Friday January 27, 2012Heptathlete Horn Sits in First to Highlight Day One of Texas A&M Challenge
College Station, Texas
Photo Credit: Jon Elits
College Station, Texas
Photo Credit: Jon Elits
Senior multi-event athlete Gray Horn (Waynesfield, Ohio) sits atop the heptathlon leaderboard at the end of day one at the Texas A&M Challenge, presented by Mondo America. Horn’s performance was just a highlight among many great performances on Friday evening.
Horn won all four of his events on Friday evening, scoring a career-high 3,376 points and breaking his own school-record first-day heptathlon score, set at last year’s NCAA Indoor Championships. The Ohio native began the day with a career-best 6.96 time in the 60 meters. Horn took the heptathlon long jump title with a leap of 7.34m/24-01. He then registered a career-best 13.78m/45-2.50 mark in the shot put, surpassing his previous career high set at last year’s Texas A&M Challenge. Horn’s performance in the high jump was arguably his most impressive of the day. He set a new career best in the high jump with a mark of 2.07m/6-9.50, putting the crowd at the Gilliam Indoor Track on their feet.
Gray had incredible focus,” Florida head coach Mike Holloway said. “What you saw out of Gray tonight was what he’s been doing all fall and all year long. He’s very focused and very determined and we came in with a goal and we’re well on our way, but we need to come back tomorrow with the same focus and determination.”
Florida’s women’s distance medley relay, comprised of Genevieve LaCaze (Queensland, Australia), Ebony Eutsey (Miami, Fla.), Shelby Hayes (Winter Park, Fla.) and Cory McGee (Pass Christian, Miss.), ran their way into the Florida record books with a new school record of 11:04.53, narrowly missing an NCAA automatic qualifying time. The relay team earned six points for the SEC with their third place finish.
“The women’s DMR…wow,” Holloway said. “That’s a group that ran 11:12 last year and for them to come out and beat the school record by six seconds…that’s big.”
The men’s distance medley relay team, a young group composed of three freshmen and a sophomore, finished second with time of 9:38.95, good for fifth all-time at Florida. The team, composed of Tyler Cardillo (Punta Gorda, Fla.), Hugh Graham, Jr. (Miami, Fla.), Sean Obinwa (Tampa, Fla.) and Matt Mizereck (Tallahassee, Fla.), earned eight points for the SEC.
“The men’s DMR, which is basically three freshmen and a sophomore, for them to be so young and run that well is huge for us,” Holloway said.
Sophomore Brittany Harrell (McComb, Miss.) had a career day in the pentathlon, reaching four career marks on her way to a fourth place finish on Friday evening, scoring a career-high 3,927 points. Harrell began the evening finishing sixth in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 8.86. She continued to improve as the evening went on, earning a fourth place finish by tying her career high in the high jump with a clearance of 1.73m/5-8, moving her to fifth place. Harrell then catapulted herself to second with a second place finish in the shot put, registering a career-best 11.70m/38-4.75 mark. Harrell was stellar in the long jump as well, leaping to a fifth place finish with a career-best 5.59m/18-4.25 mark. The Mississippi native finished fourth in the 800 meters with a time of 2:27.06, a new career indoor best.
“I was incredibly proud of Brittany,” Holloway said. “That’s a 200 point personal record for her and she’s had a great fall. She didn’t run her best 800, so there were a few points left out there, but that means there’s room for improvement and we’re excited about that.”
The Gators continue competition tomorrow with the completion of the heptathlon, as well as the running and field events, beginning at 12 p.m. ET and continuing on a running schedule throughout the day. Live results can be found at www.flashresults.com and full results will be available after the completion of the meet on www.GatorZone.com.
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CHALLENGE PRESENTED BY MONDO AMERICA
(JANUARY 27-28, 2012: COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS)
FRIDAY, JANUARY 27, 2012 – RESULTS, DAY ONE
Men’s Heptathlon (AUTO: 5,750)
1. Gray Horn, 3,376 (through four events)
Women’s Pentathlon (AUTO: 4,150)
4. Brittany Harrell, 3,927
Women’s Pentathlon 60m Hurdles (AUTO: 8.14)
6. Brittany Harrell, 8.86
Men’s Heptathlon 60m (AUTO: 6.60)
1. Gray Horn, 6.96
Men’s Distance Medley (AUTO: 9:31.00)
2. Florida (T. Cardillo, H. Graham, S. Obinwa, M. Mizereck), 9:38.95
Women’s Distance Medley (AUTO: 11:03.50)
3. Florida (G. LaCaze, E. Eutsey, S. Hayes, C. McGee), 11:04.53
Women’s Pentathlon High Jump (AUTO: 1.85m/6-0.75)
4. Brittany Harrell, 1.73m/5-8
Men’s Heptathlon Long Jump (AUTO: 8.00m/26-3)
1. Gray Horn, 7.34m/24-1
Women’s Pentathlon Shot Put (AUTO: 17.20m/56-5.25)
2. Brittany Harrell, 11.70m/38-4.75
Men’s Heptathlon Shot Put (AUTO: 19.35m/63-6)
1. Gray Horn, 13.78m/45-2.50
Women’s Pentathlon Long Jump (AUTO: 6.45m/21-2)
5. Brittany Harrell, 5.59m/18-4.25
Men’s Heptathlon High Jump (AUTO: 2.24m/7-4.25)
1. Gray Horn, 2.07m/6-9.50
Women’s Pentathlon 800m (AUTO: 2:04.50)
4. Brittany Harrell, 2:27.06