The Florida Gators track and field team got their 2012 outdoor season off to a decent start at the UCF Invitational in Orlando, Florida the past two days. While many of the Gators' NCAA Indoor Champions were idle, that didn't mean that there weren't plenty of fireworks.
On Friday, Stipe Zunic won the Gators' first outdoor title of the season with a javelin throw of 73.84 meters. Unfortunately though, that would be the only title for the Gators at the two-day meet.
Max Lang finished 9th in the pole vault with a height of 4.80 meters. Anthony Amodio and Kyle Mailloux, the other two pole vaulters for the Gators, didn't register on the scorecard. In the long jump, Josh Pederson finished 5th with a distance of 7.21 meters. Remember though, the long jump is Marquis Dendy's bread and butter so there will be no worries in that event as the season continues.
As for the hammer throw, the Gators finished about where they were expected to. Jeremy Postin came in 2nd with a distance of 65.81 meters while David Triassi (56.55 meters) and David Levin (49.67 meters) finished 4th and 7th respectively.
On Saturday -- which was largely a track day -- the Gators didn't have a runner finish higher than 4th. In the 400 meter run, Jovon Toppin finished 5th with a time of 48.88 seconds and Michael Burris finished in 6th place with a time 48.91 seconds. In the 200 meter dash, Toppin finished 14th with a time of 21.94 seconds and Burris finished in 18th with a time of 22.12 seconds.
Not really an all that great of a day for the two of them. But then again, it's early in the season and they haven't run competitively lately. That takes a toll on a runner.
In the 800 meter run, Tyler Cardillo finished 4th with a time of 1:50.37 seconds. His run was as expected. In the same event, John Mitchell finished 7th (1:52.47 seconds), Daniel Wehunt finished 8th (1:52.75 seconds) and Luc Lawrence finished 15th (1:55.34 seconds).
The Gators next head to Austin, Texas for the 85th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays. The relays begin on the 28th of this month, but as of now the Gators aren't expected to compete until the 30th. We'll keep you updated if the Gators do indeed take part in action on Wednesday and Thursday.