Demps runs nation's fastest 100 meters


Published: Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 10:37 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 10:37 p.m.

AUSTIN, Texas — Senior sprinter Jeff Demps claimed the men's 100 meters university crown at the 85th Annual Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays on a breezy Saturday afternoon. The fourth and final day of competition at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas, Austin proved to be a windy one, with nearly every race marked as wind-aided.

“With Jeff, we're seeing the results of his early training,” Florida head coach Mike Holloway said. “I think we'd both say that this wasn't his most technical race. We're pleased that he won in such a great field but we're looking forward to his growth throughout the season.”

Demps ran the third-fastest all-conditions time of his career, racing to a first-place finish with a performance of 10.01 (+2.9). Demps has twice turned in 9.96 wind-aided performances in his Gator tenure and his 10.01 is the fastest all-conditions time in the nation this season.

His win marked the third Gator victory at the Texas Relays, as senior jumper Daniela Griffin and sophomore thrower Stipe Zunic took home titles in the “B” section of the women's long jump and the “A” section of the men's javelin throw, respectively.

Another impressive performance for the Gators was junior thrower Kaitlin Davis, who finished second in the “B” section of the women's discus, throwing the furthest of any Florida female in the discus this weekend with a toss of 49.26m/161-7.

Senior thrower Keely Medeiros matched her season's best shot put performance with a throw of 16.52m/54-2.50 in the “A” section of the women's shot put.

Florida's relay squads also put forth solid performances on Saturday. Florida's men's 4x400 meter relay, comprised of Hugh Graham, Jr., Dedric Dukes, Leonardo Seymore and Tony McQuay, finished third overall with a time of 3:05.22, with less than a second separating the top three teams.

The women's 4x400 meter relay, featuring Ebony Eutsey, Alishea Usery, Ugonna Ndu and Lanie Whittaker, placed fourth in 3:33.13.

The Gators' men's 4x100 meter relay, composed by Demps, Graham, Jr., Seymore and Dukes, finished fifth overall with a time of 39.26.

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