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Florida Gators track and field scores four overall victories at Virginia Tech Elite Meet

The Florida Gators track and field teams weren't at their best over the weekend in Blacksburg, Virginia but they still managed to come away with a few victories.


The Florida Gators' track and field teams didn't have their best weekend of their indoor season over the weekend but they still managed to come away with four overall victories and a few other decent performances.

Dedric Dukes got things going for the men's team on Friday with a personal best in the 60m dash with a time of 6.79s but it was only good for second place and Marquis Dendy finished third overall in the triple jump with a best distance of 7.65m. Not all was lost on the opening day of competition however as the Gators were able to secure three victories on the day with two of them coming in the field events.

Jayla Bostic remains a serious threat to win a championship in the women's weight throw with yet another victory in the event as her best throw was 20.86m. Bostic's throw set her personal best and at the time of the throw was the seventh-best in the country.

Jared Watkins won the men's pole vault with a best height of 5.20m which was good for ninth all-time at the University of Florida. Eddie Lovett secured a victory for the Gators in the 60m hurdles as his time of 7.74s was 0.06s better than second-place finisher Artie Burns of Miami.

Despite his second-place finish in the 60m dash, Dukes' weekend wasn't a total loss as he won the 200m dash with a time of 20.93s. With the SEC Indoor Championships two and a half weeks away, Dukes looks to be in prime position to lead the Gators to a high overall team finish.

Up next for the Gators is a scheduled split weekend of competition where the team is scheduled to compete at both the Texas A&M Invite on February 15th at the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium in what will be a venue preview for the SEC Indoor Championships and the Husky Classic on February 14th and 15th in Seattle, Washington.