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Florida Gators track & field concludes regular season with top performances

The Florida Gators Track and Field program wrapped up a successful regular season at the LSU Invitational and East Coast Relays, amassing a combined total of seventeen top-five finishes and numerous personal records.

Arik Morton

Jess Edwards of the Florida Gators records a new personal record
Jess Edwards of the Florida Gators records a new personal record. Photo: Gators TF

The Gators Track & Field program closed out its regular season with a strong showing at the LSU Invitational and East Coast Relays. In Baton Rouge, both the men’s and women’s teams delivered impressive performances, securing a total of seventeen top-five finishes, setting multiple personal records, and showcasing their potential for the upcoming postseason.

Here are the key highlights from the Gators’ regular season finale:

Top Performances:

  • Jevaughn Powell, Wanya McCoy, Malique Smith-Band, and Robert Gregory achieved a notable feat in the 4x100m event, clocking a time of 38.71, which ranks as the third best time in the nation for 2024.
  • Wanya McCoy made a strong 100m debut with a fifth-place finish and a time of 10.11 (+2.3m/s), just shy of the Florida All-Time Top 10 List.
  • Powell continued his success in the 200m event, posting a time of 20.28 (+2.3m/s), which would have placed him among the top ten in program history if wind-legal.
  • Reheem Hayles delivered a standout performance in the men’s 400m, clocking 45.31, marking both a season-best and the eighth-best time in the NCAA for 2024.
  • Anthaya Charlton impressed in the long jump with a jump of 6.74m/22’1.5”, further solidifying her strong 2024 campaign.

Other Gators who secured top-five finishes include Miguel Pnatojas, Joe Wester, Imani Washington, Will Gross IV, Gracelyn Leiseth, Abraham Sargent, Claire Bryant, Malcolm Clemons, Sean Dixon-Bodie, and Alissa Braxton.

Read more: Quartermiler Rhasidat Adeleke stuns strong women’s 100m field at 2024 Texas Invitational

Breaking into the All-Time Top 10:

The women’s 4x100m team of Kayla Davis, Grace Stark, Jayla Hollis, and Anthaya Charlton set a season best with a time of 43.60, claiming the No. 10 spot on Florida’s All-Time Top 10 list in the event.

Let’s Get Personal:

  • Ashton Schwartzman achieved a personal record in the men’s 400m, finishing in 45.90.
  • Jayla Hollis set a new personal best of 12.97 in the 100m H, surpassing her previous record.
  • Jess Edwards continued her impressive form by clocking 2:05.95 in the 800m event, improving upon her recent time of 2:05.99 from the Tom Jones Memorial Invitational.

The Florida Gators now turn their focus towards the postseason, carrying the momentum and confidence gained from a strong regular season.

About The Author

Arik Morton

Communications Assistant (Cross Country, Track & Field) University of Florida Athletic Association C: (973) 507-6189 | O: (352) 375-4683 Ext: 6120 ArikM@gators.ufl.edu | @ajmorton_19 FloridaGators.com

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