The Florida Gators track and field teams backed up their preseason ranking with two victories at the FSU Relays and three victories at the UCF Invite. The victories at the FSU Relays by Shelby Hayes (1,500m) and Jimmy Clarke (1,500m) with times of 4:23.67s and 3:48.12s respectively were enough to give both Hayes and Clarke their first career victories.
The song was the same at the UCF Invite, with Kyle Strawn picking up his first career victory in the hammer throw with a best distance of 62.20m. His distance beat fellow teammates and (sometimes) All-Americans Jeremy Postin, David Triassi and David Levin.
On the second day of the UCF Invite, victories by Leonardo Seymore and Michael Burris in the 100m and 400m runs respectively with times of 10.56s and 47.89s were enough to consider the trip to Orlando a massive success. Burris' time was also a personal best and Seymore's time was wind-aided by +2.7.
Next up for the Gators will be three meets in one weekend as the majority of the teams will compete in the 86th running of the Texas Relays while select athletes will compete in the North Florida Invite in Jacksonville and the distance runners will travel to Palo Alto for the Stanford Invite.
The Texas Relays run from March 27th through the 30th and both the North Florida Invite and the Stanford Invite began and conclude on the 29th and 30th. For those of you who would like to read about the Texas Relays, you can visit the official headquarters here, courtesy of TexasSports.com.