The Florida Gators track and field teams had one of their most successful weekends in history at the 2014 Pepsi Florida Relays as they set multiple college and world-leading times in numerous events. The Gators' teams will surely secure more points when the rankings are released tomorrow and they'll be well on their way to winning championships this year if things continue at this pace.
Bridgette Owens got things going for the Gators in the women's 100m hurdles, setting a personal best with a time of 12.90s. Owens' victory in the event came as she was the only Gators finisher in the top 20. In the women's 400m sprint, Robin Reynolds posted the fastest collegiate time this season with a time of 51.57s. Her time was also a person best and the fifth fastest time in school history.
But they weren't the only women to find success over the weekend.
In the women's 100m finals, Shayla Sanders finished with the top collegiate time of the race with a time of 11.29s. Kyra Jefferson set a school record in the 200m invite with a time of 22.78s, and she's now also the collegiate leader in that event. Becky Greene ran the eighth-fastest 1,500m race the Gators have ever seen with a time of 4:19.68s.
As for the women's relays, well, they were just as successful as you'd think. Greene, Lanie Whittaker, Cory McGee and Agata Strausa combined to win the women's distance medley with a time of 11:18.51s. The women's 4x400m team also finished first, as Reynolds, Whittaker, Destinee Gause and Ebony Eutsey finished their relay in 3:27.38s. Their time is school record and the second-fastest time in the world so far.
As for the men's team, they were just as successful as the women's team, if not more.
David Levin got the men going with a second place finish in the hammer throw with a best throw of 61.45m which is the third-best throw in school history. Eddie Lovett maintained his great form, finishing as the top collegiate finisher in the 110m hurdles with a time of 13.60s. Gino Hall became the collegiate leader in the men's 400m with a time of 45.19s.
As Sean Obinwa set records in the 800m (1:46.68s) and Dedric Dukes ran world-leading times in the 200m (19.97s), everything was overshadowed by the men's performance in the 4x400m relay. The foursome of Najee Glass, Hugh Graham Jr., Dukes and Hall ran the 4x400m relay in a world-leading time of 2:59.73s. The time is also the second-fastest in collegiate history and a school record.
The Gators are off next week but on April 19th they'll host the Tom Jones Memorial Invite for a one-day meet in Gainesville, Florida.