The Florida Gators track and field teams began their 2014 indoor season in style over the weekend at the UAB Invite by dominating the field and setting a blistering pace that will be hard to keep up as the season progresses.
But I think they have a pretty good chance of keeping it up.
Out of thirteen total victories, nine of them came from the women's team who would have won the event had team scoring been kept. The men's team accounted for the other four victories in a meet in which both teams also set a building record.
In the women's triple jump, Gissell Warner took home a meet record with a best distance of 12.63m. Warner's victory in the triple jump was not the only victory for the women's team as Robin Reynolds and Taylor Burke won the long and high jump with a best distance of 6.38m and a best height of 1.77m respectively. Reynolds' and Burke's victories were also meet records.
To round out the field events, Jayla Bostic set a meet record in the women's weight throw by throwing for a best distance of 20.43m and yes, that throw was also a meet record.
In the 60m hurdles, Bridgette Owens set a meet record with a time of 8.20s in what turned out to be a pretty good Section B field. Destinee Gause took home the 60m title with a very solid time of 7.44s.
Cory McGee and Ebony Eutsey each took home victories in their respective events, the 800 and 200m sprints. McGee's winning time of 2:07.47s and Eutsey's time of 23.70s were both good enough to set meet records.
In the women's 4x400m relay, the team of Reynolds, Gause, Kyra Jefferson and Etusey set a meet record and a venue record with their fantastic time of 3:34.83s.
As for the men, Eddie Lovett got back to his winning ways rather quickly with a victory in the 60m hurdles. His time of 7.81s was a solid start to the season. Moriel Pitt won the 60m hurdles in Section B with a time of 7.97s.
Hugh Graham, Jr. set a meet record with his performance in the 60m dash with a time of 6.66s. Antwan Wright won Section B of the 60m dash with a time of 6.63s. The men's team would go on to score two more victories on the day with Arman Hall winning the 200m dash with a time of 20.80s and the 4x400m relay team of Najee Glass, Graham Jr., Nick Uruburu and Hall won the event with a time of 3:06.11s.
Their relay time was also a meet and venue record.
The Gators will be back in action two weeks from now in the Rod McCravy Memorial in Lexingon, Kentucky.