The Gators proved themselves as a dominant force at their indoor season opener in Clemson.
The track and field team placed first in 12 events with 14 athletes producing new personal records at the Clemson Invitational Friday and Saturday.
Senior Gabrielle Wilkinson claimed the first title of the season for the Gators during the women’s 1,000-meter. Wilkinson’s time of 2:44.39 set the tone for the rest of the weekend. She was almost four seconds ahead of the runner-up and set a new Clemson facility and personal record.
Florida earned five titles — four coming from the women’s team — by the end of day one.
Junior Vanessa Watson earned the second title of the day with a women’s 600-meter time of 1:30.52. Sophomore Adrian Bichara, in his Gator debut, placed first in the men’s 600-meter to earn Florida its third title.
Former Gator Anna Hall took first in the women’s 60-meter hurdles with an 8.18-second time. Florida sophomore Jayla Hollis trailed right behind Hall and finished just 0.01 seconds after her. Senior Imani Carothers placed fourth; her and Hollis both produced top-10 times in program history.
Sophomore Talitha Diggs won the women’s 60-meter with the second fastest time in school history. She set a new personal best and facility record of 7.14 seconds and brought home Florida’s fourth title.
Senior Pjai Austin finished in third for the men’s 60-meter with a personal record of 6.59; he tied for the fifth fastest time in school history.
The final title of the day was snagged by junior Claire Bryant during the women’s long jump. She jumped a distance of 6.59 meters.
The team kept its momentum going into Saturday. Florida more than doubled the amount of titles it earned Friday.
Senior Sean Dixon-Bodie made his debut with the Gators after transferring from Louisiana State. He took first in the men’s triple jump; sophomore Malcolm Clemons placed second.
The Gators swept the women’s 300-meter. Diggs earned the title, sophomore Laila Owens won silver and freshman Ramiah Elliot took bronze.
Senior Imogen Barrett placed first in the women’s 800-meter. Her time of 2:04.89 is the fastest seen by the National Collegiate Athletic Association this year.
Junior Jasmine Moore claimed gold in the triple jump — with a distance of 14.44m. She currently holds the leading mark for 2023.
Sophomore Vasileia Spyrou placed first in the women’s 3,000-meter. Sophomore Jordan Shapiro came in second.
The Gators held gold in 10 different categories going into the 4x400 relays.
Owens, Hollis, Elliott and senior Sterling Lester won the women's 4x400 with a time of 3:35.55.
Senior Jacory Patterson, sophomore Emmanuel Bamidele, junior Jacob Miley and junior Ryan Willie followed suit in the men’s 4x400. They gave the final title of the Clemson Invitational to the Gators with a time of 3:05.29.
The Gators leave the facility with 12 titles and a confident start to the indoor track season. Their next meet will be on Jan. 27 and 28 at the Razorback Invitational in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
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Namari Lock is a third-year journalism student and production staff member for The Alligator. She has previously worked as multimedia editor, opinions editor, graphic designer and as a general assignment reporter for the Metro desk. In her last semester at UF, Namari is making her Alligator Sports debut as track and field reporter.