Postin earns bronze 2nd day of NCAAs

Published: Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 11:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, June 7, 2013 at 12:10 a.m.

Senior Jeremy Postin ended his career on a solid note, earning bronze in the men’s hammer throw on the second day of the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at historic Hayward Field.

“Another solid day overall today,” Florida head coach Mike Holloway said. “I was very impressed with Jeremy Postin. After some early struggles in the preliminary round, he bounced back in the final and fought back to finish third in a tight competition.”

Postin utilized his first toss of the finals to put himself within striking distance of eventual NCAA Champion Tomas Kruzliak, throwing a mark of 68.29m/224-0. Postin turned in his second straight podium finish after his NCAA runner-up performance a year ago.

Postin finishes his career as the Florida program record-holder in both the men’s hammer throw (70.73m/232-1) and the weight throw (21.60m/70-10.50), while also sweeping the throws titles at the SEC meets in 2012.

Two Gators and both of Florida’s 4x400-meter relays advanced out of semifinals Thursday, giving Florida eight combined finalists for Friday’s and Saturday’s race finals. Both triple jump finals also await the Gators during the last two days of the meet.

The men’s 4x400-meter relay squad, comprised of Najee Glass, Hugh Graham, Jr., Dedric Dukes and Arman Hall, won their semifinal and turned in the second-fastest performance of the day with their seasonal best of 3:02.64.

The time goes down as the 10th-fastest in Florida school history and Hall’s split of 45.46 was the second-fastest of the day behind Texas A&M’s Deon Lendore. The Aggies grabbed the top semifinalist spot in 3:02.38.

The Gator women’s 4x400-meter relay also produced a strong semifinal outing Thursday with their time of 3:30.48, their second-fastest time of the season and the first time the Gators used the relay lineup of Robin Reynolds, Ebony Eutsey, Ugonna Ndu and Destinee Gause.

“I was very proud of both relays today, especially the women who were running without Lanie Whittaker (Miami, Fla.), who is out due to injury,” Holloway noted.

Junior Eddie Lovett automatically qualified for the finals of the men’s 110-meter hurdles with his new all-conditions personal best of 13.29 (+2.1). Lovett was the third-fastest qualifier of the day and grabbed the fourth qualifying spot with his second-place finish in his semifinal. Lovett will compete in the finals of the men’s 110-meter hurdles at 6:16 p.m. ET Saturday.

“I was very pleased with Eddie Lovett today, running the fastest time of his career under all conditions,” Holloway said. “He’s set himself up well for a great final.”

Junior Cory McGee advanced in the women’s 1,500 meters, crossing the finish in 4:14.87 to nab an automatic qualifying spot in the first semifinal. McGee led through the middle of the race and was in the lead pack to secure a spot in Saturday’s final at 5:19 p.m. ET.

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