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Day two at the Pepsi Florida Relays was one for the record books!

Friday April 4, 2014UF Track & Field Posts Multiple Collegiate and World-Leading Marks on Day Two of #FLRelays14

Day two at the Pepsi Florida Relays was one for the record books!

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – On the second day of the 2014 Pepsi Florida Relays, it was all about the Orange and Blue – and the 200 and 400-meter races were all the buzz Friday afternoon as the two-day attendance at Pressly Stadium increased to 2,263 track and field faithful. Gator junior sprinter Dedric Dukes clocked a world-leading 19.97 (-0.6), the second-fastest time in Florida history and the eighth-best time in collegiate history, while sophomore Kyra Jefferson got it done on the women’s side with the fastest collegiate 200m this season and a new UF record with her 22.78 (-0.6) in a race that featured the two fastest marks in the world this year.


In the 400m, both Robin Reynolds (51.57) and Arman Hall (45.19) turned in collegiate-leading performances, Reynolds with the third-fastest time in the world this season, Hall with the fourth. Florida senior middle-distance runner Sean Obinwa won his second straight 800m title with a collegiate leading 1:46.68, a new PR and fourth-best on UF’s top-10 list.


A slew of personal bests and record-performances laced day two in both the track and field events at Percy Beard Track in Gainesville and David Levin, Marija Vucenovic and Fawn Miller paced the Gators’ field events crew, Levin with a new PR in the hammer throw (61.45m/ 201-7) to move up to third all-time in the Florida record book with his second-place finish, while Vucenovic, the second-best performer in the country this season in the javelin, posted a 56.26m/184-7 Friday, good for second place in the event. Miller put up a career-best 52.89m/173-6 for fourth in the event to also improve her No. 4 mark on UF’s all-time top-10 list.


Junior hurdler Bridgette Owens (12.90, +1.9) and freshman distance runner Becky Greene (4:19.68) also added event wins for the Orange and Blue in the 100m hurdles and 1500m, respectively, both with PRs.


The third and final day of the 2014 Pepsi Florida Relays gets started at 10 a.m. Saturday with the women’s hammer, while all the relay fun begins at noon with the shuttle hurdle relay.



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“I talked about earlier in the week that it’s always good to sleep in your own bed and have your family and friends in the stands. We’re a talented group of athletes. I just challenged them – when we looked at the entries – this is the most quality field we’ve ever had here. I told them, it’s like when you’re at a party, you engage in the party. Let’s engage in the party – that’s what they did. It’s been phenomenal watching everybody compete all day long.”


On having some of UF’s alumni/elite athletes back for the Pepsi Florida Relays:

“Oh yeah, Christian (Taylor) is a phenomenal athlete, he’s a true Gator, Tony (McQuay) trains here with me. He’s still trying to do his thing. He never ceases to amaze me, I kind of saw that (100m) coming, but I was hoping it didn’t happen that well, because now he wants to talk about the 100m – even though he’s a quarter miler. Tony and Calvin (Smith) and Kerron, the whole group. It’s been really wonderful having them back for the meet. I saw Shara Proctor walking around a little while ago. It’s always great to have the alumni back and enjoy what we do.”


On too many great performances to single out:

“They weren’t one of their best performances – they were big PRs. I think in the 200 Dedric (Dukes) ran a PR, Arman (Hall) ran a PR, Shayla (Sanders) ran a PR, Destinee (Gause) ran a PR, Ebony (Eutsey) ran a PR. PR for Najee Glass. It was PR city in the 200m today. It was great competition, great weather, a fast track and great things happen.”


“Unbelievable run by Sean Obinwa today. He was in my office a couple of weeks ago talking about what he has to do to be a 1:46 guy. I told him: you just have to be patient, do all your work and it’s going to happen. When that clock flashed 1:46 today, I got chills. That was awesome. We’re excited about the relays tomorrow. We’re really pleased about the number of teams that have come here, great professional teams tomorrow, especially in the 4x4. We’re just going to go in tomorrow, put our best foot forward and have some fun.”







M Hammer    

2. David Levin (61.45m/ 201-7) – PR, third-best in UF history


W Discus (inner)

12. Jasmine Laska (45. 09m/ 147-11)


W Long Jump    

8. Brittany Harrell (5.82m/19-1.25, +2.3)


M Invite Hammer

6. Kyle Strawn (67.49m/ 221-5) – PR


W High Jump

6. Taylor Burke (1.82m/5-11.5) – season best


W Long Jump Invite  

9. Lorraine Graham (5.98m/19-7.50) – season best


W Javelin   

2. Marija Vucenovic (56.26m/184-7)

4. Fawn Miller (52.89m/173-6) – PR, improves fourth-best in  school history


M Long Jump Invite  

10. Marquis Dendy (6.96m/22-10)








W 100mH 

1. Bridgette Owens (12.90, +1.9) – PR

23. Skylar Ross-Ransom (13.74, +3.5)

28. Tyjah Eady (13.87, +1.1) – PR

52. Ashley Favors (14.29, +1.4) – season best

52. Brittany Harrell (14.29, +1.2)

56. Ryann McEnany (14.42, +1.1) – PR


M 110mH  

4. Eddie Lovett (13.60, -1.0 | top collegiate finisher)

15. Yanick Hart (14.01, +1.06)

28. Moriel Pitt (14.21, +1.6)


W 400m  

1. Robin Reynolds (51.57) – PR, collegiate leader, fifth-fastest time in school history

2.Ebony Eutsey (52.33) – season best

8. Lanie Whittaker (53.01) – season best

38. Loreal Curtis (55.50) – season best


M 400m  

1. Gino Hall (45.19) – PR, collegiate leader, T8 UF all-time list

5. Hugh Graham, Jr. (45.56) – season best

7. Najee Glass (45.92) – season best

18. Nick Uruburu (46.84) – PR


W 100m      

4. Shayla Sanders (11.29, +0.5 | top collegiate finisher)

24. Darshay Davis (11.67, +1.8) – season best


M 100m      

7. Dedric Dukes (10.27, -1.8) - PR

13. Antwan Wright (10.34, -0.1)

29. Eddie Lovett (10.51, +1.3) – PR

54. Yanick Hart (10.72, +1.3) – PR


W 800m     

3. Cory McGee (2:05.04) – PR, , 10th-fastest in UF history

37. Brittany Koziara (2:16.96) – PR


M 800m      

1. Sean Obinwa (1:46.68) – PR, collegiate leader, fourth-best in UF history

4. Andres Arroyo (1:47.57) – PR, ties for 10th in UF history

18. Donnie Lee Jr (1:51.19) – PR


W 400mH    

50. Tyjah Eady (1:14.25) – PR


M 400mH  

19. Gabriel Aird (52.58) – PR

43. Tyler Osorio (55.40) – PR

44. Moriel Pitt (56.01)


W Invite 200m  

2. Kyra Jefferson (22.78, -0.6 | top collegiate finisher) – PR, collegiate leader, UF school record

 9. Shayla Sanders (23.25, +0.2) – PR, T8th in UF history

10. Destinee Gause (23.29, -1.6) – season best

15. Ebony Eutsey (23.42, -2.8) - PR


M Invite 200m 

1. Dedric Dukes (19.97, -0.6) – PR, collegiate and world leader, second-fastest in UF history, eighth-fastest performance in collegiate history

4. Gino Hall (20.46, -0.6) – PR, ninth-fastest in UF history

21. Hugh Graham Jr, (21.00, +0.1) – season best

23. Najee Glass (21.05, +0.2) – PR


W 1500m    

1. Becky Greene (4:19.68) – PR, eighth-fastest in UF history

35. Amber Johnson (4:40.28) – PR


M 1500m    

39. Harsha Torke (4:19.00) – season best


M Steeplechase

12. Mark Mutz (9:25.66) – PR


W 5000m    

17. Julie Macedo (17:19.53) – PR

19. Devin McDermott (17:20.54) – PR

20. Grace VanDeGrift (17:24.02)


M 5000m   

6. Mac Reynolds (14:36.82) – PR

15. Brian Gorwitz (14:50.10) – PR

16. Carlos Miranda (14:52.00)


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