Florida’s track and field athletes accounted for eight event titles at the Florida University Last Chance Meet. The event was held Thursday at the Jimmy Carnes Indoor Track & Field in Gainesville. It served to give the Gators one final opportunity to quality their athletes for the upcoming SEC Indoor Championships.
Florida’s Top Performers
The Gators dominated the early Thursday events. Jalen Chance took the top spot in the men’s long jump, leaping 7.37 meters. Florida swept the shot put event as Logan Montgomery reached 17.37 meters with his toss, while Alida Van Daalen slung herself into third place in program history with a 17.8-meter effort.
Imani Carothers won both the preliminary and final events in the women’s 60-meter hurdles, improving on her prelim time by six one-hundreth of a second and finishing in 8.18 seconds. Grace Stark rebounded from a second place finish in the 60-meter dash to win first in the final event, crossing the line in 7.38 seconds.
Eoin McNally crushed the competition in the men’s 800-meter race, earning the title with a one minute, 53.07 second time.
To close out the day, Florida earned two wins in distance races. Reed Legg ran a 4:09.41 mile and Cavan Wilson ran 3,000 meters in 8:16.06 to round out the Gators’ event wins.
Florida will compete in the SEC Indoor Championships on February 24 and 25 at the University of Arkansas’ facility in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Two weeks following the conference competition, the NCAA Indoor Championships will be held in New Mexico.