Friday February 27, 2009Horn Sets New First-Day Heptathlon Freshman Record
Florida freshman Gray Horn (Wapakoneta, Ohio) recorded the finest opening day by a freshman heptathlete in school history Friday and currently sits in third place in the heptathlon event after the first day of the 2009 Southeastern Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships hosted by the University of Kentucky at its E.J. Nutter Fieldhouse.
Horn, who broke his own freshman first-day heptathlon school record of 3,050 that he achieved at the SEC/Big 12 Showdown on Jan. 30, set personal-best marks in three of the four events in which he competed Friday, turning in a score of 3,104.
I am very, very proud of Gray coming into his first SEC meet and competing at such a high level, Florida head coach Mike Holloway said. He had PRs in three of four events today and has improved about 50 points from his last heptathlon. Gray got our team off to a good start and were looking forward to both Gray and the rest of our team performing well tomorrow.
Horn opened the night by recording a collegiate personal-best in the 60-meter dash, finishing in a time of 7.06. That bested his previous collegiate PR of 7.19, recorded at the SEC/Big 12 Showdown on Jan. 30.
Horn then recorded a personal-best in the mens long jump with a leap of 23-2.75/7.08m on his first attempt in that event to finish second. The mark eclipsed his previous collegiate-best mark of 23-0.50/7.02m achieved in the teams last competition - the Tyson Invitational on Feb. 13. That second-place finish increased his points total to 1,694 and moved him into second place overall in the heptathlon competition.
Horn finished ninth in the mens shot put with a toss of 39-5/12.01m to put him into third place after three events with an overall score of 2,301 points.
Horn closed the night with a personal-best leap of 6-6.75/2.00m in the high jump, tying for first in that event, which eclipsed his previous best mark of 6-6.25/1.99m that he recorded at the SEC/Big 12 Showdown.
Floridas Ryan Troy (Gainesville, Fla.), also competing in the heptathlon, currently is in 17th place after the opening four events with a score of 2,396.
South Carolinas Curt McGill currently leads the heptathlon competition with a score of 3,168, while Tennessees Michael Ayers is second with a tally of 3,128.
The second day of the SEC Indoor Track and Field Championships resumes at 11 a.m. EST Saturday in E.J. Nutter Fieldhouse. Complete results and a recap will be available at www.GatorZone.com.
The University of Florida is home of the 2009 Southeastern Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships. For all of the latest information on Gator Track and Field, log on to www.GatorZone.com.
2009 SEC INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS (Lexington, Ky.)
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27
Mens Heptathlon - 5:15 p.m. EST (AUTO: 5,650; PROV: 5,300)
Mens Heptathlon 60m Dash 5:15 p.m. EST (AUTO: 6.63; PROV: 6.74)
4. Gray Horn 7.06 (861 points)
17. Ryan Troy 7.74 (637 points)
Mens Heptathlon Long Jump 5:55 p.m. EST (AUTO: 7.85; PROV: 7.50)
2. Gray Horn 23-2.75/7.08m (833 points)
15. Ryan Troy 20-2.25/6.15m (619 points)
Mens Heptathlon Shot Put 7 p.m. EST (AUTO: 19.30; PROV: 17.75)
9. Gray Horn 39-5/12.01m (607 points)
14. Ryan Troy 37-5.25/11.41m (571 points)
Mens Heptathlon High Jump 8:05 p.m. EST (AUTO: 2.24; PROV: 2.14)
T1 Gray Horn 6-6.75/2.00m (803 points)
16. Ryan Troy 5-8/1.73m (569 points)
Mens Heptathlon Overall Scoring (Through Four Events)
1. Curt McGill South Carolina 3,168
2. Michael Ayers Tennessee 3,128
3. Gray Horn Florida 3,104
4. Scott Pierce South Carolina 2,956
5. Tommy Barrineau Georgia 2,888
6. Nate Durham Arkansas 2,884
7. Terry Prentice Arkansas 2,850
8. Eddie Stoudemire South Carolina 2,842
9. Matthew Best Tennessee 2,826
10. Cory Harris Georgia 2,785
11. Michael Hughes Alabama 2,749
12. Jager Livingston Auburn 2,650
13. David Silverstein Georgia 2,644
14. Kevin Carney Kentucky 2,573
15. Fuery Hocking Georgia 2,534
16. Justin Brady Alabama 2,484
17. Ryan Troy Florida 2,396
END OF REPORT