April 7, 2009

 

Courtesy of Florida

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Florida’s Genevieve LaCaze (Queensland, Australia) and Kemal Mesic (Sarajevo, Bosnia) each have earned weekly track and field honors from the Southeastern Conference for their stellar performances this past weekend at the Pepsi Florida Relays, the league offices in Birmingham, Ala., announced Tuesday.

LaCaze was named the SEC’s Female Freshman of the Week, while Mesic was named the league’s Male Field Athlete of the Week.

LaCaze, in the first outdoor meet of her collegiate career, posted a pair of top-three finishes and a pair of NCAA regional-qualifying times in the 1,500-meter run and the 3,000-meter steeplechase. She also set the school’s freshman record in both of those events.

LaCaze, who had never run a steeplechase in a meet in her life prior to Friday, won the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase in a time of 10:30.79, setting a new Florida freshman steeplechase record and shattering the previous freshman record of 11:08.96, set in 2001. Her SEC-leading steeplechase time stands as the second-best mark in school history in that event and makes her just the second person in program annals to post a time better than 10:40.00 in the event.

LaCaze finished third in the women’s 1,500-meter run, setting a new Florida freshman record in the process.

Mesic captured the men’s shot put with the second-best mark in school history with a throw of 63-9/19.43m at the Pepsi Florida Relays, competing in the first outdoor meet of his collegiate career.

Mesic currently holds the leading men’s shot put mark in the SEC so far this season, ranks tied for second in the NCAA and is 14th in the world currently with his shot put toss.

The University of Florida is home of the 2009 Southeastern Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships. For all of the latest information on Gator Track and Field, log on to www.GatorZone.com.

SEC OUTDOOR WEEK 2 ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
Male Runner of the Week: Trindon Holliday, LSU Male Field Athlete of the Week: Kemal Mesic, Florida Male Freshman of the Week: Tarik Batchelor, LSU

Female Runner of the Week: LaTavia Thomas, LSU Female Field Athlete of the Week: Rachel Laurent, LSU Female Freshman of the Week: Genevieve LaCaze, Florida