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Saturday February 15, 2014Successful Weekend Across the Country Preps Gators for Upcoming SEC Championships

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- The contingent of Gator track and field athletes in College Station put on a show Saturday with a number of top five national performances, led by sophomore Arman Hall’s 20.68 meet-record run in the 200m – the second-best performance in the country –while a UF sweep in the 60m dash by Shayla Sanders (7.32) and Antwan Wright (6.63) served as the exclamation point for the Orange and Blue at Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium on the Texas A&M campus.

Senior hurdler Eddie Lovett clocked a season-best 7.69 in the 60mH, a new meet record and one of Florida’s seven event wins at the Texas A&M Invitational, while a number of Gators turned in season and career-best marks at the one-day competition, including junior thrower Stipe Zunic, who moved up in UF’s record book with his 18.98m/62-3.25 career-best shot put performance Saturday.

Junior sprinter Hugh Graham, Jr. and the Florida men’s 800m crew highlighted the day in Ames, while freshman Rebekah Greene stood out for the Orange and Blue in the mile at the Husky Classic in Seattle. In NYC, senior distance runner Cory McGee took to the track at the Millrose Games in the iconic Wanamaker Mile; notes from all four competitions below.

Despite the No. 2/4 Gators being scattered across the country for various competitions this weekend, Florida put together second-place team standings on both the women’s (98) and men’s (83) sides at the TAMU Invite, featuring Florida, Texas A&M, Cal State Northridge, Clemson, Georgia, Oklahoma, Rice and Texas State.


·         Senior hurdler Eddie Lovett clocked a season-best 7.69 in the 60mH, a new meet record for the Texas A&M Invitational. Lovett’s mark maintains his top-five status in the country, pending other weekend results

·         Sophomore sprinter Antwan Wright tied a season and career-best in finals of the 60m dash (6.63), while fellow second-year Gator Shayla Sanders notched a career-best 60m dash (7.32) to take sole possession of fourth in the Florida women’s indoor record book

·         Junior thrower Stipe Zunic took the men’s shot put title at the Texas A&M Invite with a new PR, moving to fifth all-time in the Gator record book (18.98m/62-3.25) with the mark

·         Junior pole vaulter Anthony Amodio notched an indoor career-best performance in the pole vault Saturday with a 4.81m/15-9.25 effort, good for eighth overall in the competition, while teammate Jared Watkins finished fourth (5.11m/16-9.25)

·         Junior men’s thrower David Levin finished third overall in the men’s weight throw Saturday, establishing a new PR on the afternoon (19.27m/63-2.75)

·         Sophomore Robin Reynolds ran the fastest 400m for the Florida women this season with a career-best 52.46, finishing second overall in the event. Reynolds’ mark is the fourth-fastest in the country and places her fourth all-time in UF’s record book. Junior Loreal Curtis also ran a season-best 55.13 for sixth overall

·         A pair of sophomores in Destinee Gause (23.40) and Shayla Sanders (23.67) turned in career-best performances in the 200m Saturday, finishing fourth and fifth overall. Gause takes sole possession of fifth in the record book with her time

·         In the men’s 200m, the Gators shined as well, as junior Dedric Dukes clocked a 20.64 – sixth fastest ever for Florida – and sophomore Arman Hall turned in a 20.68, moving up to seventh in the indoor record book. For Dukes and Hall, both times were career-bests, while the duo has the second and third-fastest times in the event in the country


·         Florida junior Hugh Graham, Jr., claimed both the men’s 60m (6.66) and 400m (46.60) dashes at the Iowa State Classic

·         In men’s 800m action, senior Sean Obinwa clocked a season-best 1:47.76 –just off his career-best 1:47.22, while freshman Andres Arroyo clocked a career-best 1:47.97 in the race


·         FreshmanRebekah Greene clocked a 4:38.03 in the mile at the Husky Classic, her first time running the race as a Gator. Greene’s mark is fifth-best in Florida history in the event


·         Senior distance runner Cory McGee had her first indoor outing in the mile this season in quite the setting at the New Balance Track & Field Center at the Armory in New York City as part of the elite field in the iconic Wanamaker Mile at the Millrose Games

·         McGee finished 12th overall in the Wanamaker Mile and turned in a 4:37.32, the fastest mile mark for a Gator this season


“It was a very, very exciting weekend for the Gators. We were kind of all over the place, but we had solid results everywhere we were. We saw the 800m guys run very well in Iowa and Hugh Graham, Jr., had wins in the 60m and 400m in Ames as well. I was very pleased with what went on in College Station – especially Shayla (Sanders) and Antwan (Wright) in the 60m and Gino (Hall) in the 200m; Stipe (Zunic) continued to get better in the shot put. Eddie (Lovett) was just Eddie being Eddie in the hurdles. Overall it was a great weekend for the Gators – it shows that we are where we need to be leading into the conference meet. In Washington, Rebekah (Greene) set a season-best in the mile and made it on to the all-time top-10 list. Also proud of Cory (McGee) to go out to New York and run one of the top 15 times in the country in the mile. Whether we were in Seattle, Ames, College Station or New York, we competed with a lot of pride and passion and used each meet as a building block for the future.”


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The Gators will have a two-week training period before returning to College Station, Texas, Feb. 27-March 1 for the 2014 SEC Indoor Championships.


Iowa State Classic (Ames, Iowa)

M60m: 1. Hugh Graham, Jr. (6.66)

M400m: 1. Hugh Graham, Jr. (46.60)

M800m: 2. Sean Obinwa (1:47.76), 4. Andres Arroyo (1:47.97), 10. Ryan Schnulle (1:49.92), 15. Donnie Lee, Jr. (1:51.28)


Texas A&M Invitational

W60mH: 2. Skylar Ross-Ransom (8.32 | 8.45 pre), 4. Tyjah Eady (8.73 | 8.66 pre, 11. Brittany Harrell (8.82), 12. Ashley Favors (8.84)

M60mH: 1. Eddie Lovett (7.69 | 7.72 pre), 3. Yanick Hart (8.03 | 8.02 pre), 4. Moriel Pitt (8.03 | 8.03 pre)

W60m: 1. Shayla Sanders (7.32 | 7.32 pre), 3. Destinee Gause (7.45 | 7.49 pre)

M60m: 1. Antwan Wright (6.63 | 6.71 pre), 7. Dedric Dukes (6.79 pre)

W400m: 2. Robin Reynolds (52.46), 3. Ebony Eutsey (53.01), 6. Loreal Curtis (55.13)

M400m: 4. Nick Uruburu (47.49)

W200m: 3. Kyra Jefferson (23.32), 4. Destinee Gause (23.40), 5. Shayla Sanders (23.67)

M200m: 1. Arman Hall (20.68)

WLJ: 5. Lorraine Graham (5.74m/18-10), 7. Brittany Harrell (5.58m/18-3.75)

MLJ: 1. Marquis Dendy (7.50m/24-7.25)

MPV: 4. Jared Watkins (5.11m/16-9.25), 8. Anthony Amodio (4.81m/15-9.25)

WWT: 2. Jayla Bostic (20.46m/67-1.5)

MWT: 3. David Levin (19.27m/63-2.75), 4. Kyle Strawn (19.17m/62-10.75)

MSP: 1. Stipe Zunic (18.98m/62-3.25)

WHJ: 1. Taylor Burke (1.82m/5-11.5)

WTJ: 2. Ciarra Brewer (13.39m/43-11.25), 4. Gissell Warner (12.28m/40-3.5)


Husky Classic

WMile: 7. Rebekah Greene (4:38.03)

W3000m: 19. Agata Strausa (9:30.43)


Millrose Games

Wanamaker Mile: 12. Cory McGee (4:37.32)


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