Roundup: Track takes three events in Texas
Published: Saturday, January 30, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 31, 2010 at 12:03 a.m.
Charlotte Browning, Mariam Kevkhishvili and Shara Proctor all captured event victories Saturday with Kevkhishvili and Proctor earning NCAA automatic-qualifying marks to showcase a successful weekend by the Florida track and field team at the Texas A&M Challenge at Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium.
In total, the Gators accumulated three event wins, two NCAA automatic-qualifying marks/times and eight NCAA provisional-qualifying marks/times over the course of the weekend, to complement numerous personal bests and standout performances.
“I thought we had a very good weekend,” Florida head coach Mike Holloway said.
Proctor turned in a collegiate-leading mark of 6.60m/21-8 to capture the women’s long jump event and break her own Florida school record of 6.50m/21-4.
Kevkhishvili, who is on the preseason watch list for The Bowerman – track and field’s highest honor — won her ninth consecutive indoor shot put competition dating back to the 2008 season, by posting an NCAA automatic-qualifying mark of 18.19m/59-8.25 in the women’s shot put.
MEN’S TENNIS: No. 11 Florida defeated Furman, 4-0, to open the ITA Kick-Off Weekend.
In a match that was delayed over 10 hours due to weather conditions, the team held its composure and rattled off four straight-set singles wins to take the match. Due to the delay, the teams agreed to start play with singles and only continue into doubles play if necessary to settle the outcome.
LACROSSE: The inaugural Florida team saw their first game action of the season in an exhibition game against the U.S. National Developmental team, dropping a 17-8 decision at the Disney Wide World of Sports in Orlando.
Florida will return to action Feb. 14 when the Gators travel to Princeton for their final exhibition of the season. UF opens the regular season against Jacksonville on Feb 20 at 6 p.m.