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Saturday February 9, 2013Burke Breaks UF High Jump Record as Gators Complete Split Competition

Blacksburg, Va. and Seattle, Wash.

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Sophomore high jumper Taylor Burke (Medina, Ohio) had a career day on Saturday at Virginia Tech, one of many highlights from this weekend’s competitions in Blacksburg and in Seattle at the Husky Classic.


Burke broke the school record in the women’s high jump at the Virginia Tech Elite Meet with her PR of 1.86m/6-1.25. Her mark breaks Maria Galloni’s 21-year-old record set at the 1992 SEC Championships, the same year the Gators won the NCAA Indoor Championship.


“Taylor was really fun to watch today,” Florida head coach Mike Holloway said. “She’s really getting into a rhythm and I think she’s been working well with Coach (Mellanee) Welty to get ready for performances like this.”


Junior distance runner Cory McGee (Pass Christian, Miss.) turned in a stellar performance in Seattle at the Husky Classic, racing to a career best in the invitational section of the women’s mile. McGee finished in 4:32.10, good for second all-time in Gator history.


“Cory and I talked after the Razorback Invite and discussed where she wanted to be heading into the championship portion of the season,” Holloway noted. “I think she and Coach (Paul) Spangler have collaborated well together and she’s really where we want her to be right now after redshirting cross country season.”


Gator jumpers were on fire on Saturday, as the Orange and Blue swept the triple jump in convincing fashion. On the women’s side, sophomore Ciarra Brewer (Union City, Calif.) leapt to a new personal best with her jump of 13.17m/43-2.50. For the men, The Bowerman Watch List candidate Omar Craddock (Killeen, Texas) launched himself to a 16.38m/53-9 mark, a new season’s best. Sophomore jumper Marquis Dendy (Middletown, Del.) continued his stellar weekend by turning in a personal-best leap of 16.10m/52-10.


I’ve been so pleased with our jumpers and the work they’ve done with Coach (Nic) Petersen,” Holloway commented. “Omar always shows up and knows he can go big. Marquis and Ciarra continue to perform well and both got huge PRs today. I couldn’t be more proud.”


The Gator sprinters were also in fine form on Saturday, as this week’s SEC Men’s Runner of the Week Dedric Dukes (Miami, Fla.) won the invitational section of the men’s 200 meters in 21.08. On the women’s side, four Gators finished in the top five of the invitational women’s 200, with freshman phenom Kyra Jefferson (Detroit, Mich.) leading the way in a new PR of 23.43, finishing second. Junior Ebony Eutsey (Miami, Fla.) and freshman Destinee Gause (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) also turned in personal bests of 23.63 and 23.72 for third and fourth, respectively. Another rookie, Shayla Sanders (Pompano Beach, Fla.), finished fifth in 24.21.


The Gators are off next weekend as they prepare for the 2013 SEC Indoor Track & Field Championships, February 22-24. Randal Tyson Indoor Track at the University of Arkansas will serve as the host for both the conference meet and the NCAA Indoor Championships.


“The season starts now,” Holloway declared. “We have to go back to Gainesville and keep working hard, stay healthy and focused and make sure we taper and rest. We’ll do everything possible to be at our best in Fayetteville.”


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Women’s High Jump

1.             Taylor Burke, 1.86m/6-1.25 (PR/SR)

13.          Alexis Muniz, 1.65m/5-5


Women’s Triple Jump

1.             Ciarra Brewer, 13.17m/43-2.50

5.             Gissell Warner, 12.07m/39-7.25


Men’s Triple Jump

1.             Omar Craddock, 16.38m/53-9 (SB)

2.             Marquis Dendy, 16.10m/52-10 (PR)


Men’s Shot Put

8.             Kyle Strawn, 16.48m/54-1




Women’s 200 Meters – Invitational

2.             Kyra Jefferson, 23.43 (PR)

3.             Ebony Eutsey, 23.63 (PR)

4.             Destinee Gause, 23.72 (PR)

5.             Shayla Sanders, 24.21


Men’s 200 Meters – Invitational

1.             Dedric Dukes, 21.08

2.             Leonardo Seymore, 21.19


Women’s 400 Meters – Open

15.          Paige Morton, 58.76


Men’s 400 Meters – Open

2.             Jovon Toppin, 48.75

3.             Michael Burris, 48.80




Men’s 800 Meters

8.             Ryan Schnulle, 1:51.47

18.          Daniel Wehunt, 1:52.93


Men’s 800 Meters – Invitational

14.          Sean Obinwa, 1:52.24


Women’s Mile – Open

8.             Stephanie Strasser, 4:50.63

9.             Mandy Perkins, 4:51.83


Women’s Mile – Invitational

2.             Cory McGee, 4:32.10 (PR)

15.          Agata Strausa, 4:38.75


Men’s Mile – Open

30.          Matt Mizereck, 4:09.71

43.          Derek Wehunt, 4:11.32

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