Gainesville, Fla.— Several Retrievers turned in top ten times in school history, with a few that turned in performances that could see them qualify for NCAA Prelims later in the spring. Kelechi Nwanaga led the women with a top five finish, while Alexios Prodanas turned in a top ten finish for the men.
Nwanaga took fourth in the javelin, with her best throw coming at 50.87m. Eleni Zotou was the only other female field performer to compete on Friday, finishing the hammer throw in 30th with a toss of 47.45m, fifth best in school history.
Kaya Knake finished the 800m run in 2:07.95 in 18th place, with her time traditionally being good enough for an NCAA cut. Margo Henley turned in the fourth fastest time in program history in the 3,000m steeplechase, finishing the event in 28th place in a time of 11:29.09. Morgan Casey and Alexis Bartelloni took to the 1,500m run finishing with times of 4:45.55 and 4:47.90 respectively. Tori Johnson rounded out the women's side with a time of 1:04.63 in the 400m hurdles.
Prodanas and Nathan Nadal led the men with top ten finishes in the hammer throw and 3,000m steeplechase. Prodanas had his best throw at 64.91m and Nadal crossed the finish line in 9:17.88. Prodanas' throw should be enough for an NCAA qualification.
Miles Smith and Taylor Baranoski turned in top program finishes in the 800m and 1,500m. Smith turned in a time of 1:50.95 while Baranoski finished in 3:51.98 good for third and fifth best in school history respectively.
Other top men's performers were Manos Kamtsiklis in the discus (40.55m), Trenson Terry in the 400m hurdles (56.73), Peter Antonelli (4:00.95) and Matthew Kane (4:07.35) in the 1,500m.
The Retrievers will conclude the Florida Relays tomorrow, with the day kicking off at 11 a.m.