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Friday February 8, 2013Dendy Tops in NCAA and Lovett Sets School Record on Opening Day at Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, Va. & Seattle, Wash.

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The No. 2 Florida men and No. 7 Florida women opened competition at the Husky Classic and the Virginia Tech Elite Meet on Friday evening. This is the final weekend of action before the SEC Indoor Championships, hosted by the University of Arkansas, February 22-24.


Sophomore Marquis Dendy (Middletown, Del.) became the new collegiate leader in the men’s long jump, leaping 7.99m/26-2.75 to win the event at the Virginia Tech Elite Meet. Joining Dendy in the Winner’s Circle was junior Eddie Lovett (West Palm Beach, Fla.), who matched his school-record time of 7.66 in the men’s 60-meter hurdles to capture the event. Lovett is the two-time defending SEC Champion in the men’s 60-meter hurdles indoors.


“I’m extremely proud of everyone so far this weekend,” Florida head coach Mike Holloway said. “Lately, I feel like we’ve been too focused on running fast, jumping far, throwing far. We challenged our athletes to be focused and really think about executing.”


Freshman Kyra Jefferson (Detroit, Mich.) continued her phenomenal freshman campaign with a victory in the women’s 60 meters, crossing the finish in 7.35 and tying teammate Darshay Davis (Mirimar, Fla.) for fifth all-time at Florida. Fellow freshmen Destinee Gause (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) and Shayla Sanders (Pompano Beach, Fla.) finished 2-3 in the event, crossing the finish line in 7.38 and 7.42, respectively.


“I’m incredibly pleased with Marquis, Eddie and Kyra tonight,” Holloway noted. “Eddie and Kyra PR’d and Marquis jumped the best he’s jumped all year. I couldn’t be more proud.”


Sophomore thrower Jayla Bostic (Wellington, Fla.) set yet another personal best in the women’s weight throw, tossing a mark of 19.91m/65-4. It is Bostic’s third PR in five meets and the Gator sophomore has improved nearly 13 feet (16.03m/52-7.25 – 19.91m/65-4) in her first two seasons in the Orange and Blue.


“Can’t say enough about Jayla’s performances this season,” Holloway commented. “She and Coach (Steve) Lemke are really in a rhythm and she’s seeing the efforts in practice pay off in competition.”


Sophomores Hugh Graham, Jr. (Miami, Fla.) and Dedric Dukes (Miami, Fla.) both had big nights for the Gators, as Graham, Jr. claimed the men’s 60-meter title for the Orange and Blue in a personal-best tying 6.65. For Dukes, he won his first individual title in the men’s 400 meters indoors with a time of 47.22.


“I’m very proud of Hugh and Dedric,” Holloway said. “Dedric ran his first 400 meters indoors tonight and I was very impressed with the strides he has made indoors. For Hugh, he continues to improve as the season progresses and consistently shows up when the heat is on.”


Pole vaulter Caitlin Schuessler (Boca Raton, Fla.) jumped into the UF record books Friday night, clearing a personal-best 3.85m/12-7.50 in the open women’s pole vault. Schuessler is tied for ninth all-time in Gator program history.


“We need to refocus and not rest on what we did tonight,” Holloway commented. “We need to focus on execution and competing with the emphasis on technicality. We’re looking to go out there, compete and truly get better as we head into the championship portion of our season.”


The seven victories in Blacksburg were a big highlight of Friday’s action, but a performance for the record books came late Friday evening from Seattle. Junior Mark Parrish (Tampa, Fla.) defeated a stacked field in the men’s open 5,000 meters, turning in a personal-best time of 14:02.46, good for third all-time in Florida school history. He topped his previous PR by over 23 seconds.


In the women’s open 5,000 meters, junior Callie Cooper (St. Johns, Fla.) finished in a personal best 16:30.66, good for fifth all-time in Gator program history.


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Women’s Pole Vault – Unseeded

5.             Caitlin Schuessler, 3.85m/12-7.50 (PR)


Men’s Pole Vault – Unseeded

4.             Max Lang, 4.75m/15-7


Women’s Long Jump

2.             Lorraine Graham, 6.03m/19-9.50


Men’s Long Jump

1.             Marquis Dendy, 7.99m/26-2.75


Women’s Weight Throw

2.             Jayla Bostic, 19.91m/65-4 (PR)


Men’s Weight Throw

2.             Jeremy Postin, 20.64m/67-8.75

3.             David Triassi, 20.60m/67-7

6.             Kyle Strawn, 18.58m/60-11.50

8.             David Levin, 17.96m/58-11.25




Women’s 60 Meters – Prelims

1.             Kyra Jefferson, 7.39q

2.             Destinee Gause, 7.42q

3.             Shayla Sanders, 7.44q


Women’s 60 Meters – Finals

1.             Kyra Jefferson, 7.35 (PR)

2.             Destinee Gause, 7.38

3.             Shayla Sanders, 7.42


Men’s 60 Meters – Prelims

1.             Hugh Graham, Jr., 6.70q

3.             Antwan Wright, 6.74q (PR)

12.          Leonardo Seymore, 6.93


Men’s 60 Meters – Finals

1.             Hugh Graham, Jr., 6.65 (PR)

3.             Antwan Wright, 6.75


Men’s 200 Meters – Open

4.             Jovon Toppin, 22.06

8.             Michael Burris, 22.57

14.          Moriel Pitt, 22.90


Women’s 400 Meters – Invitational

1.             Ebony Eutsey, 53.26

5.             Amani Bryant, 57.48


Men’s 400 Meters – Invitational

1.             Dedric Dukes, 47.22


Women’s 60-Meter Hurdles – Prelims

2.             Ugonna Ndu, 8.52q

3.             Lorraine Graham, 8.54q

4.             Ashley Favors, 8.74q

5.             Paige Morton, 8.77q


Women’s 60-Meter Hurdles – Finals

1.             Lorraine Graham, 8.52

2.             Paige Morton, 8.60

4.             Ugonna Ndu, 8.62

6.             Ashley Favors, 8.93


Men’s 60-Meter Hurdles – Prelims

1.             Eddie Lovett, 7.74q

2.             Moriel Pitt, 8.01q


Men’s 60-Meter Hurdles – Finals

1.             Eddie Lovett, 7.66 (PR)

5.             Moriel Pitt, 8.07




Women’s 5,000 Meters – Invitational

19.          Florence Ngetich, 16:22.80


Women’s 5,000 Meters – Open

12.          Callie Cooper, 16:30.66 (PR)


Men’s 5,000 Meters – Open

1.             Mark Parrish, 14:02.46

21.          JL Hines, 14:21.61

34.          Jimmy Clark, 14:26.69

42.          Josh Izewski, 14:30.24

53.          Eddie Garcia, 14:40.48

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