CLEMSON, S.C. – Florida track and field opened the first day of competition Friday afternoon in Clemson with an NCAA-leading time, a series of other top-10 nationally ranked numbers and new placements on the program’s All-Time Top 10 list.
Bahamian Doneisha Anderson posted a personal-best time of 52.06 seconds in the 400 meters, landing at the No. 1 spot on the Division I Indoor Qualifying list. The quarter-miler, who entered the meet at with an NCAA fifth-ranked time, also moved into the No. 6 spot on UF’s All-Time Top 10 list.
Another strong performance came from junior Cory Poole. The hurdler crossed in 7.72 seconds in the semifinal portion of his main event, but finished with a bang and an improved time of 7.66 seconds in the final. His time, which is a new personal best, is tied for third in both Division I and school history.
Newcomer Semira Killebrew resumed her remarkable freshman season at the 60 meters. Killebrew, who entered the meet ranked third in school history, secured the No. 2 spot with a time of 7.23 seconds. The freshman, whose time ranks eighth in the country, topped her personal record by 0.06 seconds.
Out on the field, Junior Thomas Mardal opened up his season with a weight throw mark of 22.75 meters (74 feet, 7.75 inches), securing a top-10 spot on the Division I Indoor Qualifying list. His mark, which is a new personal record, ranks third in the country and remains second in school history.
Fellow thrower Amara Wiggan logged a 20.97-meter (68 feet, 9.75 inches) mark during the women’s weight throw portion of the day. The senior, who topped her personal best by almost three feet, ranks ninth in school history.
Competition resumes Saturday in Clemson as Florida’s jumpers look to maintain their top-10 national statuses in the triple jump, and the men’s and women’s Gators relay squads sprint into action.
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