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Saturday May 16, 2009LaCaze, Proctor Win SEC Individual Event Titles on Day 3 of SECs

Gainesville, FL

Freshman Florida distance runner Genevieve LaCaze (Queensland, Australia) and junior jumper Shara Proctor (The Valley, Anguilla) each captured Southeastern Conference outdoor individual event titles on Saturday to rocket the Gator women into first place after three days of the 2009 Southeastern Conference Championships at Percy Beard Track at James G. Pressly Stadium.

 

The Florida women currently sit in first place through six events with 46 total points. Arkansas is second with 45 points, while Kentucky is third with 39 points. The Gator men currently are in fourth place through nine events with 41 points. The Razorbacks lead the way with 53 points, while Georgia is second with 52.

 

“Overall, it was a great day,” Florida head coach Mike Holloway said. “We had some bumps in the road, but both the men and the women put themselves in a good position to have a successful day tomorrow.

 

“I thought Genevieve and Shara both did a good job with their first SEC titles in those events. It’s more about what we’ve done in practice everyday all year long. They trust in their coaches and they both got it done today.”

 

LaCaze, who had never in her life competed in the steeplechase before this season, used a personal-best and NCAA regional-qualifying time of 10:26.92 to capture the event. She became the first Florida woman in school history to win an SEC steeplechase title.

 

Junior Julie Northrup (Vero Beach, Fla.) finished second in the women’s steeplechase in a personal-best time of 10:31.59 to give the Gators 18 points in that event.

 

“For Genevieve to come into her first SEC meet and win an SEC title in just the second steeplechase of her life is pretty phenomenal. She is a great competitor,” Florida distance coach Todd Morgan said. “Julie Northrup has gotten better season after season. To PR in a championship meet is a goal of ours and both of them certainly came through on that today.

 

Proctor claimed the school’s first SEC outdoor women’s long jump title since the 1992 season, when she used an NCAA regional-qualifying leap of 21-1.50/6.44m to win the title.

 

“This is something we’ve talked about for the last couple of weeks,” Florida jumps coach Brian O’Neal said. “Shara has been chasing the elusive SEC long jump title for the last three seasons. It’s good to see someone that has persevered and put in all the work that she has become victorious. Shara is a big team-oriented young lady, and I think she is extremely proud of the win for herself, but she is more excited to know that she put 10 points on the board for the team.”

 

Sophomore thrower Kemal Mesic (Sarajevo, Bosnia) was third in the men’s shot put with an NCAA regional-qualifying toss of 61-9.50/18.83m, while senior Beau Burroughs (Tampa, Fla.) was fourth with a throw of 58-4/17.78m.

 

Sophomore pole vaulter Eric Foran (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) turned in a season-best and NCAA regional-qualifying leap of 17-3.75/5.28m to finish third in the event, while freshman thrower Keely Medeiros (Luziana, Brazil) finished sixth in the women’s discus with a toss of 154-4/47.05m.

 

Florida qualified three runners for the finals of the men’s 100-meter dash. Sophomore sprinter Terrell Wilks (New Haven, Conn.) ran a collegiate-best time of 10.18 to finish second, while junior Jeremy Hall (Jacksonville, Fla.) was fifth in 10.21 and Jeff Demps (Winter Garden, Fla.) was sixth in 10.30.

 

Three Gators also qualified for the finals in the 110-meter hurdles. Freshman William Wynne (Marietta, Ga.) was second in a time of 13.86, while Kallinka Pitt (Largo, Fla.) and Dennis Martin (Anderson, S.C.) also were qualifiers.  

 

Junior sprinter Calvin Smith (Lutz, Fla.) was third in the preliminaries of the men’s 400-meter run in an NCAA regional-qualifying time of 46.14, while senior R.J. Anderson (Big Pine Key, Fla.) was fourth in a regional-qualifying time of 46.49. Both advance to Sunday’s finals of the event.

 

Freshman Alishea Usery (St. Louis, Mo.) advanced to the finals of the 400-meter dash in an NCAA regional-qualifying time of 53.48.

 

Junior distance runner Charlotte Browning (West Sussex, England) won her heat and finished third overall in the preliminaries of the women’s 1,500-meter run. She and sophomore Kaitlin Shiver (Apollo Beach , Fla.) each advanced to the finals of the event. Shiver was fifth overall in a time of 4:28.40.

 

Men’s distance runner Sean Blaney (Kissimmee, Fla.) was fourth overall in the men’s steeplechase, clocking an NCAA regional-qualifying time of 8:56.05.

 

The final day of the 2009 SEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships commences at 12 p.m. EST Sunday at Percy Beard Track at 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.)

 

Saturday, May 16

 

SEC MEN’S TRACK AND FIELD STANDINGS (THROUGH 9 EVENTS)

1. Arkansas – 53

2. Georgia – 52

3. LSU – 46.5

4. Florida – 41

5. Tennessee – 35

6. Auburn – 32

7. South Carolina – 31

8. Alabama – 18.5

9. Kentucky – 18

10. Mississippi State – 15.5

11. Ole Miss – 8.5 

 

SEC WOMEN’S TRACK AND FIELD STANDINGS (THROUGH 6 EVENTS)

1. Florida – 46

2. Arkansas – 45

3. Kentucky – 39

T4. Mississippi State – 22

T4. Alabama – 22

6. LSU – 14

7. Tennessee – 11

T8. Georgia -9

T8. South Carolina – 9

T8. Auburn – 9

11. Ole Miss - 8

 

Men’s Javelin Final – 12 p.m. EST (RQS: 61.60m)

4. Ben Davies – 215-8/65.75m R

15. Doug Nelson – 190-0/57.91m

16. Mario Ariet – 188-8/57.51m

 

Men’s Long Jump Final – 2 p.m. EST (RQS: 7.34m)

7. Christian Taylor – 24-8.50/7.53m (+0.8) R

 

Women’s Discus Final – 3:30 p.m. EST (RQS: 47.30m)

6. Keely Medeiros – 154-4/47.05m

 

Women’s Long Jump Final – 4 p.m. EST (RQS: 6.00m)

1. Shara Proctor – 21-1.50/6.44m R

 

Men’s Pole Vault Final – 4 p.m. EST (RQS: 5.05m)

3. Eric Foran – 17-3.75/5.28m R

9. Justin Semeyn – 16-6.75/5.05m R

 

Men’s High Jump Final – 6 p.m. EST (RQS: 2.10m)

14. Frankie Hammond – 6-4.75/1.95

 

Men’s 1,500m Run Prelims – 6 p.m. EST (RQS: 3:47.80)

6. Justin Taylor – 3:52.13 Q

 

Women’s 1,500m Run Prelims – 6:15 p.m. EST (RQS: 4:27.80)

3. Charlotte Browning – 4:28.40 q

5. Kaitlin Shiver – 4:28.40 q

 

Men’s Shot Put Finals – 6:30 p.m. EST (RQS: 16.80m)

3. Kemal Mesic – 61-9.50/18.83m R

4. Beau Burroughs – 58-4/17.78m R

 

Men’s 110m Hurdles Prelims – 6:30 p.m. EST (RQS: 14.30)

2. William Wynne – 13.86 (-1.5) R q

4. Kallinka Pitt – 13.98 (-1.5) R q

8. Dennis Martin – 14.10 (-1.5) q R

10. Jarius Cooper – 14.14 (-1.7)

 

Men’s 400m Run Prelims – 7 p.m. EST (RQS: 47.20)

3. Calvin Smith – 46.14 R q

4. R.J. Anderson – 46.49 R q

17. Preston Wilson – 47.90

 

Women’s 400m Run Prelims – 7:20 p.m. EST (RQS: 54.61)

4. Alishea Usery – 53.48 R q

15. Ije Iheoma – 56.08

 

Men’s 100m Dash Prelims – 7:40 p.m. EST (RQS: 10.55)

2. Terrell Wilks – 10.18 (+1.8) R q

5. Jeremy Hall – 10.21 (+1.8) R q

6. Jeff Demps – 10.30 (+1.3) R q

29. Chris Rainey – 11.30 (+1.8)

 

Women’s 100m Dash Prelims – 7:55 p.m. EST (RQS: 11.75)

14. Madison McNary – 11.69 (+2.2) R

 

Men’s 3,000m Steeplechase Final – 8:10 p.m. EST (RQS: 9:07.00)

4. Sean Blaney – 8:56.05 R

7. Michael Anderson – 9:12.07

11. James Uthmeier – 9:44.28

 

Women’s 3,000m Steeplechase Final – 8:30 p.m. EST (RQS: 10:50.25)

1. Genevieve LaCaze – 10:26.92 R

2. Julie Northrup – 10:31.59 R

 

FLORIDA’S SEC CHAMPIONS ON SATURDAY

  • Genevieve LaCaze – Women’s Steeplechase – 10:26.92 R
  • Shara Proctor – Women’s Long Jump - 21-1.50/6.44m R

 

FLORIDA’S NCAA REGIONAL-QUALIFYING MARKS

  • R.J. Anderson – Men’s 400m Run Prelims – 46.49 R
  • Sean Blaney – Men’s 3,000m Steeplechase – 8:56.05 R
  • Beau Burroughs – Men’s Shot Put – 58-4/17.78m R
  • Ben Davies – Men’s Javelin – 215-8/65.75m R
  • Jeff Demps – Men’s 100m Dash Prelims – 10.30 (+1.3) R
  • Eric Foran – Men’s Pole Vault – 17-3.75/5.28m R
  • Jeremy Hall – Men’s 100m Dash Prelims – 10.21 (+1.8) R
  • Genevieve LaCaze – Women’s Steeplechase – 10:26.92 R
  • Dennis Martin – Men’s 110m Hurdles Prelims – 14.10 (-1.5) R
  • Madison McNary – Women’s 100m Dash Prelims – 11.69 (+2.2) R
  • Kemal Mesic – Men’s Shot Put – 61-9.50/18.83m R
  • Julie Northrup – Women’s Steeplechase – 10:31.59 R
  • Kallinka Pitt – Men’s 110m Hurdles Prelims – 13.98 (-1.5) R
  • Shara Proctor – Women’s Long Jump – 21-1.50/6.44m R
  • Justin Semeyn – Men’s Pole Vault – 16-6.75/5.05m R
  • Calvin Smith – Men’s 400m Run Prelims – 46.16 R
  • Christian Taylor – Men’s Long Jump – 24-8.50/7.53m (+0.8) R
  • Alishea Usery – Women’s 400m Run Prelims – 53.98 R
  • Terrell Wilks – Men’s 100m Dash Prelims – 10.18 (+1.8) R
  • William Wynne – Men’s 110m Hurdles Prelims – 13.86 (-1.5) R

 

END OF REPORT

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