Hokie Invitational Rewind Photos and videos from the Gators' successful trip to Blacksburg

Florida's track and field program closed the weekend leading the nation in men's Division I leaders (three), top-5 rankings (seven), and top-10 rankings (eight), while its women boasted four top-10 rankings--the bulk of which came at the Hokie Invitational.

Here's a look back, through photos and videos, at the Gators' successful two-day stint at Virginia Tech.

But before the action shots, here were some artistic photos captured by freelance photographer Jon Fleming.

Florida's field competitors opened Friday (Jan. 20) with a handful of impressive performances, including a pair of top-five marks from junior KeAndre Bates and freshman Clayton Brown in the triple jump.

KeAndre Bates hopped, skipped, and jumped 16.37 meters (53 feet, 8.5 inches)--the No. 3-ranked mark in Division I and five centimeters off his indoor personal best.

Brown's mark of 16.34 meters ranks fourth nationally, in addition to making him the sixth Division I freshman and third Gator freshman since 2002 to eclipse 16.30 meters. Add in the St. Andrew, Jamaica native's 2.25-meter high jump clearance from earlier this year, and Brown is the only collegian since at least 2002 to clear 2.20 meters and surpass 16.30 meters in the same indoor season.

Brown's also moved to sixth on UF's all-time indoor top 10, putting him behind four triple jumpers who combined for five indoor national titles in the event: Will Claye, Omar CraddockMarquis Dendy, and Christian Taylor. And, of course, Bates, his current teammate and seventh-place finisher at the 2015 NCAA Indoor Championships.

Brown is the fourth Gator triple jumper since 2013--assistant coach Nic Petersen's first year on staff--to usurp 16.30 meters. No other program in the country has more than two during that span.

The ladies enjoyed similar success in the triple jump, which included a 13.49-meter (44 feet, 3.25 inches) leap--the No. 2-ranked mark in the country--by sophomore Yanis David.

Sophomore transfer Asa Garcia entered the program's all-time indoor top 10 at No. 8, posting a mark of 12.81 meters (42 feet, 0.5 inches) in her first triple jump competition while donning the Orange and Blue.

Redshirt freshman Ebony Luster easily surpassed her personal record for a second straight outing, getting all the way out to 12.72 meters (41 feet, 8.75 inches) and passing her previous career best by 15 centimeters. And junior Darrielle McQueen rounded out the top four with a mark of 12.62 meters (41 feet, 5 inches).

From L to R: Darrielle McQueen, Asa Garia, Yanis David, Ebony Luster.

AJ McFarland wasted no time tossing a second consecutive personal record in the weight throw. The redshirt sophomore opened with a throw of 21.20 meters (69 feet, 6.75 inches)--tying the No. 8-ranked mark in the country.

McFarland (pictured below) also passed Antonio Emperator (2004) for the No. 3 mark on UF's all-time indoor top 10.

Though their nights did not end on the highest of notes, freshmen hurdlers Brandee' Johnson and Timetria Mitchell both shined in the 60-meter hurdles prelims.

Mitchell (pictured above) finished in 8.34 seconds, topping her previous personal record by four hundredths of a second and improving her No. 5-ranked time on the program's all-time top 10.

Johnson was not far behind, earning the No. 6 spot on the list.

Day one concluded with breakthroughs in the weight throw by junior Lloydricia Cameron, redshirt sophomore Jontavia Dykes, and freshman Amara Wiggan. All three recorded personal bests, with Cameron and Wiggan topping theirs by over 1.45 meters.

Dykes (left) and Wiggan (right) at the Orange & Purple Classic earlier this season. Photos by Richard Shiro.

Day two opened with yet another nation-leading debut for freshman Grant Holloway.

On his second jump of the final, Holloway popped off a jump of 8.05 meters (26 feet, 5 inches). Not only was the jump a national lead by 19 centimeters, it made Holloway the sixth Division I freshman and fourth Gator freshman since 2002 to eclipse 8.00 meters.

Marquis Dendy (8.06 meters, 2012), Christian Taylor (8.02 meters, 2009), and KeAndre Bates (8.02 meters, 2015) are the other Gators to hit that mark as freshmen.

Combined with his 7.63-second run in the 60 hurdles earlier this season, also a national lead, Holloway became the second man in the world since 1999 to long jump 8.05-plus meters indoors and break 7.75 in the 60 hurdles. The other: Ashton Eaton--three-time heptathlon world champion, two-time Olympic decathlon gold medalist, and world record holder in both the heptathlon and decathlon.

Shortly after the jump, guns fired for the men's 400 meters. And sophomore Kunle Fasasi clocked a time of 46.53, an indoor personal record and the No. 3-ranked time in Division I.

Fellow sophomore quarter-miler Sharrika Barnett followed that performance with a personal record of her own. Barnett posted a time of 53.25, ranking her eighth nationally.

The string of personal bests continued in the pole vault, as redshirt freshman Michael Harris cleared 4.96 meters (16 feet, 3.25 inches). Redshirt junior Aaron Owens vaulted for a personal record at 5.26 meters (17 feet, 3 inches), but missed on all three attempts.

Harris (left) and Owens (right).

The weekend's final PRs came from Connor Bandel and Lloydricia Cameron in the shot put.

Bandel threw 17.99 meters (59 feet, 0.25 inches) in his second collegiate meet.

Cameron (pictured above) entered with a personal record of 16.35 meters (53 feet, 7.75 inches). These were the results of her first five throws:

  • 16.57 meters (54 feet, 4.5 inches)
  • 16.64 meters (54 feet, 7.25 inches)
  • 17.47 meters (57 feet, 3.75 inches)
  • 16.62 meters (54 feet, 6.5 inches)
  • 16.91 meters (55-5.75 inches)

Though her sixth and final throw was a foul, it was easily past her top mark of the day, hinting that her new PR--which ranks No. 5 on the school's all-time indoor top 10--is unlikely to stand for long.

The weekend came to a close with the women's 4x400 relay posting a top-15 national time (3:38.86) and the men's 4x400 relay clocking a season-best time of 3:11.09.

The order for UF's women was Brandee' Johnson to Destinee Gause to Taylor Sharpe to Sharrika Barnett.

Nick Uruburu led off for the Gators, eventually handing off to Grant Holloway.

Holloway passed the baton to TJ Holmes for the third leg.

And Kunle Fasasi anchored the relay for the Gators.

Florida is back in action this weekend at the Razorback Invitational. Friday's (Jan. 27) action will be streamed on SEC Network +, while Saturday's (Jan. 28) competition will air live on SEC Network from 2:00-5:30 p.m. ET, in addition to the online stream.


Additional news from the week:

  • Brown, Holloway Earn Second SEC Honors of 2017 -- STORY
  • Head Coach Mike Holloway's Monday Press Conference -- VIDEO
  • Florida Men Ranked No. 1 for Second Consecutive Release -- Tweet
  • UF's Women Crack Top Five for First Time This Year -- Tweet
  • Complete Hokie Invitational Photo Gallery -- PHOTO GALLERY

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