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For sophomore sprinter Tony McQuay, the distance between

Fayetteville and College Station measures 400 meters.

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McQuay finished third in the 400-meter dash at the Tyson

Invitational at Arkansas Friday with a time of 45.95 seconds, good

enough to send him to the national meet at season’s end.

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“We have always known Tony is a special athlete,” head coach Mike

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Holloway said. “He has trained hard and had the second-fastest time

of his life.”

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McQuay will join fellow sprinter Jeff Demps and jumpers Christian

Taylor, Omar Craddock and Will Claye at the NCAA Indoor

Championships hosted by Texas A&M in March.

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addition to McQuay, Claye and Demps also posted

automatic-qualifying marks for their efforts in Arkansas

Friday.

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However, while Demps has already qualified in his event (60-meter

dash), Claye’s fourth-place finish in the long jump (7.95m/16-1)

will allow him to compete in two events (long jump and triple jump)

at the national meet.

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was very pleased with Will Claye qualifying in the long jump,”

Holloway said.

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Demps finished second in the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.58

seconds, just one-hundredth of a second off his winning time last

weekend.

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Other top-five finishers for UF in Fayetteville include

pole-vaulters Claire Spurling, Daisy Glasser and sprinter Terrell

Wilks.

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Spurling and Glasser placed second and fourth, respectively,

posting the same mark (3.75m/12-3.5).

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Wilks turned in a time of 6.64 seconds in the 60-meter dash final,

which goes down as his best time of the season and is just 0.04

seconds away from an automatic-qualifying score.

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The Gators also competed in the Iowa State Classic and the FloTrack

Husky Classic Friday with one top-five result out of Ames,

Iowa.

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Jeremy Postin, a sophomore, finished fifth in the men’s weight

throw with a 19.34m/63-5.5 mark.

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The top finisher from Friday’s action in Seattle came from

Genevieve LaCaze in the 5,000-meter run (16:37.21).

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