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Gators Kyra Jefferson (200m) and Shayla Sanders (60m) both set school records Friday at NCAA Indoors.

Saturday March 15, 2014Record-Breaking Performances Highlight Day One of NCAA T&F Indoors; UF Women in Second, Men Fourth

Gators Kyra Jefferson (200m) and Shayla Sanders (60m) both set school records Friday at NCAA Indoors.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Two school records from Florida women’s sprinters Kyra Jefferson and Shayla Sanders in the 200m and 60m, respectively, helped highlight day one of the 2014 NCAA Indoor Championships for the Gator track and field squads at the Albuquerque Convention Center Friday.  

 

A two-four finish and career-best performances in finals of the 200m dash from Dedric Dukes (20.34) and Arman Hall (20.55) gave the UF men’s team 13 points and a fourth-place standing heading into the second and final day of NCAA Indoors Saturday. The women’s squad represented in the 200m dash as well, scoring all three qualifiers in the finals, paced by Jefferson’s career best and school record second-place finish (22.79), while teammates Destinee Gause (23.23) and Shayla Sanders (23.56) turned in fifth and seventh-place finishes in the event to help guide the Gators to a second-place standing (19) on the women’s side.

 

Earlier in the evening, Sanders clocked a career-best 7.18 in semifinals of the 60m dash, topping former Gator Lakecia Ealey’s 7.23 to take possession of the UF record and qualify second for Saturday finals. The Orange and Blue also solidified the top seeds in the mile (Cory McGee; 4:41.23) and men’s 60mH (Eddie Lovett; 7.57) following Friday’s opening day. In all, Florida qualified seven to finals after semis – three women and four men, while the pentathlon (Brittany Harrell), women’s high jump (Taylor Burke) and women’s triple jump (Ciarra Brewer) will all be contested Saturday.

 

In other Friday finals action, UF’s women’s DMR crew of senior Agata Strausa, senior Ebony Eutsey, freshman Becky Greene and McGee turned in a fourth-place finish (11:12.12) for five Florida points in the last event of the night. Junior thrower Jayla Bostic (68-1.75) turned in a ninth-place performance, while senior distance runner Mark Parrish was 15th in the 5000m (14:54.99). Junior men’s jumper Marquis Dendy finished 16th overall in the long jump (6.76m/22-2.25) to round out Friday competition.

 

The UF track and field program owns five of Florida’s last nine national championships since 2010 and both the men’s and women’s teams entered the 2014 Indoor Championships ranked No. 1. Only twice has a single school swept both the men’s and women’s indoor titles - 2008 (Arizona State) & 2004 (LSU).

 

The Gators have won a total of four NCAA Indoor National Championships – one for the women in 1992, while the Florida men became just the third team in history to win three straight indoor titles when they did so 2010-12. The Gators will aim for Florida’s 32nd and 33rd national championship titles Saturday.

 

Holloway’s Take

“The ladies were phenomenal tonight, everyone who put the uniform on, including Jayla Bostic. She didn’t score, but she finished ninth, gave it her all and came very close to scoring. Kyra Jefferson, Shayla Sanders, Destinee Gause, Robin Reynolds, the DMR – we talked to the ladies a lot about coming in here, trusting and believing in their training and they did it. I was really proud of them. We set a new school record in the 200m, a new school record in the 60m. We have a chance to do something pretty special tomorrow. We have to understand today is over. We have to get rested tonight and get ready to come back tomorrow. We have to understand that nobody in this meet is going to lay down for us.”

 

“I thought Dedric (Dukes) ran extremely well (in the 200m) – the second-fastest time in school history – and Gino came off the double (prelims of 400m & 200m) and finished fourth in the race with a new personal best. It was a hot race – nothing against those two guys, they just got beat by guys that were a little better than them today. At the end of the day, I didn’t see that we competed with the passion that we usually do. We didn’t do anything in the long jump, which was a huge disappointment for us and we thought we’d do a little better in the 400m. I also want to give props to Ryan Schnulle for going out, trusting me and getting himself into the 800m final. On the men’s side, we have to get re-focused. We weren’t the Gators today. I think maybe they thought because we had a great conference meet that people were going to lay down for us, but it doesn’t work that way. I take the blame for that, I’m the head coach and it’s my job to get them ready. We’ll be ready tomorrow.”

 

Meet Information and Links

 

School Records

W60m: Shayla Sanders (7.18)

W200m: Kyra Jefferson (22.79)

 

2014 NCAA Indoor Championships Broadcast Information

Live Results

Live Stream – ESPN3.com

·         A tape delayed broadcast of the NCAA Championships will air Saturday, March 22, at 6:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU.

 

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Florida 2014 NCAA Indoor Championships Gator Results | Friday, March 14

blue italics indicates final place

Men’s Long Jump FINAL

·         16. Marquis Dendy (6.76m/22-2.25)

 

Women’s Mile Semifinal

·         1. Cory McGee (4:41.23) | PR: 4:32.10 | top qualifier for Saturday finals

·         13. Becky Greene (4:48.30)

 

Men’s 60mH Semifinal

·         1. Eddie Lovett (7.57) | PR: 7.50  | defending NCAA champion | top qualifier for finals

 

Men’s 400m Semifinal

·         4. Arman Hall (45.96) | PR: 45.28) | advances to finals

·         13. Hugh Graham, Jr. (46.65)

·         14. Najee Glass (46.70)

 

Women’s Weight Throw FINALS

·         9. Jayla Bostic (68-1.75)

 

Women’s 400m Semifinal

·         6. Robin Reynolds (52.52) | PR: 51.77 | advances to finals

·         10. Ebony Eutsey (52.85)

 

Men’s 60m Semifinal

·         6. Antwan Wright (6.60) | new PR | advances to finals

 

Women’s 60m Semifinal

·         2. Shayla Sanders (7.18)  | new PR | new school record | second qualifier for finals

 

Men’s 800m Semifinal

·         9. Ryan Schnulle (1:51.36) | PR: 1:48.05 | advances to final for winning his heat of semis

·         7. Andres Arroyo (1:51.17)

·         8. Sean Obinwa (1:51.36)

 

Men’s 200m Semifinal

·         2. Dedric Dukes (20.34) - PR

·         4. Arman Hall (20.55) - PR

 

Women’s 200m FINAL

·         2. Kyra Jefferson (22.79) | improves her existing school record

·         5. Destinee Gause (23.23) | 23.22 prelim for new PR  

·         7. Shayla Sanders (23.56) | 23.37 prelim for new PR

 

Men’s 5000m FINAL

·         15. Mark Parrish (14:54.99)

 

Women’s Distance Medley Relay

·         4. A. Strausa, E. Eutsey, R. Greene, C. McGee (11:12.12)

 

 

WOMEN’S TEAM STANDINGS

1

Stanford

22.0

2

Florida

19.0

3

Texas A&M

16.0

4

South Dakota

13.0

5

Georgia

11.50

6

Dartmouth

11.0

7

Kentucky

10.0

7

Texas

10.0

7

Miss State

10.0

7

Arkansas

10.0

7

TCU

10.0

 

 

 

 

MEN’S TEAM STANDINGS

1

Oregon

24.0

2

Arizona

16.0

3

Stanford

14.0

4

Florida

13.0

5

Oklahoma St.

12.0

5

Arkansas

12.0

5

Alabama

12.0

8

Wisconsin

11.0

9

Florida State

10.0

10

Rutgers

8.0

 

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