Florida rolls at Va. Tech elite
Craddock punches nationals ticket in triple jump, 16.34m
BLACKSBURG, Va. -- The Gator track and field teams finished the 2012 Virginia Tech Elite Meet on a high note on Saturday, earning five victories, four personal or collegiate bests and an automatic qualifying mark courtesy of Omar Craddock.
Craddock leapt an NCAA-leading 16.34m/53-7.50, earning third place on the afternoon and automatically qualifying for the NCAA Indoor Championships.
The Gators swept the high jump for the third consecutive meet, as Dwight Barbiasz and Taylor Burke turned in collegiate-best performances to take the high jump titles. Barbiasz tied his all-time career best with a mark of 2.23m/7-3.75, registering his best indoor performance of his collegiate career and moving to fifth all-time in Florida school history.
Frankie Hammond came in right behind Barbiasz in second place, clearing an indoor career best 2.18m/7-1.75 and moving to seventh all-time at UF.
Burke earned her third consecutive high jump title with a jump of 1.82m/5-11.50, her collegiate best and a personal best indoors.
Darshay Davis ran an indoor personal best on Saturday, winning the women’s 200 meters with a time of 23.91.
Tony McQuay earned his second 400-meter title of the weekend after capturing both the men’s 400 meter invitational title on Friday night and the men’s 400 meter open title on Saturday afternoon.
On Saturday, McQuay improved from his Friday performance with a time of 47.60. Jovon Toppin finished right behind McQuay with a time of 49.05.
The women’s 4x400 meter relay, comprised of Lanie Whittaker, Ugonna Ndu, Bria Goodson and Ebony Eutsey earned the fifth victory of the day for the Orange and Blue with a time of 3:35.18, the Gators’ best 4x400 meter time of the season and a victory by more than nine seconds.
Keely Medeiros continued her recovery from injury, throwing a season-best 15.85m/52-0 in the shot put to finish second on the afternoon.