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Friday July 6, 2012Three Gators to Compete at NACAC U-23 Track & Field Championships

Guanajuato, Mexico

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Three Florida track & field athletes will compete with Team USA at the 2012 North American, Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) Under-23 Track & Field Championships in Guanajuato, Mexico.

 

The three-day meet takes place at Paralympic Track Stadium from July 6-8, as athletes aged 20-22 will be representing 32 nations from North America, Central America and the Caribbean.

 

Freshman jumper Marquis Dendy (Middletown, Del.), sophomore hurdler Eddie Lovett (West Palm Beach, Fla.) and junior thrower Jeremy Postin (Auburndale, Fla.) will don the red, white and blue at the 2012 NACAC U-23 Championships, considered a preview of athletes expected to compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. All three recently competed at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore.

 

Dendy will participate in the menís long jump, having completed an impressive freshman campaign for the Gators. Dendy competed at the 2012 Olympic Trials, becoming the youngest competitor in the finals of the menís long jump. Dendy won the menís long jump at the SEC Indoor Championship and was the only freshman in the nation to compete in both the menís long jump and triple jump at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

 

Lovett had a breakout sophomore season in 2012, defending his SEC title indoors in the menís 60-meter hurdles, while placing at both NCAA Indoors (8th Ė 7.72, 60H) and Outdoors (5th Ė 13.82, 110H). The West Palm Beach native also advanced to the semifinals of the menís 110-meter hurdles at the Olympic Trials, having raced a personal best 13.49 to move into second all-time in Florida school history. Lovett was the youngest competitor in the menís 110-meter hurdles at the Olympic Trials.

 

Postin was one of only five collegians to compete in the menís hammer throw at the U.S. Olympic Trials last month and was the highest-finishing collegian at 14th. Postin is coming off a runner-up finish at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championships and is the SEC Champion in both the weight throw (indoors) and hammer throw (outdoors) in 2012. Postin is the Florida school record holder in the weight throw (21.60m/70-10.50) and the hammer throw (70.73m/232-1).

 

A full recap with results of the 2012 NACAC U-23 Championships will be available daily on GatorZone.com.

 

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GATOR NACAC CHAMPIONS

Year

Florida Athlete

Event

Nation Represented

2010

Gray Horn

Decathlon

USA

 

Shara Proctor

Long Jump

Anguilla

 

Christian Taylor

Long Jump

USA

 

Christian Taylor

Triple Jump

USA

2008

Jeremy Hall

4x1

USA

2004

Nadine Palmer

100m

Jamaica

 

Nadine Palmer

4x1

Jamaica

 

Tiandra Ponteen

400m

Saint Kitts and Nevis

 

Josh Walker

110H

USA

 

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