Saturday April 28, 2012Brewer, Postin and Men's 4x400 Pick Up Drake Relays Titles on Final Day in Des Moines
Des Moines, Iowa
Des Moines, Iowa
Florida’s men’s 4x400-meter relay team put on quite a show to end the 103rd Annual Drake Relays, earning one of three titles on Saturday for the Gators.
The quartet of Dedric Dukes (Miami, Fla.), Hugh Graham, Jr. (Miami, Fla.), Leonardo Seymore (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) and Tony McQuay (Riviera Beach, Fla.) used a team effort to come from behind and overtake Arkansas, as McQuay ran a blistering 44.03 anchor leg to give the Gators the victory. The 3:02.41 performance is a season best for the Gators, leads the SEC, ranks second in the NCAA and is eighth all-time in UF history.
“Very proud of the men,” Florida head coach Mike Holloway said. “This was a total team effort from our men’s 4x4. Tony certainly ran a great anchor leg and Dedric, Hugh and Leonardo put him in position to get there.”
Junior thrower Jeremy Postin (Auburndale, Fla.) broke his own Florida record for the second time in two weeks, winning his first Drake Relays title with a mark of 70.73m/232-1 in the men’s hammer throw. Postin’s throw ranks third in the NCAA this season and leads the SEC.
“Very proud of Jeremy today,” Holloway commented. “He gets better every week and had a 10-foot PR today.”
Freshman Ciarra Brewer (Union City, Calif.) picked the perfect time to win her first collegiate meet, taking home the Drake Relays women’s triple jump title with a personal best of 13.12m/43-0.50 (+0.1). Her jump ranks eighth in the SEC and leads all conference freshmen.
“Today was about getting better for Ciarra,” Holloway said. “Not that the win isn’t important but it isn’t everything. She went out today, got a new collegiate best and got better.”
Other stellar finishes for the Gators included the women’s 4x400-meter relay, composed of Ebony Eutsey (Miami, Fla.), Lanie Whittaker (Miami, Fla.), Alishea Usery (St. Louis, Mo.) and Michelle Stegall (Fayetteville, Ga.), who led the entire race until the final turn, finishing second in 3:35.11.
“I was very pleased with the women’s 4x4,” Holloway said. “They were without Ugonna Ndu (Newark, N.J.) and they really stepped up and did a great job.”
Sophomore Darshay Davis (Mirimar, Fla.) also had a runner-up finish for the Orange and Blue, racing to an 11.45 (+1.7) finish in the women’s 100 meters.
Junior Omar Craddock (Killeen, Texas) missed out on his third relays title (2010 & 2011 Penn Relays triple jump champion) by just .01 meters on Saturday, finishing second in the men’s triple jump with a leap of 16.40m/53-9.75 (-1.4).
Sophomore Stephanie Strasser (Fernandina Beach, Fla.) blew her old personal record out of the water in the women’s 3000 meter steeplechase, as she moved up to fourth all-time in Florida school history with a fourth-place finish of 10:25.32, a seven-second personal best.
“She’s made huge strides over this season,” Holloway said. “Steph has had huge development under Coach Spangler. She’s a lot more fit as well.”
A group from the women’s distance corps will compete at Stanford University on Sunday, as Shelby Hayes (Winter Park, Fla.), Cory McGee (Pass Christian, Miss.), Mandy Perkins (Ormond Beach, Fla.) and Agata Strausa (Riga, Latvia) will all race in the women’s 1,500 meters. Senior Genevieve LaCaze (Queensland, Australia) will take part in the first section of the women’s 3000 meter steeplechase on Sunday evening.
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2012 103RD ANNUAL DRAKE RELAYS (APRIL 27-28, 2012 – DES MOINES, IA)
Women’s Long Jump
5. Daniela Griffin, 5.89m/19-4 (0.0)
19. Lorraine Graham, 5.39m/17-8.25 (-1.2)
Men’s Triple Jump
2. Omar Craddock, 16.40m/53-9.75 (-1.4)
6. Marquis Dendy, 15.13m/49-7.75 (-1.6)
Women’s Triple Jump
1. Ciarra Brewer, 13.12m/43-0.50 (+0.1)
Men’s Discus Throw
20. Stipe Zunic, 48.51m/159-2
Men’s Hammer Throw
1. Jeremy Postin, 70.73m/232-1
Women’s 100 Meters
2. Darshay Davis, 11.45 (+1.7)
Men’s 800 Meters
6. Tyler Cardillo, 1:51.25
10. John Mitchell, 1:55.76
Men’s 110 Meter Hurdles Finals
5. Eddie Lovett, 13.89 (+1.6)
Women’s 400 Meter Hurdles Finals
22. Paige Morton, 69.04
Women’s 3000 Meter Steeplechase
4. Stephanie Strasser, 10:25.32
Men’s 4x400 Meter Relay Finals
1. Florida (Dukes, Graham, Jr., Seymore, McQuay), 3:02.41
Women’s 4x400 Meter Relays Finals
2. Florida (Eutsey, Whittaker, Al. Usery, Stegall), 3:35.11