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Saturday April 27, 201311 Victories Highlight Rainy Day in Razorback Country

Fayetteville, Ark.

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The Florida track & field teams pushed through a cold, rain-soaked Saturday in Fayetteville to capture 11 titles, eight seasonal bests and four personal bests at the Arkansas Spring Invitational.

 

“We had a solid day today,” Florida head coach Mike Holloway said. “I’m very proud of the way we competed considering the cool weather conditions.”

 

Senior Jeremy Postin (Andover, Kan.) won the men’s hammer throw to start the day, tossing a new season’s best of 68.68m/225-4 on his final throw. Sophomore Kyle Strawn (Temecula, Calif.) was impressive as well, throwing a new personal best of 65.56m/215-1 to take the runner-up spot. Sophomore David Levin (Altamonte Springs, Fla.) joined in on the day of personal bests, tossing a career best of 59.59m/195-6 to finish fifth and move into sixth all-time in program history.

 

“I’m very happy with the hammer throwers today,” Holloway noted. “For three of them to throw seasonal bests and two of those to be PRs, that’s where we want them to be heading into the conference portion of the season.”

 

Sophomore jumper Ciarra Brewer (Union City, Calif.) leapt to a new season’s best of 13.45m/44-1.50 in the women’s triple jump, taking the title Saturday and leading the Gators to a sweep of the event. Senior Omar Craddock (Killeen, Texas) captured the men’s triple jump title with his leap of 15.76m/51-8.50, finishing just ahead of sophomore Marquis Dendy (Middletown, Del.), who captured runner-up finishes in the triple and long jumps.

 

Dendy, the 2013 NCAA Champion in the men’s long jump indoors, posted a new personal best in the triple jump of 15.53m/50-11.50, etching his name in the Florida record books at 10th all-time in program history. In the long jump, Dendy put up a jump of 7.77m/25-6 to finish behind OSU’s Mike Hartfield, who is just behind Dendy nationally in the event.

 

Sophomore Taylor Burke (Medina, Ohio) captured the women’s high jump, her third-straight victory of the 2013 outdoor season. Burke cleared a seasonal best of 1.81m/5-11.25 to win the event.

 

“I’m very pleased with Taylor jumping a seasonal best,” Holloway said. “She continues to get better as we move into the championship season.”

 

Freshman Kadesh Roberts (Bay Shore, N.Y.) won the first race of his collegiate career, taking the men’s 400-meter hurdles in a new personal best of 52.86.

 

Junior Eddie Lovett (West Palm Beach, Fla.) easily took the men’s 110-meter hurdles in 13.72, his second-fastest wind-legal time of the season.

 

The Gators’ weekend isn’t finished yet, as seven members of the distance crew will compete at Stanford in the Payton Jordan Invitational. Action begins for the Orange and Blue at 3:50 p.m. PT Sunday with senior Stephanie Strasser (Fernandina Beach, Fla.) in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase. Live results for the meet are being provided by Record Timing and fans can find a full schedule, heat sheets and accepted entries on the site as well.

 

This weekend is the last of the regular season for the Orange and Blue, as the No. 1 Florida men and No. 6 women will turn their attention to the 2013 SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Mizzou’s Audrey J. Walton Stadium. The four-day meet is slated for Thursday-Sunday, May 9-12.

 

“Overall, we had a good meet and got some good things done,” Holloway commented. “Now we go back home and start preparing for the conference meet in 13 days in Columbia.”

 

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.

 

ARKANSAS SPRING INVITATIONAL :: APRIL 27, 2013 :: FAYETTEVILLE, AR (ALL TIMES CENTRAL)

 

FIELD EVENTS

 

Women’s High Jump

1.             Taylor Burke, 1.81m/5-11.25 (SB)

 

Women’s Pole Vault

T5.          Caitlin Schuessler, 3.52m/11-6.50

 

Men’s Pole Vault

3.             Jared Watkins, 4.86m/15-11.25

 

Women’s Long Jump

3.             Lorraine Graham, 6.02m/19-9 (+0.2)

 

Men’s Long Jump

2.             Marquis Dendy, 7.77m/25-6 (+1.4)

 

Women’s Triple Jump

1.             Ciarra Brewer, 13.45m/44-1.50 (+1.1) (SB)

3.             Gissell Warner, 12.33m/40-5.50 (+0.5)

 

Men’s Triple Jump

1.             Omar Craddock, 15.76m/51-8.50 (+0.8)

2.             Marquis Dendy, 15.53m/50-11.50 (+0.2) (PR)

 

Women’s Discus Throw

2.             Ashley Miller, 47.58m/156-1

3.             Kaitlin Davis, 46.69m/153-2

 

Women’s Hammer Throw

1.             Jayla Bostic, 56.99m/186-11

 

Men’s Hammer Throw

1.             Jeremy Postin, 68.68m/225-4 (SB)

2.             Kyle Strawn, 65.56m/215-1 (PR)

5.             David Levin, 59.59m/195-6 (PR)

6.             David Triassi, 57.83m/189-8

 

RUNNING EVENTS

 

Women’s 100 Meters

3.             Darshay Davis, 11.61 (+0.5) (SB)

4.             Destinee Gause, 11.71 (+0.3)

 

Men’s 100 Meters

3.             Leonardo Seymore, 10.62 (+1.0)

 

Women’s 200 Meters

3.             Destinee Gause, 23.89 (+0.2)

6.             Ebony Eutsey, 24.42 (+0.2)

7.             Robin Reynolds, 24.46 (+0.2)

10.          Lorraine Graham, 25.15 (+0.8)

 

Men’s 200 Meters

1.             Arman Hall, 21.06 (+0.8)

2.             Hugh Graham, Jr., 21.07 (+0.8)

3.             Leonardo Seymore, 21.28 (+0.8)

 

Women’s 400 Meters

1.             Ebony Eutsey, 53.21

2.             Robin Reynolds, 53.31

5.             Lanie Whittaker, 55.15

 

Men’s 400 Meters

2.             Arman Hall, 46.19

3.             Hugh Graham, Jr., 46.21

4.             Najee Glass, 46.21

7.             Jovon Toppin, 48.80

 

Men’s 800 Meters

1.             Sean Obinwa, 1:50.38

3.             Ryan Schnulle, 1:50.67

 

Men’s 110-Meter Hurdles

1.             Eddie Lovett, 13.72 (+1.1)

 

Women’s 400-Meter Hurdles

1.             Ugonna Ndu, 58.08

3.             Amani Bryant, 59.30

4.             Paige Morton, 1:03.31

 

Men’s 400-Meter Hurdles

1.             Kadesh Roberts, 52.86 (PR)

3.             Gabe Aird, 53.75

 

Men’s 4x100-Meter Relay

2.             Florida (Lovett, Graham, Jr., Seymore, Hall), 39.78

 

Men’s 4x400-Meter Relay

3.             Florida (Toppin, Obinwa, Schnulle, Roberts), 3:16.04

 

PAYTON JORDAN INVITATIONAL :: APRIL 28, 2013 :: PALO ALTO, CA (ALL TIMES PACIFIC)

 

RUNNING EVENTS

 

3:50 p.m.

Women’s 3,000-Meter Steeplechase – Section 3

Stephanie Strasser

4:35 p.m.

Women’s 1500 Meters – Section 3

Shelby Hayes, Mandy Perkins

5:56 p.m.

Women’s 5000 Meters – Section 3

Callie Cooper

7:15 p.m.

Men’s 3,000-Meter Steeplechase – Section 1

Mark Parrish

7:27 p.m.

Women’s 1500 Meters – Section 2

Agata Strausa

7:34 p.m.

Women’s 1500 Meters – Section 1

Cory McGee

 

 

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