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Banato, Lavassas Clock Program Records in Gainesville

Banato, Lavassas Clock Program Records in Gainesville

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Miami Hurricanes freshman Bianca Banato and redshirt sophomore Daphnee Lavassas closed the first day of the Florida Relays in stellar fashion, each clocking a program record in their respective events.

Banato crossed the finish line in 10:50.23 for the new 3000-meter steeplechase time. The Miami native finished fourth in the event, besting the previous time of 10:54.89 set by Morgan Johnson last April 2021.

Lavassas paced to a time of 16:23.51 in the 5000 meter to gain the top mark in the Miami record book, earning the win. Gabrielle Hesslau set the previous best time of 16:38.68 in 2017.

Colin Wilson capped the day in the men’s 5000 meter, notching a time of 14:41.35 to claim sixth and the third-fastest mark in school history.

In the field, graduate student Decio Andrade and sophomore Ashley Moore each picked up victories. Andrade won the hammer throw with a mark of 70.51-meter result, while Moore long jumped 5.98 meters for her victory.

Isaiah Holmes took second in the long jump invite with a distance of 7.69 meters. He added a fourth-place finish in the high jump at 2.11 meters.

Action at the Florida Relays will conclude Saturday, beginning with the men’s discus at 9 a.m. (ET).

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