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Friday July 6, 2012Marquis Dendy Claims Long Jump Title at NACAC

Guanajuato, Mexico

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Florida freshman Marquis Dendy (Middletown, Del.) won the menís long jump at the 2012 North American, Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) Under-23 Track & Field Championships in Guanajuato, Mexico on Friday evening.

 

Dendy jumped a wind-aided 7.68m/25-2.50 to take home the gold for Team USA, narrowly edging fellow Team USA teammate Kendall Spencer, who leapt 7.67m/25-2 for silver.

 

This is Dendyís eighth victory of 2012, having also nabbed wins at the Pepsi Florida Relays, the Virginia Tech Elite Meet and the SEC Indoor Championships. He becomes the eighth Gator to win at the NACAC U-23 Championships and keeps the menís long jump title in the Gator family, as reigning IAAF World Champion and U.S. Olympic Trials gold medalist Christian Taylor won the event in 2010.

 

Competition continues tomorrow for the Gators as both sophomore hurdler Eddie Lovett (West Palm Beach, Fla.) and junior thrower Jeremy Postin (Auburndale, Fla.) compete in their respective events on Saturday.

 

Lovett will race in the semifinals of the menís 110-meter hurdles Saturday at 6:15 p.m. ET. If he advances, the finals of the event will be contested later that evening at 7:50 p.m. ET. Postin participates in the qualifying round and finals of the menís hammer throw at 6:10 p.m. ET on Saturday.

 

A live video feed of all the action at NACAC can be found via RunnerSpace.

 

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GATOR NACAC U-23 CHAMPIONS

Year

Florida Athlete

Event

Nation Represented

2012

Marquis Dendy

Long Jump

USA

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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