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Jayla Bostic won the women's weight throw with a new PR and meet record at the UAB Invite Friday.

Friday January 10, 2014Gators Shine, Turn in Stellar Performances on Day One of Indoor Season at UAB Blazer Invite

Jayla Bostic won the women's weight throw with a new PR and meet record at the UAB Invite Friday.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- On the first day of 2014 indoor track & field competition at the UAB Blazer Invitational, the Gators put on a show giving a glimpse of what’s to come from the Florida squad this season. Jayla Bostic took home the women’s weight throw title, winning the event on her final throw with a new personal-best mark and meet record (20.43/67-0.5), while Gissell Warner claimed the women’s triple jump crown and meet record, also eclipsing her personal best by nearly a foot and a half (12.63/41-5.25) as both field athletes worked their way on to UF’s all-time top-10 performances list.


Women’s hurdler Bridgette Owens shined with a new meet record in the women’s 60-meter hurdle prelims and the second-fastest mark in Florida indoor history, crossing the finish line in 8.30 seconds to pick up the No. 1 seed in the event heading into Saturday finals. Owens, hurdler Eddie Lovett and sprinters Hugh Graham, Jr. and Antwan Wright all turned in the top performances in their respective sections on the first day of prelims at the Birmingham CrossPlex, Lovett in the men’s 60m hurdles and Graham, Jr., and Wright in Section A and B, respectively, of the men’s 60m dash. Wright cruised to a tie for the No. 7 spot on the Gators’ indoor 60m top-10 list (6.65).


The Orange and Blue will be well represented in finals Saturday, as 12 Gators advanced from Friday prelims, including four of UF’s six women’s 60m dash competitors. Saturday’s events kick off from the CrossPlex at 10 a.m. (ET), while the final event of the invitational is slated for 5:15 p.m. (ET).



·         Redshirt sophomore Jayla Bostic’s career-best weight throw performance places her ninth all-time in the UF indoor record book, while junior Gissell Warner’s triple jump effort Friday gives her  the No. 8 spot in the Gator almanac

·         In the women’s 60mH, redshirt junior Bridgette Owens turned in the fastest preliminary mark in the field, clocking an 8.30 for a new meet record. Owens and freshman Skylar Ross-Ransom will represent the Gators in Saturday’s final, as Ross-Ransom clocked an 8.62, good for fifth overall in her section

·         Owens clocked the second-fastest indoor 60m hurdle mark for the Gators all-time

·         In the men’s 60mH, senior Eddie Lovett clocked the fastest time of the night (7.82) in the event, while freshman Yanick Hart (8.14) and sophomore Moriel Pitt (8.19) will accompany Lovett, Hart after finishing third in the first section and Pitt after finishing second in the second section of prelims

·         Four of six Gators on the women’s side will return in finals of the 60m dash Saturday: Shayla Sanders (7.39), Destinee Gause (7.42), Kyra Jefferson (7.42) and Robin Reynolds (7.50)

·         All three Florida men’s runners who competed in the 60m return to finals: Antwan Wright (6.65), Hugh Graham, Jr. (6.72) and Marquis Dendy (6.89)

·         Wright’s mark catapulted him to No. 7 in the UF all-time indoor 60m dash top-10 rankings, tied with former Gator Bernard Williams

·         Junior thrower Kyle Strawn moved his way up the Gator record book as well with a second-place finish in the men’s weight throw Friday, tossing a 19.11m/62-08.50  PR to move up one spot from fifth to fourth in finals of the event



“It was a very solid night for the Gators. We’ve been very anxious to get the season started – we’ve been running and jumping and throwing against each other, so it’s nice to get out and compete. I’m very pleased with Jayla (Bostic) to win her event on the last throw with a new personal best and proud of Gissell (Warner) in the triple jump with a personal best by a foot and a half. Also a great race by Antwan (Wright) in the men’s 60m and a good showing by the women in the 60m as well. It was a great way to get the season started, but we can’t get complacent, we have to keep working hard – we’re very pleased with how we started.”



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WWT: 1. Jayla Bostic: 20.43m/67-0.5 – meet record


WTJ: 1. Gissell Warner: 12.63m/41-5.25 – meet record


W60mH: SECTION A | 1. Bridgette Owens: 8.30 – meet record SECTION B | 5. Skylar Ross-Ransom: 8.62; 10. Brittany Harrell: 8.77; 16. Ashley Favors: 8.96

M60mH: SECTION A | 1. Eddie Lovett: 7.82; 3. Yanick Hart: 8.14 SECTION B | 2. Moriel Pitt: 8.19; 16. Caleb Chambliss: 8.69


W60m: SECTION A | 3. Shayla Sanders: 7.39; 4. Destinee Gause: 7.42; 5. Kyra Jefferson: 7.42; 21. Zakiya Tyson: 7.82 SECTION B | 4. Robin Reynolds: 7.50; 22. Darshay Davis: 7.77

M60m: SECTION A | 1. Hugh Graham, Jr.: 6.72 SECTION B | 1. Antwan Wright: 6.65; 7. Marquis Dendy: 6.89


M500m: TIMED FINALS | 9. Gabriel Aird: 1:05.71; 30. Tyler Osorio: 1:09.02


MWT: 2. Kyle Strawn: 19.11m/ 62-08.50; 5. David Levin: 18.21m/59-09.00


Italics = finals qualifier



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Competition Dates: Jan. 10-11 | Birmingham CrossPlex

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Heat Sheets | Performance Lists | Schedule of Events: 2014 Blazer Invitational Central

Participating Teams: Florida, FSU, Tennessee, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, Louisiana Tech, Middle Tennessee, Charlotte, FIU, Alabama State, Samford, Troy, Georgia State, Alabama A&M, Mississippi Valley, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Florida A&M, Western Kentucky, North Texas, South Alabama, UT-Chattanooga, Bethune-Cookman, Tulane, Jacksonville State, Savannah State, Tennessee State, Georgia Southern, Jackson State, Mississippi College, Kennesaw State, Alabama-Huntsville, Birmingham-Southern, Lipscomb, Johnson C. Smith, Zap Fitness, Shorter, Academy of Art, Trevecca Nazarene and Speed Factory Athletics





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