The Florida Gators track and field teams head to Austin, Texas this Friday and Saturday for the 85th running of the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays. The Texas Relays is a showcase event that features high school athletes from across the state of Texas (and elsewhere) as well as numerous universities and colleges from across the country. It even has an Invitational section that allows for competitors to compete even if they aren't affiliated with a college, high school or university.
The total number of athletes at this year's Texas Relays is astounding. There are of 6,527 entries this year. Yes, you read that correctly. In attendance this year are 200 college and university teams, 631 high school teams and 136 individual athletes that are unaffiliated with a program. Unaffiliated basically means that they'll competing under the Nike banner or a similar sponsor.
Though the Gators (and Gainesville) will see something very similar next weekend when they host the Pepsi Florida Relays.
Jeremy Postin was the only men's track and field athlete to compete as of this morning. He won the hammer throw title with a distance of 66.21 meters. That throw was the second best throw of his Gators career.
Also in action for the Gators in the field events are:
Dwight Barbiasz (high jump), Marquis Dendy (long jump) and Stipe Zunic (javelin).
In action for the Gators in the track events are:
Jeff Demps and Leonardo Seymore (100m dash), Eddie Lovett and William Wynne (110m hurdles), Seymore, Hugh Graham Jr., Dedric Dukes and Demps (4x100m relay), Wynne (400m hurdles), Demps, Graham Jr., Tony McQuay and Sean Obinwa (1,600m sprint medley).
The Gators do intend to run in the 4x400m relay but the runners haven't been announced yet.
There are a few ways to watch the action today and on Saturday. Texassports.com is providing live results online as they happen, and the Longhorn Network will be streaming the meet live online as well as broadcasting it on the television network. To be able to watch it online though, you'll have to be a subscriber to the channel through whatever cable or satellite company you have. Which is like eight people outside the state of Texas (maybe, Oklahoma?).