April 25, 2010

 

Courtesy of Florida

PHILADELPHIA - Freshman Florida jumper Omar Craddock (Kileen, Texas) and the men's 4x400-meter relay each picked up wins on Saturday to highlight a strong performance by the Gators at the 116th Penn Relays Carnival at historic Franklin Field.

Saturday's activities took place in front of 54,310 fans - the largest single-day crowd in the 116-year history of the Penn Relays carnival.

That was nearly 3,500 more fans than the previous record-setting attendance mark set in 2002. The Relays also drew 117,346 fans over the course of the three-day event, besting the previous mark of 114,193 set in 2006.

Craddock, who just joined the team in January, turned in a personal-best leap and the third-best men's triple jump in school history, winning the event with a mark of 16.24m/53-3.50 on his final jump. That bettered his previous personal-record jump of 16.12m/52-10.75 recorded at the 2010 Pepsi Florida Relays. En route to the victory, Craddock defeated a number of the nation's top competitors, including the nation's top triple jumper, Alphonso Jordan of Georgia Tech, and Texas A&M's Zuheir Sharif, who entered the meet ranked No. 2 nationally.

The men's 4x400m relay team recovered nicely from a dropped baton in yesterday's preliminaries to claim the college final in that event.

Florida, running well ahead of the field for much of the final two legs, recorded a time of 3:05.40. The Gators finished nearly four seconds ahead of second-place TCU (3:09.30). UF's quartet consisted of R.J.
Anderson (Big Pine Key, Fla.), Tony McQuay (Riviera Beach, Fla.), Christian Taylor (Fayetteville, Ga.) and Calvin Smith (Lutz, Fla.).

Over the course of the weekend, Florida captured five events and set numerous personal-best times and marks.

"The Penn Relays is a unique experience and every college student-athlete should have the opportunity to experience it during their careers," Florida head coach Mike Holloway said. "It was an up-and-down meet for us, but that's going to happen. Our field-event athletes definitely showed this weekend just what a vital part of our success that they are. We had some bad luck in the relays, but that's just part of the sport. We're going to continue doing what the Gators do. We're going to get back to Gainesville and get to work on Monday to continue to improve and get better."

The Florida men's 4x200-meter relay team placed second in the Championship of America final, clocking a time of 1:21.53. The relay squad consisted of McQuay, Jeremy Hall (Jacksonville, Fla.), Terrell Wilks (New Haven, Conn.) and Smith.

The Florida women's 4x400-meter relay team was third in the college final in a time of 3:38.70. The quartet consisted of Lanie Whittaker (Miami, Fla.), Ugonna Ndu (Newark, N.J.), Alishea Usery (St. Louis, Mo.) and Ije Iheoma (Holland, Pa.).

Redshirt freshman thrower Jeremy Postin (Andover, Kan.), the school-record holder in the men's hammer throw, placed seventh in Saturday's event with a toss of 59.31m/194-7.

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117TH PENN RELAYS CARNIVAL (APRIL 22-24, 2010 - PHILADELPHIA, PA.)

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Men's Hammer Throw Championship
7. Jeremy Postin - 59.31m/194-7

Men's 4x200m Relay Championship of America 2. Florida (T. McQuay, J. Hall, T. Wilks, C. Smith) - 1:21.53

Men's Triple Jump Championship
1. Omar Craddock - 16.24m/53-3.50

Women's 4x400m Relay College Final
3. Florida (L. Whittaker, U. Ndu, Al. Usery, I. Iheoma) - 3:38.70

Men's 4x400m R1. Florida (R. Anderson, T. McQuay, C. Taylor, C. Smith) - 3:05.40