Friday June 12, 2009Kevkhishvili Wins Shot Put Title; Four Gators All-America
Junior Florida thrower Mariam Kevkhishvili (Tbilisi, Georgia) on Thursday became the first woman since the 2005 campaign to win both the indoor and outdoor NCAA shot put titles in the same season, when she captured the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Shot Put Championship with a throw of 58-4.50/17.79m.
Kevkhishvili’s victory marked one of four All-America honors for the Gators on the second day of the NCAA Outdoor Championships on Thursday at John McDonnell Field on the campus of the University of Arkansas.
Sophomore thrower Kemal Mesic (Sarajevo, Bosnia) finished third in the men’s shot put, junior jumper Shara Proctor (The Valley, Anguilla) was sixth in the women’s long jump, and freshman decathlete Gray Horn finished 11th overall and seventh among Americans in the decathlon, as all three of those Gators earned All-America honors.
“I thought we had another great day today,” Florida head coach Mike Holloway said. “You come in here and hope everything goes your way, but that’s not always how it works. We’ve got some good qualifiers and we had Mariam win a national title and had three more All-Americans. We’ve set ourselves up to do some very special things. We just have to line up and get the job done.”
Kevkhishvili captured the first NCAA outdoor shot put championship of her career, becoming the first person since former Gator Kimberli Barrett in 2005 to win both the indoor and outdoor titles in the same season. Kevkhishvili also is the two-time defending NCAA indoor shot put champion.
She went undefeated against collegians the entire season (indoors and outdoors) and won the SEC indoor shot put title, the NCAA indoor shot put title, the SEC outdoor shot put title, the NCAA East Regional shot put title and the NCAA outdoor shot put title.
“We’re happy about the win and happy that Mariam could win both indoors and outdoors this season,” Florida throws coach Steve Lemke said. “The distance wasn’t really what we were looking for, but this event is all about placing and earning points to help the team, and Mariam was able to do that today.”
Proctor earned All-America honors in the women’s long jump, finishing in sixth place with a leap of 21-4.75/6.52m, while sophomore thrower Kemal Mesic (Sarajevo, Bosnia) was third in the men’s shot put to earn All-America honors. He recorded a personal-best toss of 64-7/19.68m on his final throw of the day.
Horn broke his own freshman school record in among a difficult field in the decathlon. He finished with a score of 7,490, breaking his own record of 7,389 recorded at the 2009 SEC Outdoor Championships.
The Florida men’s 4x400-meter relay, which entered the meet ranked No. 4 in the nation, finished third overall in the semifinal round with a time of 3:04.64 to advance to Saturday’s 2:45 p.m. EST final.
The relay quartet consisted of R.J. Anderson (Big Pine Key, Fla.), Calvin Smith (Lutz, Fla.), Lamarr Davis (Knightdale, N.C.) and Christian Taylor (Fayetteville, Ga.)
Hurdlers Kallinka Pitt (Largo, Fla.) and William Wynne (Marietta, Ga.) each advanced in the men’s 110-meter hurdles, finishing 10th (13.93) and 11th (13.94), respectively. The semifinal of the event takes place at 8:05 p.m. EST Friday.
Sprinters Terrell Wilks (New Haven, Conn.) and Jeremy Hall (Jacksonville , Fla.) each advanced to the semifinals of the men’s 200-meter dash. Hall advanced to the event’s final, finishing eighth in the 200-meter semifinals in a time of 20.67 (-0.3)
NCAA OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS (FAYETTEVILLE, ARK. – JUNE 10-13, 2009)
THURSDAY, JUNE 11
Men’s Decathlon – 3:30 p.m. EST
11. Gray Horn – 7,490
Men’s Decathlon 110-Meter Hurdles
7. Gray Horn – 14.74 (+2.0)
Men’s Decathlon Discus Throw
16. Gray Horn – 123-2/37.54m
Men’s Decathlon Pole Vault
12. Gray Horn – 14-9/4.50m
Men’s Decathlon Javelin Throw
19. Gray Horn – 152-2/46.39
Men’s Decathlon 1,500m Run
8. Gray Horn – 4:32.84
Women’s Long Jump Finals – 5:45 p.m. EST
6. Shara Proctor – 21-4.75/6.52m
Women’s Shot Put Finals – 5:45 p.m. EST
1. Mariam Kevkhishvili – 58-4.50/17.79m
11. Keely Medeiros – 51-2.75/15.61m
Men’s 110-Meter Hurdles Preliminaries – 6:50 p.m. EST
10. Kallinka Pitt – 13.93 (-1.9) Q
11. William Wynne – 13.94 (-0.6) Q
Men’s Shot Put Finals – 7:15 p.m. EST
3. Kemal Mesic – 64-7/19.68m
12. Beau Burroughs – 57-7/17.55m
Men’s 200-Meter Dash Preliminaries – 7:25 p.m. EST
10. Terrell Wilks – 21.08 (-0.6) Q
15. Jeremy Hall – 21.36 (-0.9) Q
Men’s 800-Meter Run Semifinals – 8:25 p.m. EST
10. Carlos Phillips – 1:47.48
Men’s 200-Meter Dash Semifinals – 8:45 p.m. EST
8. Jeremy Hall – 20.67 (-0.3) Q
10. Terrell Wilks – 20.76 (-0.3)
Men’s 4x400-Meter Relay Semifinals – 9:40 p.m. EST
3. Florida – 3:04.64 Q
-R.J. Anderson, Calvin Smith, Lamarr Davis, Christian Taylor
FLORIDA’S NCAA CHAMPIONS
FLORIDA’S ALL-AMERICA SELECTIONS
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