Sunday May 16, 2010Men's Track and Field Claims First SEC Outdoor Title Since 1987
Florida - 2010 SEC Men's Outdoor Champions
Florida - 2010 SEC Men's Outdoor Champions
The University of Florida men’s track and field team claimed its first Southeastern Conference Outdoor Championship since the 1987 season, scoring 124 total team points to capture the league crown on Sunday at Tom Black Track on the campus of the University of Tennessee.
The No. 3 Gator men scored 124 total team points, while No. 6 LSU placed second (100 points) and No. 11 South Carolina was third (89 points). The No. 10 Florida women’s track and field team finished second overall with 107.5 total points, while No. 2 LSU won its third SEC Outdoor Championship in the last four years with 132 points. No. 11 Arkansas was third with 98.5 points.
“I’m very, very proud of our men’s team for winning its first conference outdoor title in 23 years,” Florida head coach Mike Holloway said. “It’s been a long journey and I’m really proud of the team for its determination and fight. The meet didn’t necessarily go as expected, but you have to be able to deal with adversity. We had some great individual performances by guys like Jeff Demps in the 100 and Christian Taylor in the long jump and triple jump. Great teams are able to respond to adversity and we did that this weekend.
“I thought our women had a great meet,” Holloway continued. “We just got beat by a really talented LSU team that had a great weekend. We were a little dinged up coming into the meet, but I am extremely proud of how our women’s team performed this weekend.”
The Gator men claimed their SEC Championship on the strength of four individual league titles – Jeff Demps in the men’s 100-meter dash, Gray Horn in the men’s decathlon, Christian Taylor in the men’s triple jump and the men’s 4x400-meter relay team. The Florida women’s team also captured five individual SEC titles – Charlotte Browning in the women’s 1,500-meter run, Evelien Dekkers in the women’s javelin, Mariam Kevkhishvili in the women’s shot put and Shara Proctor in the women’s long jump and triple jump.
The Gators were forced to deal with inclement weather conditions all weekend that included four lengthy delays, including a nearly two-hour delay on Sunday.
“We knew coming in that weather would be a factor,” Holloway said. “I give credit to my assistant coaches for helping keep our team focused. That’s kind of what got us in trouble on Friday. It rained and we lost our focus during that rain delay, so we were determined not to let that happen again. It’s just part of the SEC meet.”
Sophomore jumper Christian Taylor (Fayetteville, Ga.) became Florida’s first SEC outdoor champion in the men’s triple jump since Mike Sharpe in 1976. He posted a winning leap of 16.68m/54-8.75 (-0.2) to capture the event. Freshman Omar Craddock (Kileen, Texas) placed second with the third-best jump in school history at 16.33m/53-7 (+0.0).
“This is my opening meet in the triple jump for the outdoor season,” Taylor said. “I have been working on some technical stuff and I was very happy with my jumps. Coming in, we knew we wanted to finish 1-2, so we really wanted to push each other. I felt I was going to jump well and it just worked out.”
The Gators accumulated 18 big points in the men’s triple jump.
“We had a confident feeling going into the triple jump and Christian and Omar both just did a great job,” said Dick Booth, assistant coach for men’s jumps. “That’s the event they have always been best at and they were really excited going into it and taking care of business. We have tried to create an economy of efforts in practice, so they’re both really healthy and hungry right now, and we took advantage of that. It was a lot of fun to watch and I’m glad of where it took place in the meet, because the team can really feed off that energy. They knew they needed those points for their team today.”
Senior distance runner Charlotte Browning (Pullborough, England) captured the 2010 women’s 1,500-meter run championship with a personal-best and the second-best time in school history in that event at 4:13.96. She became the first Florida athlete to win the SEC outdoor women’s 1,500m since Hazel Clark in 1999. Senior Stacey Johnson (Uxotter, England) was sixth in 4:24.05, a UF best, and that contributed 13 points for the Gators.
“This was my first 1,500 of the year, so I didn’t know how prepared I was,” Browning said. “I knew I had been training well and, going into the competition, I was level-headed. I knew it was going to be one of the hardest races all year and I’m really pleased with the outcome.”
Florida tallied 21 points in the women’s shot put with an impressive 1-2-6 finish. Senior thrower Mariam Kevkhishvili (Tbilisi, Georgia) won her third SEC outdoor women’s shot put championship in the last four years with a toss of 17.98m/59-0. She becomes the first person to win three women’s shot put championships in her career since Crystal Brownlee of South Carolina won three in a row from 1996-98.
Sophomore thrower Keely Medeiros (Luziana, Brazil) placed second in the women’s shot put with a toss of 16.52m/54-2.50, while sophomore Fidela James (Jacksonville , Fla.) was sixth with a mark of 14.98m/49-1.75.
Senior jumper Shara Proctor (The Valley, Anguilla) became the first three-time winner of the women’s triple jump, using a winning mark of 13.19m/43-3.25 (+0.0) to claim her third triple jump crown in a row. That came a day after winning her second straight women’s long jump title.
“It feels great to win three in a row,” Proctor said. “I wanted to finish my final collegiate season on a good note and help my team.”
Sophomore sprinter Jeff Demps (Winter Garden, Fla.) became Florida’s first 100-meter dash champion since Bernard Williams won the event crown in 2000. Demps won in a time of 10.06 (+1.3) – the fourth-fastest time in school history. Junior Terrell Wilks (New Haven, Conn.) was sixth in 10.30 (+1.3).
With the championship already clinched, the men’s 4x400-meter relay team came out and won the event in a time of 3:02.69. The victorious quartet consisted of R.J. Anderson (Big Pine Key, Fla.), Tony McQuay (Riviera Beach, Fla.), Taylor and Calvin Smith (Lutz, Fla.).
“I knew what we had to do coming into the 4x4,” Taylor said. “All week, Coach has been talking about fighting. Everybody did a good job to get this win. The team title was the biggest goal for me. I’m happy that we could the seniors like Calvin Smith out with this win, and we keep moving forward from here.”
Senior thrower Evelien Dekkers (Etten Leur, Netherlands) captured her third consecutive SEC championship in the women’s javelin, using a winning toss of 51.42m/168-8.
Junior thrower Kemal Mesic (Sarajevo, Bosnia) turned in a season-best throw of 54.00m/177-2 to place second in the men’s discus and pick up eight points for the team.
The Florida men’s 4x100-meter relay placed second in a photo-finish in a time of 39.10. Florida’s quartet of Chris Rainey (Lakeland, Fla.), Hall, Wilks and Demps finished in a time of 39.10, just behind Mississippi State at 39.09.
Senior distance runner Justin Taylor (St. Augustine, Fla.) placed third in the finals of the men’s 1,500m run in 3:51.83, while hurdler Jarius Cooper (Palm Coast, Fla.) was fourth in the men’s 110-meter hurdles in a time of 14.29 (+0.5).
The Florida women’s 5,000-meter run corps did an admirable job, scoring eight points late in the competition. Johnson ran the seventh-fastest time in school history at 16:30.51 to place fourth, while senior Julie Northrup (Vero Beach, Fla.) was seventh in a personal-record time of 16:44.75 and Browning was eighth in 17:00.79. Sophomore Genevieve LaCaze (Queensland, Australia) was ninth in 17:01.42.
Men’s high jumpers Frankie Hammond (Hollywood, Fla.) and Bryan Turner (Gainesville, Fla.) each placed fifth in the event with marks of 2.05m/6-8.75, scoring 3.5 points apiece for the team.
Sophomore sprinter Madison McNary (Clearwater, Fla.) was seventh in the finals of the women’s 100-meter dash in a personal-record time of 11.61 (+1.1), while freshman Lanie Whittaker (Miami, Fla.) was seventh in the women’s 400-meter dash, clocking a time of 55.03.
McQuay and Smith notched a 4-5 finish in the men’s 400-meter dash for the Gators. McQuay placed fourth in 45.46, while Smith was fifth in 45.52.
Smith added a fifth-place finish in the men’s 200-meter dash (20.98), while senior Carlos Phillips (Winter Garden, Fla.) was eighth in the men’s 800-meter run in 1:49.91.
The Gators return to action May 27-29, when they travel to Greensboro, N.C., to participate in the NCAA East Preliminary Round hosted by North Carolina A&T University at Irwin Belk Track.
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SEC OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS (MAY 13-16, 2010 – KNOXVILLE, TENN.)
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Men’s Discus – 2:30 p.m. ET
2. Kemal Mesic – 54.00m/177-2 (8 points)
13. David Triassi – 41.23m/135-3
Women’s Triple Jump – 3:30 p.m. ET
1. Shara Proctor – 13.19m/43-3.25 (+0.0) (10 points)
Men’s Triple Jump – 3:30 p.m. ET
1. Christian Taylor – 16.68m/54-8.75 (-0.2) (10 points)
2. Omar Craddock – 16.33m/53-7 (+0.0) (8 points)
Women’s Javelin – 5 p.m. ET
1. Evelien Dekkers – 51.42m/168-8 (10 points)
Women’s 4x100m Relay – 5 p.m. ET
--. Florida (L. Whittaker, Al. Usery, A. Bryant, M. McNary) - DNF
Men’s 4x100m Relay – 5:10 p.m. ET
2. Florida (C. Rainey, J. Hall, T. Wilks, J. Demps) – 39.10 (8 points)
Women’s 1,500m Run Final – 5:20 p.m. ET
1. Charlotte Browning – 4:13.96 (10 points)
6. Stacey Johnson – 4:24.05 (3 points)
Men’s 1,500m Run Final – 5:30 p.m. ET
3. Justin Taylor – 3:51.83 (6 points)
Men’s 110m Hurdles Final – 5:50 p.m. ET
4. Jarius Cooper – 14.29 (+0.5) (5 points)
Men’s High Jump – 6 p.m. ET
T5. Frankie Hammond – 2.05m/6-8.75 (3.5 points)
T5. Bryan Turner – 2.05m/6-8.75 (3.5 points)
Women’s 400m Dash Final – 6 p.m. ET
7. Lanie Whittaker – 55.03 (2 points)
Men’s 400m Dash Final – 6:10 p.m. ET
4. Tony McQuay – 45.46 (5 points)
5. Calvin Smith – 45.52 (4 points)
Women’s 100m Dash Final – 6:20 p.m. ET
7. Madison McNary – 11.61 (+1.1) (2 points)
Women’s Shot Put – 6:30 p.m. ET
1. Mariam Kevkhishvili – 17.98m/59-0 (10 points)
2. Keely Medeiros – 16.52m/54-2.50 (8 points)
6. Fidela James – 14.98m/49-1.75 (3 points)
Men’s 100m Dash Final – 6:30 p.m. ET
1. Jeff Demps – 10.06 (+1.3) (10 points)
6. Terrell Wilks – 10.30 (+1.3) (3 points)
Men’s 800m Run Final – 6:50 p.m. ET
8. Carlos Phillips – 1:49.91 (1 point)
Men’s 200m Dash Final – 7:35 p.m. ET
5. Calvin Smith – 20.98 (-0.3) (4 points)
Women’s 5,000m Run – 7:45 p.m. ET
4. Stacey Johnson – 16:30.51 (5 points)
7. Julie Northrup – 16:44.75 (2 points)
8. Charlotte Browning – 17:00.79 (1 point)
9. Genevieve LaCaze – 17:01.42
20. Laura Garrow – 17:52.01
21. Ali Crabb – 17:56.33
Men’s 5,000m Run – 8:05 p.m. ET
10. Jeremy Criscione – 14:16.27
11. Justin Taylor – 14:18.81
13. Michael Anderson – 14:20.63
15. Josh Izewski – 14:25.45
27. James Uthmeier – 14:55.45
Women’s 4x400m Relay – 8:30 p.m. ET
8. Florida (M. Stegall, U. Ndu, I. Iheoma, L. Whittaker) – 3:38.59 (1 point)
Men’s 4x400m Relay – 8:40 p.m. ET
1. Florida (R. Anderson, T. McQuay, C. Taylor, C. Smith) – 3:02.69 (10 points)
FLORIDA’S SEC CHAMPIONS (ENTIRE WEEKEND)
MEN’S FINAL TEAM SCORES
1. Florida – 124
2. LSU – 100
3. South Carolina – 89
4. Auburn – 88
5. Georgia – 83
6. Ole Miss – 74
T7. Arkansas – 64
T7. Mississippi State – 64
9. Tennessee – 46
10. Kentucky – 44
11. Alabama - 41
WOMEN’S FINAL TEAM SCORES
1. LSU – 132
2. Florida – 107.5
3. Arkansas – 98.5
4. Auburn – 97
5. Georgia – 74.5
6. Alabama – 64
7. Tennessee – 62
8. South Carolina – 48.5
9. Ole Miss – 48
10. Kentucky – 44
11. Mississippi State – 36
12. Vanderbilt - 5
END OF REPORT