The Florida Gators track and field teams split their squads up this weekend for the Husky Classic and the Virginia Tech Elite meets that are taking place as we speak. In yesterdays action, the Gators (as usual) dominated the fields as they prepare for the SEC Indoor Championships that take place in Arkansas on February 22nd through the 24th.
The Husky Classic, which the Gators are using as a distance meet, saw a Florida Gator win the 5,000 meter open. Mark Parrish won the event with a time of 14:02.46 seconds as he defeated a field that included four other Gators. The women's contingent in Seattle didn't fare quite so well as Florence Ngetich and Callie Cooper finished 19th and 12th in their respective events.
The main draw of the weekend is of course the Virginia Tech Elite meet in which the rest of the teams are performing. In Blacksburg yesterday, Marquis Dendy took control of the NCAA and Eddie Lovett set a school record in the first-day of the two-day meet. Dendy's long jump of 7.99 meters is the best in the NCAA this year and Lovett's 60 meter hurdles time of 7.66 seconds matched his school record.
Scheduled to take to the track today in Seattle are the distance runners (as mentioned above), that mainly consist of Sean Obinwa, Ryan Schnulle and brothers Daniel and Derek Wehunt. As for the women's team in Seattle, Mandy Perkins and Cory McGee are among those in action today, starting at 2:45 p.m. ET.
Out in Virginia, today is mostly a field event day with some sprints mixed in. The shot put, triple jump, 200 meter and 400 meter sprints are on the docket and that means Omar Craddock is scheduled to compete. Craddock as you know, is one of the Gators' most highly rated and prized competitors.