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Thursday June 6, 2013Postin Earns Hammer Bronze on Second Day of NCAA Outdoors

Eugene, Ore.

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Senior Jeremy Postin (Andover, Kan.) ended his career on a solid note, earning bronze in the men’s hammer throw on the second day of the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at historic Hayward Field.

 

“Another solid day overall today,” Florida head coach Mike Holloway said. “I was very impressed with Jeremy Postin. After some early struggles in the preliminary round, he bounced back in the final and fought back to finish third in a tight competition.”

 

Postin utilized his first toss of the finals to put himself within striking distance of eventual NCAA Champion Tomas Kruzliak, throwing a mark of 68.29m/224-0. Postin turned in his second straight podium finish after his NCAA runner-up performance a year ago.

 

Postin finishes his career as the Florida program record-holder in both the men’s hammer throw (70.73m/232-1) and the weight throw (21.60m/70-10.50), while also sweeping the throws titles at the SEC meets in 2012.

 

Two Gators and both of Florida’s 4x400-meter relays advanced out of semifinals Thursday, giving the Orange and Blue eight combined finalists for Friday’s and Saturday’s race finals. Both triple jump finals also await the Gators during the last two days of the meet.

 

The men’s 4x400-meter relay squad, comprised of Najee Glass (Woodbridge, N.J.), Hugh Graham, Jr. (Miami, Fla.), Dedric Dukes (Miami, Fla.) and Arman Hall (Pembroke Pines, Fla.), won their semifinal and turned in the second-fastest performance of the day with their seasonal best of 3:02.64.

 

The time goes down as the 10th-fastest in Florida school history and Hall’s split of 45.46 was the second-fastest of the day behind Texas A&M’s Deon Lendore. The Aggies grabbed the top semifinalist spot in 3:02.38.

 

The Gator women’s 4x400-meter relay also produced a strong semifinal outing Thursday with their time of 3:30.48, their second-fastest time of the season and the first time the Gators used the relay lineup of Robin Reynolds (Miami, Fla.), Ebony Eutsey (Miami, Fla.), Ugonna Ndu (Newark, N.J.) and Destinee Gause (Reynoldsburg, Ohio).

 

“I was very proud of both relays today, especially the women who were running without Lanie Whittaker (Miami, Fla.), who is out due to injury,” Holloway noted.

 

Junior Eddie Lovett (West Palm Beach, Fla.) automatically qualified for the finals of the men’s 110-meter hurdles with his new all-conditions personal best of 13.29 (+2.1). Lovett was the third-fastest qualifier of the day and grabbed the fourth qualifying spot with his second-place finish in his semifinal. Lovett will compete in the finals of the men’s 110-meter hurdles at 3:16 p.m. PT Saturday.

 

“I was very pleased with Eddie Lovett today, running the fastest time of his career under all conditions,” Holloway said. “He’s set himself up well for a great final.”

 

Junior Cory McGee (Pass Christian, Miss.) advanced in the women’s 1,500 meters, crossing the finish in 4:14.87 to nab an automatic qualifying spot in the first semifinal. McGee led through the middle of the race and was in the lead pack to secure a spot in Saturday’s final at 2:19 p.m. PT.

 

“I was very happy with Cory’s performance today,” Holloway commented. “She has now made the final every year she has been at UF.

 

“We talked yesterday about increasing our intensity and matching the efforts of the other teams here,” Holloway continued. “I felt we did that today.”

 

The four-day meet continues Friday, June 7 and extends through Saturday, June 8. The Gators have a light day Friday with three finals, as sophomore Ciarra Brewer (Union City, Calif.) competes in the women’s triple jump at 3:25 p.m. PT. Brewer is the new Florida school record-holder in the event after her remarkable performance at the SEC Outdoor Championships, setting a new program, facility and meet record with her PR of 13.85m/45-5.25.

 

Also competing in finals Friday are Florida record-holder Ndu in the women’s 400-meter hurdles at 4:30 p.m. PT, as well as quartermilers Graham, Jr. and Hall, who will race in the final of the men’s 400 meters at 6:05 p.m. PT.

 

“We have done a great job of qualifying and have put ourselves in a position to have a great Championship meet,” Holloway concluded. “We just have to stay focused now and come out here the next two days and compete like the Florida Gators, compete with a lot of pride and passion. If we do that, we will be fine. We want to show Hayward why it’s great to be a Florida Gator.”

 

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 host Oregon for the second-most qualifiers at the NCAA Championships, while the men are also tied with the Ducks 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 UF 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 TWO

1

Kansas

22.0

2

Arizona State

20.0

3

Arizona

11.0

4

Georgia

10.0

4

TCU

10.0

4

Iowa State

10.0

7

USC

9.0

7

Penn State

9.0

9

Illinois State

8.0

9

Wichita State

8.0

9

Florida

8.0

 

MEN’S TEAM STANDINGS – THROUGH DAY TWO

1

Texas

31.0

2

Virginia Tech

14.0

2

Arkansas

14.0

4

LSU

10.0

4

Mississippi

10.0

4

Arizona

10.0

7

Washington

8.0

7

UCLA

8.0

7

Oral Roberts

8.0

7

Arizona State

8.0

7

Oregon

8.0

7

USC

8.0

7

UNC-Greensboro

8.0

14

Texas Tech

6.0

14

Ohio State

6.0

14

Akron

6.0

14

Florida

6.0

 

FIELD EVENTS

 

Men’s Hammer Throw – Final

3.             Jeremy Postin, 64.56m/211-10

10.          Kyle Strawn, 63.62m/208-9

 

RUNNING EVENTS

 

Women’s 200 Meters – Semifinal

17.          Destinee Gause, 23.41 (+2.7)

 

Men’s 200 Meters – Semifinal

15.          Dedric Dukes, 20.61 (+4.3)

 

Women’s 1,500 Meters – Semifinal

7.             Cory McGee, 4:14.87Q

21.          Agata Strausa, 4:24.90

 

Women’s 100-Meter Hurdles – Semifinal

20.          Ugonna Ndu, 13.33 (+1.3)

 

Men’s 110-Meter Hurdles – Semifinal

4.             Eddie Lovett, 13.29Q (+2.1) (wPR)

 

Women’s 4x400-Meter Relay – Semifinal

4.             Florida (Robin Reynolds, Ebony Eutsey, Ugonna Ndu, Destinee Gause), 3:30.48Q

 

Men’s 4x400-Meter Relay – Semifinal

2.             Florida (Najee Glass, Hugh Graham, Jr., Dedric Dukes, Arman Hall), 3:02:64Q (SB)

 

GATOR SCHEDULE OF EVENTS – ALL TIMES PACIFIC

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

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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