Florida Gators Track And Field Holds Form In Final Day Of Pepsi Florida Relays

The 2012 Pepsi Florida Relays is in the books, and the Florida Gators (men's) backed up their claim as the No. 1 ranked track and field team in resounding fashion.

Max Lang led things off for the Gators' men's team and finished eleventh in the pole vault with a height of 5.00 meters. While not his best performance, Lang's overall height is still pretty good. Kyle Mailloux on the other hand, finished tied for last (twenty second-place) with a final height of 4.60 meters.

Omar Craddock quickly proceeded to right the Gators' ship by finishing second overall in the triple jump. His jump of 16.71 meters was only bested by Aarik Wislon of Team Indiana Elite. Craddock therefore was the highest overall collegiate performer.

Dwight Barbiasz finished in seventh-place in the high jump with a best of 2.10 meters. In the same event, Ryan Summers failed to place due to not making the required first height of 2.00 meters in three tries.

As for the relay events: the 4x100 meter team finished second, the 4x400 meter team finished sixth and 4x800 meter team finished ninth. The 4x100 meter team consisted of Jeff Demps, Tony McQuay, Leonardo Seymore and Dedric Dukes. The 4x400 meter team was Dukes, McQuay, Seymore and Jovon Toppin. The 4x800 meter team contained John Mitchell, Daniel Wehunt, Tyler Cardillo and Sean Obinwa as the anchor.

As always (well, lately), the women's results and a small preview of next meet's action after the jump.

The women's team dominated the 1,600 meter sprint medley right out of the gate. The foursome of Darshay Davis, Alishea Usery, Lanie Whittaker and Cory McGee easily won the event with a time of 3:44.05 seconds. They finished roughly seven seconds over the next closest team.

The 4x800 meter relay team also won their event with an overall time of 8:44.41 seconds. Genevieve LaCaze, Sarah Davis, Mandy Perkins and Shelby Hayes combined to win by just under six seconds.

Keely Medeiros finished in third-place in the shot put invite with a very impressive 16.18 meter toss. Fidela James finished sixth overall in the shot put (non-invite) with a best distance of 14.36 meters. Also in the event with James was Arlitha Mackey, but she fouled on each of her three attempts and failed to score as a result.

Davis was back at it again in the 4x100 meter relay. She again ran the first leg and led the team to a fifth-place finish with an overall time of 43.99 seconds. Aside from Davis, the team consisted of Usery, Ugonna Ndu and Ebony Eutsey.

In the final women's event, the 4x400 meter relay, the Gators finished in third. Eutsey, Usery, Ndu and Whittaker completed the team event in 3:31.03 seconds. Their time was both a second away from second-place as well as fourth-place.

Both the men's and women's teams are off next week, but the action returns to Gainesville on Saturday, April 21st, for the one-day Tom Jones Memorial Classic. The Tom Jones Memorial Classic is always a special meet to those in Gainesville, because Jones, who was the longtime coach of the women's track and field team, passed away in 2007 after a heroic battle with cancer.

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