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Saturday February 2, 2013Dukes Named Husker Invitational MVP as Gators Finish Action in Lincoln

Lincoln, Neb.

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The University of Florida track & field teams finished competition on the second day of the 38th Annual Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational Saturday at Devaney Center Indoor Track at the University of Nebraska.


“I’m very proud of the team as a whole,” Florida head coach Mike Holloway said. “We had lots of personal records and season bests this weekend. We just have to keep remembering how we got to this point. We’re getting into the championship portion of our season and with hard work and a lot of effort, those efforts will lead us where we want to go.”


Sophomore Dedric Dukes (Miami, Fla.) set a new Husker Invitational record in the men’s 200 meters, racing to a personal best 20.95 to claim the victory. The win was even more impressive as there was only one other runner in his heat. Dukes broke a record set by Jeremy Dodson, who ran 20.96 in 2011, and Dukes was named the men’s Most Valuable Performer for his efforts. Senior Leonardo Seymore (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) finished fourth in the finals of that race, crossing the finish in 21.36.


“I’m very proud of Dedric and his performances this weekend,” Holloway commented. “He executed two good races this weekend and he’s just getting started. He’s continuing to become accustomed to running indoors but it’s foreign to him. For him to run the way he did this weekend, I couldn’t be more proud.”


Freshman Arman Hall (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) won the men’s 400 meters with a new personal best of 46.61, barely edging out fellow Gator Hugh Graham, Jr. (Miami, Fla.) who finished second in a season’s best 46.78.


In the consolation final of the women’s 200 meters, freshman Shayla Sanders (Pompano Beach, Fla.) won in a personal best 24.00, while racing to another PR in the women’s 60 meters consolation final in her runner-up finish of 7.41. Her time in the 60 meters matches her PR from the Razorback Invitational last weekend and is tied for the seventh-fastest in program history.


“I’m very proud of Arman and Shayla, but not surprised,” Holloway noted. “They’re working hard and getting better. They’re never satisfied and it’s that desire to stay hungry that will keep them focused heading into championship season.”


Sophomore Ciarra Brewer (Union City, Calif.) continued her winning ways, capturing her third event in four tries during the 2013 season. On Saturday, it was the women’s triple jump. Brewer leapt 12.94m/42-5.50 on her second attempt to put herself out in front for the duration of the competition. The SEC Outdoor Champion in the women’s triple jump, Brewer now has five victories for her career.


“Ciarra and Coach (Nic) Petersen are starting to figure things out with one another and while a win is a win, I know neither of them is pleased or satisfied with her jumps this weekend,” Holloway said. “As we get into championship season, she’ll continue to improve.”


Sophomore Taylor Burke (Medina, Ohio) has improved as the indoor season progresses, clearing a season-best 1.81m/5-11.25 to finish in the runner-up spot in the women’s high jump. Burke is the reigning SEC high jump champ outdoors.


Next up for the Orange and Blue is a split weekend of competition, as the Gators head to Seattle for the Flotrack Husky Classic and Blacksburg, Va. for the Virginia Tech Elite Meet. Next weekend is the final weekend of action before the SEC Indoor Championships, hosted by the University of Arkansas, February 22-24.


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Women’s High Jump

2.     Taylor Burke, 1.81m/5-11.25 (SB)


Women’s Triple Jump

1.     Ciarra Brewer, 12.94m/42-5.50

8.     Gissell Warner, 12.01m/39-5


Women’s Shot Put

20.  Arlitha Mackey, 13.37m/43-10.50


Men’s Shot Put

12.  Luka Mustafic, 16.71m/54-10

15.  Kyle Strawn, 16.43m/53-11




Women’s 60 Meters – Consolation Final

2.     Shayla Sanders, 7.41 (PR)


Women’s 60 Meters –Final

4.     Destinee Gause, 7.45

5.     Kyra Jefferson, 7.48


Men’s 60 Meters – Consolation Final

1.     Antwan Wright, 6.77

4.     Eddie Lovett, 6.85


Women’s 200 Meters – Consolation Final

1.     Shayla Sanders, 24.00 (PR)


Women’s 200 Meters - Final

4.     Ebony Eutsey, 23.90 (PR)


Men’s 200 Meters – Consolation Final

7.     Jovon Toppin, 22.32


Men’s 200 Meters –Final

1.     Dedric Dukes, 20.95 (PR/MR)

4.     Leonardo Seymore, 21.36


Women’s 400 Meters – Consolation Final

2.     Amani Bryant, 56.62


Men’s 400 Meters - Final

1.     Arman Hall, 46.61 (PR)

4.     Hugh Graham, Jr., 46.78 (SB)


Women’s 60-Meter Hurdles – Consolation Final

3.     Lorraine Graham, 8.57


Women’s 60-Meter Hurdles –Final

4.     Ugonna Ndu, 8.44


Men’s 60-Meter Hurdles - Final

8.     Moriel Pitt, 8.16


Women’s 4x400 Meter Relay - Special

2.     Florida “A” (Gause, Jefferson, Ndu, Eutsey), 3:37.32


Men’s 4x400 Meter Relay - Special

--     Florida “A” (Graham, Jr., Dukes, Seymore, Hall), DNF

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