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Saturday February 28, 2009Florida Men in Second; Women in Sixth After Day 2 of SECs

Lexington, KY

Freshman Florida jumper Christian Taylor (Fayetteville, Ga.) won the school’s second Southeastern Conference Indoor men’s long jump title in the past three years and the Gator men and women currently stand in second and sixth place, respectively, Saturday after the second day of the 2009 SEC Indoor Track and Field Championships hosted by the University of Kentucky at its E.J. Nutter Fieldhouse.

 

Florida recorded 16 NCAA provisional-qualifying marks and advanced 14 runners to the finals of their respective events on Saturday, a day in which the majority of running events consisted of the preliminary rounds leading up to Sunday’s finals. Several of the field events concluded on Saturday, while the remainder will be contested on Sunday.

 

“I thought we had a great day today,” Florida head coach Mike Holloway said. “We talked a lot about the importance of qualifying and getting to the finals, and we did that. In order for us to be able to score points on Sunday, we had to take care of business today. I thought our men’s team did a wonderful job of that and our women had a few bumps in the road, but overall they did a great job. We’re in a great position to be successful and our goal tomorrow, as always, is to come out and make the Gator Nation proud.”

 

Arkansas leads the men’s competition with 37 points, while the Gators are in second with 33 points and Tennessee is in third with 32. The Razorbacks also hold the lead on the women’s side with 45 points, while LSU is second with 32. Florida is in sixth place with 18 points.

 

Taylor, who entered the meet with the nation’s best mark in the men’s long jump at 26-3.75/8.02m, posted a winning leap of 25-3.50/7.71m on his final attempt Saturday to capture the league crown and highlight a successful day by the Gators.

 

“Anytime a freshman is able to win a title in this league, it’s a great thing,” Holloway said. “But for today to come down to the last jump and Christian to display such athleticism and competitiveness is phenomenal.”

 

Fellow freshman Gray Horn (Wapakoneta, Ohio) came just shy of setting the freshman school record in the men’s heptathlon, finishing second overall with a final tally of 5,586 points, an NCAA provisional-qualifying mark. It was just short of the school’s freshman record of 5,652 points set by Mike Morrison at the 2007 SEC Championships, also held in Lexington.

 

Horn recorded personal-best times/marks in the pole vault (14-11/4.55m) and 1,000-meter run (2:46.53) as part of Saturday’s three heptathlon event. In total, this weekend Horn recorded five personal bests out of the seven heptathlon events.

 

“For Gray Horn, to be competing in his first SEC meet and come very close to our freshman school record, is just phenomenal and I am very proud of him today,” Holloway said.

 

Junior jumper Shara Proctor (The Valley, Anguilla), the reigning SEC Female Field Athlete of the Week, finished second in the women’s long jump on Saturday afternoon with a leap of 20-8/6.30m. Proctor’s runner-up finish came on her second attempt of the evening and was an NCAA provisional-qualifying mark.

 

“I was very proud of the job that Shara did today with her runner-up finish in the long jump,” Holloway said. “I give her a lot of credit for competing at a very high level.”

 

Sophomore thrower Kemal Mesic (Sarajevo, Bosnia) was third in the men’s shot put with a provisional-qualifying toss of 59-6.75/18.15m, while senior Beau Burroughs (Tampa, Fla.) was sixth in the event with an NCAA provisional-qualifying throw of 58-11.25/17.96m, as the Gators earned a total of nine points in that event.

 

Freshman distance runner Genevieve LaCaze (Queensland, Australia) shattered her previous collegiate-record time in the women’s 3,000-meter run, finishing in an NCAA provisional-qualifying time of 9:25.10 against a difficult field. LaCaze eclipsed her previous best mark of 9:39.92 achieved at the Tyson Invitational on Feb. 13.  

 

Senior pole vaulter Natalie Moser (Tampa, Fla.) finished fourth in the women’s pole vault event with a leap of 13-1.50/4.00m, while Frankie Hammond (Hollywood, Fla.) finished third in the men’s high jump with a leap of 6-11/2.11m.

 

Three Florida women advanced to Sunday’s final in the mile as junior Charlotte Browning (West Sussex, England), LaCaze and sophomore Kaitlin Shiver (Satellite Beach, Fla.) each posted qualifying times, with LaCaze recording a squad-best time of 4:51.40 in the prelims.

 

Junior Calvin Smith (Lutz, Fla.) was first overall in the preliminaries of the men’s 400-meter dash in a season-best and NCAA provisional-qualifying time of 46.64, while senior Carlos Phillips (Winter Park, Fla.) finished the preliminaries of the 800-meter run in an NCAA provisional-qualifying time of 1:49.35.

 

Freshman sprinter Alishea Usery (St. Louis, Mo.) improved from her impressive showing at the Tyson Invitational, notching NCAA provisional-qualifying times in the preliminaries of both the women’s 60m dash and the 200m dash. Usery was sixth in the 60m prelims with a collegiate-best time of 7.34, while she was second overall in the 200m in a time of 23.62.

 

Sprinters Jeremy Hall (Jacksonville, Fla.) and Terrell Wilks (New Haven, Conn.) each notched season bests and NCAA provisional-qualifying times in the men’s 60m prelims, each with times of 6.70. That was a personal-best time for Wilks, which moved him up into a tie for sixth place on UF’s all-time indoor 60m list.

 

The final day of the 2009 SEC Indoor Track and Field Championships commences at 11 a.m. EST Sunday at 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.)

 

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28

 

MEN’S TEAM STANDINGS (AFTER DAY 2)

1. Arkansas – 37

2. Florida – 33

3. Tennessee – 32

4. Auburn – 25

5. South Carolina – 19

6. Alabama – 14

7. Ole Miss – 12

8. Georgia – 11

T9. Kentucky – 6

T9. LSU - 6

 

WOMEN’S TEAM STANDINGS (AFTER DAY 2)
1. Arkansas – 45

2. LSU – 32

3. Kentucky – 28

4. Tennessee – 25

5. Mississippi State – 19

6. Florida – 18

7. Alabama – 10.50

8. Ole Miss – 10

9. Auburn – 3

10. South Carolina – 2.50

11. Georgia - 2

 

Women’s Weight Throw – 11 a.m. EST (AUTO: 21.00; PROV: 18.75)

--. Fidela James – FOUL

 

Men’s High Jump – 11 a.m. EST (AUTO: 2.24; PROV: 2.14)

3. Frankie Hammond – 6-11/2.11m (6 points)

 

Men’s Long Jump – 11 a.m. EST (AUTO: 7.85; PROV: 7.50)

1. Christian Taylor – 25-3.50/7.71m P (10 points)

 

Women’s Pole Vault – 12 p.m. EST (AUTO: 4.20; PROV: 3.95)

4. Natalie Moser – 13-1.50/4.00m P (5 points)

T13. Daisy Glasser – 12-9.50/3.90m

T13. Lauren Menke – 12-5.50/3.80m

15. Alex Black – 11-11.75/3.65m

   

Men’s Shot Put – 2 p.m. EST (AUTO: 19.30; PROV: 17.75)

3. Kemal Mesic – 59-6.75/18.15m P (6 points)

6. Beau Burroughs – 58-11.25/17.96m P (3 points)

 

Men’s 60m Hurdles (Prelims) – 2:10 p.m. EST (AUTO: 7.70; PROV: 7.91)

3. Dennis Martin – 7.82 q P

4. Kallinka Pitt – 7.92 q

 

Men’s Heptathlon 60m Hurdles (Prelims) – 2:30 p.m. EST (AUTO: 7.70; PROV: 7.91)

3. Gray Horn – 8.31 (905 points)

14. Ryan Troy – 9.45 (650 points)

 

Women’s 60m Hurdles (Prelims) – 2:50 p.m. EST (AUTO: 8.14; PROV: 8.43)

11. Paige Morton – 8.64

 

Men’s 60m Dash (Prelims) – 3:10 p.m. EST (AUTO: 6.63; PROV: 6.74)

5. Jeremy Hall – 6.70 q P

7. Terrell Wilks – 6.70 q P

 

Women’s 60m Dash (Prelims) – 3:30 p.m. EST (AUTO: 7.26; PROV: 7.44)

6. Alishea Usery – 7.34 q P

11. Madison McNary – 7.49

 

Men’s Heptathlon Pole Vault – 3:30 p.m. EST (AUTO: 5.50; PROV: 5.20)

3. Gray Horn – 14-11/4.55m (775 points)

T8. Ryan Troy – 13-3.50/4.05m (631 points)

 

Women’s Long Jump – 3:45 p.m. EST (AUTO: 6.35; PROV: 6.10)

2. Shara Proctor – 20-8/6.30m P

 

Men’s Mile (Prelims) – 3:50 p.m. EST (AUTO: 3:59.50; PROV: 4:04.00)

12. Anthony Morales – 4:15.07

14. Justin Taylor – 4:17.09 q (referee’s decision)

 

Women’s Mile (Prelims)– 4:10 p.m. EST (AUTO: 4:38.00; PROV: 4:48.50)

2. Charlotte Browning – 4:51.98 Q

7. Genevieve LaCaze – 4:51.40 Q

10. Kaitlin Shiver – 5:01.89 q

20. Hailey Neal – 5:25.81

 

Men’s 400m Dash (Prelims) – 4:30 p.m. EST (AUTO: 46.15; PROV: 47.25)

1. Calvin Smith – 46.64 q P

6. William Wynne – 47.41 q

7. R.J. Anderson – 47.46q

10. Preson Wilson – 47.63

 

Women’s 400m Dash (Prelims) – 4:50 p.m. EST (AUTO: 52.40; PROV: 54.40)

16. Ije Iheoma – 56.59

20. Danielle Williams – 57.29

 

Men’s 800m Run (Prelims) – 5:10 p.m. EST (AUTO: 1:48.00; PROV: 1:50.50)

2. Carlos Phillips – 1:49.35 Q P

6. Ethan Philpot – 1:51.63 Q

9. LaMarr Davis – 1:50.76 q

 

Men’s 200m Dash (Prelims) – 6 p.m. EST (AUTO: 20.83; PROV: 21.23)

10. Calvin Smith – 21.21 P

11. Terrell Wilks – 21.23 P

16. Jeremy Hall – 21.47

18. Christian Taylor – 21.51

29. Deonte Thompson – 22.14

 

Women’s 200m Dash (Prelims) – 6:25 p.m. EST (AUTO: 23.20; PROV: 23.90)

2. Alishea Usery – 23.62 q P

11. Madison McNary – 24.24

 

Women’s 3,000m Run – 7:15 p.m. EST (AUTO: 9:15.00; PROV: 9:34.00)

4. Genevieve LaCaze – 9.25.10 P (5 points)

 

Men’s Heptathlon 1,000m Run – 7:30 p.m. EST (Not an NCAA Event)

4. Gray Horn – 2:46.53 (802 points)

12. Ryan Troy – 2:59.54 (669 points)

 

Men’s Heptathlon - 5:15 p.m. EST (AUTO: 5,650; PROV: 5,300)

2. Gray Horn – 5,586 P

15. Ryan Troy – 4,346

 

SEC CHAMPIONS

  • Christian Taylor – Men’s Long Jump – 25-3.50/7.71m P

 

NCAA PROVISIONAL-QUALIFYING MARKS

  • Beau Burroughs – Men’s Shot Put - 58-11.25/17.96m P
  • Jeremy Hall – Men’s 60m Dash – 6.70 P
  • Gray Horn – Heptathlon – 5,586 P
  • Genevieve LaCaze – Women’s 3,000m Run – 9:25.10 P
  • Dennis Martin – Men’s 60m Hurdles – 7.82 P
  • Kemal Mesic – Men’s Shot Put – 59-6.75/18.15m P
  • Natalie Moser – Women’s Pole Vault - 13-1.50/4.00m P
  • Carlos Phillips – Men’s 800m Run – 1:49.35 P
  • Shara Proctor – Women’s Long Jump – 20-8/6.30m P
  • Calvin Smith – Men’s 200m Dash – 21.21 P
  • Calvin Smith – Men’s 400m Dash – 46.64 P
  • Christian Taylor – Men’s Long Jump – 25-3.50/7.71m P
  • Alishea Usery – Women’s 60m Dash - 7.34 P
  • Alishea Usery – Women’s 200m Dash – 23.62 P
  • Terrell Wilks – Men’s 60m Dash – 6.70 P
  • Terrell Wilks – Men’s 200m Dash – 21.23 P

 

POST-MEET ATHLETE QUOTES DAY 2

 

Christian Taylor, SEC Champion, Men’s Long Jump

"It was intense out there. I was a last-minute jumper today. When the going got tough, I was really able to come through today. With all this training, I knew I had the potential to be the strongest athlete out there and I was just able to take over at the end."

 

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