MEN'S TRACK: Morrison records 25-9.5 long jump

AMES, Iowa - Florida sophomore Mike Morrison (Willingboro, N.J.) set an indoor personal-best and booked a ticket to the NCAA Indoor Championships by winning the long jump late Friday evening to lead number seven ranked Florida at the Iowa State Classic at the Lied Recreation Center.

In addition, senior Kyle Farmer (Columbia, Md.) posted an NCAA provisional in the 200-meter dash, while Florida's distance medley relay team of freshman Henok Lechebo (Toronto, Ontario), freshman Bernard Middleton (Jacksonville, Fla.), freshman Andrew Martin (Coral Gables, Fla.) and junior Shane Stroup (Highland, Md.) also posted a provisional time at the meet --- one of the most highly contested indoor meets in the country.

"It was a pretty good day for us," Florida coach Mike Holloway said. "Mike Morrison had the best jumping series of his life tonight. He had the second-best jump of his career and was just a centimeter off his outdoor best. I'm also happy with the way the DMR ran and how Kyle Farmer performed."

Morrison's leap of 7.86m/25-9.50 is the second longest in the nation among collegiate athletes this season and stands as the fourth-best mark in Florida indoor history.

Farmer was the top collegiate finisher in the 200m as he clocked a provisional time of 21.15 - which ranks among the top 20 times in the nation thus far. Freshman Richard Adu-Bobie (Orleans, Canada), a 2004 Olympian, made his collegiate debut by finishing 11th in the 200m with a time of 21.58.

The DMR team posted a season-best time of 9:43.50 in finishing third, while sophomore Daniel Parker (Orlando, Fla.) recorded a personal best in the 5,000m by taking 13th in 14:29.43.

The Iowa State Classic continues on Saturday. Results of the meet will be available upon its conclusion at www.cyclones.com


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