GAINESVILLE, Fla. — After wrapping up the indoor season over a month ago, the Hilltopper track and field squads were back in action as a team this weekend and posted numerous top-15 finishes at the Pepsi Florida Relays hosted by Florida.
“I thought we had a good meet,” commented head coach Erik Jenkins. “It’s a really good start as we faced premier teams, world-class athletes and performed well at a high-profile track and field meet.”
As he has done his whole career, senior Emmanuel Dasor showed he can hang with the best running a 45.93 mark in the 400-meter, good for fourth place. The Ghana native also did his part in the 4×100 relay as he was joined by Julius Morris, Ventavius Sears and Eli Minor. The foursome recorded a time of 38.91 – the second best in program best – for fifth-best in a stacked field.
Sears picked up where he left off during the indoor season, covering a distance of 7.09 meters (23’3.25”) on his second jump taking 10th place.
In the 400-meter hurdles, Maor Seged posted a Hilltopper-best finishing in 11th with a time of 52.33. Jonathan Hayden posted a 53.49 time, which is a personal record, placing 16th and in the 110-meter hurdles, the West Palm Beach, Fla., native delivered another personal best mark of 14.12, turning in a 16th place finish.
Minor, who transferred from Iowa Central Community College this year, competed in his first outdoor event as a Hilltopper finishing with a time of 10.59 in the 100-meter.
On the women’s side, the Lady Toppers best finish of the weekend was by junior Morgan McIntyre who cleared a height of 3.85 meters (12’7.5”) finishing tied for 4th place.
Jadzia Beasley turned in an 11.80 100-meter to finish in 32nd place and Khadijah Valentine posted a 57.22 time in the 400-meter for 51st best.
Kaila Smith completed her best time yet in the 400-meter hurdles, setting a personal best with a time of 1:00.21 to take home 15th place.
The relay team for the 4x200m relay, composed of Ariel Terrell, Peli Alzola, Valentine and Beasley, secured a 24th place finish after running a 1:38.09.
Senior Jenessa Jackson performed in the shot put with a mark of 14.20 meters placing 10th. The Peach State native also threw the discus 41.37 meters and placed 23rd in the hammer throw tallying a 52.35-meter mark.
The Hilltoppers will be back in action on their home turf as they host the annual Hilltopper Relays taking place at the Charles M. Rueter Track and Field Complex on April 7-8. For more information click here.
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