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Monday May 18, 2009Florida Women Claim 2009 SEC Outdoor Track and Field Title

Gainesville, FL

The University of Florida women’s track and field team used an all-around impressive performance, earning points in all areas, to capture its first Southeastern Conference Outdoor Championship since the 2003 season. The Gators scored 135.5 total team points on Sunday at Percy Beard Track and James G. Pressly Stadium to secure the victory in front of a raucous home crowd.

 

The unranked Florida women claimed the event, defeating No. 4 LSU (113) and No. 12 Tennessee (106). The Gator men’s team finished second overall with 129 points. Arkansas won the 2009 SEC men’s outdoor championship with 141 points, while LSU was third with 98.50.

 

In total, the Florida men’s and women’s teams won nine individual SEC championships during the course of the weekend, claiming league crowns in the men’s decathlon, women’s steeplechase, women’s long jump, women’s triple jump, women’s javelin, women’s shot put, men’s 4x100-meter relay, men’s 200-meter dash and the men’s 400-meter dash.

 

“It is a wonderful feeling to win in front of our home fans, with everybody that has supported us all year long,” Florida head coach Mike Holloway said. “It was a great team effort all the way around.

 

“I’m very proud of both teams this weekend. They lined up and got after it. I am thankful for the support of all the fans, friends and alumni that came out to the meet this weekend.”

 

Junior sprinter Calvin Smith (Lutz, Fla.) captured the 2009 men's Commissioner’s Trophy, awarded to the league’s high-points scorer at the outdoor championships. Smith finished with 22 total points, earning an SEC individual championship in the 400-meter dash, a runner-up finish in the 200-meter dash and he was also part of an SEC Champion 4x100-meter relay team and a third-place 4x400-meter relay team.

 

“It’s a great honor for Calvin and it shows how hard he has been working,” Holloway said. “To see what he accomplished this weekend just tells you what a great SEC meet he had.”

 

Junior thrower Mariam Kevkhishvili (Tbilisi, Georgia) set a new Southeastern Conference outdoor record in the women’s shot put with a winning throw of 59-2.75/18.05m. That personal-best mark goes down as the top throw in the country so far this season and breaks former Gator Kimberli Barrett’s SEC shot put record of 57-6, achieved during the 2004 campaign.

 

“I am very proud of Mariam,” Holloway said. “I think that a lot of athletes who have the kind of success that she does tend to get complacent, but she and Coach [Steve] Lemke have done a great job of continuing to improve and get better. Mariam has some very lofty goals for herself and she has been doing a great job of working towards them.”

 

Freshman thrower Keely Medeiros (Luziana, Brazil) finished second in the women’s shot put with an NCAA regional-qualifying toss of 54-3.25/16.54m to help the Gators earn 18 points in that event and lock up their league championship.

 

Junior sprinter Jeremy Hall (Jacksonville, Fla.) turned in the ninth-fastest men’s 200-meter dash time in school history, clocking a personal-best time of 20.51 (-1.1) to win the event.

 

Smith, who was second in the men’s 200-meter dash in a time of 20.72, captured the men’s 400-meter dash title in a personal-best time of 44.96.

 

The Florida men’s 4x100-meter relay team registered the third-fastest time in that event in school history (38.74), winning the school’s first title in that event. The relay team consisted of Hall, Smith, Wilks and Jeff Demps (Winter Garden, Fla.).

 

Hall turned in a major personal-best in the men’s 100-meter dash to finish as the runner-up in that event. He clocked a 10.08 (+1.1), which marks the fourth-fastest time in school history in the men’s 100-meter dash.

 

Junior jumper Shara Proctor (The Valley, Anguilla) claimed the SEC women’s triple jump on Sunday after claiming the long jump on Saturday. She finished second in the Commissioner’s Trophy standings with 20 total points. Her triple jump leap of 44-0.75/13.43m (+3.6) broke her own school record in the event.

 

Junior thrower Evelien Dekkers (Etten-Leur, Netherlands) won the SEC women’s javelin title for the second consecutive year, using a winning and NCAA regional-qualifying toss of 173-11/53.02m. That mark was a personal-record for Dekkers, who eclipsed her previous best of 173-4/52.84m.

 

Junior Star Sansone (Boca Raton, Fla.) was fifth in the women’s javelin, helping the Gators to earn 13 points in the event. Sansone turned in an NCAA regional-qualifying mark of 142-5/43.40m.

 

Junior distance runner Charlotte Browning (West Sussex, England) finished as the runner-up in the women’s 1,500-meter run, clocking a personal-best time of 4:19.66. Sophomore Kaitlin Shiver (Apollo Beach , Fla.) was sixth in a time of 4:26.66, as the Gators earned 11 points in the event. Browning also finished sixth in the finals of the women’s 800-meter run.

 

Florida returns to action May 29-30, when it travels to Greensboro, N.C., to participate in the 2009 NCAA East Regional. For all of the latest information on Florida track and field, please log on to www.GatorZone.com.

 

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

 

2009 SEC CHAMPIONSHIPS WOMEN’S FINAL STANDINGS

1. Florida – 135.5

2. LSU – 113

3. Tennessee – 106

4. Arkansas – 96.5

5. Auburn – 76

6. Kentucky – 56

7. Alabama – 52.5

8. South Carolina – 51

9. Georgia – 45.5

10. Ole Miss – 44

11. Mississippi State – 42

 

2009 SEC CHAMPIONSHIPS MEN’S FINAL STANDINGS

1. Arkansas – 141

2. Florida – 129

3. LSU – 98.5

4. South Carolina – 88

T5. Auburn - 72

T5. Georgia – 72

7. Kentucky – 55

8. Tennessee – 53

9. Mississisppi State – 44.5

10. Alabama – 33.5

11. Ole Miss – 32.5

 

Sunday, May 17

 

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

1. Evelien Dekkers – 173-11/53.02m R

5. Star Sansone – 142-5/43.40m R

 

Women’s Triple Jump Final – 1 p.m. EST (RQS: 12.32m)

1. Shara Proctor – 44-0.75/13.43m (+3.6) R

3. Madara Apine – 42-0/12.80m (+1.0) R

4. Michelle Jenije – 40-9.75/12.44m (+1.2) R

 

Women’s Pole Vault Final – 3 p.m. EST (RQS: 3.85m)

4. Natalie Moser – 13-1.50/4.00m R

T9. Daisy Glasser – 12-7.50/3.85m R

T9. Alex Black – 12-7.50/3.85m R

16. Lauren Menke – 12-7.50/3.85m R

                                                 

Men’s Discus Final – 3:30 p.m. EST (RQS: 51.70m)

7. Kemal Mesic – 166-6/50.74m

8. Scott Clayman – 164-3/50.07m

11. Beau Burroughs – 159-11/48.75m

 

Men’s 4x100 Final – 5 p.m. EST (RQS: 40.66)

1. Florida – 38.74 R

-Jeremy Hall, Calvin Smith, Terrell Wilks, Jeff Demps

 

Women’s 4x100 Final – 5:10 p.m. EST (RQS: 45.70)

6. Florida – 45.62 R

          -Madison McNary, Alishea Usery, Danielle Williams, Ije Iheoma

 

Men’s 1,500m Run Final – 5:20 p.m. EST (RQS: 3:47.80)

7. Justin Taylor – 3:48.57

 

Women’s 1,500m Run Final – 5:30 p.m. EST (RQS: 4:27.80)

2. Charlotte Browning – 4:19.66 R

6. Kaitlin Shiver – 4:26.66 R

 

Men’s 110m Hurdle Final – 5:40 p.m. EST (RQS: 14.30)

3. William Wynne – 13.64 (+1.2) R

5. Dennis Martin – 13.83 (+1.2) R

8. Kallinka Pitt – 14.03 (+1.2) R

 

Men’s 400m Run Final – 6 p.m. EST (RQS: 47.20)

1. Calvin Smith – 44.96 R  PR

7. R.J. Anderson – 46.46 R

 

Women’s 400m Run Final – 6:10 p.m. EST (RQS: 54.61)

3. Alishea Usery – 53.27 R

 

Men’s 100m Dash Final – 6:20 p.m. EST (RQS: 10.55)

2. Jeremy Hall – 10.08 (+1.1) R

4. Terrell Wilks – 10.15 (+1.1) R

9. Jeff Demps – 11.23 (+1.1)

 

Women’s Shot Put Final – 6:30 p.m. EST (RQS: 14.30m)

1. Mariam Kevkhishvili – 59-2.75/18.05m R

2. Keely Medeiros – 54-3.25/16.54m R

10. Fidela James – 46-10.75/14.29m                     

 

Men’s 800m Run Final – 6:40 p.m. EST (RQS: 1:50.40)

4. Carlos Phillips – 1:48.48 R

 

Women’s 800m Run Final – 6:50 p.m. EST (RQS: 2:09.80)

7. Charlotte Browning – 2:06.15 R

 

Men’s 400m Hurdles Final – 7:05 p.m. EST (RQS: 52.51)

3. William Wynne – 49.80 R

 

Men’s 200m Dash Final – 7:25 p.m. EST (RQS: 21.35)

1. Jeremy Hall – 20.51 (-1.1) R

2. Calvin Smith – 20.72 (-1.1) R

 

Women’s 200m Dash Final – 7:35 p.m. EST (RQS: 23.96)

8. Madison McNary – 24.26 (-1.1) R

 

Men’s 5,000m Final – 7:45 p.m. EST (RQS: 14:12.00)

7. Sean Blaney – 14:12.63

 

Women’s 5,000m Final – 8:05 p.m. EST (RQS: 16:52.00)

4. Genevieve LaCaze – 16:42.36 R

8. Laura Garrow – 16:53.95

10. Sara Petrick – 17:06.02

13. Jacy Kruzel – 17:22.27

 

Men’s 4x400m Run – 8:35 p.m. EST (RQS: 3:10.00)

3. Florida – 3:04.85 R

          -R.J. Anderson, Calvin Smith, Carlos Phillips, Lamarr Davis

 

Women’s 4x400m Run – 8:50 p.m. EST (RQS: 3:42.00)

5. Florida – 3:42.68

          -Alishea Usery, Danielle Williams, Ije Iheoma, Ashley Usery

 

FLORIDA’S SEC CHAMPIONS ON SUNDAY

  • Evelien Dekkers – Women’s Javelin – 173-11/53.02m R
  • Jeremy Hall – Men’s 200m Dash – 20.51 (-1.1) R
  • Mariam Kevkhishvili – Women’s Shot Put – 59-2.75/18.05m R
  • Shara Proctor – Women’s Triple Jump – 44-0.75/13.43m (+3.6) R
  • Calvin Smith – Men’s 400m Dash – 44.96 R
  • Men’s 4x100-meter relay (Hall, Smith, Wilks, Demps) – 38.74 R

 

FLORIDA’S NCAA REGIONAL-QUALIFIERS

  • R.J. Anderson – Men’s 400m Run – 46.46 R
  • Madara Apine – Women’s Triple Jump - 42-0/12.80m (+1.0) R
  • Alex Black – Women’s Pole Vault – 12-7.50/3.85m R
  • Charlotte Browning – Women’s 1,500m Run – 4:19.66 R
  • Charlotte Browning – Women’s 800m Run – 2:06.15
  • Evelien Dekkers – Women’s Javelin – 173-11/53.02m R
  • Daisy Glasser – Women’s Pole Vault – 12-7.50/3.85m R
  • Jeremy Hall – Men’s 100m Dash – 10.08 (+1.1) R
  • Jeremy Hall – Men’s 200m Dash – 20.51 (-1.1) R
  • Michelle Jenije – Women’s Triple Jump – 40-9.75/12.44m (+1.2) R
  • Mariam Kevkhishvili – Women’s Shot Put – 59-2.75/18.05m R
  • Dennis Martin – Men’s 110m Hurdles – 13.83 (+1.2)
  • Madison McNary – Women’s 200m Dash – 24.26 (-1.1) R
  • Keely Medeiros – Women’s Shot Put - 54-3.25/16.54m R
  • Lauren Menke – Women’s Pole Vault – 12-7.50/3.85m R
  • Natalie Moser – Women’s Pole Vault – 13-1.50/4.50m R
  • Carlos Phillips – Men’s 800m Run – 1:48.48 R
  • Kallinka Pitt – Men’s 110m Hurdles – 14.03 (+1.2) R
  • Shara Proctor – Women’s Triple Jump – 44-0.75/13.43m (+3.6) R
  • Star Sansone – Women’s Javelin – 142-5/43.40m R
  • Kaitlin Shiver – Women’s 1,500m Run – 4:26.66 R
  • Calvin Smith – Men’s 400m Dash – 44.96 R
  • Calvin Smith – Men’s 200m Dash – 20.72 (-1.1) R
  • Alishea Usery – Women’s 400m Dash – 53.27 R
  • Terrell Wilks – Men’s 100m Dash - 10.15 (+1.1) R
  • William Wynne – Men’s 110m Hurdles – 13.64 (+1.2) R
  • William Wynne – Men’s 400m Hurdles – 49.80 R
  • Men’s 4x100-meter relay (Hall, Smith, Wilks, Demps) – 38.74 R
  • Women’s 4x100-meter relay (McNary, Usery, Williams, Iheoma) – 45.62 R

 

END OF REPORT

 

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