AUSTIN, Texas — Senior sprinter Jeff Demps claimed the 100 meters university crown at the 85th Annual Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays on a breezy Saturday afternoon. The fourth and final day of competition at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas, Austin proved to be a windy one, with nearly every race marked as wind-aided.
“With Jeff, we’re seeing the results of his early training,” Florida head coach Mike Holloway said. “I think we’d both say that this wasn’t his most technical race. We’re pleased that he won in such a great field but we’re looking forward to his growth throughout the season.”
Demps ran the third-fastest all-conditions time of his career, racing to a first-place finish with a performance of 10.01 (+2.9). Demps has twice turned in 9.96 wind-aided performances in his Gator tenure and his 10.01 is the fastest all-conditions time in the nation this season.
His win marked the fourth Gator victory at the Texas Relays, as senior jumper Daniela Griffin, junior thrower Jeremy Postin and sophomore thrower Stipe Zunic took home titles in the “B” section of the women’s long jump, the “A” section of the men’s hammer throw and the “A” section of the men’s javelin throw, respectively.
Florida’s relay squads also put forth solid performances on Saturday. Florida’s men’s 4×400 meter relay, comprised of Hugh Graham, Jr., Dedric Dukes, Leonardo Seymore and Tony McQuay, finished third overall with a time of 3:05.22, with less than a second separating the top three teams (LSU – 3:04.54; Baylor – 3:04.67).
The Gators’ men’s 4×100 meter relay, composed by Demps, Graham, Jr., Seymore and Dukes, finished fifth overall with a time of 39.26.
“I think all of our performances, including our relays and throws, show we’re training hard,” Holloway said. “We’ve learned a lot being here. I said yesterday that we came here to be a factor and I think we were. We competed against the better teams and better athletes in the nation and I think we got better. Now we’re ready to focus on Florida Relays and the rest of our outdoor season.”