
Women’s Shot Put
1. Keely Medeiros, 17.17m/56-4
2. Fidela James, 15.09m/49-6.25
8. Arlithia Mackey, 12.82m/42-0.75
2. Keely Medeiros, 51.46m/168-10
3. Ashley Miller, 50.37m/165-03
5. Kaitlin Davis, 47.03m/154-03
7. Manuela Burtsher, 42.87m/140-08
Men’s Pole Vault
3. Max Lang, 4.86m/15-11.25
Men’s Shot Put
4. Jeremy Postin, 14.89m/48-10.25
4. Hunter Joyer, 14.89m/48-10.25
Men’s Triple Jump
1. Marquis Dendy, 15.15m/49-8.50
Women’s Triple Jump
5. Trish Leger, 11.51m/37-9.25 (1.1)
Men’s Javelin Throw
1. Stipe Zunic, 75.41m/247-05
4. Zane Breakiron, 51.55m/169-01
5. Gray Horn, 51.43m/168-09
Women’s Javelin Throw
3. Brittany Harrell, 35.40m/116-02
5. Manuela Burtsher, 30.51m/100-01
Women’s Pole Vault
4. Caitlin Schuessler, 3.56m/11-8
6. Claire Spurling, 3.56m/11-8
Men’s 4x100 Meter Relay
1. Florida (J. Demps, T. McQuay, L. Seymore, D. Dukes), 38.67 (SB)
Men's 3000 Meter Steeplechase
3. Michael Anderson, 9:48.95
4. Harsha Torke, 9:56.55
Women's 100 Meter Hurdles Prelims
4. Brittany Harrell, 14.09q
6. Ashley Favors, 14.30q
9. Katrina Dekrey, 14.78q
-- Paige Morton, DNF
Men's 110 Meter Hurdles Prelims
6. Eddie Lovett, 13.57q
14. William Wynne, 14.39
Men's 3000 Meters
1. JL Hines, 8:27.42
2. Eddie Garcia, 8:38.85
Men’s 110 Meter Hurdles Finals
7. Eddie Lovett, 13.54
Women’s 100 Meter Hurdles Finals
3. Brittany Harrell, 13.84
4. Ashley Favors, 14.13
6. Katrina Dekrey, 14.56
Women’s 400 Meters
5. Alishea Usery, 53.92
8. Michelle Stegall, 54.65
Men’s 400 Meters
5. Hugh Graham, Jr., 46.87
14. Michael Burris, 47.94
18. Jovon Toppin, 48.91
Women’s 100 Meters
4. Darshay Davis, 11.55
Men’s 100 Meters
1. Jeff Demps, 10.19
Women’s 800 Meters
1. Cory McGee, 2:05.98 (PR)
2. Agata Strausa, 2:09.30
5. Brittany Koziara, 2:19.08
-- Lanie Whittaker, DNF
Men’s 800 Meters
2. Daniel Wehunt, 1:51.58
6. Luc Lawrence, 1:54.82
-- John Mitchell, DNF
Women’s 400 Meter Hurdles
6. Ashley Usery, 1:00.75
7. Paige Morton, 1:00.77
9. Monique Harris, 1:01.17
Men’s 400 Meter Hurdles
8. William Wynne, 54.87
Women’s 200 Meters
7. Ebony Eutsey, 24.01
Men’s 200 Meters
3. Tony McQuay, 20.60
6. Dedric Dukes, 20.88
10. Leonardo Seymore, 21.16
Women’s 1500 Meter
1. Genevieve LaCaze, 4:16.82 (PR)
2. Shelby Hayes, 4:21.62
3. Mandy Perkins, 4:22.46
4. Sarah Davis, 4:35.22
Men’s 1500 Meters
2. Tyler Cardillo, 3:54.88
Women’s 4x400 Meter Relay
1. Florida (E. Eutsey, L. Whittaker, Al. Usery, As. Usery), 3:36.09
Men’s 4x400 Meter Relay
1. Florida “A” (Dukes, Graham, Jr., Seymore, McQuay), 3:05.27