Florida Gators track ends Tom Jones Memorial with collegiate record in men's 4x400 relay

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Before Saturday, no team had ever run sub-2:59.00 in the men's 4x400 relay.

That all changed in Gainesville as Florida's team of Jacory Patterson, Ryan Willie, Jacob Miley and Champion Allison ran 2:58.53 to close out the Tom Jones Memorial.

The Gators' mark on Saturday means UF now owns the collegiate records in the 4x100 (37.97) and the 4x400 (2:58.53). And the Gators men's team now holds the NCAA lead in both the 4x100 and 4x400 this season.

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The relay's record-breaking performance was the finale on what was an outstanding Day 2 of the Tom Jones Memorial. At their home track, the Gators had 28 personal bests, two school records, a national record and a collegiate record broken by the Gators.

Grace Stark broke the UF record in the 100-meter hurdles twice in one day with a mark of 12.67 in the prelims before coming back and running 12.58 in the finals.

Her mark puts her No. 10 in NCAA history and gives her the No. 3 time in the NCAA this season, but the No. 1 wind-legal time.

After setting a personal best in the 1,500 meters on Friday, Imogen Barrett lowered her personal best in the 800 meters by .37 seconds.

Her time of 2:01.65 sits third collegiately this season and is the third-fastest time in school history. Barrett now owns top-6 marks in both events in the NCAA this year.

The team of Dedrick Vanover, Tyler Davis, Jacory Patterson and Joseph Fahnbulleh ran 38.70 in the 4x100 to kick off the day.

All four came back and ran sub-10.20 in the 100 meters. Patterson and Vanover went 10.11 to move into the top 10 collegiately this season and into a tie for eighth in school history.

Fahnbulleh (10.15) and Davis (10.17) followed with personal bests and top-25 college times this year.

Jasmine Moore (14.07m/46-2) and Natricia Hooper (14.03m/46-0.5) went 1-2 in the triple jump and took over the top two spots collegiately in the event.

Baseball: Florida third baseman Deric Fabian hit a solo home run in the top of the 10th inning on Sunday afternoon to help the Gators salvage the final game of the weekend series against Vanderbilt in Nashville. 

Florida (22-14, 6-9 SEC) squandered a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the ninth after pitcher Tyler Nesbitt gave up a two-run home run with two outs to Vanderbilt sophomore Jack Bulger. Bulger also came through with the game-winning hit in the ninth inning of Friday night's contest, which the Commodores won 5-4. 

Brandon Neely started on the mound for the Gators, allowing three hits and one run with seven strikeouts over 6.1 innings of work.

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