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Friday June 7, 2013Four Gators Score on Third Day of NCAA Outdoors

Eugene, Ore.

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Four Gators scored Friday on the third day of the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, led by freshman Arman Hall (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) who turned in a podium finish in the men’s 400 with a collegiate-best 45.02, tying Geno White (2000) for fifth all-time in Florida program history.

 

With Hall’s finish, the rookie became just the 13th freshman in NCAA history to finish in the top three in 92 years of the event at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Hall joins former Gator All-American Tyrone Kemp (2nd – 1989) as the only other Gator freshman to earn a podium finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the men’s 400 meters.

 

Joining Hall in scoring in the men’s 400 meters with sophomore Hugh Graham, Jr. (Miami, Fla.), who finished sixth with his time of 45.57, just .01 off his personal best set in the semifinals of the event Wednesday. Graham, Jr. and Hall are both members of Florida’s men’s 4x400-meter relay and will compete in the finals of the event Saturday.

 

“Just an awesome job by everyone today,” Florida head coach Mike Holloway said. “For the men, I felt that Arman ‘Gino’ Hall and Hugh Graham, Jr. both did an excellent job in the 400, finishing third and sixth. For Gino to come into his first NCAA championships and run a personal best as a frosh speaks volumes about his future here at UF. Hugh has had a great year and has established himself as one of the premier 400 runners in the country.”

 

Senior Ugonna Ndu (Newark, N.J.) finished her collegiate hurdles career on a high note Friday, finishing fifth in the women’s 400-meter hurdles final with a time of 56.13, just .01 her personal best set at the 2013 SEC Outdoor Championships. Ndu ran the third leg of the women’s 4x400-meter relay Thursday and should be in the lineup for the finals of the event Saturday afternoon.

 

Sophomore Ciarra Brewer (Union City, Calif.) survived a scare in the preliminaries of the women’s triple jump, utilizing a mark of 13.36m/43-10 (+1.5) on her final jump after two fouls to advance as one of the final nine competitors and receive three additional jumps. Brewer then jumped to fifth place overall in the event after her final jump of 13.53m/44-4.75 (+2.7) to score four points for the Gators and advance to the finals of the event for the second consecutive season.

 

“Extremely proud of Ugonna Ndu finishing an awesome senior season which has seen her set personal bests in all her events,” Holloway said. “Finishing fifth in the 400 hurdles, running right at her personal best, she just had a great race.

 

“I’m also proud of CiCi Brewer for fighting through a hamstring injury and coming up big on her final jump to finish fifth in the triple jump,” Holloway noted.

 

“We have been talking to our women's team about believing in themselves and competing at the level of this meet,” Holloway continued. “I felt that both CiCi and Ugonna did that today.”

 

The four-day meet concludes Saturday, June 8. The Gators have seven scoring opportunities Saturday, including five on the men’s side and two on the women’s.

 

“We have set ourselves up to have a great finish to the national meet,” Holloway commented. “We have some very strong events for us tomorrow and I am very excited to watch the Gators compete Saturday.”

 

For the men, the Gators kick things off in the triple jump put as senior Omar Craddock (Killeen, Texas), who was recently named the USTFCCCA South Region Men’s Field Athlete of the Year, will look to defend his NCAA title in the men’s triple jump, contested at 12:30 p.m. PT. Joining Craddock on the runway will be sophomore Marquis Dendy (Middletown, Del.), who will jump last in the first flight of the event while Craddock will jump last in the second flight.

 

The Gator men’s 4x100-meter relay will start Saturday on the track for the Orange and Blue, racing at 2:12 p.m. PT on ESPNU. Junior Eddie Lovett (West Palm Beach, Fla.) will be next for the Florida men on the track with his final of the men’s 110-meter hurdles, contested at 3:16 p.m. PT Saturday. Lovett won the NCAA hurdles title indoors in 2013 and ran an all-conditions best in the event Friday with his time of 13.29 (+2.1). The men’s 4x400-meter relay, who ran a season’s best 3:02.64, the 10th-fastest time in UF history.

 

For the women, All-American Cory McGee (Pass Christian, Miss.) will race in her third straight NCAA final in the women’s 1,500 meters at 2:19 p.m. PT. The Gator women’s 4x400-meter relay will compete at 3:43 p.m. PT Saturday to close women’s events at the meet, having advanced to the finals with a new lineup and their second-best time of the season at 3:30.48.

 

“As always we want to make the Gator Nation proud and show everyone why it's great to be a Florida Gator,” Holloway finished.

 

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 THREE

1

Kansas

48.0

2

Oregon

33.0

3

Arizona State

26.0

4

Stanford

25.0

5

LSU

23.0

6

Georgia

20.0

7

Arizona

19.0

7

UCF

19.0

9

Iowa State

18.0

9

Illinois

18.0

11

Wichita State

17.0

12

Florida

16.0

 

MEN’S TEAM STANDINGS – THROUGH DAY THREE

1

USC

32.0

1

Texas

32.0

3

Arkansas

30.50

4

Florida State

21.50

5

Texas A&M

21.0

6

UCLA

18.0

6

Oregon

18.0

8

LSU

17.0

9

Mississippi

16.0

9

Nebraska

16.0

11

Florida

15.0

 

FIELD EVENTS

 

Women’s Triple Jump – Final

5.             Ciarra Brewer, 13.53m/44-4.75

 

RUNNING EVENTS

 

Men’s 400 Meters – Final

3.             Arman Hall, 45.02 (SB)

6.             Hugh Graham, Jr., 45.57

 

Women’s 400-Meter Hurdles – Final

5.             Ugonna Ndu, 56.13

 

GATOR SCHEDULE OF EVENTS – ALL TIMES PACIFIC

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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