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Saturday January 26, 2013Relays Run World-Leading Times as Gator Women Capture Razorback Invitational Title

Fayetteville, Ark.

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The University of Florida women’s track and field team, currently ranked No. 7 in the country, took home the team title at the Razorback Invitational this weekend, edging out LSU by one point, 101-100.

 

The team victory was clinched by Florida’s women’s 4x400-meter relay. The foursome of Lanie Whittaker (Miami, Fla.), Destinee Gause (Reynoldsburg, Ohio), Kyra Jefferson (Detroit, Mich.) and Ebony Eutsey (Miami, Fla.) turned in a time of 3:31.68, the fastest in the world this year and the second-fastest time in Florida program history.

 

“We talk about that a lot, how the 4x4 is the last thing people see at the meet and it’s what they remember you by,” Florida head coach Mike Holloway said. “We always try to put our best foot forward with the relays and our women did a tremendous job. I think you also have to credit Texas for pushing us. They did a phenomenal job.”

 

Eutsey also ran a personal best in the women’s 400 meters, finishing second overall in 52.89. Her time is the second-fastest in the NCAA this year and comes in at eighth all-time in UF history. Saturday marked the first time in her career to race a sub-53 second quartermile indoors.

 

“I called her the PR machine this weekend,” Holloway said. “She PR’d in the 200 yesterday, she ran a PR today in the 400 and then put up the No. 2 time in school history with the 4x4. We’ve been working hard with her on her sprinting and it’s certainly paying off.”

 

The Florida women beat a field that included No. 5 Arkansas, No. 6 LSU, No. 12 Arizona, No. 13 Texas, No. 16 Georgia, No. 17 Baylor and No. 23 Nebraska.

 

Leading the way for the Gator women in the field events was sophomore Ciarra Brewer (Union City, Calif.), who tied her career best in the women’s triple jump to take the Razorback Invitational title with her leap of 13.06m/42-10.25. The mark, which she also leapt at the 2012 NCAA Indoor Championships, is fourth all-time in Florida program history.

 

“Ciarra is getting used to working with a new coach (jumps coach Nic Petersen) and they’re getting into a groove now,” Holloway mentioned. “I’m proud of her effort but she knows she has work to do and there’s more to come. I can’t wait to see where she is in four weeks when we come back here for SEC Indoors.”

 

Junior Agata Strausa (Riga, Latvia) won the women’s invitational 3,000 meters with a time of 9:18.51, good for fifth in the NCAA and second among SEC runners.

 

The Florida men came in second in the team standings, scoring 79.50 points over the course of the two-day meet. The Gator men’s 4x400-meter relay joined in on the fun with women’s relay, as they also won their race in a world-leading time. Hugh Graham, Jr. (Miami, Fla.), Dedric Dukes (Miami, Fla.), Leonardo Seymore (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) and Arman Hall (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) clocked in at 3:05.93, the seventh-fastest in program history.

 

“I think our guys (4x4) did a great job today,” Holloway noted. “Leo stepped in for Najee Glass, just like he stepped in for us last year outdoors, and he was fantastic. He’s a real team player and you can always count on him to step in and step up when you need him.”

 

Three Gators all scored in the men’s weight throw, as senior David Triassi (Jacksonville, Fla.) turned in a runner-up finish in the event with his throw of 20.24m/66-5. Sophomore Kyle Strawn (Temecula, Calif.) threw a personal-best 18.44m/60-6 on Saturday, tying teammate David Levin (Altamonte Springs, Fla.) for fifth all-time in program history. Levin scored for the Gators with his eighth-place throw of 16.55m/54-3.75.

 

“Our throwers did a great job today and they’ve been progressing well,” Holloway said. “Coach (Steve) Lemke has been doing a phenomenal job with them all season and they continue to do well weekend after weekend.”

 

Bowerman Watch List honoree Omar Craddock (Killeen, Texas) competed in his first triple jump of the 2013 season, finishing second with his mark of 16.26m/53-4.25. His leap is second in the NCAA this year and is the second-best season-opening jump of his collegiate career.

 

Junior hurdler Eddie Lovett (West Palm Beach, Fla.) also turned in a runner-up finish on Saturday, racing to the fastest time in the semifinals with a time of 7.68 and finishing second in the finals in 7.70.

 

Five Gator men competed in the men’s open 3,000 and all five ran personal bests. Holloway attributed that to 2012 SEC Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year, distance coach Paul Spangler.

 

“I think for every one of those guys to PR today not only says a lot about their effort in practice but also what Coach Spangler has done for our distance program,” Holloway noted.

 

Next up for the Orange and Blue is a split weekend of competition, as the Gators will travel to the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational in Lincoln, Neb., as well as the New Balance Collegiate Invitational in New York City.

 

“I think we’re ready to get back to Gainesville and get back to work,” Holloway said. “We need to be humble and stay hungry for what’s ahead, but I couldn’t be more proud of the effort we put forth this weekend.”

 

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.

 

RAZORBACK INVITATIONAL :: JANUARY 25-26, 2013 :: FAYETTEVILLE, AR

 

SATURDAY, JANUARY 26, 2013

 

FINAL TEAM SCORES – WOMEN

1) Florida

101

2) LSU

100

3) Texas

87

4) Arkansas

80

5) Georgia

78

6) Arizona

48

7) Florida State

46

8) Oklahoma

32

9) Baylor

30

9) Nebraska

30

11) Oklahoma State

11

 

FINAL TEAM SCORES – MEN

1) Arkansas

124

2) Florida

79.50

3) Nebraska

70

4) Georgia

63  

5) Texas

58.50

6) Baylor

56  

6) LSU

56

8) Florida State

45  

9) Oklahoma State

37

9) Oklahoma

37  

11) Arizona

31

 

FIELD EVENTS

 

Women’s Triple Jump

1.     Ciarra Brewer, 13.06m/42-10.25 (PR)

 

Men’s Triple Jump

2.     Omar Craddock, 16.26m/53-4.25

 

Women’s Weight Throw

3.     Jayla Bostic, 19.72m/64-8.50

 

Men’s Weight Throw

2.     David Triassi, 20.24m/66-5

4.     Kyle Strawn, 18.44m/60-6 (PR)

8.     David Levin, 16.55m/54-3.75

 

RUNNING EVENTS

 

Women’s 60 Meters – Semifinals

4.     Shayla Sanders, 7.47Q

 

Women’s 60 Meters – Finals

5.     Shayla Sanders, 7.50

 

Women’s 400 Meters

2.     Ebony Eutsey, 52.89 (PR)

4.     Lanie Whittaker, 53.26 (SB)

17.  Amani Bryant, 56.05 (PR)

 

Men’s 400 Meters

4.     Hugh Graham, Jr., 47.06 (SB)

5.     Arman Hall, 47.23 (PR)

28.  Jovon Toppin, 48.91

38.  Tyler Osorio, 49.71

 

Men’s 800 Meters

1.     Ryan Schnulle, 1:51.42

9.     Daniel Wehunt, 1:54.17

 

Men’s 800 Meters – INVITE

7.     Sean Obinwa, 1:50.26

 

Women’s Mile

4.     Stephanie Strasser, 4:53.98

13.  Mandy Perkins, 5:02.38

 

Women’s 3,000 Meters – INVITE

1.     Agata Strausa, 9:18.51

8.     Cory McGee, 9:26.24

11.  Callie Cooper, 9:37.24

12.  Florence Ngetich, 9:45.20

 

Men’s 3,000 Meters

5.     JL Hines, 8:13.71 (PR)

9.     Jimmy Clark, 8:16.54 (PR)

10.  Josh Izewski, 8:17.69 (PR)

11.  Matt Mizereck, 8:21.16 (PR)

16.  Eddie Garcia, 8:24.73 (PR)

 

Men’s 3,000 Meters – INVITE

8.     Mark Parrish, 8:12.36

 

Women’s 60-Meter Hurdles – Semifinals

6.     Ugonna Ndu, 8.39q

11.  Paige Morton, 8.80

15.  Katrina Dekrey, 8.97

 

Men’s 60-Meter Hurdles – Semifinals

1.     Eddie Lovett, 7.68Q

9.     Moriel Pitt, 8.11

 

Women’s 60-Meter Hurdles – Finals

5.     Ugonna Ndu, 8.43

 

Men’s 60-Meter Hurdles – Finals

2.     Eddie Lovett, 7.70

 

Women’s 4x400-Meter Relay

1.     Florida “A” (L. Whittaker, D. Gause, K. Jefferson, E. Eutsey), 3:31.68 (SB, WL)

6.     Florida “B” (A. Bryant, B. Goodson, U. Ndu, P. Morton), 3:45.00

 

Men’s 4x400-Meter Relay

1.     Florida “A” (N. Glass, H. Graham, Jr., D. Dukes, A. Hall), 3:05.93 (SB, WL)

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