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The Gators will send 25 student-athletes to Eugene for the NCAA Championships June 11-14!

Saturday May 31, 2014On to Eugene: Florida Qualifies 25 for NCAA Championships

The Gators will send 25 student-athletes to Eugene for the NCAA Championships June 11-14!

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The University of Florida track and field program, ranked No. 1 on the men’s side and No. 2 in women’s action in the USTFCCA National Computer Rankings, qualified 25 student-athletes for the 2014 NCAA Championships following three days of competition at the NCAA East Preliminary at Hodges Stadium in Jacksonville.

 

In Saturday action, the Orange and Blue qualified both the men’s and women’s 4x1 and 4x4 relays to complement a roster of 12 Florida women and 13 Gator men who will advance to the NCAA Championships finals site in Eugene, Ore., June 11-14. The NCAA’s official list of student-athletes, by event, who have qualified from the preliminary championships competition, will be announced Tuesday, June 3.

 

The Gators added four individual qualifiers on the women’s side Saturday and two on the men’s side, while freshman Nick Uruburu and junior Loreal Curtis both chipped in as members of the men’s and women’s 4x4 relays.

 

Junior hurdler Bridgette Owens highlighted the day for the Gators with a record-book performance in quarterfinals of the 100m hurdles, clocking a PR of 12.80 (+1.4) as the top qualifier from the east with the second-best performance in University of Florida history. Owens had the second-best mark of all performers at both the east and west preliminary sites.

 

Both Eddie Lovett (110H) and Dedric Dukes (200m) were the top performers in their events Saturday, and on the women’s side, Ciarra Brewer (TJ) pulled through on her final attempt in the triple jump to advance out of the east with the top performance in Jacksonville. Florida’s 1500m crew of Cory McGee and Agata Strausa both advanced to Eugene after a 1-3 finish in their heat of the quarterfinals on the last day of preliminary action.

 

HOLLOWAY’S TAKE

“I thought everybody did a great job this weekend. The purpose of this meet was to qualify for nationals, to be in the top 12 in each event. With the exception of a couple bumps in the road, I thought we did a good job of that. We have a great number of qualifiers for nationals, but we can’t rest on our laurels or get complacent. I congratulated the team, but we have to get refocused, and that starts Monday. We’ll get back to Gainesville, get back on the track and get back to work.”

 

FLORIDA FINALS SITE QUALIFIERS (On to Eugene)

Women

Ciarra Brewer (triple jump)

Loreal Curtis (4x4)

Ebony Eutsey (400m, 4x1, 4x4)

Destinee Gause (400m, 4x1, 4x4)

Brittany Harrell (heptathlon)

Cory McGee (1500m)

Fawn Miller (javelin)

Bridgette Owens (100H)

Robin Reynolds (400m, 4x1, 4x4)

Shayla Sanders (100m, 4x1)

Agata Strausa (1500m)

Marija Vucenovic (javelin)

 

Men

Andres Arroyo (800m)

Marquis Dendy (long jump, triple jump)

Dedric Dukes (200m, 4x1)

Najee Glass (400m, 4x4)

Hugh Graham, Jr. (400m, 4x1, 4x4)

Arman Hall (400m, 4x4)

Eddie Lovett (110H, 4x1)

Sean Obinwa (800m)

Ryan Schnulle (800m)

Kyle Strawn (hammer throw)

Nick Uruburu (4x4)

Antwan Wright (100m, 4x1)

Stipe Zunic (shot put)

 

NCAA TRACK & FIELD NOTABLES

·         The NCAA’s 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 SATURDAY RESULTS | FRIDAY RECAP | THURSDAY RECAP

Field Events

 

W Triple Jump

1. Ciarra Brewer (13.49m/44-3.25, w:-0.1) | Qualifies for Eugene, 20. Gissell Warner (12.70m/41-8, w:+0.5)

 

 

Running Events

 

M 4x100 (Quarter)

1. Eddie Lovett, Hugh Graham, Jr., Antwan Wright, Dedric Dukes (38.93, -1.9) | Qualify for Eugene

W 4x100 (Quarter)

1. Robin Reynolds, Shayla Sanders, Destinee Gause, Ebony Eutsey (43.64, no wind) | Qualify for Eugene

W 1500m (Quarter)

8. Cory McGee (4:15.58), 10. Agata Strausa (4:16.48), 14. Rebekah Greene (4:19.12) | McGee & Strausa on to Eugene

M 110m Hurdles (Quarter)

1. Eddie Lovett (13.45, +0.2) | Top qualifier from the east region on to Eugene

W 100m Hurdles (Quarter)

1. Bridgette Owens (12.80, +1.4) | Top qualifier from the east region to Eugene, PR, second-best mark in Florida history

M 200m (Quarter)

1. Dedric Dukes (20.23, +0.5) | Top qualifier from east region to Eugene

W 200m (Quarter)

21. Kyra Jefferson (24.11, +0.7)

W 5000m (Semi)

17. Agata Strausa (16.26.53)

M 4x400 (Quarter)

3. Najee Glass, Hugh Graham, Jr., Nick Uruburu, Arman Hall (3:03.59)

W 4x400 (Quarter)

1. Robin Reynolds, Destinee Gause, Loreal Curtis, Ebony Eutsey (3:30.21)

 

 

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