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Florida Men Named USTFCCCA Scholar Team of the Year
Gainesville, Fla. - Wednesday July 24, 2013
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The University of Florida men’s track & field team was named the Scholar Team of the Year in Division I for the 2013 indoor and outdoor seasons by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The Gators earned the distinction as a result of being the highest-placing team with at least a 3.00-cumulative GPA at the most recent NCAA indoor and outdoor championship, respectively.

Finishing the 2012-13 campaign with a cumulative 3.016 team GPA, the Gators swept the indoor and outdoor Scholar Team of the Year honors in 2013 with runner-up and co-champion finishes at the NCAA Division I Indoor and Outdoor Championships, respectively. Florida also accomplished this feat during the 2011-12 academic year when it won both the indoor and outdoor team titles. The Gators are the first men’s squad to claim two straight Scholar Team of the Year awards.

The Gator women were also honored with All-Academic distinction as a squad for the third straight year, turning in a cumulative team GPA of 3.14. Individually, 11 Gators earned All-Academic individual accolades, seven on the women’s side and four for the men.

A total of 711 women from 187 institutions and 448 men from 149 institutions earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors for their combined efforts in competition and in the classroom. 187 women’s programs and 111 men’s squads earned team distinction as well.

The Gator women were one of 10 SEC teams to earn All-Academic distinction and the men were one of five. The University of Florida was one of five Southeastern Conference institutions to receive All-Academic nods for both men’s and women’s programs, along with Auburn, Alabama, Mizzou and South Carolina.

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2013 USTFCCCA ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM – INDIVIDUAL
Athlete GPA Major
WOMEN
Jayla Bostic 3.31 Health Science–Pre-professional
Taylor Burke 3.44 Telecommunication–News
Kaitlin Davis 3.72 Double Major in Microbiology and Cell Science & Psychology
Shelby Hayes 3.86 Combined Degree in Health Education and Behavior
Kyra Jefferson 3.70 Social & Behavioral Sciences
Stephanie Strasser 3.64
Double Major in Political Science & Telecommunication-News
Agata Strausa* 3.95
Double Major in Political Science & Telecommunication-News
MEN
David Levin 3.54
Exercise Physiology
Moriel Pitt 3.44 Social and Behavioral Sciences
David Triassi* 3.83 Master’s Degree–Entrepreneurship
Antwan Wright# 3.53 Sport Management

* 2013 SEC Champion
# 2013 NCAA Champion



44 Gators Named to SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll
Gainesville, Fl. - Tuesday July 2, 2013
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44 Florida track & field athletes were named to the 2013 Southeastern Conference Spring Academic Honor Roll, announced Tuesday by league commissioner Mike Slive.

The 2013 SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll is based on grades from the 2012 summer, fall and 2013 spring terms. The Florida men’s track & field team, which won its second consecutive NCAA Outdoor title last month, saw 21 earn Academic All-SEC honors. That total stood second among the league’s men’s track & field programs.

For the 2012-13 season, a total of 186 Gators earned spots on the SEC Academic Honor Roll (46 on fall list; 44 winter), making UF the only SEC school to place 100 or more student-athletes on the Academic Honor Roll each of the last 16 years.

Among those honored include NCAA Champion in the indoor men’s long jump, Marquis Dendy (Middletown, Del.), who was also named the SEC Indoor Men’s Field Athlete of the Year as well as the USTFCCCA South Region Men’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Year. 2013 SEC Weight Throw Champion and First Team All-American David Triassi (Jacksonville, Fla.) was honored by the SEC Tuesday after recently being honored as a Capital One First Team Academic All-American®.

Sean Obinwa (Tampa, Fla.), the 2013 SEC Champion indoors in the men’s 800, was honored on this year’s honor roll, as well as sophomore Hugh Graham, Jr. (Miami, Fla.), who now has three NCAA relay titles, three NCAA team titles and six All-America honors to his credit in just two years in the Orange and Blue.

On the women’s side, two members of Florida’s SEC Champion women’s distance medley relay, Cory McGee (Pass Christian, Miss.) and Agata Strausa (Riga, Latvia), were named to the honor roll. McGee was also the SEC Champion indoors in the women’s mile and the NCAA runner-up outdoors in the women’s 1,500 meters.

Sophomore Ciarra Brewer (Union City, Calif.) turned in stellar performances in the classroom as well as the runway, capturing the 2013 SEC title in the women’s triple jump with a personal best, UF record, facility record and SEC Championship meet record leap of 13.85m/45-5.25.

To be recognized to the SEC Academic Honor Roll, each student-athlete must 1) have a GPA of 3.00 for either the preceding academic year or have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above at the nominating institution; 2) be on scholarship, a letterwinner or have participated on a varsity team for two years if non-scholarship; 3) have completed 24 semester hours of non-remedial credit at the nominating institution; and 4) have been a member of the varsity team for the sport’s entire NCAA Championship segment.

Florida Track & Field Athletes on the 2013 SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll
WOMEN
Jayla Bostic W. Track & Field Health Science
Arlithia Mackey
W. Track & Field
Family, Youth & Community Sciences
Ciarra Brewer##*
W. Track & Field
Event Management
Cory McGee
W. Track & Field
Political Science
Taylor Burke#
W. Track & Field
Telecommunication-News Ashley Miller
W. Track & Field
Recreation & Event Management
Manuel Burtscher
W. Track & Field
Marketing
Alexis Muniz
W. Track & Field Biology
Callie Cooper
W. Track & Field
Horticulture Science
Caitlin Schuessler
W. Track & Field Anthropology & Criminology
Darshay Davis W. Track & Field Political Science Stephanie Strasser W. Track & Field Political Science
Kaitlin Davis
W. Track & Field
Microbiology & Psychology Agata Strausa##* W. Track & Field Fine Arts - Art History
Sarah Davis
W. Track & Field
Journalism & English Cristina Valdes W. Track & Field Applied Physiology/Kinesiology
Katrina Dekrey W. Track & Field Sociology
Grace Van De Grift
W. Track & Field History
Monique Harris
W. Track & Field
History
Gissell Warner
W. Track & Field Psychology
Shelby Hayes
W. Track & Field
Health Education & Behavior Zari Whittaker W. Track & Field Health Science
Dierdre Lee W. Track & Field Health Science      
MEN
Anthony Amodio
M. Track & Field Finance Sean Obinwa##* M. Track & Field Family, Youth & Community Sciences
Michael Burris
M. Track & Field
English Tyler Osorio
M. Track & Field
Geology
Marquis Dendy ###*^ M. Track & Field Anthropology Mark Parrish# M. Track & Field Electrical Engineering
Eddie Garcia
M. Track & Field
Sport Management Jeremy Postin##
M. Track & Field
Recreation Programming
Hugh Graham, Jr .####^^ M. Track & Field Criminology Jovon Toppin M. Track & Field Tourism & Hospitality Management
JL Hines
M. Track & Field
Political Science
David Triassi
M. Track & Field
Master's in Entrepreneurship
Josh Izewski M. Track & Field Food & Resource Economics
Jared Watkins
M. Track & Field Chemical Engineering
Max Lang
M. Track & Field
Statistics
Daniel Wehunt M.
M. Track & Field
Sport Management
Luc Lawrence M. Track & Field Mathematics Derek Wehunt M. M. Track & Field Anthropology
David Levin M. Track & Field Exercise Physiology Stipe Zunic M. Track & Field Anthropology
Kyle Mailloux M. Track & Field Mechanical Engineering a a a
# 2013 All-American    * 2013 SEC Individual Champion    ^ 2013 NCAA Individual Champion

Qualifiers Announced for NCAA East Preliminary Round
Gainesville, Fl. - Thursday May 16, 2013
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The NCAA has released its list of qualifiers for the track and field preliminary rounds, slated for May 23-25 in Greensboro, N.C and Austin, Texas. Florida has been awarded 48 qualifiers (22 men, 26 women) for the upcoming NCAA East Preliminary Round, hosted by North Carolina A&T State University.

The Gator men are the defending NCAA Outdoor Champions and have placed in the top three at the last four NCAA Outdoor Championships, while the Florida women recorded a third-place finish at the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Championships.

Seven Gators enter the East Preliminary Round as the top seed in the region, including both of Florida’s 4x400-meter relays. Individually, Ciarra Brewer (Union City, Calif.) in the women’s triple jump, Omar Craddock (Killeen, Texas) in the men’s triple jump, Cory McGee (Pass Christian, Miss.) in the 1,500 meters, Ugonna Ndu (Newark, N.J.) in the 400-meter hurdles and Marija Vucenovic (Sremska Mitrovica, Serbia) in the javelin all lead the East in their respective events. Craddock also leads the NCAA in the men’s triple jump and is the defending NCAA Outdoor Champion in the event.

Five Gators qualified for multiple individual events, including Darshay Davis (Mirimar, Fla.) in the women’s 100 and 200 meters, Marquis Dendy (Middletown, Del.) in the men’s long and triple jumps, Lorraine Graham (Springdale, Md.) in the 100-meter hurdles and long jump, Ndu in the 100-meter and 400-meter hurdles and Agata Strausa (Riga, Latvia) in the 1,500 and 5,000 meters.

48 individual qualifiers and 24 relay teams from each region will compete at either the East or West Preliminary Rounds, as the qualifiers are then whittled down to 24 individuals and 12 relays who will advance to the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore.

A full list of Florida’s qualifiers for the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds is below:

Men (22)

Women (26)

200 Meters - Dedric Dukes
200 Meters - Leonardo Seymore
400 Meters - Arman Hall
400 Meters - Najee Glass
400 Meters - Hugh Graham, Jr.
800 Meters - Sean Obinwa
800 Meters - Ryan Schnulle
3,000-Meter Steeplechase - Mark Parrish
10,000 Meters - Jimmy Clark
10,000 Meters - Josh Izewski
110-Meter Hurdles - Eddie Lovett
400-Meter Hurdles - Kadesh Roberts
4x100-Meter Relay - Florida
4x400-Meter Relay - Florida*
Pole Vault - Jared Watkins
Long Jump - Marquis Dendy
Triple Jump - Omar Craddock*#
Triple Jump - Marquis Dendy
Hammer Throw - Jeremy Postin
Hammer Throw - Kyle Strawn
Hammer Throw - David Triassi
Hammer Throw - David Levin

100 Meters - Darshay Davis
200 Meters - Destinee Gause
200 Meters - Darshay Davis
400 Meters - Ebony Eutsey
400 Meters - Robin Reynolds
400 Meters - Lanie Whittaker
1,500 Meters - Cory McGee*
1,500 Meters - Agata Strausa
1,500 Meters - Shelby Hayes
1,500 Meters - Mandy Perkins
3,000-Meter Steeplechase - Stephanie Strasser
5,000 Meters - Agata Strausa
10,000 Meters - Florence Ngetich
100-Meter Hurdles - Ugonna Ndu
100-Meter Hurdles - Lorraine Graham
400-Meter Hurdles - Ugonna Ndu*
400-Meter Hurdles - Amani Bryant
4x400-Meter Relay - Florida*
High Jump - Taylor Burke
Long Jump - Lorraine Graham
Triple Jump - Ciarra Brewer*
Discus Throw - Ashley Miller
Discus Throw - Kaitlin Davis
Hammer Throw - Jayla Bostic
Javelin Throw - Marija Vucenovic*
Javelin Throw - Fawn Miller

* denotes top seed in NCAA East Preliminary
# denotes top overall seed in NCAA

Gator Athletes Receive Diplomas Over Weekend
57 Gator athletes received their diplomas this weekend.
Gainesville, Fl. -Saturday May 4, 2013

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A total of 57 University of Florida student-athletes received their degrees in commencement ceremonies today in the Stephen C. O’Connell Center on the UF campus.

Many members of Gator lacrosse’s first signing class were among the graduates, as 13 from the team received degrees this weekend. From the Gator track & field program, eight women and seven men graduated. Six football players and five from the men’s swimming & diving program received degrees this May. A trio of baseball and men’s basketball players graduate as well as a pair from volleyball, soccer, women’s golf and women’s swimming. Men’s golf, men’s tennis, softball and gymnastics will see one student-athlete apiece graduated this weekend.

Among the Gator graduates were Cameron Martin and Holly King, both who were recognized among the University of Florida’s six Outstanding Graduating Senior Leaders at this weekend’s commencement. Martin is a recipient of a 2013 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and also received a $5,000 scholarship as a nominee for the 2013 Brad Davis SEC Community Service award. Softball’s Kelsey Horton is a finalist for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award and also earned a $5,000 scholarship as UF’s female nominee for the 2013 Brad Davis SEC Community Service award. Two swimmers - Sarra Lajnef (Tunisia) and Rodion Davelaar (Netherlands Antilles) represented their nation in Olympic action. Lajnef graduated summa cum laude.

Six graduates were conference players of the year including two last fall – Chloe Mann (2012 SEC Volleyball Player of the Year) and King (2012 SEC Soccer Defensive). Earlier this week, four Gator seniors swept the American Lacrosse Conference position player of the year awards - Kitty Cullen (2011 Player of the Year; 2013 Offensive), Sam Farrell (2013 Defensive), Brittany Dashiell (2013 Midfielder) and Mikey Meagher (2013 Goalie).

A total of 41 graduates were part of Southeastern Conference Championship teams during their Gator careers and 45 earned Academic All-SEC honors.

2013 University of Florida Student-Athlete Spring Graduates
Men's Track & Field
Name Degree
Zane Breakiron Family, Youth & Community Sciences
Josh Izewski
Food & Resource Economics
Max Lang Statistics
Kemal Mesic Anthropology
Jeremy Postin Recreation, Parks & Tourism
Bryan Turner Botany
Terrell Wilks Family, Youth & Community Sciences
Women's Track & Field
Callie Cooper
Horticultural Sciences
Kaitlin Davis Psychology & Microbiology
Monique Harris History
Dierdre Lee Health Education & Behavior
Paige Morton Recreation, Parks & Tourism
Alexis Muniz Animal Sciences
Mandy Perkins Telecommunication
Caitlin Schuessler
Criminology & Anthropology

Florida Track & Field Senior Recognition Day
Gainesville, Fl. - Saturday April 6, 2013
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Florida Men's Track & Field Sweeps USTFCCCA All-Academic Team Honors
Gainesville, Fl. -Thursday July 26, 2012
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The University of Florida men’s track & field team was named the Scholar Team of the Year in Division I for the 2012 indoor and outdoor seasons by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The Gators earned the distinction as a result of being the highest-placing teams with at least a 3.00-cumulative GPA at the most recent NCAA indoor and outdoor championship, respectively.

Florida swept NCAA Division I men’s track & field titles for the first time in school history in 2012. The indoor national title was the Gators’ third-straight while the outdoor crown was the squad’s first ever. Florida is the first to sweep Scholar Team of the Year honors since Stanford in 2007. UF has a cumulative team GPA of 3.06. The Gator men were one of three SEC teams to earn All-Academic distinction.

At the indoor championships, the Gators scored 52 points and had three event champions to top the field, besting SEC rival Arkansas’ 47 for the team crown. At the NCAA Outdoor Championships, UF managed 50 points for the team title and beat out LSU in the final event, the 4x400-meter relay, for the two-point victory over the Tigers.

Squad members Tyler Cardillo (Punta Gorda, Fla.), Hugh Graham, Jr. (Miami, Fla.), Mark Parrish (Tampa, Fla.) and David Triassi (St. Johns, Fla.) claimed All-Academic honors earlier in the week. Graham was the second leg of the Gators’ 4x400-meter relay that won the national crown and pushed the squad to the top of the team podium.

The Florida women also earned All-Academic distinction as a squad for the second-consecutive season, earning a cumulative team GPA of 3.16. The Gator women were one of seven SEC teams to earn All-Academic distinction. The University of Florida was one of just two Southeastern Conference institutions to receive All-Academic nods for both men’s and women’s programs, along with the University of South Carolina.

SEC INSTITUTION SQUAD
Auburn University Men
UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA MEN AND WOMEN
University of South Carolina, Columbia Men and Women
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
Women
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville Women
University of Georgia Women
University of Kentucky Women
University of Tennessee, Knoxville Women
Vanderbilt University Women

11 Gators Named to USTFCCCA All-Academic Teams
Gainesville, Fla. - Wednesday July 25, 2012
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11 University of Florida track and field athletes were named to the 2012 U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division I All-Academic Track & Field team. A total of 1,107 student-athletes compose both the men’s and women’s teams, while a record-number 676 athletes were honored on the women’s side.

Out of the 11, three athletes were SEC Champions and one was an NCAA Champion. Freshman Hugh Graham, Jr. (Miami, Fla.) was a member of both the SEC and NCAA Outdoor Champion men’s 4x400-meter relay team, running the second leg for the Gators. Freshman Taylor Burke (Medina, Ohio) was the SEC Outdoor Champion in the women’s high jump and was named an All-American in the event at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championships.

Senior Genevieve LaCaze (Queensland, Australia) earns her final honor as a Gator, having racked up three SEC titles outdoors (women’s 1,500 meters, 5,000 meters, 3,000-meter steeplechase) en route to being named the SEC Commissioner’s Trophy winner. She was the SEC Co-Women’s Runner of the Year and the USTFCCCA South Region Women’s Track Athlete of the Year before her second-place finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. LaCaze will represent her country in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the 2012 Olympic Games.

To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have met either of the following athletic standards: for the indoor season, a student-athlete must have finished the regular season ranked in the national top 96 in an individual event or ranked in the national top 48 (collective listing) in a relay event on the official NCAA POP list provided by TFRRS.org; for the outdoor season, a student-athlete must have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships (including preliminary rounds).

Athlete Year Event Major
MEN
Tyler Cardillo Freshman Distance Social and Behavioral Sciences
Hugh Graham, Jr. Freshman Sprints Criminology
Mark Parrish Sophomore Distance Mechanical Engineering
David Triassi Junior Throws Finance
WOMEN
Taylor Burke Freshman Jumps Telecommunication
Kaitlin Davis Junior Throws Microbiology and Cell Science
Bria Goodson Freshman Sprints Social and Behavioral Sciences
Shelby Hayes Sophomore Distance Health Education and Behavior
Fidela James Senior Throws Education
Genevieve LaCaze Senior Distance Applied Physiology & Kinesiology: Fitness Wellness
Stephanie Strasser Sophomore Distance Political Science

2012 Spring SEC Academic Honor Roll
Birmingham, Ala. - Monday July 9, 2012
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Birmingham, Ala. -- A total of 1,038 student-athletes were named to the 2012 Spring SEC Academic Honor Roll, Monday by SEC Commissioner Mike Slive.

The 2012 Spring SEC Academic Honor Roll is based on grades from the 2011 Summer, 2011 Fall and 2012 Spring terms.

Any student-athlete who participates in a Southeastern Conference championship sport or a student-athlete who participates in a sport listed on his/her institution’s NCAA Sports Sponsorship Form is eligible for nomination to the Academic Honor Roll. The following criteria should be followed: (1) A student-athlete must have a grade point average of 3.00 or above for either the preceding academic year (two semesters or three quarters) or have a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or above at the nominating institution. (2) If a student-athlete attends summer school, his/her grade point average during the summer academic term must be included in the calculation used to determine eligibility for the Academic Honor Roll. (3) Student-athletes eligible for the Honor Roll include those receiving an athletics scholarship, recipients of an athletics award (i.e., letter winner), and non-scholarship student-athletes who have been on a varsity team for two seasons. (4) Prior to being nominated, a student-athlete must have successfully completed 24 semester or 36 quarter hours of non-remedial academic credit toward a baccalaureate degree at the nominating institution. (5) The student-athlete must have been a member of a varsity team for the sport’s entire NCAA Championship segment.


The complete list of University of Florida 2011 Spring SEC Academic Honor Roll recipients can be found here.


Gators Place 38 on the 2012 Spring SEC Academic Honor Roll
Gainesville, Fl. - Tuesday July 10, 2012
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The University of Florida track and field programs were honored by the SEC, as a total of 38 student-athletes were named to the 2012 Spring SEC Academic Honor Roll released by league commissioner Mike Slive this week. The list featured 15 athletes from the men’s track and field roster and 23 athletes from the women’s track and field squad.

The 38 track and field honorees are part of 92 student-athletes selected to the SEC Academic Honor Roll from the University of Florida for the Spring 2012 semester.

The 2011-12 season was a historic year for the Gators. The men won the 2012 NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships, becoming the first team to sweep both NCAA titles since 2003 and one of just six programs to ever win both. The Gators claimed their third-consecutive NCAA Indoor title and the Orange and Blue are only one of three programs to win three in a row.

The NCAA Outdoor Championship was the team’s first and gave the Florida athletics program three NCAA titles for the 2011-12 season (men’s indoor track and field, women’s tennis).

The Florida women won their second SEC Indoor Championship in three years and their seventh overall. The 23 track and field honorees were the most for any Florida women’s team this spring.

The 2012 Spring SEC Academic Honor Roll is based on grades from the 2011 Summer, 2011 Fall and 2012 Spring terms.

To be recognized to the SEC Academic Honor Roll, each student-athlete must 1) have a GPA of 3.00 for either the preceding academic year or have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above at the nominating institution; 2) be on scholarship, a letterwinner or have participated on a varsity team for two years if non-scholarship; 3) have completed 24 semester hours of non-remedial credit at the nominating institution; and 4) have been a member of the varsity team for the sport’s entire NCAA Championship segment.

The complete list of University of Florida 2011 Spring SEC Academic Honor Roll recipients can be found here.

WOMEN
Darshay Davis W. Track & Field Journalism
Ashley Miller
W. Track & Field Recreation & Event Management
Kaitlin Davis
W. Track & Field
Microbiology
Fawn Miller
W. Track & Field Criminology
Sarah Davis
W. Track & Field
Journalism
Alexis Muniz
W. Track & Field Biology
Katrina Dekrey
W. Track & Field
Sociology
Mandy Perkins
W. Track & Field Advertising
Rebecca Goldring
W. Track & Field
Sociology
Caitlin Schuessler
W. Track & Field Anthropology & Criminology
Lorraine Graham
W. Track & Field
Recreation & Event Management
Claire Spurling
W. Track & Field Fitness/Wellness
Shelby Hayes
W. Track & Field
Health Education & Behavior Stephanie Strasser W. Track & Field Political Science
Fidela James
W. Track & Field
Education
Alishea Usery
W. Track & Field Recreation & Event Management
Genevieve LaCaze
W. Track & Field
Applied Physiology & Kinesiology
Ashley Usery
W. Track & Field Youth and Community Sciences
Rebecca Lowe
W. Track & Field
MA in International Business
Olivia Walton
W. Track & Field Finance
Cory McGee
W. Track & Field
Political Science
Gissell Warner
W. Track & Field Psychology
Keely Medeiros
W. Track & Field
Sport Management
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MEN
Anthony Amodio
M. Track & Field
Exercise Physiology
Joshua Pederson M. Track & Field Elementary Education
Tyler Davidson M. Track & Field Political Science Jeremy Postin
M. Track & Field
Recreation Programming
Max Lang
M. Track & Field
Statistics Scott Summers M. Track & Field Physics
Luc Lawrence M. Track & Field Mathematics Jovon Toppin
M. Track & Field
Tourism and Hospitality Management
David Levin
M. Track & Field
Exercise Physiology David Triassi M. Track & Field Finance
Kyle Mailloux M. Track & Field Mechanical Engineering
Daniel Wehunt M.
M. Track & Field
Sport Management
Kemal Mesic
M. Track & Field
Anthropology
Derek Wehunt M.
M. Track & Field
Anthropology
Mark Parrish M. Track & Field Mechanical Engineering a a a

Qualifiers Announced for NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships Preliminary Rounds
Gainesville, Fla. - Thursday May 17, 2012
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The NCAA has released its list of qualifiers for the track and field preliminary rounds, slated for May 24-26, 2012 in Jacksonville, Fla. Florida has qualified 45 slots (21 men, 24 women) for the upcoming preliminary meet.

The Gator men have placed in the top three at the last three NCAA Outdoor Championships, while the Florida women recorded a third-place finish at the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Championships. 48 individual qualifiers and 24 relay teams from each region will compete at either the East or West Preliminary Rounds, as the qualifiers are then whittled down to 24 individuals and 12 relays who will advance to the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.

A full list of Florida’s qualifiers for the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds is below:
Men Women

· Dwight Barbiasz (Men’s High Jump
· Tyler Cardillo (Men’s 800 Meters)
· Omar Craddock (Men’s Long Jump)
· Omar Craddock (Men’s Triple Jump)
· Jeff Demps (Men’s 100 Meters)
· Marquis Dendy (Men’s Long Jump)
· Marquis Dendy (Men’s Triple Jump)
· Dedric Dukes (Men’s 200 Meters)
· Hugh Graham, Jr. (Men’s 400 Meters)
· Frankie Hammond, Jr. (Men’s High Jump)
· Josh Izewski (Men’s 5,000 Meters)
· Eddie Lovett (Men’s 110 Meter Hurdles)
· Tony McQuay (Men’s 400 Meters)
· John Mitchell (Men’s 800 Meters)
· Mark Parrish (Men’s 3,000 Meter Steeplechase)
· Jeremy Postin (Men’s Hammer Throw)
· Leonardo Seymore (Men’s 200 Meters)
· David Triassi (Men’s Hammer Throw)
· Stipe Zunic (Men’s Javelin Throw)
· Men’s 4x100-Meter Relay
· Men’s 4x400-Meter Relay

· Ciarra Brewer (Women’s Triple Jump)
· Amani Bryant (Women’s 400 Meter Hurdles)
· Taylor Burke (Women’s High Jump)
· Callie Cooper (Women’s 10,000 Meters)
· Darshay Davis (Women’s 100 Meters)
· Darshay Davis (Women’s 200 Meters)
· Kaitlin Davis (Women’s Discus Throw)
· Ebony Eutsey (Women’s 400 Meters)
· Lorraine Graham (Women’s Long Jump)
· Daniela Griffin (Women’s Long Jump)
· Brittany Harrell (Women’s Heptathlon
· Shelby Hayes (Women’s 1,500 Meters)
· Genevieve LaCaze (Women’s 3,000 Meter Steeplechase)
· Cory McGee (Women’s 1,500 Meters)
· Ashley Miller (Women’s Discus Throw)
· Ugonna Ndu (Women’s 100 Meter Hurdles)
· Ugonna Ndu (Women’s 400 Meter Hurdles)
· Florence Ngetich (Women’s 10,000 Meters)
· Mandy Perkins (Women’s 1,500 Meters)
· Stephanie Strasser (Women’s 3,000 Meter Steeplechase)
· Agata Strausa (Women’s 1,500 Meters)
· Ashley Usery (Women’s 400 Meter Hurdles)
· Lanie Whittaker (Women’s 400 Meters)
· Women’s 4x400-Meter Relay


LaCaze Runs Record-Setting Sunday as Gators Earn Eight Titles on Final Day of SEC Outdoor Champs
Baton Rouge, La. - Sunday May 13, 2012
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The University of Florida men’s and women’s track & field teams finished the 2012 Southeastern Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships with a dozen individual titles, including eight on the final day of competition at Bernie Moore Stadium on the campus of LSU. The Florida women earned a runner-up finish with 138 points and the Florida men came in fourth with 93 points overall. LSU’s women and Arkansas’ men claimed the 2012 SEC Outdoor Championships.

Senior distance runner Genevieve LaCaze (Queensland, Australia) made history on Sunday as she took home the 2012 SEC Commissioner’s Trophy, scoring 30 points as the SEC champion in the women’s 3,000 meter steeplechase, the women’s 1,500 meters and the women’s 5,000 meters. LaCaze is the first female athlete in the history of the SEC to ever win those three events.

“I’m extremely proud of Gen and everything she’s done this weekend,” Florida head coach Mike Holloway said. “It’s the first time anyone has ever been able to win those three events and I doubt it’ll ever happen again. To be able to watch her make history, that’s special.”

LaCaze is the first Florida female to win the Commissioner’s Trophy outdoors since LaQuanda Cotton shared the honors in 2002 and ties as the highest point-scorer in Gator women’s track & field history alongside Shelly Steely in 1985. LaCaze is the highest scorer at the SEC meet on both the men’s and the women’s side since Georgia’s Hyleas Fountain in 2004...

Throwers Ashley Miller (Miami Beach, Fla.) and Kaitlin Davis (Niceville, Fla.) scored for the Florida women in the discus, as Miller finished fourth with her mark of 51.26m/168-2 and Davis came in seventh with a throw of 47.06m/154-5. The two combined for seven points for the Orange and Blue.

Next up for the Gators is the NCAA East Preliminary Round, hosted by the University of North Florida, May 24-26.


Demps Runs Nation's Fastest 100 Meters En Route to Texas Relays Title
Austin, Texas. - Saturday March 31, 2012
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Senior sprinter Jeff Demps (Winter Garden, Fla.) claimed the men’s 100 meters university crown at the 85th Annual Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays on a breezy Saturday afternoon. The fourth and final day of competition at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas, Austin proved to be a windy one, with nearly every race marked as wind-aided.

“With Jeff, we’re seeing the results of his early training,” Florida head coach Mike Holloway said. “I think we’d both say that this wasn’t his most technical race. We’re pleased that he won in such a great field but we’re looking forward to his growth throughout the season.”

Demps ran the third-fastest all-conditions time of his career, racing to a first-place finish with a performance of 10.01 (+2.9). Demps has twice turned in 9.96 wind-aided performances in his Gator tenure and his 10.01 is the fastest all-conditions time in the nation this season...

Another impressive performance for the Gators was junior thrower Kaitlin Davis (Niceville, Fla.), who finished second in the “B” section of the women’s discus, throwing the furthest of any Florida female in the discus this weekend with a toss of 49.26m/161-7.

“Kaitlin is a very steady athlete,” Holloway said. “She listens well to Coach (Steve) Lemke and she did incredibly well this weekend.”

Florida’s relay squads also put forth solid performances on Saturday. Florida’s men’s 4x400 meter relay, comprised of Hugh Graham, Jr. (Miami, Fla.), Dedric Dukes (Miami, Fla.), Leonardo Seymore (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) and Tony McQuay (Riviera Beach, Fla.), finished third overall with a time of 3:05.22, with less than a second separating the top three teams (LSU – 3:04.54; Baylor – 3:04.67).

The women’s 4x400 meter relay, featuring Ebony Eutsey (Miami, Fla.), Alishea Usery (St. Louis, Mo.), Ugonna Ndu (Newark, N.J.) and Lanie Whittaker (Miami, Fla.), placed fourth in 3:33.13, improving on their preliminary time by over two seconds (3:35.41).

The Gators’ men’s 4x100 meter relay, composed by Demps, Graham, Jr., Seymore and Dukes, finished fifth overall with a time of 39.26.

“I think all of our performances, including our relays and throws, show we’re training hard,” Holloway said. “We’ve learned a lot being here. I said yesterday that we came here to be a factor and I think we were. We competed against the better teams and better athletes in the nation and I think we got better. Now we’re ready to focus on Florida Relays and the rest of our outdoor season.”


Gators Finish Competition at UCF Invitational
Orlando, Fl. - Saturday March 24, 2012
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The University of Florida track and field teams finished the weekend at the UCF Invitational in Orlando, Fla. on Saturday.

Senior thrower Keely Medeiros (Blumenau-SC, Brazil) had the highest finish of the day for the Gators, placing second in the women’s shot put with a toss of 16.52m/54-2.50. Medeiros was also solid in the discus, finishing sixth with a mark of 48.87m/160-4.

“Keely had a good outing in both shot put and discus,” Florida head coach Mike Holloway said. “This was one of her top-five throws all-time and I think she’s setting herself up well for a strong outdoor season.”

The women’s discus was big for the Gator women on Saturday, as junior Ashley Miller (Miami Beach, Fla.) came in fourth in the event with a throw of 50.89m/166-11 and junior Kaitlin Davis (Niceville, Fla.) finished eighth with a toss of 47.45m/155-8 to go along with Medeiros’ sixth-place finish.

Sophomore multi-event athlete Brittany Harrell (McComb, Miss.) competed in both the high jump and the 100-meter hurdles on Saturday in preparation for the women’s heptathlon at next weekend’s Texas Relays. Harrell was strong in both events, finishing sixth in the high jump by clearing 1.68m/5-6 and 13th in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.42.

“Brittany had a great indoor season and it’s carrying over to outdoor,” Holloway said. “With her high jump and hurdles today and her javelin yesterday, her fitness is great and she’s ready for next weekend.”

On the men’s side, freshman distance runner Tyler Cardillo (Punta Gorda, Fla.) turned in one of his best performances of the 2012 season with a fourth-place finish in the men’s 800, running to a time of 1:50.37.

Overall, it was a good effort this weekend,” Holloway said. “We had solid efforts across the board. We’re looking forward to next week and the Texas Relays.”


Florida Women's Track & Field Earns USTFCCCA All-Academic Team Honors
Gainesville, Fl. -Thursday Aug 11, 2011
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The University of Florida women’s track & field team earned a spot on the women’s 2011 Division I All-Academic Track & Field Teams list, the USTFCCCA announced on Thursday. A total of 164 institutions earned the distinction as a result of a cumulative team GPA of 3.00 or better.

The Gators were one of six Southeastern Conference women’s teams honored by the USTFCCCA, including Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee.

The Florida women’s track & field team posted a runner-up finish at the 2011 SEC Outdoor Championships, with junior Genevieve LaCaze (Queensland, Australia) capturing the women’s steeplechase title and freshman Fawn Miller (Stoneboro, Pa.) winning the first SEC javelin title of her career. At the 2011 SEC Indoor Championships, junior thrower Fidela James (Jacksonville, Fla.) won her first SEC title in the weight throw and freshman Cory McGee (Pass Christian, Miss.) won the SEC title in the mile to lead the Gators.

At the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Championships, the women had three top-10 finishes, including McGee’s 10th place finish in the 1,500m, LaCaze’s school-record breaking steeplechase performance to earn fifth place and the women’s 4x400m relay team comprised of Ebony Eutsey (Miami, Fla.), Alishea Usery (St. Louis, Mo.), Danielle Williams (Jacksonville, Fla.) and Ugonna Ndu (Newark, N.J.) to capture fifth place in Des Moines.

At the 2011 NCAA Indoor Championships, the Gator women had two top-10 finishes courtesy of McGee’s 4:41.52 mile performance to place 10th and the women’s 4x400m relay team comprised of Eutsey, Lanie Whittaker (Miami, Fla.), Williams and Ndu that also took 10th.


12 Florida Track and Field Athletes Named To USTFCCCA All-Academic Team
New Orleans, La. - Thursday August 4, 2011
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12 University of Florida track and field athletes were named to the 2011 U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division I All-Academic Track & Field team. The 12 Gators honored are the most for the program since 2007, when 14 Florida athletes were named to the All-Academic team. A total of 1,083 student-athletes compose both the men’s and women’s teams, while a record-number 663 athletes were honored on the women’s side.

To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have met either of the following athletic standards: for the indoor season, a student-athlete must have finished the regular season ranked in the national top 96 in an individual event or ranked in the national top 48 (collective listing) in a relay event on the official NCAA POP list provided by TFRRS.org; for the outdoor season, a student-athlete must have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships (including preliminary rounds).

Athlete Year Event Major
MEN
Jarius Cooper Senior Hurdles Criminology and Law
Eric Foran Senior Pole Vault Food and Resource Economics
Jovon Toppin Sophomore Sprints Health Professions
Daniel Wehunt Sophomore Distance Sport Management
WOMEN
Darshay Davis Freshman Sprints Undecided
Kaitlin Davis Sophomore Throws Microbiology and Cell Science
Ebony Eutsey Freshman Sprints Undecided
Daisy Glasser Senior Pole Vault Horticulture Sciences
Lorraine Graham Freshman Jumps/Multis Undecided
Shelby Hayes Freshman Distance Exploratory Science and Engineering
Claire Spurling Senior Pole Vault Applied Physiology and Kinesiology
Danielle Williams Senior Sprints Economics

2011 SPRING SEC ACADEMIC HONOR ROLL
Birmingham, Ala. - Thursday June 30, 2011
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Birmingham, Ala. -- A total of 1,032 student-athletes were named to the 2011 Spring SEC Academic Honor Roll, Thursday by SEC Commissioner Mike Slive.

The 2011 Spring SEC Academic Honor Roll is based on grades from the 2010 Summer, 2010 Fall and 2011 Spring terms.

Any student-athlete who participates in a Southeastern Conference championship sport or a student-athlete who participates in a sport listed on his/her institution’s NCAA Sports Sponsorship Form is eligible for nomination to the Academic Honor Roll. The following criteria should be followed: (1) A student-athlete must have a grade point average of 3.00 or above for either the preceding academic year (two semesters or three quarters) or have a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or above at the nominating institution. (2) If a student-athlete attends summer school, his/her grade point average during the summer academic term must be included in the calculation used to determine eligibility for the Academic Honor Roll. (3) Student-athletes eligible for the Honor Roll include those receiving an athletics scholarship, recipients of an athletics award (i.e., letter winner), and non-scholarship student-athletes who have been on a varsity team for two seasons. (4) Prior to being nominated, a student-athlete must have successfully completed 24 semester or 36 quarter hours of non-remedial academic credit toward a baccalaureate degree at the nominating institution. (5) The student-athlete must have been a member of a varsity team for the sport’s entire NCAA Championship segment.

The complete 2011 Spring SEC Academic Honor Roll can be found here.


Gators Place 89 on SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll
Gainesville, Fl. - Thursday June 30, 2011
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The University of Florida placed 89 student-athletes on the 2011 Southeastern Conference Spring Academic Honor Roll, announced Thursday by league commissioner Mike Slive.

The 2011 SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll is based on grades from the 2010 summer, fall and 2011 spring terms. Florida shared the league lead for women’s golf and women’s tennis recipients, as each placed six on the Academic Honor Roll.

For the 2010-11 season, a total of 179 Gators earned spots on the SEC Academic Honor Roll (46 on fall list; 44 winter), making UF the only SEC school to place 100 or more student-athletes on the Academic Honor Roll each of the last 14 years.

To be recognized to the SEC Academic Honor Roll, each student-athlete must 1) have a GPA of 3.00 for either the preceding academic year or have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above at the nominating institution; 2) be on scholarship, a letterwinner or have participated on a varsity team for two years if non-scholarship; 3) have completed 24 semester hours of non-remedial credit at the nominating institution; and 4) have been a member of the varsity team for the sport’s entire NCAA Championship segment.

The complete list of University of Florida 2011 Spring SEC Academic Honor Roll recipients can be found here.

WOMEN
Callie Cooper
W. Track & Field
Horticulture Science
Alexis Muniz
W. Track & Field Biology
Alexandra Crabb
W. Track & Field
Biology
Mandy Perkins
W. Track & Field Advertising
Kaitlin Davis
W. Track & Field
Microbiology
Morgan Scherschel
W. Track & Field Psychology
Daisy Glasser
W. Track & Field
Horticulture Science
Caitlin Schuessler
W. Track & Field Anthropology
Rebecca Goldring
W. Track & Field
Sociology
Claire Spurling
W. Track & Field Applied Physiology & Kinesiology
Fidela James
W. Track & Field
English
Michelle Stegall
W. Track & Field Telecommunications
Genevieve LaCaze
W. Track & Field
Applied Physiology & Kinesiology
Ashley Usery
W. Track & Field Youth and Community Sciences
Rebecca Lowe
W. Track & Field
Management
Alishea Usery
W. Track & Field Recreation & Event Management
Keely Medeiros
W. Track & Field
Sport Management
Danielle Williams
W. Track & Field Economics
Ashley Miller
W. Track & Field Recreation & Event Management      
MEN
Jarius Cooper
M. Track & Field
Criminology
Joshua Pederson M. Track & Field Elementary Education
Eric Foran M. Track & Field Food & Resource Economics Alex Schanen
M. Track & Field
Aerospace Engineering
Gray Horn
M. Track & Field
Anthropology Christian Taylor M. Track & Field Anthropology
Lavaughn King M. Track & Field Information Systems & Ops Mngt Jovon Toppin
M. Track & Field
Health Professions
Max Lang
M. Track & Field
Microbiology David Triassi M. Track & Field Finance
Kyle Mailloux M. Track & Field Mechanical Engineering James Uthmeier M. Track & Field Master of Arts International Business
Tony McQuay
M. Track & Field
Sports Management
Daniel Wehunt M.
M. Track & Field
Sport Management
Douglas Nelson M. Track & Field Journalism
Derek Wehunt M.
M. Track & Field
Anthropology
Sean Obinwa
M. Track & Field
Sport Management      

Qualifiers Announced for NCAA Preliminary Rounds
Gainesville, Fl. - Friday May 19, 2011
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The NCAA has released its list of qualifiers for the track and field preliminary rounds, slated for May 26-28, 2011 in Bloomington, Ind. Florida has qualified 50 slots (28 men, 22 women) for the upcoming preliminary meet.

The Gator men have placed second at the last two NCAA Outdoor Championships, while the Florida women recorded a third-place finish at last season’s NCAA Outdoor Championships.

A full list of Florida’s qualifiers for the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds is below:


Men (28)

Women (22)

· Zane Breakiron (Men’s Javelin)
· Will Claye (Men’s Long Jump)
· Will Claye (Men’s Triple Jump)
· Jarius Cooper (Men’s 110m Hurdles)
· Omar Craddock (Men’s Triple Jump)
· Jeff Demps (Men’s 100m Dash)
· Eric Foran (Men’s Pole Vault)
· Frankie Hammond (Men’s High Jump)
· Dumisani Hlaselo (Men’s 1,500m Run)
· Gray Horn (Men’s 110m Hurdles)
· Gray Horn (Men’s Long Jump)
· Max Lang (Men’s Pole Vault)
· Eddie Lovett (Men’s 110m Hurdles)
· Tony McQuay (Men’s 400m Dash)
· Sean Obinwa (Men’s 800m Run)
· Jeremy Postin (Men’s Hammer Throw)
· Leonardo Seymore (Men’s 200m Dash)
· Christian Taylor (Men’s Long Jump)
· Christian Taylor (Men’s Triple Jump)
· Bryan Turner (Men’s High Jump)
· Daniel Wehunt (Men’s 800m Run)
· Terrell Wilks (Men’s 100m Dash)
· Terrell Wilks (Men’s 200m Dash)
· William Wynne (Men’s 110m Hurdles)
· Stipe Zunic (Men’s Discus)
· Stipe Zunic (Men’s Javelin)
· Men’s 4x100m Relay
· Men’s 4x400m Relay
· Callie Cooper (Women’s 5,000m Run)
· Darshay Davis (Women’s 100m Dash)
· Darshay Davis (Women’s 200m Dash)
· Kaitlin Davis (Women’s Discus)
· Ebony Eutsey (Women’s 400m Dash)
· Daisy Glasser (Women’s Pole Vault)
· Lorraine Graham (Women’s Long Jump)
· Daniela Griffin (Women’s Long Jump)
· Fidela James (Women’s Shot Put)
· Genevieve LaCaze (Women’s Steeplechase)
· Cory McGee (Women’s 1,500m Run)
· Keely Medeiros (Women’s Shot Put)
· Keely Medeiros (Women’s Discus)
· Ashley Miller (Women’s Discus)
· Fawn Miller (Women’s Javelin)
· Ugonna Ndu (Women’s 100m Hurdles)
· Ugonna Ndu (Women’s 400m Hurdles)
· Claire Spurling (Women’s Pole Vault)
· Ashley Usery (Women’s 400m Hurdles)
· Danielle Williams (Women’s 200m Dash)
· Women’s 4x100m Relay
· Women’s 4x400m Relay

Claye, LaCaze Claim SEC Titles on Day Three of Outdoor Championships
Gainesville, Fl. - Friday May 14, 2011
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Junior Florida jumper Will Claye (Phoenix, Ariz..) and junior distance runner Genevieve LaCaze (Queensland, Australia) each captured Southeastern Conference individual championships on Saturday to highlight the third day of the 2011 SEC Outdoor Championships, hosted by the University of Georgia at its Spec Towns Track...

Florida’s women currently lead the competition through eight of 21 scored events with a total of 50 points. Georgia is second with 49 points, while Arkansas and LSU are tied for third with 39 points. Host Georgia leads the men’s competition through seven of 21 scored events with 68 total points, while Florida is second with 51 points and Arkansas is third with 46.

The final day of the 2011 SEC Outdoor Championships begins at 12 p.m. ET Sunday. Live coverage of the running events will be available through ESPN3.com, while live results will be available at www.flashresults.com. Florida’s men are looking for their second consecutive league outdoor crown, while the women are seeking their second in three years.

“I think we had a great day today,” Florida head coach Mike Holloway said. “We started with the long jump and Will had a lifetime best with one of the top jumps in the world, and Christian had a season-best and he’s getting better every week. On the women’s side, we had two long jumpers coming in not seeded very high and they both scored. Kudos to both Coach [Dick] Booth for the men’s jumps and Coach [Brian] O’Neal for the women’s jumps. I thought our women did very well in the discus and I was proud of Stipe [Zunic] for going out and scoring in both the javelin and shot put today. We qualified very well across the board, especially with our men’s hurdlers today. We have a chance to do some special things tomorrow...”

The Gators tallied 13 points from the women’s discus event thanks to a trio of top-six finishes. Sophomore Ashley Miller (Miami Beach, Fla.) placed third overall with a toss of 51.09m/167-7, while sophomore Kaitlin Davis (Niceville, Fla.) was fifth with a throw of 49.56m/162-7. Junior thrower Keely Medeiros (Blumenau-SC, Brazil) was sixth overall in the women’s discus with a mark of 48.82m/160-2.

Women’s Discus – 3:30 p.m. ET

3. Ashley Miller – 51.09m/167-7 (6 points)
5. Kaitlin Davis – 49.56m/162-7 (4 points)
6. Keely Medeiros – 48.82m/160-2 (3 points)


Gators Continue Penn Relays Success
Philadelphia, PA and Des Moines, IA - Friday April 29, 2011
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The Florida track and field team advanced to two Championship of America finals at the 117th Penn Relays Carnival and thrower Keely Medeiros (Blumenau-SC, Brazil) set a pair of personal bests at the Drake Relays to highlight the Gators’ participation in two prestigious meets on Friday...

DRAKE RELAYS

Medeiros led the way for the Gators by winning the women’s discus and placing second in the shot put Friday at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa, site of the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Championships. Her output highlighted a series of strong performances by the Florida throwers at that event.

“Everyone competed well here today,” said associate head coach Steve Lemke. “It was very windy and it made for some challenging conditions, especially in the javelin. I thought our javelin throwers competed hard and the results weren’t necessarily indicative of how they threw. Overall, I thought it was a good day and everyone was solid. We’re looking forward to tomorrow.”

Medeiros, who switched to the glide technique from the rotational technique just prior to the start of the 2011 outdoor season, turned in a personal-best toss of 17.26m/56-7.50, which goes down as the No. 5 throw in program history. It bettered Medeiros’ previous personal-best toss of 16.64m/54-7.25, charted at the 2010 Pepsi Florida Relays. Her throw Friday goes down as the sixth-best in the country so far this season.

She then followed that up with the fourth-best toss in school history in the women’s discus at 54.91m/180-2 to win a highly competitive discus event at the Drake Relays. That bettered Mederios’ previous personal-best toss of 54.22m/177-11, charted at the 2011 Tom Jones Memorial Classic, to give her personal-best discus marks in two consecutive meets.

Teammate Ashley Miller (Miami Beach, Fla.) placed 13th in the discus with a toss of 48.49m/159-1, while Kaitlin Davis (Niceville, Fla.) was 18th with a throw of 46.78m/153-6.

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DRAKE RELAYS – FRIDAY-SATURDAY, APRIL 29-30, 2011 :: DES MOINES, IOWA

Friday, April 29, 2011

Women’s Discus – 3 p.m. ET

1. Keely Medeiros – 54.91m/180-2
13. Ashley Miller – 48.49m/159-
18. Kaitlin Davis – 46.78m/153-6


Gator Track and Field Impressive on Opening Day of Florida Relays
Gainesville, Fl. - Friday April 1, 2011
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The University of Florida track and field team won three events and sophomore thrower Jeremy Postin (Auburndale, Fla.) broke his own school record in the men’s hammer throw for the second consecutive week as across-the-board success highlighted the opening day of the Pepsi Florida Relays at James G. Pressly Stadium at Percy Beard Track.

“I thought we had a great day today,” Florida head coach Mike Holloway said. “When you look across the board, whether it was the field events, the middle-distance or the sprints, we got better in everything we did. We talked a lot about effort and getting better, and we saw that today.”

The two-day Pepsi Florida Relays conclude on Saturday with events beginning at 9 a.m. ET. Gates will open at 8 a.m. ET. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children and $1 for UF students with a valid UF student ID per day. Live results for the meet may be found at www.deltatiming.com. Complete coverage of the Pepsi Florida Relays can be found at www.gatorzone.com/trackfield/floridarelays.

“Tomorrow, it’s all about team,” Holloway said. “Relays are the ultimate team competition. We’re going to see a lot of pride and a lot of passion. I’m really excited to see the Gators compete tomorrow...”

Thrower Kaitlin Davis (Niceville, Fla.) placed third in the women’s discus with a personal-best toss of 46.74m/153-4.

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Gators Post Pair of Wins at Black and Gold Challenge
Orlando, Fl. - Saturday March 19, 2011
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Florida’s Daisy Glasser (Atlantic Beach, Fla.) and Keely Medeiros (Blumenau-SC, Brazil) each picked up wins in their respective events Saturday to open the 2011 University of Florida outdoor track and field season at the UCF Black and Gold Challenge in Orlando, Fla.

The competition served as a low-key start to the outdoor season for eight of Florida’s field athletes. Participating teams at the UCF Black and Gold Challenge include Florida, Jacksonville, Michigan, Texas and host UCF.

Glasser opened the day by winning the women’s pole vault competition with a leap of 3.80m/12-5.50, while teammate Claire Spurling (Jacksonville, Fla.) placed second with a vault of 3.50m/11-5.75.

Medeiros directed a 1-2-6 finish in the women’s discus, winning the event with a toss of 51.02m/167-5. Sophomore Ashley Miller (Miami Beach, Fla.) was second with a throw of 50.17m/164-7, while Kaitlin Davis (Niceville, Fla.) was sixth overall in the women’s discus with a throw of 46.21m/151-7.

Alexis Muniz (Coconut Creek, Fla.) tied for second in the women’s high jump with a leap of 1.65m/5-5, which tied her personal best outdoors.

The Gators return to action next weekend when they travel to Orlando, Fla., to participate in the UCF Invitational.

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Track and Field Holds Annual Banquet
Gainesville, Fla. December 14, 2010
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December 14, 2010

The University of Florida track and field team held its annual banquet on Saturday night at Touchdown Terrace in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium to reflect on a remarkable 2010 season that was highlighted by four top-four finishes at NCAA Championship events.

The list of accomplishments for the 2010 team is long and decorated, including the men’s 2010 NCAA Indoor Championship, the men’s 2010 Southeastern Conference Outdoor Championship and the women’s 2010 SEC Indoor Championship. Along with a number of individual awards presented on Saturday night, the Gators also recognized eight athletes who won at least one NCAA individual championship last season and 12 athletes who won one or more SEC individual championship a year ago.

It was the final official gathering for a decorated Florida senior class that included five-time NCAA Champion Mariam Kevkhishvili (Tbilisi, Georgia) and 18-time All-American Calvin Smith (Lutz, Fla.).

The list of honors and awards presented on Saturday evening are below:

Women’s Awards
Most Valuable Sprinter: Alishea Usery
Most Valuable Freshman Sprinter: Lanie Whittaker
Most Valuable Distance Runner: Charlotte Browning
Most Valuable Field Athlete: Mariam Kevkhishvili
Most Improved Distance Runner: Julie Northrup
Most Improved Field Athlete: Fidela James
Most Valuable Freshman Field Athlete: Ashley Miller

Men’s Awards
Most Valuable Sprinter: Calvin Smith
Most Valuable Distance Runner: Justin Taylor
Most Valuable Field Athlete: Christian Taylor
Most Improved Distance Runner: Josh Izewski
Most Improved Field Athlete: Jeremy Postin
Most Improved Sprinter: Preston Wilson
Most Valuable Freshman Sprinter: Tony McQuay
Most Valuable Freshman Field Athlete: Omar Craddock
Most Valuable Freshman Distance Runner: Josh Izewski
Captain's Award: Preston Wilson

Women’s Scholar-Athlete Awards
Freshman Scholar-Athlete Award: Kaitlin Davis
Upperclassman Scholar-Athlete Award: Rebecca Lowe

Men’s Scholar-Athlete Awards
Freshman Scholar-Athlete Award: David Triassi
Upperclassman Scholar-Athlete Award: Alex Schanen ...

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Proctor Defends Long Jump Title at SEC Championships
Knoxville, TN - Sunday May 16, 2010
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May 16, 2010

... Florida women put together a 2-3 finish in the steeplechase to pick up 14 points with senior Julie Northrup (Vero Beach, Fla.) running a personal-record time of 10:23.53 – the second-fastest time in school history. That shattered her previous personal-best of 10:25.79, achieved at the Penn Relays Carnival on April 22, 2010. Sophomore Genevieve LaCaze (Queensland, Australia) placed third in 10:30.12.

The Gators added 11 points from the women’s discus with freshman Ashley Miller (Miami, Fla.), the reigning SEC Female Freshman of the Week, placing second in the event with a toss of 50.12m/164-5. Sophomore Keely Medeiros (Luziana, Brazil) was sixth with a throw of 47.96m/157-4, while freshman Kaitlin Davis (Niceville, Fla.) just missed a scoring opportunity, placing ninth with a personal-best toss of 46.63m/153-0.

SEC OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS (MAY 13-16, 2010 – KNOXVILLE, TENN.)

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Women’s Discus – 5:30 p.m. ET
2. Ashley Miller – 50.12m/164-5 (8 points)
6. Keely Medeiros – 47.96m/157-4 (3 points)
9. Kaitlin Davis – 46.63m/153-0


Gators Win Two Events at Seminole Twilight
Tallahassee, FL - Friday May 7, 2010
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May 7, 2010

Freshman Florida thrower Ashley Miller (Miami, Fla.) turned in the 10th-best women’s discus throw in program history and the Gator track and field team won two events on the opening day of the Seminole Twilight Invitational hosted by Florida State University at its Mike Long Track.

“We got some good things done today,” Florida associate head coach/throws Steve Lemke said. “We knew it was just a matter of time before Ashley Miller did something special. That gives her some great momentum going into the SEC meet. It was also a good day for Mario Ariet in his first competition of the year coming off shoulder surgery with both of them being potential scorers at the SEC meet. We‘re looking forward to more good things tomorrow.”

Miller picked up her first collegiate victory with the discus win, using a personal-record toss of 51.53m/169-0. That mark shattered her previous personal-record throw of 45.94m/150-9, charted at the Tom Jones Memorial Classic on April 17. Junior thrower Keely Medeiros (Luziana, Brazil) placed second in that event with a throw of 48.43m/158-10, while freshman Kaitlin Davis (Niceville, Fla.) was fourth.

Thrower Mario Ariet (Gainesville, Fla.), in his first meet of the 2010 campaign, captured the men’s javelin event with a toss of 66.35m/217-8, while Doug Nelson (Tampa, Fla.) was third with a mark of 62.448m/206-2.

Junior thrower Kemal Mesic (Sarajevo, Bosnia) turned in a season-best throw of 53.67m/176-1 to place third in the men’s discus competition, while freshman David Triassi (Jacksonville, Fla.) was sixth overall.

The second day of the Seminole Twilight Invitational continues at 10 a.m. ET Saturday from Mike Long Track in Tallahassee. Live results will be available at www.halfmiletiming.com.

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SEMINOLE TWILIGHT INVITATIONAL (MAY 7-8, 2010 - TALLAHASSEE, FLA.)

Men’s Discus - 4 p.m. ET
3. Kemal Mesic - 53.67m/176-1
6. David Triassi - 42.08m/138-0

Women’s Discus - 4 p.m. ET
1. Ashley Miller - 51.53m/169-0
2. Keely Medeiros - 48.43m/158-10
4. Kaitlin Davis - 40.92m/134-3

Men’s Javelin - 7 p.m. ET
1. Mario Ariet - 66.35m/217-8
3. Doug Nelson - 62.48m/206-2


Gators Win 11 Events To Conclude UCF Invitational
Orlando, FL - Saturday March 27, 2010
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April 17, 2010

The University of Florida track and field team captured 11 events and set numerous personal-bests on Saturday to highlight a highly-successful day at the UCF Invitational at the UCF Track and Field Complex in Orlando, Fla.

The UCF Invitational marked the first meet of the outdoor season for many of the Florida competitors after an impressive indoor campaign that saw both the men’s and women’s squads post top-four national finishes, including the men’s 2010 NCAA Indoor Championship. Saturday’s competition also marked the final tune-up before the Pepsi Florida Relays begin this coming Friday.

“I thought we got a lot of good things done this weekend,” Florida head coach Mike Holloway said. “I was really pleased with the effort and focus of our team. Sometimes it’s hard to come out and perform with complete focus after the roller coaster of emotions we were on during the indoor season. I thought we did a great job with that this weekend. I can attribute that to our focus and the hard work of our athletes and staff. We just have to keep working to get better to be at our absolute best at championship time. We have a lot of great teams and individuals coming into Florida Relays and I think it will be a great test for us next weekend.”

Freshman sprinter Tony McQuay (Riviera Beach, Fla.) continued his stellar freshman campaign, winning the men’s 100-meter dash (10.57) and the men’s 200-meter dash (20.80). The men’s sprint corps was extremely impressive as five Gators placed among the top six in the 100-meter dash and four were among the top eight in the 200-meter dash.

Senior sprinter Calvin Smith (Lutz, Fla.), in his first meet of the 2010 outdoor season was second in the 200-meter dash (20.93) and fourth in the 100-meter dash (10.67). Rankin was second in the 100m (10.58), while sophomore sprinter Jeff Demps (Winter Garden, Fla.), running his first collegiate 200m, placed fourth in 21.17.

Both Florida 4x100-meter relay teams captured victories on Saturday. The women’s team, consisting of Madison McNary (Clearwater, Fla.), Alishea Usery (St. Louis, Mo.), Danielle Williams (Jacksonville, Fla.) and Shara Proctor (The Valley, Anguilla) finished in a time of 45.39.

The men’s team finished just outside of the school’s all-time top 10 in the event, clocking a 39.37. The relay group consisted of Jeremy Rankin (Aurora, Colo.), Jeremy Hall (Jacksonville, Fla.), Terrell Wilks (New Haven, Conn.) and Demps.

Sophomore thrower Keely Medieros (Luziana, Brazil) opened the day by winning the women’s discus with a personal-record toss of 49.28m/161-8, while freshman Kaitlin Davis (Niceville, Fla.) was fifth with a personal-record throw of 44.36m/145-6.

Medeiros followed up later in the day with a victory in the women’s shot put with a winning toss of 16.07m/52-8.75.

Alishea Usery turned in a personal-record time in placing second in the women’s 200m dash in 23.94 (+0.1). That eclipsed her previous personal best of 23.96 recorded last season. McNary and Williams placed sixth and seventh in that event, respectively.

Junior pole vaulter Daisy Glasser (Atlantic Beach, Fla.) won the women’s pole vault event with a mark of 3.80m/12-5.50, while sophomore Claire Spurling (Jacksonville , Fla.) was second with a mark of 3.50m/11-5.75.

Senior middle distance runner Carlos Phillips (Winter Park, Fla.) won the men’s 400-meter dash in a personal-record time of 47.28, while Preston Wilson (Orlando, Fla.) was second in a time of 47.54. Phillips bettered his previous personal best of 47.66 in the 400m dash recorded in 2007.

The men’s 4x400-meter relay team won its event in a time of 3:05.99. The squad was comprised of R.J. Anderson (Big Pine Key, Fla.), McQuay, Phillips and Smith. The women’s 4x400m, consisting of Michelle Stegall (Fayetteville, Ga.), Ashley Usery (St. Louis, Mo.), Williams and Ije Iheoma (Holland, Pa.) was third in 3:43.97.

Freshman distance runner Mandy Perkins (Ormond Beach, Fla.) claimed the women’s 1,500m run in a time of 4:37.09.

Junior hurdler Jarius Cooper (Palm Coast, Fla.) won the men’s 110-meter hurdles by clocking a time of 14.85 (-2.7).

Florida returns to action this weekend when it plays host to the 66th Pepsi Florida Relays April 2-3 at Percy Beard Track at James G. Pressly Stadium.

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