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Wednesday June 5, 2013Vucenovic Throws for Javelin Silver on Opening Day of NCAA Outdoors

Eugene, Ore.

Photo: Jim Sigmon

Freshman javelin thrower Marija Vucenovic (Sremska Mitrovica, Serbia) turned in a runner-up finish in the women’s javelin to score eight points and highlight the opening day of the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at historic Hayward Field Wednesday.

 

“Marija did a great job in her first NCAA Championships,” Florida head coach Mike Holloway said. “I thought she was impressive coming through and finishing second.”

 

Vucenovic, the 2013 SEC Champion in the event, led through the first four flights and well into the fifth with her opening throw of 54.76m/179-8, scoring for the Gators to tie them for seventh overall through the first day of competition.

 

Senior Ugonna Ndu (Newark, N.J.) won her heat of the women’s 400-meter hurdles with a time of 57.05, advancing to the finals of the event as the third-fastest qualifier. Ndu will compete in Friday’s final at 4:30 p.m. PT.

 

Two Gator men and one of Florida’s relays advanced out of their respective semifinals Wednesday.

 

“I thought we had a solid day today with the men. The relay, Arman and Hugh all did a great job,” Holloway said.

 

The Florida men’s 4x100-meter relay, composed of freshman Antwan Wright (Riviera Beach, Fla.), sophomore Hugh Graham, Jr. (Miami, Fla.), senior Leonardo Seymore (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) and sophomore Dedric Dukes (Miami, Fla.), captured their heat in a season’s best 38.77 to advance to Saturday’s finals at 2:12 p.m. PT. The time goes down as seventh all-time in program history and was second overall in the semifinals.

 

Along with the relay, Graham, Jr. ran a personal best of 45.56 in the men’s 400 meters to advance to the finals at 6:05 p.m. PT Friday. Freshman Arman Hall (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) ran a collegiate best of 45.50 to automatically qualify for Saturday’s finals, advancing to his first individual final at an NCAA Championship meet.

 

“Overall, we had a solid day, but we did have some things that could have gone much better,” Holloway commented. “I always tell the athletes that we just have to be who we are, the Florida Gators. Trust your coaches, trust your training and we’ll be fine. We still have some athletes who need to buy into that philosophy.

 

“Time to get back to the hotel and get rested and recharged, come out tomorrow and get after it again,” Holloway finished.

 

The four-day meet continues Thursday, June 6 and extends through Saturday, June 8.

 

The Gator men are the defending NCAA Outdoor Champions and have placed in the top three at the last four NCAA Outdoor Championships, while the Florida women recorded a third-place finish at the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Championships.

 

A program-record 28 qualifiers made the trek from Gainesville to Eugene as 14 women, 11 men and three relays will represent the Orange and Blue at historic Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon. The women are tied with Oregon for the second-most qualifiers at the NCAA Championships, while the men are also tied with Oregon for the fourth-most qualifiers in Eugene.

 

Along with the new program record, the 15 Gator women (14 individuals, one relay) qualified for NCAAs is also a Florida record and the 13 UF men (11 individuals, two relays) is the second-most qualifiers in program history. The Orange and Blue qualified a program-record 16 men in 2011.

 

Live results for the 2013 NCAA Championships can be found on Flash Results and a full recap and results will be available daily on GatorZone.

 

The ESPN family of networks will broadcast the majority of the meet between ESPN3 and ESPNU, with supplementary webcasting on the Pac-12 Live Stream.

 

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.

 

2013 NCAA OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS :: JUNE 5-8 :: EUGENE, OR

 

WOMEN’S TEAM STANDINGS – THROUGH DAY ONE

1

Kansas

17

2

Iowa State

10

2

Arizona State

10

2

TCU

10

2

Georgia

10

6

Penn State

9

7

Illinois State

8

7

Wichita State

8

7

Florida

8

10

UCLA

7

11

Stanford

6

11

Boise State

6

11

UCF

6

14

Washington

5

14

USC

5

14

Nebraska

5

 

MEN’S TEAM STANDINGS – THROUGH DAY ONE

1

Mississippi

10

1

Texas

10

3

Oral Roberts

8

3

Arizona State

8

5

Akron

6

5

Texas Tech

6

7

Buffalo

5

7

Arkansas

5

9

Nebraska

4

9

BYU

4

11

Idaho

3

11

Wisconsin

3

13

SE Missouri

2

14

Cornell

1

15

Idaho State

0.75

15

Cincinnati

0.75

15

Tennessee

0.75

15

Kansas State

0.75

 

FIELD EVENTS

 

Women’s Long Jump – Final

22.          Lorraine Graham, 5.87m/19-3.25 (+1.8)

 

Women’s Javelin Throw – Final

2.             Marija Vucenovic, 54.76m/179-8

12.          Fawn Miller, 47.96m/157-4

 

RUNNING EVENTS

 

Women’s 100 Meters – Semifinal

20.          Darshay Davis, 11.48 (+2.3)

 

Women’s 400 Meters – Semifinal

11.          Ebony Eutsey, 52.52

--             Lanie Whittaker, DNF

 

Men’s 400 Meters – Semifinal

5.             Arman Hall, 45.50Q (SB)

6.             Hugh Graham, Jr., 45.56Q (PR)

17.          Najee Glass, 46.68

 

Men’s 800 Meters – Semifinal

11.          Sean Obinwa, 1:49.23

 

Women’s 10,000 Meters – Final

--             Florence Ngetich, DNF

 

Men’s 3,000-Meter Steeplechase – Semifinal

19.          Mark Parrish, 9:06.24

 

Women’s 400-Meter Hurdles – Semifinal

3.             Ugonna Ndu, 57.05Q

 

Men’s 4x100-Meter Relay – Semifinal

2.             Florida (Wright, Graham, Jr., Seymore, Dukes), 38.77Q (SB)

 

GATOR SCHEDULE OF EVENTS – ALL TIMES PACIFIC

Thursday – Pac 12 Streaming (11 a.m.-3:50 p.m.) | ESPN3 (3:50 p.m.-8:00 p.m.)

1:30 p.m.

Men’s Hammer

Trials/Final

Jeremy Postin, Kyle Strawn

4:00 p.m.

Women’s 200 Meters

Semi

Darshay Davis, Destinee Gause

4:15 p.m.

Men’s 200 Meters

Semi

Dedric Dukes

4:30 p.m.

Women’s 1,500 Meters

Semi

Cory McGee, Agata Strausa

5:05 p.m.

Women’s 100-Meter Hurdles

Semi

Ugonna Ndu

5:20 p.m.

Men’s 110-Meter Hurdles

Semi

Eddie Lovett

6:20 p.m.

Women’s 4x400-Meter Relay

Semi

Florida

6:40 p.m.

Men’s 4x400-Meter Relay

Semi

Florida

Friday - Pac 12 Streaming (12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.) | ESPNU (4:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.)

3:25 p.m.

Women’s Triple Jump

Trials/Final

Ciarra Brewer

4:30 p.m.

Women’s 400-Meter Hurdles

Final

Ugonna Ndu

6:05 p.m.

Men’s 400 Meters

Final

Hugh Graham, Jr., Arman Hall

Saturday - Pac 12 Streaming (12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m.) | ESPNU (2 p.m.-4 p.m.)

12:30 p.m.

Men’s Triple Jump

Trials/Final

Omar Craddock, Marquis Dendy

2:12 p.m.

Men’s 4x100-Meter Relay

Final

Florida

2:19 p.m.

Women’s 1,500 Meters

Final

Cory McGee, Agata Strausa

2:43 p.m.

Women’s 200 Meters

Final

Darshay Davis, Destinee Gause

2:50 p.m.

Men’s 200 Meters

Final

Dedric Dukes

3:09 p.m.

Women’s 100-Meter Hurdles

Final

Ugonna Ndu

3:16 p.m.

Men’s 110-Meter Hurdles

Final

Eddie Lovett

3:43 p.m.

Women’s 4x400-Meter Relay

Final

Florida

3:50 p.m.

Men’s 4x400-Meter Relay

Final

Florida

Red shading denotes field event final

Gray shading denotes race final; participation is contingent upon advancing from semifinal

 

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