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Friday January 25, 2013Gators Start Strong on Opening Day of Razorback Invitational

Fayetteville, Ark.

The University of Florida track & field teams got off to an incredibly strong start on Friday at the Razorback Invitational, as both teams are in the top five in the standings of the scored meet.


The No. 7 Florida women sit in third behind Georgia and Texas and were led by outstanding performances from newcomers and veterans alike.


Freshman Kyra Jefferson (Detroit, Mich.) torched the track on Friday night, claiming the first title of her young career with a lifetime best of 23.48 in the women’s 200 meters. Her time ranks sixth all-time in Florida program history and eighth in the NCAA this year, first among freshmen.


“I’m very, very pleased with Kyra’s run today,” Holloway said. “We certainly saw a performance like this coming. She was patient and set up the race well.”


Junior Lorraine Graham (Springdale, Md.) competed in her first collegiate indoor pentathlon, finishing third with 3,927 points. Her point total is third all-time in Florida history behind school-record holder and teammate Brittany Harrell (McComb, Miss.), who scored 4,050 last season, and Dorchelle Webster, who held the UF record for exactly 22 years with her 3,999 points in 1990.


“Lorraine had a great day,” Holloway commented. “The 800 didn’t go the way we wanted but I think for her first pentathlon, to get the third-best score in program history shows the future she has in this event.”


The Florida women’s distance medley relay, comprised of Agata Strausa (Riga, Latvia), Lanie Whittaker (Miami, Fla.), Mandy Perkins (Ormond Beach, Fla.) and Cory McGee (Pass Christian, Miss.), won Friday night’s DMR with a time of 11:15.07. The SEC-leading time goes down as the seventh-best time in Florida program history and is the fourth-fastest in the NCAA this season.


“I was pleased with our women’s DMR today. It was kind of hard to be out there by themselves after the first lap but I was proud of their composure and ability to stay focused while running their own race.”


The No. 3 Gator men are tied for fifth after the first day of competition, as the depth of the Florida roster shone through on Friday.


One of the many highlights for the Gators was thrower Luka Mustafic (Rakitje, Croatia), who scored in the men’s shot put with a season’s-best throw of 17.26m/56-7.50. Junior pole vaulter Max Lang (Tallahassee, Fla.) also contributed to the scoring for the Orange and Blue, turning in a season’s-best mark of 4.91m/16-1.25.


“I was proud of Luka and his new season’s best today, as well as Max Lang and his response to such a high opening bar to go along with his new approach,” Holloway said. “Couldn’t be more pleased with those two young men.”


Many Gators qualified for Saturday’s semifinals, including freshman Shayla Sanders (Pompano Beach, Fla.) who raced to a personal best of 7.41 in the women’s 60 meters. Her time ties for seventh-best in Florida history and leads all freshmen in the NCAA this year. Sanders was second only to 2012 Bowerman winner Kimberlyn Duncan from LSU, who finished in 7.40.


“Shayla did a great job today,” Holloway noted. “She’s started to figure some things out. Freshman have a tendency to overthink things but she knows to turn it on and run her race when the gun goes off.”


In the men’s 60-meter hurdles, junior Eddie Lovett (West Palm Beach, Fla.) and freshman Moriel Pitt (West Palm Beach, Fla.) each qualified for semifinals on Saturday, as Lovett turned in the day’s fastest time of 7.69 and Pitt finished second in the heat and sixth overall in 8.09. In the women’s 60-meter hurdles, all four Gators qualified for Saturday’s semifinal round, including senior Ugonna Ndu (Newark, N.J.) who ran a season’s-best time of 8.45.


“I’m also incredibly pleased with Eddie and Moriel and their performances today, as well as our women’s hurdlers,” Holloway continued. “We’ve been on our women’s hurdlers this week and I think they lived up to their potential today.”


Saturday’s action begins at 12 p.m. ET with the men’s and women’s weight throw. Live results for the second day of the Razorback Invitational can be found here and a schedule of Saturday’s events is available on Live streaming video of the weekend is available for a fee on RazorVision.


“The key for tomorrow is to get some rest tonight and have great focus tomorrow,” Holloway finished. “We’re here with great teams and great competitors and we need to stick our nose in there and see what we can do.”


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1) Georgia


2) Texas


3) Florida


4) Arkansas


5) Oklahoma


6) Arizona


7) Nebraska


7) Florida State


9) LSU


10) Baylor


11) Oklahoma State




1) Arkansas
2) Nebraska
3) Georgia
4) Baylor
5) Texas
5) Florida
7) LSU
8) Florida State
9) Arizona
10) Oklahoma




Women’s Indoor Pentathlon

3.     Lorraine Graham, 3,927 points

                        2. 60-Meter Hurdles, 8.54, 1,008 points (PR)

                        5. High Jump, 1.59m/5-2.50, 724 points (PR)

                        1. Shot Put, 12.50m/41-0.25, 694 points

                        1. Long Jump, 6.08m/19-11.50, 874 points

                        12. 800 Meters, 2:35.37, 627 points




Women’s High Jump

4.     Taylor Burke, 1.77m/5-9.75

9.     Alexis Muniz, 1.67m/5-5.75


Men’s Pole Vault

T7.  Max Lang, 4.91m/16-1.25 (SB)


Women’s Long Jump

5.     Robin Reynolds, 6.04m/19-9.75


Men’s Long Jump

3.     Marquis Dendy, 7.47m/24-6.25


Men’s Shot Put

8.     Luka Mustafic, 17.26m/56-7.50 (SB)

11.  Kyle Strawn, 16.57m/54-4.50




Women’s 60 Meters – Prelims

2.     Shayla Sanders, 7.41Q (PR)

31.  Darshay Davis, 7.92


Women’s 200 Meters

1.     Kyra Jefferson, 23.48 (PR)

5.     Ebony Eutsey, 23.94 (PR)

8.     Destinee Gause, 24.09

24.  Bria Goodson, 24.88 (SB)


Men’s 200 Meters

3.     Leonardo Seymore, 21.13

--     Dedric Dukes, DQ


Women’s 5,000 Meters

5.     Grace VanDeGrift, 17:30.89


Men’s 5,000 Meters

2.     Phil Duncan, 14:45.24


Women’s 60-Meter Hurdles – Prelims

3.     Ugonna Ndu, 8.45Q (SB)

9.     Ashley Favors, 8.63q (SB)

10.  Paige Morton, 8.69q (SB)

16.  Katrina Dekrey, 9.01q (SB)


Men’s 60-Meter Hurdles – Prelims

1.     Eddie Lovett, 7.69Q

2.     Moriel Pitt, 8.09Q


Women’s Distance Medley Relay

1.     Florida “A” (Agata Strausa, Lanie Whittaker, Mandy Perkins, Cory McGee), 11:15.07


Men’s Distance Medley Relay

5.     Florida “A” (Daniel Wehunt, Hugh Graham, Jr., Sean Obinwa, Matt Mizereck), 9:58.32






Women’s Triple Jump

Ciarra Brewer


Men’s Triple Jump

Omar Craddock


Women’s Weight Throw

Jayla Bostic


Men’s Weight Throw

David Levin

Kyle Strawn

David Triassi




Women’s 60 Meters – Semifinals

Shayla Sanders


Women’s 60 Meters – Finals (Contingent Upon Advancing)

Shayla Sanders


Women’s 400 Meters

Amani Bryant

Ebony Eutsey

Robin Reynolds

Lanie Whittaker


Men’s 400 Meters

Michael Burris

Najee Glass

Hugh Graham, Jr.

Arman Hall

Tyler Osorio

Jovon Toppin


Men’s 800 Meters

Ryan Schnulle

Daniel Wehunt


Men’s 800 Meters – INVITE

Sean Obinwa


Women’s Mile

Mandy Perkins

Stephanie Strasser


Women’s 3,000 Meters – INVITE

Callie Cooper

Cory McGee

Florence Ngetich

Agata Strausa


Men’s 3,000 Meters

Jimmy Clark

Eddie Garcia

JL Hines

Josh Izewski

Matt Mizereck


Men’s 3,000 Meters – INVITE

Mark Parrish


Women’s 60-Meter Hurdles – Semifinals

Katrina Dekrey

Ashley Favors

Paige Morton

Ugonna Ndu


Men’s 60-Meter Hurdles – Semifinals

Eddie Lovett

Moriel Pitt


Women’s 60-Meter Hurdles – Finals (Contingent Upon Advancing)

Katrina Dekrey

Ashley Favors

Paige Morton

Ugonna Ndu


Men’s 60-Meter Hurdles – Finals (Contingent Upon Advancing)

Eddie Lovett

Moriel Pitt


Women’s 4x400-Meter Relay

Florida “A”

Florida “B”


Men’s 4x400-Meter Relay

Florida “A”

Florida “B”

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