Talitha Diggs achieves her personal best in the men’s 4×400 relay flies on day 2 of the Tyson Invitational

Fayetteville, Ark. – In what ended up being her only race of the weekend, the sprinter Talitha Digg ran the second fastest time in the NCAA this season and the fourth fastest time in the world this season with a mark of 22.75 in the 200 meters on Saturday.

She lowered her personal best by 0.16 seconds and remains second in Florida history in this event.

The Gators swept the 200 yards with Jacory Patterson current 20.91 in the final run on Saturday. Ryan Willie wasn’t far behind with a season high of 21.01 to take 4and place.

Jasmine Moore and Natricia Hooper continued to dominate the triple jump event winning 1st and 2n/a Saturday afternoon. Moore jumped 14.19m/46-6.75 while Hooper followed at 13.96m/45-9.75 to close out the weekend.

In the 4×400 relay, Florida held on in a tightly contested race to finish 1st with an NCAA-leading and world-leading time of 3:02.09. The final round featured the NCAA’s now current top three scores this year.

Willie shared 45.10 in the second leg to put the Gators in first place before Jacob Miley and Allison Champion split 45.68 and 45.67 to hold off Iowa and Arkansas in the best run of the competition.

In total over the weekend, Florida won five events in the final full tag team event before the SEC Indoor Championships at the end of the month.

The Gators will take a number of athletes to Texas Tech next weekend in the final tune-up before the playoffs.

Quote: Head Coach mike holloway:

On today’s performance:
“We had another good day here and in Tennessee. I want to start with Sam Austin. A personal best of two seconds in the 800 meters. I want to shout at Hunt Ruskin also. A two-second PB in the 800 meters here too. I think overall we had some good, not great, 200’s. A good 200 meters by Talitha Digg, the second fastest time in school history. The ladies in the triple jump were phenomenal again. We struggled a bit in the men’s triple jump, but Coach Petersen will understand that. I don’t worry about that. At the end of the day, you end the meeting with a super 4×400. That’s what you do. The 4×400 is sometimes where you win the competition and for us to go out and improve on the best of our season by almost a full second. It’s one of the two best times in school history.”

“We just have to get back to work. It’s a weekend where we’re usually flat. But what we can’t do is go down in the dumps if we’ve had a bad weekend or go high if we had a great weekend. We need to get back to Gainesville, reset and get back to work. In two weeks from today, we’ll be in the middle of the best track and field meeting in the conference on the face of the planet, so we have to be ready for that.

Music City Challenge Results:

Sam Austin ran 1:47.79, a PR of two seconds in the 800 meters and the 4and-Fastest NCAA time this season.

See website for full results.

A full list of results for the Gators is below.



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