The No. 1-ranked men and No. 2-ranked women's Florida Gators track and field teams held their own at the 2014 Tom Jones Memorial Invite on Saturday as they cruised to eight wins and plenty of other top performances during their final home meet of the season.
Led by five victories in the field events, the Gators showed exactly why they have one of the top track and field programs in the country. The Gators swept both the men's and women's hammer throw, saw a great victory in the men's 400m dash and set personal bests throughout the day.
Kyle Strawn's personal best victory in the men's hammer throw of 68.18m is likely the best throw we'll see from a Gator athlete for a while (but, hopefully not) as it was the second-best in school history. Jayla Bostic won the women's hammer throw with a best distance of 57.20m.
The other field event winners on the day were Taylor Burke, who won the women's high jump with a best jump of 1.74m, Ciarra Brewer who won the triple jump with a best distance of 13.15m and Marija Vucenovic who won the javelin with a best throw of 55.04m.
As for the running events, the Gators collected another three event winners on the day to go along with a couple of top collegiate finishes as well. Agata Strausa won the women's 800m title with a time of 2:04.64s and Ryan Schnulle took home the victory on the men's side with a time of 1:48.68s.
The final victory of the day for the Gators came via the men's 1,500m with Andres Arroyo setting a personal best with a time of 3:48.09s. There were other notable performances for the Gators but neither of them were able to claim the victory.
Antwan Wright, Najee Glass and Hugh Graham Jr., were some of the top collegiate finishers over the weekend but were unable to claim the victory because the meet is an invitational and there are a few professionals in the house. Another notable performance was that of Gabriel Aird, who was the top collegiate finisher in the men's 400m hurdles with a time of 52.64s.
You can view all of the final results courtesy of GatorZone's track and field page (PDF). Up next for the Gators is a scheduled split weekend of competition, as the Gators will be at LSU Invite on May 3rd and the Payton Jordan Invite on May 4th. The LSU Invite is in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Stanford University will host the Payton Jordan Invite in Palo Alto, California.