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Gators' Cory McGee won the 800m Saturday at the UAB Invite with a new meet record. (Photo: Michael Wade)

Saturday January 11, 2014Track & Field Closes Season-Opener in Birmingham With 13 Event Victories, 10 Meet Records

Gators' Cory McGee won the 800m Saturday at the UAB Invite with a new meet record. (Photo: Michael Wade)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The University of Florida men’s and women’s track and field teams proved to be a force at the Gators’ indoor season opener at the UAB Invitational at the Birmingham CrossPlex this weekend, setting the scene for what should be an exciting indoor season for the Orange and Blue after multiple personal-best marks and record-book worthy performances.


Florida departs the Blazer Invite with 13 event victories, 10 meet records, two complex records, a number of UF top-10 all-time performances, and several of the top marks in the country so far this season from UF’s track and field student-athletes.



Women’s Triple Jump--Gissell Warner: 12.63/41-5.25 – meet record

Women’s Weight Throw--Jayla Bostic: 20.43/67-0.5 – meet record

Women’s Long Jump--Robin Reynolds: 6.38m/20-11.25 – meet record

Women’s High Jump--Taylor Burke: 1.77m/5-9.75 – meet record

W60mH--Bridgette Owens: 8.20 – meet record

M60mH--Eddie Lovett: 7.81 (Moriel Pitt also wins Section B: 7.97)

W60m--Destinee Gause: 7.44

M60m--Hugh Graham, Jr.: 6.66 – meet record (Antwan Wright also wins Section B: 6.63)

W800m--Cory McGee: 2:07.47 – meet record

W200m--Ebony Eutsey: 23.70 – meet record

M200m--Arman Hall: 20.80

W4x4--R. Reynolds, D. Gause, K. Jefferson, E. Eutsey: 3:37.83 – meet record, CrossPlex record

M4x4--N. Glass, H. Graham, Jr., N. Uruburu, A. Hall: 3:06.11 – meet record, CrossPlex record



·         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, and Owens bested the time in finals with a 8.20 – good for second all-time for the Gators indoors

·         Fellow 60m hurdler Skylar Ross-Ransom’s finals mark puts her into a tie for 7th (8.52) in the category

·         After clocking a 6.65 preliminary 60m dash, Antwan Wright bested his mark to a 6.63 in finals of the race Saturday, moving into sixth place in the Florida indoor records with the new PR

·         Robin Reynolds moved to third all-time in the Florida indoor top-10 almanac and a personal record in the long jump with a 6.38m/20-11.25, a new Blazer Invite meet record

·         Men’s thrower Kyle Strawn moved his way up the Gator record book 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 the UF record book

·         With his 200m victory Saturday, Arman Hall takes over the No. 10 spot in the men’s indoor performance list for his 20.80 mark

·         Jayla Bostic’s career-best weight throw performance Friday (20.43/67-0.5) 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 (12.63/41-5.25)



·         Owens (8.20) and Wright (6.63) are the top performers in the country at this point in time in the W60mH and M60m dash, respectively, pending other results as the weekend of competition plays out

·         Owens and Ross-Ransom both improved upon their preliminary marks in the women’s 60mH by a tenth of a second, while all three men’s hurdlers in Eddie Lovett, Yanick Hart and Moriel Pitt lowered their times as well in Saturday finals

·         Reynolds improved from 7.50 in prelims to 7.48 in finals in 60m dash, while all three men’s 60m competitors lowered their marks in finals (Hugh Graham, Jr., Wright, Marquis Dendy)

·         All top eight men’s milers, including Florida freshman Andres Arroyo, were all under the meet record. Arroyo finished sixth overall in the field (4:14.61) in his Gator debut, while women’s freshman Taylor Tubbs took second in the mile (4:59.77) in her first collegiate indoor meet



“I thought we had a great day, a lot of great performances. I was really pleased and impressed with our focus and effort all weekend long. We had great effort from Antwan (Wright) and (Hugh) Graham, Jr., to get us started this morning in the 60m – a big PR for Antwan, I thought our hurdlers did great and I was impressed with Robin (Reynolds) in the long jump, a PR for her. Bridgette (Owens) had a great race and improved in finals, Cory (McGee) had a good race and we had big 4x4s for both the men and women. We leave this meet with a very good taste in our mouth; we have an extremely special group of men’s and women’s athletes. The thing we have to keep in mind is this is the first meet of the season and nobody is going to care about this meet next week. We’re going to get back to Florida, rest up and get back to training Monday.” 



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W400m:  5. Loreal Curtis: 56.23

M400m:  9. Donnie Lee, Jr.: 49.29; 16. Sean Obinwa: 49.72


W60mH: SECTION A | 1. Bridgette Owens: 8.20 – meet record SECTION B | 4. Skylar Ross-Ransom: 8.52

M60mH: SECTION A | 1. Eddie Lovett: 7.81; 3. Yanick Hart: 8.07 SECTION B | 1. Moriel Pitt: 7.97


W60m: SECTION A | 1. Destinee Gause: 7.44; 3. Shayla Sanders: 7.45; 4. Kyra Jefferson: 7.46 SECTION B | 4. Robin Reynolds: 7.48

M60m: SECTION A | 1. Hugh Graham, Jr.: 6.66 SECTION B | 1. Antwan Wright: 6.63; 7. Marquis Dendy: 6.88


Wmile: 2. Taylor Tubbs: 4:59.77

Mmile: 6. Andres Arroyo: 4:14.61; 9. Ryan Schnulle: 4:18.14


W800m: 1. Cory McGee: 2:07.47


W200m: 1. Ebony Eutsey: 23.70; 6. Darshay Davis: 24.68

M200m: 1. Arman Hall: 20.80; 3. Najee Glass: 21.30; 6. Nick Uruburu: 21.90


W4x400: 1. Florida ‘A’ (Reynolds, Gause, Jefferson, Eutsey) – 3:37.83

M4x400: 1. Florida ‘A’ (Glass, Graham, Jr., Uruburu, Hall) – 3:06.11; 8. Florida ‘B’ (Lee, Jr., Obinwa, Arroyo, Schnulle): 3:17.35


WLJ: 1. Robin Reynolds: 6.38m/20-11.25; 8. Ciarra Brewer: 5.92m/19-5.25; 14. Brittany Harrell: 5.7m0/18-8.5; 27. Gissell Warner: 5.37m/17-7.5


WHJ: 1. Taylor Burke: 1.77m/5-9.75; 7. Brittany Harrell: 1.69m/5-6.5; 21. Jennie Carmody: 1.59m/5-2.5


MPV: 17. Jared Watkins: 4.55m/14-11.0



The Gators will be back in action Jan. 24-25 at the Rod McCravy Memorial in Lexington, Ky. For all the latest on the Gators, visit or follow UF on Facebook & Twitter.






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