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Thursday February 28, 2013Seven Gators to Compete for a Last Chance to Qualify for NCAAs

Gainesville, Fla.

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Final Event Schedule | Performance List

 

Seven Gator track & field athletes are looking for a final chance at a top-16 NCAA-qualifying spot and will compete at the Alex Wilson Invitational in South Bend, Ind., March 1-2. The meet serves as an NCAA-sanctioned last chance meet as participants look to earn an invitation into the NCAA Indoor Championship (March 8-9) by being one of the best in the nation in their respective event.

 

The top 16 individuals nationally in each event and top 12 relays will advance to the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, March 8-9, held at Randal Tyson Track Center at the University of Arkansas.

 

Competing for Florida on Friday evening will be senior Josh Izewski (Doylestown, Pa.) and sophomore Mark Parrish (Tampa, Fla.), who will race in the men’s 5,000 meters. Both Gators had banner weekends at the SEC Indoor Championships. Izewski garnered a bronze-medalist finish of 14:06.67 in the men's 5,000 for a new personal best, while also scoring in the men's 3,000 in a new PR of 8:11.27. Parrish finished fifth in both the men's 3,000 (8:03.54 - PR) and 5,000 (14:12.08). Parrish is now fourth all-time at UF in the 3,000 and third in the 5,000, while Izewski is 10th in the 3,000 and fifth in the 5,000.

 

On Saturday, senior Lanie Whittaker (Miami, Fla.) will get things started for the Gators in the 400. Whittaker is a four-time All-American and was a First Team All-American last year at the NCAA Indoor Championships in the 400 meters. Gator rookies Najee Glass (Woodbridge, N.J.) and Arman Hall (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) will each look to improve their times in the quartermile as well, as Hall is ranked just outside the cut mark at 18th (46.61). Glass has only raced once in the 400 meters, finishing just outside qualifying for the finals of the event at SEC Indoors last weekend in 47.18.

 

Sean Obinwa (Tampa, Fla.), the SEC Indoor champion in the men’s 800 meters, will look to improve on his season’s best of 1:48.40, a time that won him his first individual SEC title last weekend and ranks 11th in the NCAA this year. Agata Strausa (Riga, Latvia) is hoping to improve on her mile, as she currently sits in 21st (4:38.03) heading into the last chance weekend. Strausa is a two-time All-American and was part of the Gators’

 

Live results will be available on UND.com and a full recap and results will be available both Friday and Saturday on GatorZone.

 

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.

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 1

TIME

EVENT

ATHLETE

2013 BEST

NCAA RANK

7:25 p.m. ET

Men’s 5,000 Meters

Josh Izewski

14:06.67

49th

 

Men’s 5,000 Meters

Mark Parrish

14:02.46

38th

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 2

TIME

EVENT

ATHLETE

2013 BEST

NCAA RANK

12:20 p.m. ET

Women’s 400 Meters

Lanie Whittaker

53.26

21st

12:35 p.m. ET

Men’s 400 Meters

Najee Glass

47.18

54th

 

Men’s 400 Meters

Arman Hall

46.61

18th

1:25 p.m. ET

Alex Wilson 800 Meters

Sean Obinwa

1:48.40

11th

2:30 p.m. ET

Women’s Mile

Agata Strausa

4:38.03

21st

 

GATORS CURRENTLY IN TOP 16 INDIVIDUALLY/TOP 12 RELAYS

EVENT

ATHLETE

2013 BEST

NCAA RANK

60 Meters – Men

Hugh Graham, Jr.

6.64

8th

200 Meters – Men

Dedric Dukes

20.70

3rd

200 Meters – Women

Kyra Jefferson

23.43

15th

400 Meters – Men

Hugh Graham, Jr.

45.67

2nd

400 Meters – Women

Ebony Eutsey

52.48

8th

800 Meters – Men

Sean Obinwa

1:48.40

11th

Mile – Women

Cory McGee

4:32.10

3rd

60-Meter Hurdles – Men

Eddie Lovett

7.54

1st

4x400-Meter Relay – Men

Florida

3:04.31

2nd

4x400-Meter Relay – Women

Florida

3:31.68

3rd

Distance Medley Relay – Women

Florida

11:13.45

12th

High Jump – Women

Taylor Burke

1.86m/6-1.25

10th

Long Jump – Men

Marquis Dendy

8.25m/27-1

1st

Triple Jump – Men

Omar Craddock

16.49m/54-1.25

2nd

Triple Jump – Men

Marquis Dendy

16.25m/53-3.75

5th

Triple Jump – Women

Ciarra Brewer

13.35m/43-9.75

5th

Weight Throw – Men

David Triassi

21.59m/70-10

8th

Weight Throw – Men

Jeremy Postin

21.48m/70-5.75

9th

 

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