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Stipe Zunic helped the Gators close out competition in Blacksburg with a career-best shot put performance Saturday.

Saturday February 8, 2014Gator Track & Field Wraps Up Competition at VT Elite Meet; Stipe Zunic Turns in Career-Best Shot Put

Stipe Zunic helped the Gators close out competition in Blacksburg with a career-best shot put performance Saturday.

BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Florida junior men’s sprinter Dedric Dukes capped off his season debut at the Doc Hale Virginia Tech Elite Meet with a win in the 200m dash Saturday, clocking a 20.93 to take top honors in the race after striking with a career best in the 60m dash Friday evening (6.79) at Rector Field House.


Joining Dukes, junior thrower Stipe Zunic had a career-best shot put performance (18.57m/60-11.25) in Saturday action to keep climbing the University of Florida Track & Field indoor top-10 list, while fellow junior Marquis Dendy added a season-best mark in the triple jump (14.69m/48-2.5) to improve upon his first triple jump outing at the Razorback Invitational last weekend.


Next up, the Gators will get their first glimpse of the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium in College Station this season when UF visits College Station for the Texas A&M Invitational Feb. 15. The competition will serve as a preview to the facility for Florida, as the Aggies play host to the 2014 SEC Indoor Championships Feb. 27-March 1.



WWT: 1. Jayla Bostic (20.86m/68-5.25) – career best, 8th all-time for UF

MPV: 1. Jared Watkins (5.20m/17-0.75) – career best, T9th all-time for UF

M60mH: 1. Eddie Lovett (7.74)

M200m: 1. Dedric Dukes (20.93)



·         Junior thrower Stipe Zunic tossed a career-best 18.57m/60-11.25 in the shot put Saturday and moved up to seventh all-time in the Florida indoor top-10 in the event with his performance

·         Junior jumper Marquis Dendy jumped a season-best 14.69m/48-2.5 triple jump Saturday, besting his mark from his season debut in the event at the Razorback Invitational last weekend (14.46m /47-5.25)

·         Florida junior sprinter Dedric Dukes took the men’s 200m title at the VT Elite Meet with a 20.93, his first outing in the event this season. Dukes’ mark is the seventh-fastest in the country, pending other results from weekend competition

·         Collaboratively, the Gators walked away from the Doc Hale VT Elite Meet with five career-best performances: Jayla Bostic (WT), Jared Watkins (PV), David Levin (WT), Dedric Dukes (60m), Stipe Zunic (SP) and a hand full of season-best performances, including Marquis Dendy (TJ), Dedric Dukes (200m) and Ciarra Brewer (LJ)



“I’m very, very pleased with Dedric Dukes in what was the season opener for him this weekend. We’re in a good spot there. Also pleased because Stipe (Zunic) and Marquis (Dendy) got better this weekend and I’m proud of Coach Lemke and Coach Peterson, who have done a really good job with them. Like we have so far this year, every meet we get a little bit better. We have some bigger competitions coming down the road and we’re getting focused on being our best when it counts at the end of the year.”



WHJ: 4. Taylor Burke (1.78m/5-10)


WTJ: 3. Gissell Warner (12.19m/40-0)

MTJ: 4. Marquis Dendy (14.69m/48-2.5)


MSP: 3. Stipe Zunic (18.57m/60-11.25)


M200m: 1. Dedric Dukes (20.93)




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