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Ryan Schnulle was the NCAA runner-up in the 800m with a new PR and the third-best performance in school history.

Saturday June 14, 2014NCAA 800m Runner-Up Ryan Schnulle Highlights Day Three for Gators at NCAA Championships

Ryan Schnulle was the NCAA runner-up in the 800m with a new PR and the third-best performance in school history.

TEAM SCORES (Florida M 2nd, W T3rd)

 

EUGENE, Ore. -- Sophomore middle distance runner Ryan Schnulle ignited the Hayward Field crowd Friday on the third day of the NCAA Track & Field Championships with his NCAA runner-up performance in the 800m with a new PR of 1:46.29, the third-fastest 800m in Florida history.

 

Schnulle positioned himself to challenge the leader with 200m to go and created a thrilling dash down the home stretch, resulting in just a .03 difference between Mississippi State’s Brandon McBride (1:46.26) and himself (1:46.29) for eight second-place points towards Florida’s 28 team points and second-place standing entering the final day of competition Saturday.

 

Gator sprinters Antwan Wright, eighth in the 100m (10.24, +1.8), and Najee Glass and Hugh Graham, Jr., fifth (45.63) and eighth (46.65) in the 400m, also contributed a combined six All-American points to the team tally after finals of the two races.

 

Following a career-best opening day in the heptathlon Thursday, junior Brittany Harrell finished off a successful campaign with a career-best 800m (2:13.96), crossing second overall in the final event Friday to finish third in the hep with 5,835 points, three shy of her school record. Harrell added six points towards UF’s 29 total, as the Gators stand tied for third place following three days of NCAA competition in Eugene.

 

Shayla Sanders put on a show in the 100m, exploding out of the blocks and racing to a fourth-place finish (11.41, -3.4) with just one thousandth of a second separating her from third place, while Ciarra Brewer, third in the triple jump (13.49m/44-3.25), and Robin Reynolds, seventh in the 400m (52.02), combined to chip in 13 points for the Orange and Blue.

 

The Florida Track & Field program has its sights on the program’s seventh and eighth national titles in Eugene, and the final day of action will unfold in front of a national television audience on ESPNU Saturday. Florida will take to the track in finals of both the 4x1 and 4x4, 1500m, 200m, 100 and 110 hurdles, while Marquis Dendy will wrap up field competition in the triple jump at 3:30 p.m. ET.

 

HOLLOWAY’S TAKE

“Ryan (Schnulle) has been doing some very special things in training -- what we talked about before the race was: ‘I want you to give yourself a chance. You can run with these guys, you have to believe that.’ And he did. He went out there and executed the race plan and almost pulled it off. He ran a PR, went out and gave it his all in the biggest race of his life; you can't be upset with that. I'm very, very pleased. He was a special guy today, he's a special guy every day and I'm very proud of that.

 

I'm really proud of everybody that competed today – Antwan (Wright) and Shayla (Sanders), Ci Ci Brewer did well, but had a couple bumps -- Britt Harrell, seeded ninth and to finish third, one point out of second. It was a phenomenal job by her. We’re going to come back out here tomorrow -- and I give you my word -- we're going to see more like what we saw out of Ryan Schnulle today because that's the type of team we are, that's how we conduct business. We're going to compete our hearts out because that's what the Gators do.”

 

NCAA 800M RUNNER UP RYAN SCHNULLE

“I was really excited to go and do it and be able to score points for the team – that was the main thing in mind -- the team battle. I think the prelim has a little more stress than the final. Once you get into the final you know you're going to score points. You just try to have fun with it and do the best you can.

 

Coming through the 400, I felt good, I knew the first lap was fast, but I found myself in good position. Moving into the back stretch I wanted to find my way out to put myself in good position for the last 200m and make a move to the finish line. At the last turn, I started to get excited; I thought I could take it. The last few strides it was so close between (Mississippi State’s) Brandon (McBride) and I. He took he win today by .03 ... It was close, but I'll take it.”

 

FLORIDA NATIONAL CHAMPIONS

Javelin: Fawn Miller (58.13m/190-8)

Triple Jump: Marquis Dendy (8.00m/26-3)

 

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FLORIDA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP NOTABLES

·         Florida’s six track and field national championships came in the form of a women’s indoor title in 1992, before the men’s squad struck for three consecutive indoor championships from 2010-12. UF doubled up indoors and outdoors on the men’s side in 2012, bringing home the first outdoor title that year before making it back-to-back championships by tying for the crown in 2013

·         Florida’s five men’s track & field national championships since 2010 compose nearly half of the Gators’ 11 titles since 2010

·         The Gators are compiling national championship trophies at an impressive rate since winning their second football national title in 2006. Florida's athletic program has won 15 national titles over that span, adding 11 since the 2009-10 sports calendar

·         Florida's 15 national titles since 2006 lead the SEC, and the Gators have won multiple national titles in each of the last five years

·         The University of Florida owns 33 national titles (31 NCAA and 2 AIAW).

·         The Gators have won 24 national titles since 1992 when Jeremy Foley took over as UF's athletic director

·         Softball’s 2014 title on June 3rd became the 13th UF sport to win an NCAA or football national title, a total which stands fourth all-time among the nation’s programs and is tops among SEC programs

 

FLORIDA STUDENT-ATHLETE COMPETITION SCHEDULE (All times Pacific)

Friday RESULTS

Heptathlon

3. Brittany Harrell (5,835) | season best, three points shy of her school record

 

Long Jump: 5.92m/19-5.25, w:-2.1 (825)

 

Javelin: 8. 40.44m/132-8 (676)

 

800m: 2. 2:13.96 (907) | lifetime best 800m performance

W Triple Jump

3. Ciarra Brewer (13.49m/44-3.25, w:+2.8)

 

 

M 100m Final

8. Antwan Wright (10.24, +1.8)

W 100m Final

4. Shayla Sanders (11.41, -3.4)

M 800m Final

2. Ryan Schnulle (1:46.29) | PR, third-fastest time in Florida history

M 400m Final

5. Najee Glass (45.63), 8. Hugh Graham, Jr. (46.65)

W 400m Final

7. Robin Reynolds (52.02)

 

 

Saturday, June 14, SCHEDULE

12:30pm

M Triple Jump – Dendy

 

 

2:03pm

M 4x100 – Lovett-Graham, Jr.-Wright-Dukes-Hall

2:10pm

W 4x100 – Reynolds-Sanders-Gause-Eutsey

2:29pm

W 1500m (F) – McGee/Strausa

2:42pm

M 200m (F) – Dukes

3:12pm

M 110 Hurdles (F) – Lovett

3:19pm

W 100 Hurdles (F) – Owens

3:47pm

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

3:55pm

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

 

 

 

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