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Friday August 16, 2013Hall and McQuay Go for Gold with U.S. Men's 4x4 in Moscow

Moscow, Russia

Photo: Cheryl Treworgy/PrettySporty.com - Video: IAAF/Moscow 2013

The U.S. men’s 4x400-meter relay was phenomenal Friday, winning the finals of the event by more than a second to capture gold in 2:58.71.

 

The Gators were well-represented, as both Tony McQuay and Arman Hall (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) ran on the relay. McQuay turned in a 44.1 split while Hall sprinted to a 45.0 lap with a strong lead for LaShawn Merritt, the U.S. anchor.

 

 “My job was to get the stick, get to the break first and to get around the track as fast and as comfortable as possible,” McQuay said. “To get the lead up for Arman.”


“I knew these two (Verburg, McQuay) were going to get me a big lead,” Hall said. “All I had to do was keep it, extend it. I just have to do my job. Tony said he had my back, so I had his. He already ran 43 so he didn’t need to do too much.”

 

In the heats of the event, freshman Hall turned in a strong showing, anchoring the U.S. men to a then-world-leading 2:59.85.

 

Gator Olympians Christian Taylor and Will Claye both qualified for the finals of the men’s triple jump, leaping 17.36m/56-11.50 and 17.08m/56-0.50 to advance to Sunday’s finals at 8:45 a.m. ET. Competing alongside Taylor and Claye was fellow Gator NCAA Champion, Omar Craddock (Killeen, Texas). In his first World Championships, Craddock finished just outside qualifying with a leap of 16.40m/53-9.75.

 

Former Gator standout Andrea Bliss competed in the heats of the women’s 100-meter hurdles, advancing out of her heat on time with a finish of 13.20. Bliss will participate in the semifinals of the event at 10:20 a.m. Saturday. Should she advance, she’ll race in the finals at 11:50 a.m. ET.

 

Two-time Gator Olympian Kerron Clement participated in the finals of the men’s 400-meter hurdles, finishing eighth with a time of 49.08.

 

Other Gators in action later this week were Marquis Dendy (Middletown, Del.) and Kemal Mesic, who both competed in their first World Championships. Dendy, the 2013 NCAA Indoor champion in the men’s long jump, jumped 7.36m/24-1.75 on his final jump of the series to finish 13th in his flight. Mesic threw a best of 18.98m/62-3.25 to finish 11th in the first flight of the men’s shot put. Neither Gator advanced to the finals.

 

A strong Gator contingent is residing in Moscow, as 16 Gators have been granted the opportunity to represent their countries in Moscow, led by Florida head coach Mike Holloway. The 2013 USTFCCCA National Outdoor Head Coach of the Year, Holloway was chosen as head men’s coach for Team USA. The 14th IAAF World Outdoor Track & Field Championships run through Sunday, August 18 at Luzhniki Stadium.

 

Universal Sports Network and NBC will air 46 hours of premier track & field action from the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Russia from Saturday, August 10 through Sunday, August 18. The broadcast team of Ato Boldon, Tom Hammond, Lewis Johnson and Dwight Stones will call the action from Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, home of the 1980 Olympic Games.

 

For all of the latest information on Florida track and field, log on to www.GatorZone.com/trackfield or, for up-to-the-minute updates, follow the team’s Twitter account @GZTrackField or www.twitter.com/GZTrackField. You can also find the Gators on Facebook.

 

14TH IAAF WORLD OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS – SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Date (MSK/ET)

Event

Round

Gator Athletes Competing

Saturday, August 17

6:20 p.m./10:20 a.m.

Women’s 100-Meter Hurdles

Semifinal

Andrea Bliss (Jamaica)

7:50 p.m./11:50 a.m.

Women’s 100-Meter Hurdles

Final

Andrea Bliss (Jamaica)

Sunday, August 18

4:45 p.m./8:45 a.m.

Men’s Triple Jump

Final

Will Claye (USA), Omar Craddock (USA), Christian Taylor (USA)

4:50 p.m./8:50 a.m.

Men’s 4x100-Meter Relay

Heats

Jeff Demps (USA)

6:40 p.m./10:40 a.m.

Men’s 4x100-Meter Relay

Final

Jeff Demps (USA)

Blue shading denotes semifinal; contingent upon advancing from heats

Red shading denotes final; contingent upon advancing from heats or qualification

 

Broadcast Schedule – TV & Online

Saturday, August 17

2:30 PM ET

TV: NBC

(tape-delayed)

8:30 PM ET

TV: Universal Sports

(re-air)

Sunday, August 18

2:30 PM ET

TV: NBC

(tape-delayed)

8:30 PM ET

TV: Universal Sports

(re-air)

 

 

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