Florida Track and Field Commences 2011 Season at Nittany Lion Challenge

By: UF Sports Communications
By: UF Sports Communications

Gainesville, FL - The University of Florida track and field teams,
coming off highly successful 2010 campaigns that saw them earn four
top-four NCAA finishes, open their 2011 seasons this Saturday when the Gators travel to University Park, Pa., to participate in the one-day
Nittany Lion Challenge, hosted by Penn State University at its Horace
Ashenfelter III Indoor Track.

Field events begin at 11 a.m. ET on Saturday with the running events
commencing at 12 p.m. ET. Live results or the meet can be found online
at www.GoPSUSports.com. The Nittany Lion Challenge features five teams from the east coast in Albany, Cornell, Florida, Maryland and host Penn State.

The Florida men begin the 2011 season ranked No. 1 in the U.S. Track
and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association preseason poll. The
Gator women enter this season unranked after losing to graduation 32 of
the team’s 33 points from last season’s fourth-place NCAA Indoor
Finish.

“We’re looking forward to putting the uniform on and competing
against somebody other than ourselves this weekend,” Florida head
coach Mike Holloway said. “Our biggest focus this weekend is to go out
and get the season off to a good start. We want to see how everybody
reacts when the lights come on. We have a very talented freshman class and we want to see how they respond to collegiate competition. We had a great fall. Everybody was very focused and very determined, and I think the biggest thing is that there’s a lot of excitement about what we have the potential of doing this year.”

On the men’s side, the Gators are the returning NCAA Indoor Champion, claiming their first national title in program history by scoring 57 total team points to defeat second-place Oregon and Texas A&M at Fayetteville, Ark. The Florida women are coming off a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships in 2010, which marked the team’s highest indoor finish since the 2005 campaign.

Holloway, the 2010 USTFCCCA National Men’s Indoor Head Coach of the Year, begins his fourth season as UF’s combined men’s and women’s head coach and his ninth as head coach of the men’s program.

2011 NITTANY LION CHALLENGE (JAN. 15, 2011 – UNIVERSITY PARK, PA.)

Men’s Weight Throw – 11 a.m. ET
● Jeremy Postin
● David Triassi

Men’s Pole Vault – 11 a.m. ET
● Eric Foran

Men’s Long Jump – 12 p.m. ET
● Will Claye

Women’s Long Jump – 12 p.m. ET
● Lorraine Graham
● Daniela Griffin

Women’s Mile – 12:10 p.m. ET
● Shelby Hayes
● Genevieve LaCaze
● Cory McGee

Men’s 60m Hurdles Prelims – 12:20 p.m. ET
● Jarius Cooper
● Gray Horn
● Eddie Lovett
● William Wynne

Women’s Weight Throw – 12:20 p.m. ET
● Fidela James
● Ashley Miller

Women’s 60m Hurdles Prelims – 12:30 p.m. ET
● Amani Bryant
● Lorraine Graham
● Brittany Harrell
● Ugonna Ndu

Men’s 60m Prelims – 12:45 p.m. ET
● Will Claye
● Omar Craddock
● Blake Heriot
● Eddie Lovett
● Leonardo Seymore
● Christian Taylor
● Terrell Wilks

Women’s 60m Prelims – 12:55 p.m. ET
● Amani Bryant
● Kaitlin Davis
● Lauren Smith

Women’s Pole Vault – 1 p.m. ET
● Daisy Glasser
● Morgan Scherschel
● Claire Spurling

Men’s 800m – 1:10 p.m. ET
● Daniel Wehunt

Men’s 60m Hurdles Finals – 1:25 p.m. ET (Contingent upon
advancing)
● Jarius Cooper
● Gray Horn
● Eddie Lovett
● William Wynne

Women’s 60m Hurdles Finals – 1:30 p.m. ET (Contingent upon
advancing)
● Amani Bryant
● Lorraine Graham
● Brittany Harrell
● Ugonna Ndu

Men’s 60m Finals – 1:35 p.m. ET (Contingent upon advancing)
● Will Claye
● Omar Craddock
● Blake Heriot
● Eddie Lovett
● Leonardo Seymore
● Christian Taylor
● Terrell Wilks

Women’s 60m Finals– 1:40 p.m. ET (Contingent upon advancing)
● Amani Bryant
● Kaitlin Davis
● Lauren Smith

Men’s Shot Put – 1:40 p.m. ET
● Kemal Mesic
● Stipe Zunic

Men’s 1,000m – 2:05 p.m. ET
● John Mitchell

Men’s 600m – 2:20 p.m. ET
● Sean Obinwa
● Jovon Toppin

Women’s 600m – 2:30 p.m. ET
● Ashley Usery
● Lanie Whittaker

Men’s Triple Jump – 2:30 p.m. ET
● Omar Craddock

Women’s Triple Jump – 2:30 p.m. ET
● Daniela Griffin

Women’s 200m – 2:55 p.m. ET
● Danielle Williams

Men’s High Jump – 3 p.m. ET
● Gray Horn

Women’s High Jump – 3 p.m. ET
● Brittany Harrell

Women’s Shot Put – 3 p.m. ET
● Fidela James

Women’s 3,000m – 3:20 p.m. ET
● Shelby Hayes
● Genevieve LaCaze
● Cory McGee

Men’s 4x400m Relay – 4:05 p.m. ET
● Florida “A” (Heriot, McQuay, Wynne, Taylor)
● Florida “B” (Lovett, Wilks, Mitchell, Toppin)
● Florida “C” (Obinwa, Wehunt, Horn, Seymore)

Women’s 4x400m Relay – 4:15 p.m. ET
● Florida “A” (Whittaker, Ndu, Williams, Eutsey)
● Florida “B” (Bryant, Davis, Usery, Harrell)


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