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Saturday July 7, 2012Florida's Jeremy Postin Claims Gold at NACAC U-23 Championships

Guanajuato, Mexico

Photo: Cheryl Treworgy/PrettySporty.com

Florida junior Jeremy Postin (Auburndale, Fla.) won the menís hammer throw at the 2012 North American, Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) Under-23 Track & Field Championships in Guanajuato, Mexico on Saturday evening.

 

Postin won his 10th title of the 2012 season, as he is the reigning SEC Champion in both the menís weight throw (indoors) and hammer throw (outdoors). The Gator All-American threw 68.32m/224-1 to claim the first NACAC U-23 throws title in Florida school history.

 

Postin was one of five collegians in the menís hammer throw at the U.S. Olympic Trials and was the highest-finishing collegian at 14th. Postin is the Florida school record holder in the weight throw (21.60m/70-10.50) and the hammer throw (70.73m/232-1).

 

Sophomore hurdler Eddie Lovett (West Palm Beach, Fla.) advanced to the finals of the menís 110-meter hurdles on Saturday evening, finishing fourth in 13.58. Lovett closes out a phenomenal sophomore campaign, having competed at the U.S. Olympic Trials as the youngest competitor in the menís 110-meter hurdles.

 

Lovett is an All-American in the 110-meter hurdles, having finished fifth at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in a personal best 13.49 to move into second all-time at UF and set the menís 4x400-meter relay up to clinch the NCAA title.

 

Next up for the Orange and Blue is the 2012 IAAF World Junior Track & Field Championships in Barcelona, Spain. The six-day championship takes place Tuesday-Sunday, July 10-15.

 

The Gators are sending five representatives for Team USA, including Gator All-Americans Ciarra Brewer (Union City, Calif.) and Taylor Burke (Medina, Ohio). Brewer (triple jump) and Burke (high jump) both claimed SEC Outdoor titles this spring and are All-Americans in their events.

 

Incoming freshmen Arman Hall (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.), Robin Reynolds (Miami, Fla.) and Shayla Sanders (Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.) are also on Team USA for the trip to Spain, as Hall will compete in the menís 400 meters and as a member of the menís 4x400-meter relay. Reynolds advanced to Barcelona in the womenís long jump, while Sanders is a member of the womenís 4x100-meter relay and an alternate in the womenís 100 and 200 meters.

 

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GATOR NACAC U-23 CHAMPIONS

YEAR

FLORIDA ATHLETE

EVENT

NATION REPRESENTED

2012

Marquis Dendy

Long Jump

USA

 

Jeremy Postin

Hammer Throw

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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