Sunday, January 22, 2017

Fasasi, Holloway Post National Leads as Gators Close Hokie Invitational

Fasasi, Holloway Post National Leads as Gators Close Hokie Invitational
Grant Holloway joins Ashton Eaton as the only other man in the world since 1999 to indoor long jump over 8.05 meters and break 7.75 in the 60 hurdles
Kunle Fasasi
Kunle Fasasi barely missed out on UF's all-time indoor top 10 in the 400 meters, but he took the national lead instead.
BLACKSBURG, Va. – Sophomore Kunle Fasasi (400 meters) and freshman Grant Holloway (long jump) both posted Division I leads in an enthusiastic closing day for the Gators, ranked No. 1 on the men's side and No. 6 on the women's side, at the Hokie Invitational.

Fasasi clocked an indoor personal record of 46.53, the fastest time this season by 0.15 seconds and only 0.22 off the program's all-time indoor top 10 list.

In addition to his jump being the No. 3-ranked mark on UF's all-time top 10, Holloway became the fourth Gator true freshman and sixth Division I true freshman since 2002 to eclipse 8.00 meters. Of those freshmen, his mark of 8.05 meters (26 feet, 5 inches) trails Gator Great and 2015 The Bowerman winner Marquis Dendy (8.06 meters in 2012), Cal State Northridge's Reindell Cole (8.12 meters, 2008), and Texas Tech's Bryce Lamb (8.14 meters, 2010).

The other two Gators to break the mark are two-time Olympic triple jump gold medalist Christian Taylor (8.02 meters, 2009) and junior KeAndre Bates (8.02 meters, 2015).

Holloway, who also owns the nation's fastest 60-meter hurdles time this year (7.63), joins three-time world indoor heptathlon champion and two-time Olympic decathlon gold medalist Ashton Eaton as the only other man in the world since at least 1999 to indoor long jump 8.05-plus meters and break 7.75 seconds in the 60 hurdles, according to athlete profiles maintained by the IAAF.

Saturday's (Jan. 21) other all-time top 10 mark came from junior Lloydricia Cameron. The Miami, Fla. native entered the day with a shot put personal record of 16.35 meters (53 feet, 7.75 inches). She topped that mark by at least 22 centimeters on five of her six throws, including a top mark of 17.47 meters (57 feet, 3.75 inches), moving her from No. 9 to No. 5 on the list.

Three other Gators—Connor Bandel (shot put), Sharrika Barnett (400 meters), Michael Harris (pole vault)—logged personal records, with Barnett's ranking among the top times of any Division I runner this year.

The full listing of Friday's and Saturday's results are in the tables below.

Head coach Mike Holloway on his assessment of the second day of competition…
"The big thing for me was I saw a lot of enthusiasm amongst the whole team. I challenged everybody to come out and trust their fitness, put their best foot forward. And I think everybody did that.

"Very impressed with the men's and women's shot put. Connor (Bandel) threw a little over his personal best … and a huge personal best, by almost four feet, for Lloydricia (Cameron). That was a big deal. Grant's big jump in the long jump was just another indicator of how special that young man is. Thought Kunle Fasasi did a wonderful job in the 400, and also very proud of Sharrika Barnett. Those are two kids—Kunle from Nigeria, Sharrika from Florida—that aren't accustomed to indoor track. To watch them come out and have good runs today I thought was big. The efforts of the 4x400s, we didn't run extremely fast, but I liked the effort and enthusiasm I saw.

"Looking forward to getting back to Gainesville, resting up, and going to Arkansas next week to continue to get better."

Holloway on the message going forward as more Gators post top-16 times/marks nationally…
"I think the big thing was, like I told them, just leave it in the building. What we did here tonight means nothing in five weeks when we get to the conference meet. We have to stay humble, and we have to stay hungry. If we don't do those two things we have no chance at being great at the end of the season when it counts the most."

Holloway on the chance to compete in a televised meet at Arkansas next weekend…
"I'm not really thinking about that, as far as a television opportunity. I'm looking forward to it from the standpoint of: I'm excited to be among some of the better teams in the country. Arkansas does a phenomenal job of hosting competitions. It's noted as being one of the fastest tracks in the world. Just want to go there and see how we progress when there are better teams around us. That's all I'm looking for next week."

  • Results (Flash Results)
  • Venue: Rector Field House (Virginia Tech)
Day 2 – Saturday, January 21 (all events are finals)
TimeGators – Event
200m (M)6. Michael Timpson Jr. – 21.90
10. Shayne Rodney – 22.08 | University of Florida personal record
21. Damien Daniels – 22.48 | First-ever collegiate indoor 200 meters race
Ryan Clark – DQ
400m (M)1. Kunle Fasasi – 46.53 | Indoor personal record; Division I-leading time
3. Nick Uruburu – 48.23
Jabari Hill – DQ
400m (W)1. Sharrika Barnett – 53.25 | Indoor personal record; No. 2-ranked time in Division I
2. Taylor Sharpe – 54.41
4x400 (M)1. Uruburu-Holloway-TJ Holmes-Fasasi – 3:11.09 | No. 14-ranked team in Division I
6. Clark-Timpson Jr.-Rodney-Marques Burgman – 3:17.98
4x400 (W)1. Brandee' Johnson-Destinee Gause-Sharpe-Barnett – 3:38.86 | No. 6-ranked time in Division I
LJ (M)1. Grant Holloway – 8.05 meters (26-5) | No. 3-ranked mark on UF's all-time indoor top 10; Division I-leading mark
PV (M)4. Aaron Owens – 5.11 meters (16-9.25)
7. Michael Harris – 4.96 meters (16-3.25) | Personal record
SP (M)1. Connor Bandel – 17.99 meters (59-0.25) | Personal record
SP (W)1. Lloydricia Cameron – 17.47 meters (57-3.75) | No. 5-ranked mark on UF's all-time indoor top 10; No. 4-ranked mark in Division I

Day 1 – Friday, January 20 (unless denoted with an * all events are finals)
EventPlace, Gator – Time/Mark | Notes
60m (M)*2. Michael Timpson Jr. – 6.77 | Advanced to final
4. Ryan Clark – 6.79 | Advanced to final
14. Damien Daniels – 6.90
25. Shayne Rodney – 7.06
60m (M)3. Clark – 6.79
4. Timpson Jr. – 6.79
60m (W)*7. Timetria Mitchell – 7.63 | Advanced to final
60m (W)5. Mitchell – 7.60 | Personal record
60mH (M)*1. Grant Holloway – 7.86 | Advanced to final
3. Marques Burgman – 8.10 | Advanced to final
4. Caleb Chambliss – 8.18 | Advanced to final
60mH (M)1. Holloway – 7.77
3. Burgman – 8.06 | Personal record
8. Chambliss – 8.57
60mH (W)*1. Skylar Ross-Ransom – 8.32 | Advanced to final
2. Mitchell – 8.34 | Personal record; improved No. 5-ranked time on UF's all-time top 10; advanced to final
3. Brandee' Johnson – 8.40 | No. 6-ranked time on UF's all-time top 10; advanced to final
5. Ryann McEnany – 8.52 | Advanced to final
60mH (W)1. Mitchell – 8.38
3. B. Johnson – 8.50
4. McEnany – 8.50
8. Ross-Ransom – 19.92
300m (W)3. Destinee Gause – 38.66
8. B. Johnson – 39.67
600m (M)4. TJ Holmes – 1:19.91
600m (W)9. Mikayla Barber – 1:38.65
TJ (M)1. KeAndre Bates – 16.37 meters (53-8.5) | 5 centimeters off indoor PR—which is No. 5-ranked mark on UF's all-time top 10; No. 3-ranked mark in Division I
2. Clayton Brown – 16.34 meters (53-7.5) | No. 6-ranked mark on UF's all-time indoor top 10; No. 4-ranked mark in Division I
TJ (W)1. Yanis David – 13.49 meters (44-3.75) | 1 centimeter off indoor PR—which is No. 4-ranked mark on UF's all-time indoor top 10; Division I-leading mark
2. Asa Garcia – 12.81 meters (42-0.5) | No. 8-ranked mark on UF's all-time indoor top 10; No. 14-ranked mark in Division I
3. Ebony Luster – 12.72 meters (41-8.75) | Topped personal record by 15 centimeters; tied No. 15-ranked mark in Division I
4. Darrielle McQueen – 12.62 meters (41-5)
WT (M)2. AJ McFarland – 21.20 meters (69-6.75) | No 3-ranked mark on UF's all-time top 10; No. 6-ranked mark in Division I
WT (W)1. Lloydricia Cameron – 19.69 meters (64-7.25) | Topped personal record by 2.35 meters (7 feet, 8.5 inches)
2. Jontavia Dykes – 19.41 meters (63-8.25) | Topped personal record by 14 centimeters
5. Amara Wiggan – 17.98 meters (59-0) | Topped previous personal record by 1.45 meters (4 feet, 9.25 inches)

Note: All Division I ranks are for the 2017 season and are based on TFRRS results posted through Jan. 20 and Hokie Invitational results; only top-16 Division I times/marks included in table.

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