Can Jeff Demps win back-to-back 100 meter dash titles to open the season?
The Florida Gators track and field teams finally get a home game. Not that hosting a track and field event is all that common anyway. Teams generally host one (maybe two, rarely three) events in a calendar year. But this Friday and Saturday, the Gators host the 2012 Pepsi Florida Relays. They're expected to put on a show. The Gator men will enter the meet ranked No. 1 in the country while the women are currently ranked No. 11.
It's quite possibly the preeminent outdoor track and field meet outside of the SEC and NCAA Championships.
And no, I'm not being biased at all.
In action for the Gators (women) are:
Taylor Burke, Rebecca Goldring, and Alexis Muniz (high jump), Caitlin Schuessler and Claire Spurling (pole vault), Ciarra Brewer, Lorraine Graham and Daniela Griffin (long jump), Brewer, Trish Leger and Gissell Warner (triple jump), Fidela James, Arlitha Mackey, Keely Medeiros, (shot put), Manuela Burtsher, Kaitlin Davis, Medeiros and Ashley Miller (discus) and Burtsher (javelin).
Darshay Davis (100 meter dash), Davis (200 meter dash), Ebony Eutsey, Danielle Newsome, Michelle Stegall, Alishea Usery, Lanie Whittaker (400 meter dash), Sarah Davis, Shelby Hayes, Genevieve LaCaze and Mandy Perkins (800 meter run), Callie Cooper, Macy Huskey, Brittany Koziara, and Florence Ngetich (1,500 meter run), Amani Bryant, Katrina Dekrey, Ashely Favors, Brittany Harrell, Monique Harris, Paige Morton, and Ugonna Ndu (100 meter hurdles), Bryant, Harris, Morton, Ndu, and Usery (400 meter hurdles), Stephanie Strasser and Agata Strausa (3,000 meter steeplechase).
The women are also scheduled to participate in the 4x100, 4x400 (both "A" and "B" teams) and 4x800 meter relays. They are also scheduled for the 1,600 meter sprint medley.
In action for the Gators (men) are:
Dwight Barbiasz and Ryan Summers (high jump), Anthony Amodio, Max Lang and Kyle Mailloux (pole vault), Marquis Dendy (long jump), Omar Craddock (triple jump), David Levin, Jeremy Postin and David Triassi (hammer throw), Zane Breakiron and Stipe Zunic (javelin)
Jeff Demps and Leonardo Seymore (100 meter dash), Demps, Dedric Dukes, Hugh Graham Jr., and Seymore (200 meter dash), Michael Burris, Dukes, Graham Jr., and Jovon Toppin (400 meter dash), Tyler Cardillo, Luc Lawrence, John Mitchell, Sean Obinwa, and Daniel Wehunt (800 meter run), Eddie Garcia, JL Hines and Harsha Torke (1,500 meter run), Josh Izewski and Mark Parrish (5,000 meter run), Eddie Lovett (100 meter hurdles) and Michael Anderson (3,000 meter steeplechase).
The men are also scheduled to partake in the 4x100, 4x200, 4x400 ("A" and "B" teams) and 4x800 meter relays.
The university events start at around 12:00 p.m. ET on both days (the high school events start in the morning), and you've got a couple of ways to follow them. GatorZone will have live heat sheets posted upon the completion of every event, as will Delta Timing.