Florida closes strong at Drake Relays
Gators win 4x400-meter relay and hammer throw on final day
DES MOINES, IOWA -- Florida’s 4x400-meter relay team put on quite a show to end the 103rd Annual Drake Relays, earning one of two titles on Saturday for the Gators.
The quartet of Dedric Dukes, Hugh Graham, Jr., Leonardo Seymore and Tony McQuay used a team effort to come from behind and overtake Arkansas, as McQuay ran a blistering 44.03 anchor leg to give the Gators the victory. The 3:02.41 performance is a season best for the Gators, leads the SEC, ranks second in the NCAA and is eighth all-time in UF history.
“Very proud of the men,” Florida head coach Mike Holloway said. “This was a total team effort from our men’s 4x4. Tony certainly ran a great anchor leg and Dedric, Hugh and Leonardo put him in position to get there.”
Junior thrower Jeremy Postin broke his own Florida record for the second time in two weeks, winning his first Drake Relays title with a mark of 70.73m/232-1 in the hammer throw. Postin’s throw ranks third in the NCAA this season and leads the SEC.
“Very proud of Jeremy today,” Holloway commented. “He gets better every week and had a 10-foot PR today.”