Women's track and field in first
Published: Saturday, January 22, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 22, 2005 at 12:14 a.m.
CLEMSON, S.C. - The fourth-ranked Florida women's track and field team stands in first place after one day of competition at the Clemson Invitational. The Gators tallied 42 points Friday to lead second-place Georgia (24 points) and third-place South Carolina (20).
"This was a good start," Florida head coach Tom Jones said. "It's always nice to score well against this kind of competition."
The Gators were led by the throws group as senior All-American Candice Scott and junior All-American Rachel Longfors took home first and third place in the weight throw with throws of 22.95m/75-03.5 and 18.99m/65-10.5 respectively.
"Rachel and Candice threw well," Jones said. "We expected a first and third finish, and they delivered."
Competition continues today.
For the second-ranked men, it marks their first defeat this season and drops their season record to 8-1 overall and 2-1 in Southeastern Conference action, while the third-ranked women's record drops to 5-2 overall and 1-2 in the SEC.
The Gator women got their meet off on the right foot as the 400-yard medley relay team of Maureen Farrell, Vipa Bernhardt, Candace Weiman and Caroline Burckle posted a season-best and NCAA provisional time of 3:39.65, to grab the win over the Tigers.
For the Gator men, the meet was a battle of SEC titans and despite the loss, Florida did turn in some of its best times of the season. Junior Ryan Lochte captured the win in the 400-yard individual medley in an NCAA provisional and season-best time of 3:47.39, while teammates Brian Hartley and Dustin McLarty raced to third and fourth finish in a clocking of 3:53.50 and 3:58.42 respectively.
The Gators return to action today as they travel to Tuscaloosa, Ala., for a dual meet against the Crimson Tide.
Batting practice begins at 11:40 a.m. at McKethan Stadium, with the full team workout scheduled to start at 1:15 p.m. All practice sessions and intra-squad scrimmages are open to the public.
The Gators will begin the 2005 regular season Feb. 11 at home against Charleston Southern at 6:30 p.m. McMahon directed Florida to a 43-22 record last spring and the squad's first NCAA Super Regional appearance.
He welcomes back 18 letterwinners, including eight pitchers and six position starters, and added 19 newcomers to complete the 40-man roster.
UF will open the season ranked 15th by Baseball America, 17th by Sports Weekly/ESPN and 22nd by Collegiate Baseball.
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