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Dedric Dukes is the USTFCCCA Men's Division I National Athlete of the Week!

Monday April 7, 2014Florida Sprinter Dedric Dukes Tabbed USTFCCCA Division I Men's National Athlete of the Week

Dedric Dukes is the USTFCCCA Men's Division I National Athlete of the Week!

NEW ORLEANS, La. -- Following an impressive outing at the Gators’ Pepsi Florida Relays last weekend, Florida junior sprinter Dedric Dukes has been tabbed the USTFCCCA Division I Men’s National Athlete of the Week. Dukes ran two PRs in the 100m (10.27, -1.8 wind) and 200m (19.97, -0.6 wind) and contributed to UF’s outstanding relay efforts in both the 4x1 (38.55) and 4x4 (2:59.73).

 

Dukes’ 200m and the Gators’ 4x4 relay marks are the fastest in the world this year. Dukes’ 19.97 in the 200m ties him for the ninth-best performance in collegiate history, as he became one of 12 collegians ever to break the 20-second barrier with a wind-legal mark.

 

Florida’s 4x4 relay, composed of Najee Glass, Hugh Graham, Jr., Dukes and Gino Hall posted a 2:59.73 to take top honors against a field of decorated elite and Olympic athletes with the second-best performance in collegiate history and a new Florida record. The quartet joined an elite group of four other relays to ever break three minutes in collegiate history.

 

While Florida’s 4x1 relay – Antwan Wright, Hugh Graham, Jr., Gino Hall and Dukes – put up a 38.55 this weekend, its second-best mark of the season, the Gators’ 38.29 school record from Texas Relays March 29 leads the NCAA and ranks second in the world.

 

Dukes moved up to second all-time on Florida’s 200m top-10 list behind just one Gator great in John Capel (19.87) and improved his 100m time to 10.27 from a previous best 10.43, set at the 2013 Pepsi Florida Relays.

 

The Orange and Blue will next be in action April 19 when they play host to the Tom Jones Memorial Invitational at Percy Beard Track in Gainesville.

 

DEDRIC DUKES FLORIDA RELAYS RESULTS

·         200m | 19.97 (-0.6) | 1st

·         4x400m relay | 2:59.73 | 1st

·         4x100m relay | 38.55 | 2nd (top collegiate relay)

·         100m | 10.27 (-1.8) | 7th (third collegian)

 

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