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Friday March 13, 2009Three All-America Honors Highlight First Day of NCAA Indoors

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The University of Florida track and field team picked up three All-America honors on Friday to open the 2009 NCAA Indoor Championships, as sophomore thrower Kemal Mesic (Sarajevo, Bosnia), junior jumper Shara Proctor (The Valley, Anguilla) and freshman jumper Christian Taylor (Fayetteville, Ga.) each finished in the top-eight in the finals of their respective events in front of 4,315 fans at the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium on the campus of Texas A&M University.

“I thought overall we had a great day,” Florida head coach Mike Holloway said. “We had five qualifiers and only missed out on three qualifying opportunities. Across the board, I thought we did a great job. Shara Proctor earned All-America honors in the long jump and, even though he had a tough day, Christian Taylor fought hard in the finals of the long jump to place sixth. I thought Kemal also did a great job, finishing fifth in the shot put.”

Mesic, competing in the first NCAA Championship meet of his career, entered the meet ranked ninth in the nation in the men’s shot put and finished the event in fifth with a collegiate-best toss of 62-8/19.10m. He was the top-finishing underclassman in that event and moved into sole possession of fourth place on the school’s all-time top-10 indoor shot put list.

Proctor, the Southeastern Conference runner-up in the women’s long jump who entered the meet ranked 16th in the nation in that event, set a season-best in the long jump with a leap of 21-0/6.40m to finish sixth overall. Proctor’s best jump came on her final attempt of the evening.

Taylor, the 2009 USTFCCCA South Region Men’s Field Athlete of the Year, placed sixth in the men’s long jump with a leap of 25-5.0/7.76m. Taylor rebounded through a few fouls in the event to record his best jump on his final attempt of the evening.

Sophomore sprinter Terrell Wilks (New Haven, Conn.), who entered the meet ranked ninth in the nation in the men’s 60-meter dash, qualified for the finals of the 60m, breaking his own school record in the preliminaries by finishing fourth in a time of 6.59. He bested his previous school record of 6.60, set last Saturday at the Virginia Tech Qualifier. He will compete in Saturday’s final at 7:10 p.m.

“Terrell has been doing some very special things in training,” Holloway said. “We thought he was ready to do something like he has the last two meets, but for him to go out and perform like that at his first national indoor meet has been great. He’s looking forward to coming out and putting his best foot forward and performing well tomorrow in the finals.”

Freshman heptathlete Gray Horn (Wapakoneta, Ohio), who entered the meet ranked 11th in the nation in the multi-events, tied the school record for a first-day heptathlon score, finishing with 3,137 total points to put him in seventh place through four events. That bests his previous four-event PR of 3,104 and ties Mike Morrison’s school first-day record of 3,137 set at the 2008 SEC Indoor Championships.

Horn set personal bests in both the long jump (23-10.75/7.28m) and the shot put (40-11.75/12.49m) en route to his record-setting day. His total score has improved in each of his three outings so far this season.

Horn began the day tying for seventh place in the 60-meter dash in a time of 7.16, finished fourth in the long jump and 10th in the shot put. He concluded the day with a fifth-place finish in the high jump with a leap of 6-6.25/1.99m.

Junior Charlotte Browning (West Sussex, England) finished third in her heat and fifth overall in the women’s mile to qualify for Saturday’s final with a time of 4:41.38. Browning, who reached the meet after running an automatic-qualifying time of 4:36.09 – the ninth-fastest time in the nation - at last Saturday’s last chance meet in South Bend, Ind., will compete in the event’s finals at 6 p.m. EST Saturday.

Senior hurdler Dennis Martin (Anderson, S.C.), who came into the meet ninth nationally in the hurdles, qualified for Saturday’s finals of the men’s 60-meter hurdles finishing sixth overall in the preliminaries in a time of 7.81. He will compete in the finals at 6:30 p.m. EST tomorrow.

Junior sprinter Calvin Smith (Lutz, Fla.), the eighth-ranked 400m male in the nation, finished third overall in the preliminaries of the men’s 400-meter dash in a time of 46.70. He advances to Saturday’s final in the event, scheduled for 6:50 p.m. EST.

Senior middle-distance runner Carlos Phillips (Winter Park, Fla.), who came into Saturday’s meet ranked No. 17 nationally in the men’s 800-meter run, was sixth overall in the preliminaries of the event in a time of 1:49.68. He will compete in Saturday’s final at 7:30 p.m. EST.

The final day of the NCAA Indoor Championships commences at 1 p.m. EST Saturday at the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium. Live stats will be available at www.AggieAthletics.com with live video available at www.ESPN360.com. In addition to the finals of the running events, throwers Mariam Kevkhishvili (Tbilisi, Georgia) and Keely Medeiros (Luziana, Brazil) will participate in the shot put with Proctor and Taylor in the triple jump and the men’s 4x400m relay to cap off the meet.

“The big thing for us tomorrow is to come out and compete at a high level like we did today,” Holloway said. “We don’t need to worry about what other teams are doing. If we come out and compete hard and take care of the Gators, we’ll be fine. We have 10 scoring opportunities tomorrow and that gives us a chance to do some really good things.”

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.

 

NCAA Indoor Championships – March 13-14, 2009 (College Station, Texas)

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 2009

 

MEN’S TEAM STANDINGS (FOLLOWING DAY 1)

1. Oregon – 23.0

2. Arizona State – 15.0

T3. Nebraska – 14.0

T3. Arkansas – 14.0

T5. Baylor – 10.0

T5. Rice – 10.0

7. Virginia Tech – 9.5

8. Kentucky – 9.0

T9. Minnesota – 8.0

T9. LSU – 8.0

T9. Florida State – 8.0

T9. Liberty – 8.0

T13. Florida – 7.0

 

WOMEN’S TEAM STANDINGS (FOLLOWING DAY 1)

1. BYU – 18.0

2. Texas – 15.0

T3. Texas A&M – 13.0

T3. Penn State – 13.0

T3. Oregon – 13.0

6. Arizona State – 11.0

T7. Tennessee – 10.0

T7. Louisville – 10.0

T7. Texas Tech – 10.0

T7. Miami – 10.0

T7. Boise State – 10.0

T31. Florida – 3.0

 

Men’s Heptathlon – 1 p.m. EST (AUTO: 5,650; PROV: 5,300) – THROUGH 4 EVENTS

7. Gray Horn – 3,137

 

            Men’s Heptathlon 60m Dash – 1 p.m. EST (AUTO: 6.63; PROV: 6.74)

            T7. Gray Horn – 7.16 (826 points)

 

     Men’s Heptathlon Long Jump – 1:40 p.m. EST (AUTO: 7.85; PROV: 7.50)

            4. Gray Horn – 23-10.75/7.28m (881 points)

 

     Men’s Heptathlon Shot Put – 2:45 p.m. EST (AUTO: 19.30; PROV: 17.75)

            10. Gray Horn – 40-11.75/12.49m (636 points)

 

          Men’s Heptathlon High Jump – 3:45 p.m. EST (AUTO: 2.24; PROV: 2.14)

            T5. Gray Horn - 6-6.25/1.99m (794 points)

 

Women’s Mile Prelims – 5 p.m. EST (AUTO: 4:38.00; PROV: 4:48.50)

5. Charlotte Browning – 4:41.38 Q

 

Women’s Long Jump – 5:15 p.m. EST (AUTO: 6.35; PROV: 6.10)

6. Shara Proctor – 21-0/6.40m

 

Men’s 60m Hurdles Prelims – 5:45 p.m. EST (AUTO: 7.70; PROV: 7.91)

6. Dennis Martin – 7.81q

9. Kallinka Pitt – 7.85

 

Men’s 400m Prelims – 6:15 p.m. EST (AUTO: 46.15; PROV: 47.25)

3. Calvin Smith – 46.70 q

 

Men’s 60m Prelims – 6:45 p.m. EST (AUTO: 6.63; PROV: 6.74)

4. Terrell Wilks – 6.59 Q SR

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Men’s 800m Prelims – 7:15 p.m. EST (AUTO: 1:48.00; PROV: 1:50.50)

6. Carlos Phillips – 1:49.68 q

 

Women’s 200m Prelims – 7:30 p.m. EST (AUTO: 23.20; PROV: 23.90)

15. Alishea Usery – 24.10

 

Men’s Long Jump – 7:40 p.m. EST (AUTO: 7.85; PROV: 7.50)

6. Christian Taylor – 25-5.50/7.76m

 

Men’s Shot Put – 7:50 p.m. EST (AUTO: 19.30; PROV: 17.75)

5. Kemal Mesic – 62-8/19.10m

 

QUALIFIERS FOR SATURDAY’S FINALS

  • Charlotte Browning – Women’s Mile
  • Dennis Martin – Men’s 60m Hurdles
  • Carlos Phillips – Men’s 800m
  • Calvin Smith – Men’s 400m
  • Terrell Wilks – Men’s 60m

 

ALL-AMERICANS/TOP-EIGHT FINISHERS

  • 5. Kemal Mesic – 62-8/19.10m
  • 6. Shara Proctor – Women’s Long Jump – 20-11.25/6.38m
  • 6. Christian Taylor – Men’s Long Jump – 25-5.50/7.76m

 

END OF REPORT

 

 

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