Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE
The Florida Gators track and field teams are in action today as they host their only indoor meet of the 2013 season, the Gator Invitational.
The Florida Gators will host their only indoor meet this season today at the Stephen O'Connell Center when they begin the festivities for the 2013 Gator Invitational. The one-day meet that includes teams from all over the state of Florida and a few from outside the state even includes some unattached athletes that will be participating through either sponsor exemptions or club team entry fees.
Pretty much the entire track and field roster is scheduled to compete* for the Gators, who remain ranked No. 2 (men's) and No. 5 (women's) in the country in the USTFCCCA Poll because the rankings won't be updated until January 22nd.
In action for field events (men): David Levin, Kyle Strawn and David Triassi (weight throw), Anthony Amodi, Max Lang, Kyle Mailloux and Jared Watkins (pole vault), Luka Mustafic and Strawn (shot put), Marquis Dendy (triple jump).
In action for track events (men): Eddie Lovett and Moriel Pitt (55 meter hurdles), Dendy and Antwon Wright (55 meter dash BLUE), Tyler Osorio and Jovon Toppin (400 meter dash), Mark Mutz and Harsha Torke (3,000 meter run), Wright (200 meter dash).
In action for field events (women): Jayla Bostic (weight throw), Caitlin Schuessler and Cristina Valdes (pole vault), Taylor Burke, Lorraine Graham and Alexis Muniz (high jump), Graham and Arlitha Mackey (shot put), Gissell Warner (triple jump).
In action for track events (women): Katrina Dekrey, Ashley Favors, Graham, Paige Morton and Ugonna Ndu (55 meter hurdles), Destinee Gause, Kyra Jefferson and Shayla Sanders (55 meter dash BLUE), Macy Huskey (one mile run), Dierdre Lee (400 meter dash), Sanders (200 meter dash).
For the first time in a long time, the Gators don't have an entrant in the 4x400 meter relay. This is most likely due to the fact that A) there is no point, as the Gators would most likely cruise to victory and b) coach Mike Holloway is getting to know this current roster set-up.
You'll also notice that the main name missing from the men's side of things is The Bowerman watch-list nominee Omar Craddock. Much like Jeff Demps last year, he's scheduled to miss events on occasion so that he remains fresh throughout the season. As for the women, Cory McGee, who was recently named SEC co-runner of the week is also sitting this one out.
You can follow all the action at Half-Mile Timing or GatorZone.com, including the official Twitter account of Gators track and field @GZTrackField. If you're interested in up-to-the-second results, Half-Mile's website or the GatorZone Twitter account are your best bets.
The meet itself begins at 2:00 p.m. ET and is scheduled to end around 8:30 p.m. ET (PDF). Tickets are, well, it's a free event so don't hesitate to check out the action at the O'Dome at no cost to you. The meet is open to the general public as well, so if you're not a faculty member or a student (or alumni), don't worry, you can still attend for free.
*Please note that at the time of writing the heat sheets weren't release yet, so the schedule of Gator participants is based purely off of the performance list.