WOMENS TRACK: Gators Make History At Hoosier Hills

BLOOMINGTON, IN --- University of Florida senior All-American Candice Scott (Port of Spain, Trinidad) shattered her own collegiate record Friday in the weight throw with a toss of 23.78.m/78-00.25 at the Hoosier Hills Invitational in Bloomington Indiana. It marks the third time this season Scott has reset her record in the weight throw. Scott's previous mark of 23.52m/77-02 was set at the Florida Intercollegiate on Jan 15.

Despite her record breaking day, Scott still finished second in the event as world record holder and former Gator Erin Gilreath reset her world record in the weight throw with a heave of 24.23m/79-06. Junior All-American Rachel Longfors (Erhard, Minn.) placed third behind the record setters with an NCAA automatic qualifying mark of 20.53/67-04.25.

"It doesn't get any better than this," Florida Associate Head Coach Larry Judge said. "This was competition at the highest level. Tonight you saw the two best throws in the history of the sport, that's special."

The Gators also swept the shot put competition as senior Liz Wanless (Belleville, Ill) took home her fifth shot put title of the year with an NCAA automatic mark of 17.51m/57-05.50. Scott placed second with an automatic toss of 55-08.25 and senior Scarlett Ekeroma (Orlando, Fla.) took home third place with a throw of 14.51m/47-07.25.

Wanless also placed fourth in the weight throw with an NCAA provisional toss of 18.71m/61-04.74. For Scott, Friday marked the second time this season she has set automatic marks in both the weight throw and shot put in the same meet, the only athlete in the nation to accomplish that feet this year.

Florida pole vaulters were also in action Friday as senior Chelo Canino (Valrico, Fla.) and Chandra Lacombe (Winter Haven, Fla.) tied for second place each tying their season best mark of 3.80m/12-05.50.

"Overall, this was a good tune-up for the SEC Championships next week," Judge said. "We are really starting to get into a good rhythm which is important at this time of year. Those were two very impressive doubles by Liz and Candice in the span of roughly three hours."

Florida looks to defend their Southeastern Conference Indoor Championship next weekend as the Gators travel to Fayetteville, Ark. for the SEC Track and Field Indoor Championships from Feb 25-27.

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