I apologize for the lack of updates throughout the 2013 Arkansas Invite, but you can go ahead and blame the Chattanooga City Bowling Tournament for that if you'd like.
The Florida Gators track and field teams took home the women's team title and the men finished second in the overall team standings on Friday and Saturday at the 2013 Razorback Invitational. The women finished with 101 points, which was one point ahead of second-place LSU who finished with 100 points and was the only other team to score in the triple digits.
On the men's side, the Gators finished with 79.50 points and were 44.50 points behind winner Arkansas which had 124 points. The Gators as individuals did fairly well, but it is in these types of meets in which the lack of a solid distance program hurts them more than it helps.
The field events, jumps and sprints can only help so much.
But on that note, the Gators took home plenty of individual and team titles and both the men's and women's 4x400 meter relay teams brought home world-leading times. The men's 4x400 meter relay team ran a season-best and world-leading time of 3:05.93 seconds which is good for seventh-fastest in program history. The women's 4x400 meter relay team finished their race in what was also a season-best and world-leading time of 3:31.68 seconds.
As for the rest of the action on the track, Eddie Lovett finished second in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 7.70 seconds. He was bested by Caleb Cross of Arkansas in the finals by 0.01 seconds. Lovett had beaten Cross in the prelims and semi-finals of the 60 meter hurdles before their matchup in the finals.
Ryan Schnulle won the men's 800 meter run with a time of 1:51.42 seconds. The only other competitor the Gators had in that event, Daniel Wehunt, finished ninth with a final time of 1:54.17 seconds. Elsewhere on the final day, Ciarra Brewer took home the women's triple jump title with a best distance of 13.06 meters.
The final standings were as follows:
- MEN (TOP 5 ONLY)
- Arkansas, 124 points
- Florida, 79.50 points
- Nebraska, 70 points
- Georgia, 63 points
- Texas, 58.50 points
- WOMEN (TOP 5 ONLY)
- Florida, 101 points
- LSU, 100 points
- Texas, 87 points
- Arkansas, 80 points
- Georgia, 78 points
Next weekend the Gators will split up and attend meets in Lincoln, Nebraska and New York City. Those going to Lincoln will compete at the Frank Sevigne Husker Invite and those going to that big concrete jungle up north will be competing in the New Balance Collegiate Invite.