April 26, 2009

Freshman Florida jumper Christian Taylor (Fayetteville, Ga.) posted the second-best men's triple jump in school history and the Gators recorded four NCAA regional-qualifying marks on Saturday at historic Franklin Field to cap off one of the team's finest performances at the prestigious Penn Relays Carnival in school history.

For the weekend, the Gators notched 24 NCAA regional-qualifying marks and times, won four events and recorded a number of personal bests.

"I thought we had another great day today," Florida head coach Mike Holloway said. "We did well in the javelin this morning and had second-place finishes in the 4x2, Terrell in the 100 and Christian in the triple jump. I think sometimes people think just because we didn't compete in the finals of the 4x1 or the 4x4, that we didn't have a good meet but, across the board, this is the most successful Penn Relays we have had in my time at Florida. We're ready to go back to Gainesville, get healthy and continue to work hard as we prepare to host the conference championships."

Taylor finished as the runner-up in the men's triple jump with the second-best triple jump mark in school history at 53-5/16.28m.

Florida throwers Mario Ariet (Gainesville, Fla.) and Doug Nelson (Tampa, Fla.) started off the day with a strong performance in the men's javelin. Ariet finished second overall in the event with an NCAA regional-qualifying throw of 219-10/67.02m, while Nelson was third with a regional-qualifying toss of 214-2/65.30m.

The Gators placed second in the men's 4x200-meter relay finals, finishing in a time of 1:21.52. The squad consisted of R.J. Anderson (Big Pine Key, Fla.), Terrell Wilks (New Haven, Conn.), Jeremy Hall (Jacksonville, Fla.) and Calvin Smith (Lutz, Fla.).

Wilks, a sophomore sprinter, was the runner-up in the finals of the men's 100-meter dash, clocking an NCAA regional-qualifying time of 10.39, which matched his time that placed him first in the preliminaries of the vent.

Florida returns to action May 8-9 when it travels to Tallahassee, Fla., to participate in the Seminole Twilight Invitational.

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115TH PENN RELAYS (APRIL 23-25, 2009 - Philadelphia , Pa.)


Men's Javelin Championship - 11 a.m. (RQS: 61.60m) 2. Mario Ariet - 219-10/67.02m R 3. Doug Nelson - 214-2/65.30 R

Men's Triple Jump Championship - 2 p.m. (RQS: 15.00m) 2. Christian Taylor - 53-5/16.28m R

Men's 4x200m Relay Final - 2:40 p.m. (Not an NCAA event) 2. Florida - 1:21.52

-R.J. Anderson, Terrell Wilks, Jeremy Hall, Calvin Smith

Men's 110m Hurdles Final - 3:15 p.m. (RQS: 14.30) 9. Dennis Martin - 14.42

Men's 100m Dash Final - 3:40 p.m. (RQS: 10.55) 2. Terrell Wilks - 10.39 R

Men's 4x800m Relay - 4:25 p.m. (Not an NCAA event) 10. Florida - 7.27.23

-Ethan Philpot, Carlos Phillips, Justin Taylor, Lamarr Davis


* Mario Ariet - Men's Javelin - 219-10/67.02m R * Doug Nelson - Men's Javelin - 214-2/65.30m R * Christian Taylor - Men's Triple Jump - 53-5/16.38m R * Terrell Wilks - Men's 100m Dash - 10.39 R