No. 7 Florida edges out No. 6 LSU by one point at Razorback Invitational
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Florida, currently ranked No. 7 in the country, took home the team title at the Razorback Invitational this weekend, edging out LSU by one point at 101-100.
The team victory was clinched by Florida’s 4x400 meter relay. The foursome of Lanie Whittaker, Destinee Gause, Kyra Jefferson and Ebony Eutsey turned in a time of 3:31.68, the fastest in the world this year and the second-fastest time in Florida program history.
“We talk about that a lot, how the 4x4 is the last thing people see at the meet and it’s what they remember you by,” Florida head coach Mike Holloway said. “We always try to put our best foot forward with the relays and our women did a tremendous job. I think you also have to credit Texas for pushing us. They did a phenomenal job.”
Eutsey also ran a personal best in the women’s 400 meter, finishing second overall in 52.89. Her time is the second-fastest in the NCAA this year and comes in at eighth all-time in UF history. Saturday marked the first time in her career to race a sub-53 second quartermile indoors.
“I called her the PR machine this weekend,” Holloway said. “She PR’d in the 200 yesterday, she ran a PR today in the 400 and then put up the No. 2 time in school history with the 4x4. We’ve been working hard with her on her sprinting and it’s certainly paying off.”
The Florida women beat a field that included No. 5 Arkansas, No. 6 LSU, No. 12 Arizona, No. 13 Texas, No. 16 Georgia, No. 17 Baylor and No. 23 Nebraska.
Leading the way for the Gator women in the field events was sophomore Ciarra Brewer, who tied her career best in the women’s triple jump to take the Razorback Invitational title with her leap of 13.06m/42-10.25. The mark, which she also leapt at the 2012 NCAA Indoor Championships, is fourth all-time in Florida program history.
“Ciarra is getting used to working with a new coach and they’re getting into a groove now,” Holloway said. “I’m proud of her effort but she knows she has work to do and there’s more to come. I can’t wait to see where she is in four weeks when we come back here for SEC Indoors.”
Junior Agata Strausa won the women’s invitational 3,000 meters with a time of 9:18.51, good for fifth in the NCAA and second among SEC runners.
“I think we’re ready to get back to Gainesville and get back to work,” Holloway said. “We need to be humble and stay hungry for what’s ahead, but I couldn’t be more proud of the effort we put forth this weekend.”