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Saturday March 30, 2013Five Gators Capture Titles at UNF Invite, Three Gators Run into Record Books at Stanford


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Five Gator athletes claimed crowns Saturday at the North Florida Invitational in Jacksonville, while the Gator distance crew took care of business in the men’s 10,000 meters at the Stanford Invitational Friday evening in Palo Alto, Calif.


“What a weekend for the Gators,” Florida head coach Mike Holloway said. “I couldn’t be more proud of our efforts at Stanford and UNF this weekend.”


At the Stanford Invitational, three Gators ran personal bests and etched their names in the Florida record books. Jimmy Clark (St. Johns, Fla.) ran a personal best of 29:08.32 in the men’s 10,000 meters, the fifth-fastest time in program history. Senior Josh Izewski (Doylestown, Pa.) also turned in a career time, racing to the eighth-fastest time at UF in 29:21.41. JL Hines (Orlando, Fla.) finished out the trio of 10K performances with his PR of 29:26.03, good for 10th all-time in Gator history.


“Great runs by Jimmy, Josh and JL last night in the 10K at Stanford,” Holloway noted. “All three had big PRs and are now top 10 in school history. Coach (Paul) Spangler continues to do a great job with the distance crew.”


Saturday at the UNF Invite, the distance corps did not disappoint, as freshmen Elliot Clemente (Miami, Fla.) and Mark Mutz (Lakeland, Fla.) each turned in personal bests with times of 15:16.21 and 15:28.85 to finish third and fifth, respectively.


“I thought Elliot and Mark had great races in Jacksonville today,” Holloway said. “Couldn’t be more proud of where our distance guys are at just a few weeks into the outdoor season.”


Florida finished 1-2 in the men’s hammer throw, as senior David Triassi (Jacksonville, Fla.) and sophomore David Levin (Altamonte Springs, Fla.) threw 57.61m/189-0 and 57.05m/187-2, respectively. Levin’s mark was a personal best and moves him to ninth all-time in the event at Florida.


“I’m very happy for David Levin and his performance today at UNF,” Holloway said. “He’s been working hard in practice and with his big PB, is now in the top 10 in school history.”


The Gator throwers on the women’s side also had big days Saturday, as sophomores Arlithia Mackey (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) and Manuela Burtsher (Naples, Fla.) threw personal bests in their respective events. Mackey turned in a third-place finish with a personal-best throw of 13.60m/44-7.50 in the women’s shot put. Burtsher finished sixth in the women’s discus with her mark of 44.45m/145-10, also a personal best.


“I want to give a shout out to our strength coach Matt DeLancey for the wonderful work he is doing with our athletes, and to trainer Andy Klock and his staff for their efforts in keeping everyone healthy,” Holloway noted. “I couldn’t be more appreciative to have such incredible support staff.”


“Now we have to get back to Gainesville and get refocused as we prepare to host the Pepsi Florida Relays next weekend. It’s great to be a Florida Gator,” Holloway finished.


Next up for the Gators is the 69th Annual Pepsi Florida Relays. Accepted entries are now available on GatorZone. For more information, including schedule, history and ticket information, go to the official Florida Relays homepage at


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Men’s 5,000 Meters – Section 4

30.          Matt Mizereck, 15:38.65


Men’s 10,000 Meters – Section 1

14.          Jimmy Clark, 29:08.32 (PR)

20.          Josh Izewski, 29:21.41 (PR)


Men’s 10,000 Meters – Section 2

2.             JL Hines, 29:26.03 (PR)






Women’s High Jump

2.             Alexis Muniz, 1.65m/5-5


Women’s Pole Vault

1.             Caitlin Schuessler, 3.70m/12-1.50

T7.          Cristina Valdes, 3.25m/10-8


Men’s Pole Vault

1.             Jared Watkins, 4.65m/15-3

--             Max Lang, NH


Women’s Triple Jump

10.          Trish Leger, 10.85m/35-7.25 (+4.0)

--             Gissell Warner, FOUL


Women’s Shot Put

3.             Arlithia Mackey, 13.60m/44-7.50 (PR)


Women’s Discus Throw

6.             Manuela Burtsher, 44.45m/145-10 (PR)


Women’s Hammer Throw

1.             Jayla Bostic, 55.03m/180-6


Men’s Hammer Throw

1.             David Triassi, 57.61m/189-0

2.             David Levin, 57.05m/187-2 (PR)


Men’s Javelin Throw

5.             Zane Breakiron, 55.90m/183-5




Women’s 200 Meters

34.          Dierdre Lee, 25.96 (+2.9)


Men’s 200 Meters

16.          Michael Burris, 22.10 (+4.6)


Women’s 400 Meters

24.          Dierdre Lee, 1:00.61 (PR)


Men’s 400 Meters

10.          Michael Burris, 49.63


Men’s 800 Meters

3.             Daniel Wehunt, 1:52.72

10.          Luc Lawrence, 1:55.75


Women’s 1,500 Meters

7.             Macy Huskey, 4:50.96


Men’s 1,500 Meters

1.             Derek Wehunt, 3:55.18


Men’s 5,000 Meters

3.             Elliot Clemente, 15:16.21

5.             Mark Mutz, 15:28.85


Women’s 100-Meter Hurdles

12.          Ashley Favors, 14.91 (+1.4)

17.          Katrina Dekrey, 15.24 (+3.9)


Women’s 400-Meter Hurdles

12.          Monique Harris, 1:07.06

19.          Zari Whittaker, 1:08.71

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