The Florida Gators track and field teams scorched the field (literally) yesterday at the 2013 Gator Invitational. The teams combined for eleven event victories and junior hurdler Eddie Lovett set a school record as the Gators started out quickly and never looked back.
Not even for a millisecond.
Lovett's time in the 55 meter hurdles of 7.10 seconds not only set a personal best, but he broke a 23-year old Gators record when he crossed the finish line. That time also leads the NCAA this year and when you convert that time to the 60 meter hurdles, he's second in the NCAA overall.
The Gators also claimed victory in the women's high jump, pole vault, triple jump, weight throw, 55 meter run and 200 meter run. Along with Lovett's record run, the men's side also had victories in the triple jump, weight throw, 55 meter run and the 3,000 meter run.
Taylor Burke won the women's high jump with a best height of 1.80 meters. Caitlin Schuessler won her pole vault event with a best height of 3.55 meters and Gissell Warner won the triple jump with a best distance of 11.93 meters. Jayla Bostic provided the women's team with their final victory in the field events by capturing the weight throw with a best toss of 19.78 meters.
The men's victories in the field events came from Marquis Dendy in the triple jump (15.33 meters) and David Triassi in the weight throw (19.95 meters). The Gators also placed second and third in the weight throw courtesy of Kyle Strawn and David Levin.
The women's team also had victories on the track that came in the form of Destinee Gause with her 55 meter time of 6.96 seconds and another victory from Gause in the 200 meter run with a time of 24.16 seconds.
Antwan Wright claimed victory for the men's team in the 55 meter run with a time of 6.29 seconds while Dendy finished second in the same event with a time of 6.31 seconds. Harsha Torke gave the Gators their final victory on the track with his 3,000 meter time of 8:45.75 seconds.
Up next for the Gators is a two-day trip to No. 1 ranked Arkansas as they travel there for the 2013 Razorback Invitational. Joining the Gators in Fayetteville on January 25th and 26th are other top teams in the country such as Baylor, Florida State, Texas, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. The Razorback Invitational should give the Gators an early season challenge and a great opportunity to see where they are at this stage of the season.
As always, we'll keep you up-to-date with all the developments involving the Gators' track and field teams and the 2013 Razorback Invitational.