Van Daalen Resets Her Own School Record in Discus on Day One of Florida Relays

Van Daalen Resets Her Own School Record in Discus on Day One of Florida Relays

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – While hosting their first meet of the 2024 season, the Florida Gators found success in a variety of events as the team totaled 17 top ten finishes. Malcolm Clemons, Ethan Geiger and Alida van Daalen all recorded first place finishes in their respective events while eight other Gators tallied personal records.

The summary of top performances and personal records from Friday’s action can be found below.


Alida van Daalen set a new personal record, school record, and Pepsi Florida Relays meet record with her 61.84m/202’10” mark in the women’s discus throw. With her performance, she becomes the first female athlete in school history to eclipse the 200-foot and 60-meter mark in discus throw, with the previous record set at 196’9″ and 59.96 meters, also set by van Daalen at the 2023 NCAA Championships. She becomes the active leader in the event in NCAA for the 2024 season.


Florida posted the top two performances of the day in the Men’s Long Jump Invite. Malcolm Clemons set the new top mark in NCAA of the 2024 season at 8.00m/26’3″, while Caleb Foster’s 7.84m/25’8.75″ effort netted him the new NCAA No. 4 of the season.

The third and final Gator to place first overall was Ethan Geiger who ended the night with the top finish in the Men’s 5000m. Geiger’s closing lap of 1:01.06 guided him to a personal record finish of 14:11.32 which stands as No. 3 time in the NCAA in 2024.

Ashton Schwartzman and Ryan McCloskey earned personal records in the Men’s 200m with times of 21.28 and 21.44, respectively.

Eoin McNally and Michael Fiore were another duo that earned personal bests on…

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