Roundup: UF track wins 10 events in opener

Published: Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 12:07 a.m.

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Sophomore Florida jumper Omar Craddock notched the team's first NCAA automatic-qualifying mark of the season, as the Gators claimed 10 events and posted three meet records Saturday at the Nittany Lion Challenge at Horace Ashenfelter III Indoor Track.

Craddock tied his personal-record indoor leap with a jump of 16.19m/53-1.50 to claim the men's triple jump.

Sophomore thrower Jeremy Postin won the men's weight throw, setting a meet record and a personal-best at 19.69m/64-7.25. Freshman distance runner Cory McGee directed a 1-2-4 finish in the women's mile. McGee set a Nittany Lion Challenge meet record to win the mile in a personal-best time of 4:46.70. Junior Genevieve LaCaze won the women's 3,000m run in a time of 9:34.42.

Each of UF's six competitors in the men's 60m dash advanced to the finals and placed among the top-eight in the event. Junior Christian Taylor won the event in a time of 6.79.

Sophomore William Wynne won the men's 60-meter hurdles in a time of 7.94. Thrower Kemal Mesic was the top collegian in the men's shot put, placing second overall with a throw of 18.93m/62-1.25. Junior thrower Fidela James posted two victories on the day, winning the women's weight throw and the women's shot put.

Senior Eric Foran claimed the men's pole vault with a leap of 4.60m/15-1 while junior Claire Spurling won the women's pole vault with a mark of 3.60m/11-9.75.

SWIMMING: Florida swimmers and divers combined to capture 27 of the 28 individual events as the Gators swept Florida Atlantic at the O'Connell Center Saturday. The No. 6 Florida women (4-3, 0-1 SEC) swam past FAU, 178-111, while the No. 5 Gator men (4-2, 2-0 SEC) beat the Owls, 175-114.

UF swept both relay events (200-yard freestyle and medley), helping extend its unbeaten dual-meet streak against FAU on both sides.

Sarah Bateman and Shara Stafford guided the women, combining to win five events (three individual, two relays) on the day.

For the men, freshman Brad deBorde and sophomores Cameron Martin and Jason Taylor were the only Gators to win multiple individual events.

TENNIS: UF freshman Olivia Janowicz won a pair of matches and advanced to the Flight 1 singles final at the Freeman Memorial Championships in Las Vegas.

Janowicz defeated North Carolina's Shinann Featherston 6-0, 5-7, 6-1 in the quarterfinals before downing Gator teammate Joanna Mather 7-5, 7-5 to reach the today's championship match.

Mather earned an impressive 6-3, 6-3 victory against Stanford's Kristie Ahn in her quarterfinal match. Freshman Alex Cercone dropped a tough 7-6, 6-3 quarterfinal decision to Arizona State's Kelcy McKenna.

At Knoxville, Tenn., Florida men's tennis senior Alexandre Lacroix and sophomore Sekou Bangoura Jr. posted two wins each on Saturday to advance into the quarterfinals at the SEC Indoor Championships at the Goodfriend Indoor Tennis Center on the University of Tennessee campus. The top-seeded and 11th-ranked doubles pair of Lacroix and Nassim Slilam also advanced to the doubles semifinals.

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