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Thursday July 11, 2013Lovett Takes First at World University Games

Gator hurdler Eddie Lovett (West Palm Beach, Fla.) continued his stellar season with a victory in the menís 110-meter hurdles. Lovett was competing for the US Virgin Islands in Kazan.

 

Lovett breezed through the semifinals in 13.53 before competing in the final of the event just two hours later. The West Palm Beach native then clocked in a time of 13.43 to win the event.

 

With a mark of 13.43, Lovett became the new US Virgin Island National Record Holder in the 110-meter hurdles. The old record of 13.50 was set by Jeffrey Jackson in 1999 at the Pan-Am Games.

 

Lovett already has the A standard for the IAAF World Championships later this summer and will compete for the U.S. Virgin Islands.

 

Lovett won the 2013 menís 60-meter hurdles title at the NCAA Indoor Championships with a meet-record 7.50, notching a new school record and racing the fourth-fastest time in NCAA history.

 

The Gator junior claimed his third consecutive SEC Indoor title in the 60-meter hurdles in 2013, setting the second-fastest time in an SEC Championship meet in 7.54. For his efforts, Lovett was named the 2013 USTFCCCA South Region Menís Indoor Track Athlete of the Year.

 

Lovett was also NCAA runner-up outdoors in the menís 110-meter hurdles and owns PRs outdoors of 13.39 and a wind-aided 13.29, both in NCAA competition.

 

ESPNU will present tape-delayed coverage of the event, beginning Sunday, July 14 at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., as well as Monday, July 15 at 5 p.m. and 11 p.m., all times Eastern.

 

Next up for the Orange and Blue is the 14th IAAF World Outdoor Championships in Moscow, Russia, August 10-18, 2013. The Gators currently have 12 official entries with additional athletes attempting to standard chase or hold the standard by July 20.

 

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