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The Gators added 13 NCAA qualifiers following day two at the NCAA East Preliminary.

Friday May 30, 2014T&F Pushes NCAA Championships Roster to 17 Gators Following Second Day of East Prelims

The Gators added 13 NCAA qualifiers following day two at the NCAA East Preliminary.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A total of 17 Gators will represent the Orange and Blue at the NCAA Championships in Eugene June 11-14 following the second day of qualifying at the NCAA East Preliminary in Jacksonville -- and the Gators aren’t done yet. Florida returns to Hodges Stadium Saturday for the final day of prelims to finish the mission.

 

Florida added 13 qualifiers Friday, and now has seven women qualified for NCAAs, and 10 men – including junior jumper Marquis Dendy in both the long jump and triple jump as the top qualifier out of the East Preliminary in both events. Sophomore Robin Reynolds cruised in the 400m quarterfinals Friday to solidify the top spot out of the east in the race with a 51.69 performance.

 

Reynolds brought with her Ebony Eutsey and Destinee Gause, who notched a PR in the quarterfinals (52.36) of the 400m, while the Gator men also qualified three in the 400m in Hugh Graham, Jr., Arman Hall and Najee Glass. UF also packed a punch in the 800m, advancing three men to Eugene in the event as Sean Obinwa, Andres Arroyo and Ryan Schnulle all qualified on to the finals site. In the 100m, Shayla Sanders and Antwan Wright secured finals berths.

 

Quarterfinals of the 4x1, 1500m, 110H, 100H, 200m, 4x4 and women’s triple jump will be contested Saturday, along with semis of the 5K for Agata Strausa. The Gators, ranked No. 1 (men) and No. 2 (women) in the country, are aiming for top-12 finishes in each respective event Saturday on the final day of preliminary competition in order to advance to the NCAA Finals site at Historic Hayward Field. Co-SEC Women’s Field Athlete of the Year Ciarra Brewer and triple jumping teammate Gissell Warner are the Gators’ final two field competitors Saturday in the TJ at 5 p.m., while the last evening of running events at the NCAA East Preliminary starts at 6 p.m.

 

NCAA EAST PRELIMINARY INFORMATION

Live Results

Heat Sheets

2014 NCAA East Preliminary Schedule (Jacksonville, Fla.)

 

HOLLOWAY’S TAKE

“I thought we did a phenomenal job again today. It was really a good feeling to watch all of our athletes compete today. They really competed with pride and passion – we talk about that a lot here. It was a special day. The good thing is it was wonderful today, but we also have to get back out and finish it tomorrow. The meet isn’t over and we still have qualifying to do. I’m really excited to watch everyone tomorrow. I challenged them to compete with the same intensity they have these previous two days and as we say: Finish The Mission.”

 

FLORIDA FINALS SITE QUALIFIERS (On to Eugene)

Women

Ebony Eutsey (400m)

Destinee Gause (400m)

Brittany Harrell (heptathlon)

Fawn Miller (javelin)

Robin Reynolds (400m)

Shayla Sanders (100m)

Marija Vucenovic (javelin)

 

Men

Andres Arroyo (800m)

Marquis Dendy (long jump, triple jump)

Najee Glass (400m)

Hugh Graham, Jr. (400m)

Arman Hall (400m)

Sean Obinwa (800m)

Ryan Schnulle (800m)

Kyle Strawn (hammer throw)

Antwan Wright (100m)

Stipe Zunic (shot put)

 

ABOUT NCAA TRACK & FIELD PRELIMINARIES | FLORIDA NOTABLES

2014 Performance Chart | Florida Men’s All-Time Top 10 | Florida Women’s All-Time Top 10

·         A total of 48 individual qualifiers and 24 relay teams from each region will compete at either the East or West Preliminary Rounds this weekend and the 12 individuals and 12 teams from each relay event that advance out of both the East and West regions (Fayetteville, Ark.) will compete in Oregon

·         The official list of student-athletes, by event, who have qualified from the preliminary championships competition, will be announced Tuesday, June 3

·         Florida junior Brittany Harrell was the first Gator to punch her ticket to Eugene in the heptathlon with her score of 5,620 from the 2014 Texas Relays. The heptathlon and decathlon will not be contested at the NCAA Preliminary Championships; rather the top 24 student-athletes in each of the two events have been accepted into the NCAA Championships at Historic Hayward Field

·         Two of Florida’s six national championships, five of them on the men’s side, are outdoor national titles as the No. 1-ranked Florida men’s squad struck with back-to-back outdoor titles in 2012 and 2013

 

FLORIDA EAST PRELIMINARY SCHEDULE

Friday Gators Results

 

Field Events

 

M Hammer

8. Kyle Strawn (65.19m/213-10) | advances to Eugene, 28. David Levin (60.60m/198-10)

M Triple Jump

1. Marquis Dendy (16.32m/53-6.5) | advances to Eugene in both LJ & TJ

W High Jump

16. Taylor Burke (1.77m/5-9.75), 34. Brittany Harrell (1.67m/5-5.75)

Running Events

 

M 110m Hurdles (1st)

1. Eddie Lovett (13.43, +0.2) | season-best mark, qualifies for quarters, 33. Moriel Pitt (14.16 +1.7) | ties PR

W 100m Hurdles (1st)

1. Bridgette Owens (12.90, +0.6) | qualifies for quarters, 33. Skylar Ross-Ransom (13.77, +0.6)

M 400m (Quarter)

3. Hugh Graham, Jr. (45.29), 6. Arman Hall (45.64), 10. Najee Glass (45.73) | all three Gators qualify for Eugene

W 400m (Quarter)

1. Robin Reynolds (51.69), 6. Destinee Gause (52.36) | PR, 10. Ebony Eutsey (52.75) | all three Gator women’s 400m runners qualify for Eugene

M 100m (Quarter)

6. Wright (10.27, +1.5) | qualifies for Eugene

W 100m (Quarter)

6. Shayla Sanders (11.37, +1.0) | qualifies for Eugene, 23. Darshay Davis (11.71, +1.0)

M 800m (Quarter)

4. Sean Obinwa (1:47.63), 6. Andres Arroyo (1:47.90), 13. Ryan Schnulle (1:48.69) | all three Gators advance to Eugene

M 200m (1st)

1. Dedric Dukes (20.27, +0.7) | advances to quarterfinals Saturday

W 200m (1st)

12. Kyra Jefferson (23.46, +1.1) | advances to quarterfinals Saturday

 

Saturday Gators Schedule

 

Field Events

 

5:00pm

W Triple Jump – Brewer / Warner

Running Events

 

6:00pm

M 4x100 (Quarter) – Lovett-Graham, Jr.-Wright-Dukes

6:15pm

W 4x100 (Quarter) – Reynolds-Sanders-Gause-Eutsey

6:45pm

W 1500m (Quarter) – McGee / Strausa / Greene

7:05pm

M 110m Hurdles (Quarter) – Lovett

7:20pm

W 100m Hurdles (Quarter) – Owens

7:35pm

M 200m (Quarter) – Dukes

7:50pm

W 200m (Quarter) – Jefferson

8:45pm

W 5000m (Semi) – Strausa

9:25pm

M 4x400 (Quarter) – Glass-Graham, Jr. -Uruburu-Dukes

9:45pm

W 4x400 (Quarter) – Reynolds-Gause-Curtis-Eutsey

 

 

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