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Thursday June 11, 2009Gators Record Strong First Day at NCAA Championships

Fayetteville, AR

Freshman Florida decathlete Gray Horn (Wapakoneta, Ohio) set the freshman school first-day decathlon record and the Gators qualified athletes in 11 spots for the next round of their respective events to highlight the first day of the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Wednesday. The meet is being hosted by the University of Arkansas at its John McDonnell Field.   


The meet included a three-hour, 11-minute weather delay due to lightning and heavy thundershowers in the Fayetteville area. The delay began at 8:02 p.m. EST and competition resumed at 11:13 EST.


“I thought we had an extremely good day,” Florida head coach Mike Holloway said. “As we talk about all the time, I don’t think perfect exists in this world and, even though we had a few bumps in the road, we had a lot of great things happen today. When you think about everything we were able to do out there, we had a great, great day.”


The Gators’ No. 1-ranked men’s 4x100-meter relay squad, which captured the SEC Outdoor Championship nearly a month ago, won its heat and was second overall, finishing in a season-best time of 38.57 to advance to the event’s finals, scheduled for 7:15 p.m. EST Friday. Wednesday’s time marked the third-fastest time in school history and the best for the Gators in that event since the 2005 campaign.


The 4x100-meter relay quartet consisted of Dennis Martin (Anderson, S.C.), Calvin Smith (Lutz, Fla.), Terrell Wilks (New Haven, Conn.) and Jeremy Hall (Jacksonville, Fla.).


Throwers Beau Burroughs (Tampa, Fla.) and Kemal Mesic (Sarajevo, Bosnia) each qualified for the finals of the men’s shot put, which will take place at 7:15 p.m. EST Thursday. Mesic was third with a toss of 63-1.50/19.24m, while Burroughs was 10th overall with a throw of 60-3.25/18.37m.


Junior thrower Mariam Kevkhishvili (Tbilisi, Georgia) was second in the women’s shot put with a toss of 55-5.50/16.90m. She and freshman Keely Medeiros (Luziana, Brazil) each qualified for the finals of the event. Medeiros was ninth with a toss of 52-7.50/16.04m.


Horn set a new Florida freshman first-day record in the decathlon with a score of 3,973 through the opening five events and currently sits in 10th place overall in the decathlon. He bested his own personal-best score of 3,835 recorded at the Texas Relays April 1-2. The final day of the decathlon competition continues at 3:30 p.m. EST Thursday.


Horn opened the day with a 12th-place finish in the 100-meter dash in a time of 11.05 (+2.7). He then moved up to eighth place overall with a personal-best long jump leap of 24-0.25/7.32m (+2.7) to place sixth in that event. Horn was 20th in the shot put with a toss of 40-0.75/12.21m.


Horn turned in a personal-best leap in the high jump with a mark of 6-7.50/2.02m to finish tied for third, before running a time of 50.52 in the 400-meter dash.


Junior javelin thrower Evelien Dekkers (Etten-Leur, Netherlands) was fourth in the event with a toss of 169-5/51.63m to advance to the finals, which are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. EST Friday.


Middle distance runner Carlos Phillips (Winter Park, Fla.) qualified for the semifinals of the men’s 800-meter run, finishing eighth in a time of 1:49.65. The semifinals take place at 8:25 p.m. EST Thursday.


Freshman sprinter Alishea Usery (St. Louis, Mo.) qualified for the semifinals of the women’s 400-meter dash, finishing 17th overall in a time of 53.94. The semifinals take place at 8:15 p.m. EST Friday.


Junior jumper Shara Proctor (The Valley, Anguilla) advanced to the finals of the women’s long jump, finishing tied for fifth in the qualifying round with a leap of 20-10.75/6.37m (-0.1).


Smith automatically qualified in the men’s 400-meter dash, running a strategic race to finish in a time of 46.30.


Hall and Wilks each qualified for the semifinals of the men’s 100-meter dash with Hall finishing in 10.19 (+0.9) and Wilks in a time of 10.18 (+1.4). Wilks advanced to the finals, finishing sixth in the semifinals in a time of 10.35 (-0.3), but Hall was called for a false start in the semifinal round.


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Men’s Decathlon – 12:30 p.m. EST (AFTER FIVE EVENTS)

10. Gray Horn – 3,973


Men’s Decathlon 100m Dash

12. Gray Horn – 11.05 (+2.7) – 850 points


Men’s Decathlon Long Jump

6. Gray Horn – 24-0.25/7.32m (+2.7) – 891 points


Men’s Decathlon Shot Put

20. Gray Horn – 40-0.75/12.21m – 619 points


Men’s Decathlon High Jump

3. Gray Horn – 6-7.50/2.02m – 822 points


Men’s Decathlon High Jump

3. Gray Horn – 6-7.50/2.02m – 822 points


Men’s Decathlon 400m Dash

16. Gray Horn – 50.52 – 791 points


Men’s Shot Put Qualifying – 4 p.m. EST

3. Kemal Mesic – 63-1.50/19.24m q

10. Beau Burroughs – 60-3.25/18.37m q


Women’s Shot Put Qualifying – 5:15 p.m. EST

2. Mariam Kevkhishvili – 55-5.50/16.90m q

9. Keely Medeiros – 52-7.50/16.04m q


Men’s 4x100-Meter Relay Semifinals – 6:15 p.m. EST

2. Florida – 38.57 q

-Dennis Martin, Calvin Smith, Terrell Wilks, Jeremy Hall


Women’s Javelin Qualifying – 6:30 p.m. EST

4. Evelien Dekkers – 169-5/51.63m Q


Men’s 800-Meter Run Preliminaries – 6:45 p.m. EST

8. Carlos Phillips – 1:49.65 Q


Men’s 100-Meter Dash Preliminaries – 7:15 p.m. EST

4. Jeremy Hall – 10.19 (+0.9) Q

6. Terrell Wilks – 10.18 (+1.4) Q


Women’s 400-Meter Dash Preliminaries – 8 p.m. EST

17. Alishea Usery – 53.94 q


Men’s 400-Meter Dash Preliminaries – 8:15 p.m. EST

12. Calvin Smith – 46.30 Q


Women’s Pole Vault Qualifying – 8:15 p.m. EST

T21. Natalie Moser – 12-3.50/3.75m


Women’s Long Jump Qualifying – 8:30 p.m. EST

T5. Shara Proctor – 20-10.75/6.37m (-0.1) q


Men’s 100-Meter Dash Semifinals – 8:40 p.m. EST

6. Terrell Wilks – 10.35 (-0.3) q

--. Jeremy Hall - FS


Women’s 5,000-Meter Run Semifinals – 9:40 p.m. EST

27. Genevieve LaCaze – 17:46.21



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