WOMEN'S TRACK: Gators 1st at Clemson meet

CLEMSON, S.C. --- The number four ranked University of Florida women's track and field team stands in first place after one day of competition at the Clemson Invitational in Clemson, S.C. The Gators tallied 42 points on Friday to lead second place Georgia (24 points) and third place South Carolina (20).

"This was a good start," Florida Head Coach Tom Jones said. "It's always nice to score well against this kind of competition."

The Gators were again led by the throws group as senior All-American Candice Scott (Port of Spain, Trinidad) and junior All-American Rachel Longfors (Erhard, Minn) took home first and third place in the weight throw with throws of 22.95m/75-03.5 and 18.99m/65-10.5 respectively.

"Rachel and Candice threw well," Florida Head Coach Tom Jones said. "We expected a first and third finish and they delivered."

Freshman Natalie Knight (Snellville, Ga.) recorded the longest mark of her life in the long jump leaping 5.96m/19-06.5 took take third in the long jump. Fellow freshman Kia Raf (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) jumped 5.68m/18-07.5 placing ninth in the high jump final to garner another point for the Gators.

Junior Marie Vogler (Debary, Fla.) took home a second place finish in the 5,000m with a personal best time of 18:22.66. Sophomore Diane Avigne (Lacrosse, Fla.) finished soon after Vogler, placing third in the event, clocking in at 18:28.18, also a personal best time.

Also collecting points for the Gators on Friday were the distance medley relay team of junior Amanda Schommer (Vero Beach, Fla.), freshman Zanquandria Joseph (Boynton Beach, Fla.), freshman Kristen Johnson (Atlanta, Ga.), and sophomore Kecia Johnson (Gainesville, Fla.). The group combined for a time of 12:06.30 in the relay, which was good enough for fourth.

Looking ahead to tomorrow, sophomore Nadine Palmer (Manchester, Jamaica) recorded another solid time in the 60m dash clocking in at 7.49 to qualify for the final. Freshman Lakecia Ealey (Albany, Ga.) will join Palmer in the final after darting to a time of 7.58 in the 60m.

Competition continues Saturday at the Clemson Invitational beginning at 11:00 a.m and concludes at 3:20 p.m. with the running of the women's 4x400m relay.

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