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Friday March 29, 2013Three Gators Claim Event Titles on Third Day of Texas Relays

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Three Gators can call themselves Texas Relays Champions after the third day of competition at the 86th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays at Mike A. Myers Stadium.


“I’m very pleased with both of our squads,” Florida head coach Mike Holloway said. “We had a very good day. We had good qualifiers in the relays and the hurdles, both of which set us up well for tomorrow. I’m very pleased with the field event results. We had three titles today, so a good day all around.”


Sophomore Marquis Dendy (Middletown, Del.) debuted in the 2013 outdoor season with his Texas Relays winning jump of 8.17m/26-9.75 in the men’s long jump. Though not wind-legal, the jump goes down as an all-conditions best and the best qualifying jump for the NCAA Outdoor meet in 2013.


“I just want to continue to stay hungry and focused,” Dendy said. “This is a whole new season. Yes, I won indoors and I’m very proud of that, but this is like a new beginning and to come out here and get the Texas Relays title, it means a lot. I’m definitely ready for this season and know there’s room to improve.”


“The long jumpers did a great job carrying over the momentum from the outdoor season,” Holloway said. “Marquis continues to show great focus.”


Senior Omar Craddock (Killeen, Texas) captured the men’s triple jump title with a collegiate-leading 16.43m/53-11 leap, giving the Gators their first men’s triple jump title in the history of Texas Relays. Craddock now has 11 meet victories over the course of his career.


“This is my first time at Texas Relays since 2006, I think, and I love it,” Craddock said. “I haven’t competed in Texas in six years. I’m 21 now and I was 15 then. This is the first time that my family has gotten to see me compete in college. They can’t get to Florida. This is the first time my grandma has gotten to see me compete, too. It’s just a wonderful feeling and I can’t complain. I came out here, got the win and I’m having a good time. I love Texas Relays and everything about it.”


Sophomore Ciarra Brewer (Union City, Calif.) turned in a third-place finish in the women’s triple jump, leaping 13.23m/43-5 on a windy day in the pit. Fellow female jumper Lorraine Graham (Springdale, Md.) jumped a new personal best in the women’s long jump, leaping 6.23m/20-5.25 for the seventh-best jump in Florida program history.


“I’m incredibly happy for Omar competing in his first Texas Relays and winning the triple jump in front of his family and friends,” Holloway said. “I’m also pleased with Ciarra’s work in the women’s triple jump. I’m very proud of Lorraine, coming back a day after the hept to PR in the long jump and compete well tonight. Coach (Nic) Petersen is doing a great job with the jump crew.”


In the morning session, freshman Marija Vucenovic (Sremska Mitrovica, Serbia) won the first Florida title of the meet, throwing a personal best in the javelin to take home the Texas Relays title. Vucenovic’s mark of 52.47m/172-2 goes down as third all-time in Florida program history and leads the collegiate ranks this year.


“I was really excited because it was my first meet ever here in the United States,” Vucenovic said. “For me to win my first competition as just a freshman, it showed me that I can go far here at Florida. I’m really excited about next week at Florida Relays. I think I’ll be even better.”


Teammate Fawn Miller (Stoneboro, Pa.) also threw a personal best Friday, tossing 51.74m/169-9 in the women’s javelin to finish third. Her mark is fourth all-time in program history and third in the NCAA in 2013.


“Marija and Fawn did a fine job in the javelin,” Holloway stated. “Coach (Steve) Lemke continues to do a fine job with our throwers.”


The Gator relays were out in full force Friday, as the women’s 4x400-meter relay ran a collegiate-leading 3:33.44. The Florida foursome, consisting of Robin Reynolds (Miami, Fla.), Lanie Whittaker (Miami, Fla.), Destinee Gause (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) and Ebony Eutsey (Miami, Fla.) easily won their heat and edged Texas A&M by .31 seconds for the top spot heading into the finals.


Florida’s men’s 4x100-meter relay qualified second overall Friday, as Eddie Lovett (West Palm Beach, Fla.), Hugh Graham, Jr. (Miami, Fla.), Leonardo Seymore (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) and Dedric Dukes (Miami, Fla.) ran the NCAA’s third-fastest time of 2013 in 39.76. The Gators will compete in the finals of the event at 1:30 p.m. CT Saturday.


Lovett, the 2013 NCAA Champion indoors in the men’s 60-meter hurdles, made his 2013 outdoor debut in fine form, running an all-conditions best of 13.47 in the men’s 110-meter hurdles to turn in the top time of the preliminaries. Lovett races in the final of the event at 2 p.m. CT.


Also competing in the hurdles, senior Ugonna Ndu (Newark, N.J.) finished fourth in the finals of the women’s 400-meter hurdles, crossing the line in 58.17. Her time is the third-fastest of her career and ties for seventh in the NCAA this year.


“I’m very pleased with the work of the hurdles today,” Holloway said. “Eddie ran an NCAA-leading mark and Ugonna ran the third-fastest time of her career. Coach (Erin) Tucker is doing a fine job with that group.”


The Gator women’s 4x100-meter relay finished fifth in Friday’s preliminaries with a time of 45.28, courtesy of Reynolds, Kyra Jefferson (Detroit, Mich.), Gause and Eutsey. The Gators will compete in the finals after the men’s race at 1:30 p.m. CT.


“I’m looking forward to tomorrow and lots of great finals and chances for the Gators to get better,” Holloway noted. “It’s going to be very exciting and we need to match the excitement and intensity of the other teams here.”


“It’s great to be a Florida Gator,” Holloway finished.


The four-day meet concludes Saturday, March 30 at Mike A. Myers Stadium. The headquarters for the Relays can be found here. The official hashtag for the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, for fans who want to follow all the action on Twitter, is #TXRelays13.


The Longhorn Network will provide 18 original hours of programming throughout the meet. ESPN's Dave LaMont provides play-by-play throughout the meet, and former NCAA All-American athlete and current ESPN radio host Sean Adams serves as reporter. Rounding out the team, Larry Rawson, Emmy Award-winning track and field sportscaster, and Dwight Stones, track and field Olympian, serve as analysts.


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Women’s Discus Throw – Section A

6.             Kaitlin Davis, 49.55m/162-7

10.          Ashley Miller, 46.46m/152-5


Women’s Long Jump – Section A

7.             Lorraine Graham, 6.23m/20-5.25 (PR)


Men’s Long Jump – Section A

1.             Marquis Dendy, 8.17m/26-9.75 (+2.8) (CL)


Women’s Triple Jump – Section A

3.             Ciarra Brewer, 13.23m/43-5 (+3.0)


Men’s Triple Jump – Section A

1.             Omar Craddock, 16.43m/53-11 (+1.5) (CL)


Women’s Javelin – Section A

1.             Marija Vucenovic, 52.47m/172-2 (PR/CL)

3.             Fawn Miller, 51.74m/169-9 (PR)




Men’s 100 Meters – Prelims

10.          Dedric Dukes, 10.43 (+1.9)

15.          Leonardo Seymore, 10.47 (+2.9)

19.          Antwan Wright, 10.53 (+2.1)


Women’s 100-Meter Hurdles – Prelims

12.          Ugonna Ndu, 13.50 (+3.1)

53.          Paige Morton, 14.39 (+3.9)


Men’s 110-Meter Hurdles – Prelims

1.             Eddie Lovett, 13.47 (+2.6)q

20.          Moriel Pitt, 14.43 (+2.0)


Women’s 400-Meter Hurdles – Finals

4.             Ugonna Ndu, 58.17


Women’s 4x100-Meter Relay – Prelims

5.             Florida (Reynolds, Jefferson, Gause, Eutsey), 45.28q


Men’s 4x100-Meter Relay – Prelims

2.             Florida (Lovett, Graham, Jr., Seymore, Dukes), 39.76q


Women’s 4x400-Meter Relay – Prelims

1.             Florida (Reynolds, Whittaker, Gause, Eutsey), 3:33.44q (CL)



1:30 p.m.

Clyde Littlefield 4x100-Meter Relay – Men’s (Finals)

Florida (Lovett, Graham, Jr., Seymore, Dukes)


4x100-Meter Relay – Women’s (Finals)

Florida (Reynolds, Jefferson, Gause, Eutsey)

2 p.m.

High Jump – Women’s

Taylor Burke


110-Meter Hurdles – Men’s (Finals)

Eddie Lovett

4:05 p.m.

4x400-Meter Relay – Women’s (Finals)

Florida (Reynolds, Whittaker, Gause, Eutsey)


Cleburne Price, Jr. 4x400-Meter Relay – Men’s (Invitational)

Florida (Glass, Graham, Jr., Hall, Dukes)



Sat., March 30

1:30-5:30 p.m.

Finals of 4x100M relays, 100M and 110M hurdles, 1,500M and 4x400M relays


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