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Saturday April 21, 2012Florida Track & Field Earns a Dozen Victories in Final Home Meet of 2012

Gainesville, Fla.

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.

 

ďOverall, you look top-to-bottom, a lot of great things happened for the Gators,Ē Florida head coach Mike Holloway said. ďAny time we have the opportunity to compete at home, especially with a chance to honor Coach Jones, youíll 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.Ē

 

The Gators had a strong showing in the menís 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. Johnís, Fla.) also set a season best as he finished third for Florida with a throw of 58.09m/190-07.

 

Jeff Demps (Winter Garden, Fla.), Tony McQuay (Riviera Beach, Fla.), Leonardo Seymore (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) and Dedric Dukes (Miami, Fla.) dominated the 4x100 meter relay with a Percy Beard Track collegiate best of 38.67, marking the second-fastest time in the NCAA and third-fastest in the world.
 

Sophomore thrower Stipe Zunic (Zadar, Croatia) finished first for the Gators in the menís javelin with a mark of 75.41m/247-05, earning his fourth-straight javelin title so far this season.

 

ďI think with Stipe, weíre seeing his development as an athlete,Ē Holloway said. ďHeís 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, heíll throw even farther.Ē

 

In the womenís 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 womenís 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 womenís 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 womenís 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 menís triple jump title with a leap of 15.15m/49-8.50 with his first appearance of the year in the event.

 

The womenís 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.

 

ďCoach Spangler has been seeing this coming,Ē Holloway noted. ďIím so proud of Gen (LaCaze). Sheís a senior, this is her last home meet and sheís 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.Ē

 

ďThe distance group is really coming together and meshing,Ē Holloway continued. ďTheyíre really coming around at the right time and that gets us excited.Ē

 

The Gators finished the meet strong as both the men and womenís 4x400 relay teams came in first.† In the womenís 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 menís 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 menís 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 menís 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 womenís 100 meter hurdles with a third-place finish. Harrell also finished third in the womenís javelin with a mark of 35.40m/116-2.

 

Alishea Usery had a season best in the womenís 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 womenís 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 menís 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

 

ďHeading to Drake Relays, we really want to go and stick our nose in there,Ē Holloway said. ďIím not going to make any predictions but itís 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. Weíre 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.Ē

 

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2012 TOM JONES CLASSIC (APRIL 21, 2012 Ė GAINESVILLE, FL)

 

FIELD EVENTS

 

Womenís 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

 

Womenís 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)

 

Womenís High Jump

1.†††††††††††† Taylor Burke, 1.79m/5-10.50

5.†††††††††††† Alexis Muniz, 1.60m/5-03

--†††††††††††† Rebecca Goldring, NH

 

Menís Discus

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

 

Menís High Jump

4.†††††††††††† Ryan Summers, 1.90m/6-2.75

 

Menís Long Jump

5.†††††††††††† Omar Craddock, 7.24m/23-9 (1.4)

6.†††††††††††† Josh Pederson, 7.04m/23-1.25 (2.1)

 

Womenís 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

 

Womenís Discus

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

 

Menís Pole Vault

3.†††††††††††† Max Lang, 4.86m/15-11.25

 

Menís Shot Put

4.†††††††††††† Jeremy Postin, 14.89m/48-10.25

4.†††††††††††† Hunter Joyer, 14.89m/48-10.25

 

Menís Triple Jump

1.†††††††††††† Marquis Dendy, 15.15m/49-8.50

 

Womenís Triple Jump

5.†††††††††††† Trish Leger, 11.51m/37-9.25 (1.1)

 

Menís Javelin Throw

1.†††††††††††† Stipe Zunic, 75.41m/247-05

4.†††††††††††† Zane Breakiron, 51.55m/169-01

5.†††††††††††† Gray Horn, 51.43m/168-09

 

Womenís Javelin Throw

3.†††††††††††† Brittany Harrell, 35.40m/116-02

5.†††††††††††† Manuela Burtsher, 30.51m/100-01

 

Womenís Pole Vault

4.†††††††††††† Caitlin Schuessler, 3.56m/11-8

6.†††††††††††† Claire Spurling, 3.56m/11-8

 

RUNNING EVENTS

 

Menís 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

 

Menís 110 Meter Hurdles Finals

7.†††††††††††† Eddie Lovett, 13.54

 

Womenís 100 Meter Hurdles Finals

3.†††††††††††† Brittany Harrell, 13.84

4.†††††††††††† Ashley Favors, 14.13

6.†††††††††††† Katrina Dekrey, 14.56

 

Womenís 400 Meters

5.†††††††††††† Alishea Usery, 53.92

8.†††††††††††† Michelle Stegall, 54.65

 

Menís 400 Meters

5.†††††††††††† Hugh Graham, Jr., 46.87

14.††††††††† Michael Burris, 47.94

18.††††††††† Jovon Toppin, 48.91

 

Womenís 100 Meters

4.†††††††††††† Darshay Davis, 11.55

 

Menís 100 Meters

1.†††††††††††† Jeff Demps, 10.19

 

Womenís 800 Meters

1.†††††††††††† Cory McGee, 2:05.98 (PR)

2.†††††††††††† Agata Strausa, 2:09.30

5.†††††††††††† Brittany Koziara, 2:19.08

--†††††††††††† Lanie Whittaker, DNF

 

Menís 800 Meters

2.†††††††††††† Daniel Wehunt, 1:51.58

6.†††††††††††† Luc Lawrence, 1:54.82

--†††††††††††† John Mitchell, DNF

 

Womenís 400 Meter Hurdles

6.†††††††††††† Ashley Usery, 1:00.75

7.†††††††††††† Paige Morton, 1:00.77

9.†††††††††††† Monique Harris, 1:01.17

 

Menís 400 Meter Hurdles

8.†††††††††††† William Wynne, 54.87

 

Womenís 200 Meters

7.†††††††††††† Ebony Eutsey, 24.01

 

Menís 200 Meters

3.†††††††††††† Tony McQuay, 20.60

6.†††††††††††† Dedric Dukes, 20.88

10.††††††††† Leonardo Seymore, 21.16

 

Womenís 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

 

Menís 1500 Meters

2.†††††††††††† Tyler Cardillo, 3:54.88

 

Womenís 4x400 Meter Relay

1.†††††††††††† Florida (E. Eutsey, L. Whittaker, Al. Usery, As. Usery), 3:36.09

 

Menís 4x400 Meter Relay

1.†††††††††††† Florida ďAĒ (Dukes, Graham, Jr., Seymore, McQuay), 3:05.27

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