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Friday May 25, 2012Track & Field Solidifies Eight Additional Spots for NCAA Outdoor Championships in Des Moines

Jacksonville, Fla.

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The University of Florida men’s and women’s track & field teams continued their success in the Sunshine State, as eight Gators advanced to Des Moines and four more athletes qualified for Saturday’s quarterfinals of the 2012 NCAA East Preliminary Round, held at UNF’s Hodges Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla.

 

Junior Omar Craddock (Killeen, Texas) came out on top in the men’s triple jump, continuing on to Des Moines with his jump of 16.55m/54-3.75. Freshman Marquis Dendy (Middleton, Del.), who won the men’s long jump on Thursday with his career jump of 7.81m/25-7.50, advanced in the men’s triple jump as well, leaping to a personal-best mark of 15.55m/51-0.25.

 

“Omar and Marquis did a wonderful job,” Holloway said. “Omar is one of the best, if not the best, in the nation. We knew Marquis was a dual threat when we recruited him and he and Coach (Brian) O’Neal have been working very hard to see him develop through the season. We don’t think he’s there yet, but we know his potential and I couldn’t be more pleased with the two of them.”

 

Freshman Taylor Burke (Medina, Ohio) advanced to her first NCAA Outdoor Championships, as the 2012 SEC high jump champion cleared 1.81m/5-11.25 to finish third overall. There was a jump-off to determine the final three spots of the top 12, but Burke was in the clear, having only one miss on the afternoon.

 

“I continue to be impressed with Taylor,” Holloway commented. “She’s had a great year so far and continues to find a way to get things done.”

 

Junior Jeremy Postin (Auburndale, Fla.) continued on to Des Moines in the men’s hammer throw, using his fifth throw of the day to clinch his spot in the top 12, throwing 66.50m/218-2 and finishing third overall.

 

“Jeremy has been struggling a bit in the circle lately, but he battled through and it was fun to see him navigate through the meet today,” Holloway said. “We look forward to seeing him compete at the outdoor meet and seeing what he can do.”

 

Sophomore sprinter Darshay Davis (Mirimar, Fla.) advanced to Des Moines for the second straight year, as she will compete in the semifinals of the women’s 100 meters at the NCAA Outdoor Championships for the first time after her 11th-place finish in 11.48. Davis also advanced to tomorrow’s 200 meters quarterfinals, finishing 11th overall in 23.49.

 

“I’m so proud of Darshay Davis for qualifying in both the 100 and 200 today,” Holloway noted. “We’re looking forward to her 200 meters race tomorrow and hope she can continue her strong performances through the weekend.”

 

Sophomore Lanie Whittaker (Miami, Fla.) qualified for the women’s 400 meters semifinals in Des Moines, finishing fifth overall in 52.22 and easily winning her heat. Whittaker will compete in the first individual NCAA semifinals of her career, as she was a member of Florida’s NCAA fifth place 4x400-meter relay in 2011.

 

Junior quartermiler Tony McQuay (Riviera Beach, Fla.) won his heat and finished second overall with his time of 45.41, a season best and the fourth-fastest outdoors 400 meters time of his career. McQuay will look to earn his first NCAA 400 meters title outdoors after finishing second in 2011.

 

“I’m incredibly pleased with Tony and Lanie’s performances today,” Holloway noted. “Tony is Tony and he did what he always does, he competes. With Lanie, I’m so proud of her making her first NCAA Outdoors on her own and can’t wait to see what she’ll do in Des Moines.”

 

Senior distance runner Genevieve LaCaze (Queensland, Australia) coasted to her second straight trip to Des Moines, capturing her 3000 meter steeplechase heat in 10:00.68 and finishing fourth overall. The 2012 SEC Commissioner’s Trophy winner and SEC Co-Women’s Runner of the Year, LaCaze led the entire race and will look for her first NCAA title in Iowa.

 

Four Gators qualified for Saturday’s quarterfinals, as freshman sprinter Dedric Dukes (Miami, Fla.), sophomore hurdler Eddie Lovett (West Palm Beach, Fla.) and junior sprinter Leonardo Seymore (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) joined sophomore sprinter Davis for Saturday’s quarterfinal round.

 

Dukes and Seymore, despite running in separate heats, finished directly after one another in the overall standings of the men’s 200 meters, qualifying for Saturday’s quarterfinals. Dukes finished third in his heat and 12th overall with a time of 20.80, a new personal best. Seymore matched his personal best in the 200 meters, finishing in 20.81 and advancing to Saturday’s race. Dukes will run in the second heat of Saturday’s quarterfinals while Seymore will race in the third and final heat.

 

Lovett claimed his men’s 110-meter hurdles heat and finished seventh overall in 13.66, advancing to Saturday’s quarterfinal. Lovett owns the second-fastest time of his heat for Saturday, alongside Kennesaw State’s Kendall Parks and behind Syracuse’s Jarret Eaton, the 2012 NCAA Indoor 60-meter hurdles champion.

 

“I’m proud of all of our qualifiers today,” Holloway said. “This meet is all about doing what it takes to get to Des Moines. We battled today and we will give everything we have tomorrow, I can promise you that.”

 

The Gators’ Saturday events also include the relays, the women’s 1,500 meters and the men’s 5,000 meters, as well as the women’s triple jump and men’s high jump.

 

The meet central for this weekend’s NCAA East Preliminary Round can be found here, along with live video streaming of the weekend’s events. Full results and recaps of each day’s events can be found on GatorZone.com.

 

For all of the latest information on Florida track and field, please log on to www.GatorZone.com/trackfield or, for up-to-the-minute updates, follow Florida track and field on Twitter at @GZTrackField or www.twitter.com/GZTrackField. You can also find the Gators on Facebook.

 

NCAA EAST PRELIMINARY ROUND – NCAA OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS (MAY 24-26, 2012 – JACKSONVILLE, FL)

 

FRIDAY, MAY 25, 2012

 

FIELD EVENTS

 

Women’s High Jump – Quarterfinal

3.             Taylor Burke, 1.81m/5-11.25 (Q)

 

Men’s Triple Jump – Quarterfinal

1.             Omar Craddock, 16.55m/54-3.75 (Q)

12.          Marquis Dendy, 15.55m/51-0.25 (Q) (PR)

 

Women’s Discus Throw – Quarterfinal

20.          Ashley Miller, 47.08m/154-5

34.          Kaitlin Davis, 43.56m/142-11

 

Men’s Hammer Throw – Quarterfinal

3.             Jeremy Postin, 66.50m/218-2 (Q)

26.          David Triassi, 58.42m/191-8 (PR)

 

RUNNING EVENTS

 

Women’s 100 Meters – Quarterfinal

11.          Darshay Davis, 11.48 (Q)

 

Women’s 200 Meters – First Round

11.          Darshay Davis, 23.49Q

 

Men’s 200 Meters – First Round

12.          Dedric Dukes, 20.80Q (PR)

13.          Leonardo Seymore, 20.81Q (PR)

 

Women’s 400 Meters – Quarterfinal

5.             Lanie Whittaker, 52.22 (Q)

16.          Ebony Eutsey, 53.34

 

Men’s 400 Meters – Quarterfinal

2.             Tony McQuay, 45.51 (Q) (SB)

15.          Hugh Graham, Jr., 46.37

 

Men’s 800 Meters – Quarterfinal

24.          Tyler Cardillo, 1:51.93

 

Women’s 100-Meter Hurdles – First Round

30.          Ugonna Ndu, 13.56

 

Men’s 110-Meter Hurdles – First Round

7.             Eddie Lovett, 13.66Q

 

Women’s 400-Meter Hurdles – Quarterfinal

14.          Amani Bryant, 58.94 (PR)

15.          Ugonna Ndu, 59.09

 

Women’s 3000 Meter Steeplechase – Quarterfinal

4.             Genevieve LaCaze, 10:00.68 (Q)

36.          Stephanie Strasser, 10:35.20

 

Men’s 3000 Meter Steeplechase – Quarterfinal

13.          Mark Parrish, 8:47.18 (PR)

 

(Q) – Qualified for Des Moines

Q or q – Qualified for quarterfinals in Jacksonville

(PR) – Personal Record

(SB) – Season Best

 

Saturday, May 26

 

4:30 pm

Triple Jump

Women

First Rd./Quarter

Ciarra Brewer

5:00 pm

High Jump

Men

First Rd./Quarter

Dwight Barbiasz, Frankie Hammond, Jr.

6:00 pm

4x100m     

Men     

Quarter

Florida

6:45 pm

1500

Women

Quarter

Cory McGee

7:05 pm

110mH

Men    

Quarter

Eddie Lovett

7:35 pm

200m

Men

Quarter

Dedric Dukes, Leonardo Seymore

7:50 pm

200m

Women

Quarter

Darshay Davis

8:05 pm

5,000m      

Men         

Quarter

Josh Izewski

9:25 pm

4x400m     

Men     

Quarter

Florida

9:45 pm

4x400m  

Women  

Quarter

Florida

 

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