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Friday May 15, 2009Gray Horn Captures First SEC Decathlon Title in School History

Gainesville, FL

Freshman Florida decathlete Gray Horn (Wapakoneta, Ohio) on Friday became the first athlete in school history to win the Southeastern Conference Outdoor Decathlon Championship. The victory highlighted the second day of the 2009 SEC Outdoor Championships, hosted by the University of Florida at its Percy Beard Track at James G. Pressly Stadium.

 

Horn broke the freshman school record in the decathlon with a score of 7,389 points to eclipse Mike Morrison’s freshman school record. That total goes down as the fourth-best decathlon score in school history.

 

“I am absolutely ecstatic about Gray Horn’s performance today and yesterday,” Florida head coach Mike Holloway said. “He had some rough spots yesterday and a lot of people would have given up, but he kept fighting. He was phenomenal in the 1,500. He had to beat Michael Ayers by nine seconds and he beat him by more than 13, to break the freshman school record. He and Coach [Mellanee] Welty have done an outstanding job working together this season.”

 

Horn captured the first two events of the day, winning the 110-meter hurdles in a time of 14.87 (+0.2), which matched his decathlon PR in that event. He followed that victory up with a first-place finish in the discus, using a career-best throw of 128-0/39.02m to extend his lead in the decathlon to 5,319-5,073 against Tennessee’s Michael Ayers.

 

Horn then capitalized a collegiate-best leap of 15-11.00/4.85m in the pole vault to give him a lead of more than 200 points in the event. He then struggled to an eighth-place performance in the men’s javelin to fall behind Ayers 6,700-6,639. Horn would need to beat Ayers by approximately nine seconds in the 1,500m, the day’s final event, to capture the title.

 

Horn turned in a collegiate-best time of 4:29.19 in the 1,500-meter run to capture the league decathlon championship.  

 

“The great thing about Gray Horn today is that, when the chips were down, he lined up and said, ‘I can do it’ and he went after it,” Florida multi-events coach Mellanee Welty said. “He showed the heart and spirit of who we are and that’s what makes his victory so exciting.”

 

Through three events scored, the Florida men currently are in a tie for sixth place overall with 10 points. The Gator women currently are third in the meet through three events with 15 points.

 

In the 10,000-meter final, the Florida women earned 15 points with a trio of top-five finishes. Sara Petrick (Apollo Beach, Fla.) was third in a time of 35:15.39, Laura Garrow (Port Orange, Fla.) was fourth in 35:17.66, while Jacy Kruzel (Cooper City, Fla.) was fifth in 35:40.27.

 

Senior Carlos Phillips (Winter Park, Fla.) and junior Charlotte Browning (West Sussex, England) each qualified for the finals of the 800-meter run. Phillips finished fourth in the prelims of the men’s 800m run with an NCAA regional-qualifying time of 1:48.83, while Browning was fourth in the prelims of the women’s 800-meter run in a collegiate-best and NCAA regional-qualifying time of 2:06.47.

 

Florida qualified two sprinters for the finals of the men’s 200-meter dash. Junior Calvin Smith (Lutz, Fla.) was fourth in an NCAA regional-qualifying time of 20.86 (-0.9), while junior Jeremy Hall (Jacksonville, Fla.) was sixth in an NCAA regional-qualifying time of 20.87 (-0.9)

 

Freshman sprinter Madison McNary (Clearwater, Fla.) was eighth in the prelims of the women’s 200-meter dash, advancing to the event’s finals with a time of 23.88 (+0.5), which matches her collegiate-best time in the event.

 

Freshman hurdler William Wynne (Marietta, Ga.) was second in the prelims of the men’s 400-meter hurdles in an NCAA regional-qualifying time of 50.00 to advance him to the event’s final.

 

"If we keep doing what we have been doing all year long and perform at a high level, we will be fine," Holloway said. "Our goal in this meet, as always, is to make the Gator Nation."

 

The SEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships continue at 12 p.m. EST Saturday at Percy Beard Track and James G. Pressly Stadium.

 

For complete coverage of Florida’s participation in the 2009 SEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships, please log on to www.GatorZone.com.

 

2009 SEC OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS (May 14-17, 2009 – Gainesville, Fla.)

 

MEN’S TEAM STANDINGS (3 EVENTS SCORED)

1. Georgia - 28

2. Auburn - 18

3. LSU - 16

T4. Tennessee - 11

T4. Mississippi State - 11

T6. Alabama - 10

T6. Florida - 10

8. Arkansas - 9

9. South Carolina - 3

10. Kentucky – 1

 

WOMEN’S TEAM STANDINGS (3 EVENTS SCORED)

1. Arkansas – 31

2. Alabama – 18

3. Florida – 15

4. Kentucky – 14

5. Mississippi State – 12

6. LSU – 8

7. Ole Miss – 7

8. Auburn – 5

9. Tennessee – 3

T10. South Carolina  - 2

T10. Georgia - 2

 

FRIDAY, MAY 15, 2009

 

Men’s Decathlon – 12:30 p.m. EST (AUTO: 7,500; PROV: 6,900)

1. Gray Horn – 7,389 P

         

          Men’s Decathlon 110m Hurdles (RQS: 14.30)

            1. Gray Horn – 14.87 (+0.2) (865 points)

 

          Men’s Decathlon Discus (RQS: 51.70m)

            1. Gray Horn – 128-0/39.02m (645 points)

 

          Men’s Decathlon Pole Vault (RQS: 5.05m)

          2. Gray Horn – 15-11.00/4.85m (865 points)

 

          Men’s Decathlon Javelin (RQS: 61.60m)

          8. Gray Horn – 134-1/40.86m (455 points)

 

          Men’s Decathlon 1,500m (RQS: 3:47.80)

          2. Gray Horn – 4:29.19 (750 points)

 

Women’s Hammer Throw – 5 p.m. EST (RQS: 54.15m)

19. Fidela James – 144-2/43.94m

 

Men’s 800m Prelims – 6 p.m. EST (RQS: 1:50.40)

4. Carlos Phillips – 1:48.83 R q

12. Lamarr Davis – 1:50.66

17. Ethan Philpot – 1:52.42

 

Women’s 800m Prelims – 6:15 p.m. EST (RQS: 2:09.80)

4. Charlotte Browning – 2:06.47 R q

 

Men’s 200m Prelims – 6:35 p.m. EST (RQS: 21.35)

4. Calvin Smith – 20.86 (-0.9) R q

6. Jeremy Hall – 20.87 (-0.9) R q

10. Terrell Wilks – 21.00 (+0.6) R

 

Women’s 200m Prelims – 6:50 p.m. EST (RQS: 23.96)

8. Madison McNary – 23.88 (+0.5) R q

17. Danielle Williams – 24.54 (+0.6)

22. Ije Iheoma – 25.15 (+1.2)

 

Men’s 400m Hurdles Prelims – 7:20 p.m. EST (RQS: 52.51)

2. William Wynne – 50.00 R q

 

Women’s 400m Hurdles Prelims – 7:35 p.m. EST (RQS: 1:00.82)

12. Ashley Usery – 1:02.23

  

Women’s 10,000m Final – 8:30 p.m. EST (AUTO: 28:45.00; PROV: 29:30.00)

3. Sara Petrick – 35:15.39

4. Laura Garrow – 35:17.66

5. Jacy Kruzel – 35:40.27

 

SEC CHAMPIONS

  • Gray Horn – Men’s Decathlon – 7,389 P

 

NCAA PROVISIONAL-QUALIFYING MARKS

  • Gray Horn – Men’s Decathlon – 7,389 P

 

NCAA REGIONAL-QUALIFYING MARKS

  • Charlotte Browning – Women’s 800m Run Prelims – 2:06.47 R
  • Jeremy Hall – Men’s 200m Dash Prelims – 20.87 (-0.9) R
  • Madison McNary – Women’s 200m Dash Prelims – 23.88 (+0.5) R
  • Carlos Phillips – Men’s 800m Run Prelims – 1:48.83 R
  • Calvin Smith – Men’s 200m Dash Prelims – 20.86 (-0.9) R
  • Terrell Wilks – Men’s 200m Dash Prelims – 21.00 (+0.6) R
  • William Wynne – Men’s 400m Hurdles Prelims – 50.00 R

 

FLORIDA QUALIFIERS FOR EVENT FINALS

  • Charlotte Browning – Women’s 800m Run Prelims – 2:06.47 R
  • Jeremy Hall – Men’s 200m Dash Prelims – 20.87 (-0.9) R
  • Madison McNary – Women’s 200m Dash Prelims – 23.88 (+0.5) R
  • Carlos Phillips – Men’s 800m Run Prelims – 1:48.83 R
  • Calvin Smith – Men’s 200m Dash Prelims – 20.86 (-0.9) R
  • William Wynne – Men’s 400m Hurdles Prelims – 50.00 R

 

 

END OF REPORT

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