Roundup: Will advances to singles quarterfinals
Published: Friday, May 25, 2012 at 11:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 12:23 a.m.
Junior Allie Will advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Women’s Tennis Singles Championships with a hard-fought, straight-set win against Georgia State’s Abigail Trer-Apisha at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.
Later in the day the Gator doubles team of Lauren Embree and Joanna Mather earned a three-set win and marched in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Doubles Championships.
Will reached the round of eight for the first time in her career after bowing out in the NCAA Round of 16 the two previous years. The top-seeded Gator plays Texas A&M’s No. 7-seeded Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
Embree and Mather, ranked No. 22, upset California’s No. 5-ranked Annie Goransson and Anett Schutting, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, in their NCAA Round of 16 contest and will play Tennessee’s No. 10 Natalie Pluskota and Kata Szekely in the quarterfinals on Saturday at 2 p.m.
WOMEN'S GOLF: Florida finished in 12th place at 302-293-297-298—1190 in the NCAA Division I championship. The Gators were led by Camilla Hedberg’s 76-69-74-77—296, which was 14 strokes off winner Chirapat Jao-Javanil of Oklahoma at 69-73-70-70—282.
Alabama won its first golf title, holding off two-time champ Southern California by a stroke on the 72nd hole.
The Crimson Tide gave coach Mic Potter his first national title and first for a program in its seventh trip to the national tournament when senior Brooke Pancake rolled in a 4-footer for par on No. 18. It’s the third national title this year for Alabama, which also won in football and gymnastics, and sixth for the Southeastern Conference.
Alabama finished at 6-over 294 in the fourth round for a 19-over 1,171 total.
TRACK & FIELD: The Florida men's and women's teams continued their success Friday, as eight Gators advanced to Des Moines and four more athletes qualified for today's quarterfinals of the NCAA East Preliminary Round held at UNF's Hodges Stadium.
Junior Omar Craddock came out on top in the men's triple jump, continuing on to Des Moines with his jump of 16.55m/54-3.75. Freshman Marquis Dendy, who won the men's long jump on Thursday with his career jump of 7.81m/25-7.50, advanced in the men's triple jump as well, leaping to a personal-best mark of 15.55m/51-0.25.
Freshman Taylor Burke advanced to her first NCAA Outdoor Championships, as the 2012 SEC high jump champion cleared 1.81m/5-11.25 to finish third overall. There was a jump-off to determine the final three spots of the top 12, but Burke was in the clear, having only one miss on the afternoon.
Junior Jeremy Postin continued on to Des Moines in the men's hammer throw, using his fifth throw of the day to clinch his spot in the top 12, throwing 66.50m/218-2 and finishing third overall.
Sophomore sprinter Darshay Davis advanced to Des Moines for the second straight year, as she will compete in the semifinals of the women's 100 meters at the NCAA Outdoor Championships for the first time after her 11th-place finish in 11.48. Davis also advanced to tomorrow's 200 meters quarterfinals, finishing 11th overall in 23.49.
Sophomore Lanie Whittaker qualified for the women's 400 meters semifinals in Des Moines, finishing fifth overall in 52.22 and easily winning her heat. Whittaker will compete in the first individual NCAA semifinals of her career, as she was a member of Florida's NCAA fifth place 4x400-meter relay in 2011.
Junior quartermiler Tony McQuay won his heat and finished second overall with his time of 45.41, a season best and the fourth-fastest outdoors 400 meters time of his career. McQuay will look to earn his first NCAA 400 meters title outdoors after finishing second in 2011.
Senior distance runner Genevieve LaCaze coasted to her second straight trip to Des Moines, capturing her 3000 meter steeplechase heat in 10:00.68 and finishing fourth overall. The 2012 SEC Commissioner's Trophy winner and SEC Co-Women's Runner of the Year, LaCaze led the entire race and will look for her first NCAA title in Iowa.
Four Gators qualified for Saturday's quarterfinals, as freshman sprinter Dedric Dukes, sophomore hurdler Eddie Lovett and junior sprinter Leonardo Seymore joined sophomore sprinter Davis for Saturday's quarterfinal round.
Dukes and Seymore, despite running in separate heats, finished directly after one another in the overall standings of the men's 200 meters, qualifying for Saturday's quarterfinals. Dukes finished third in his heat and 12th overall with a time of 20.80, a new personal best. Seymore matched his personal best in the 200 meters, finishing in 20.81 and advancing to Saturday's race. Dukes will run in the second heat of Saturday's quarterfinals while Seymore will race in the third and final heat.
Lovett claimed his men's 110-meter hurdles heat and finished seventh overall in 13.66, advancing to Saturday's quarterfinal. Lovett owns the second-fastest time of his heat for Saturday, alongside Kennesaw State's Kendall Parks and behind Syracuse's Jarret Eaton, the 2012 NCAA Indoor 60-meter hurdles champion.
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