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Tuesday February 7, 2012Demps Named SEC Men's Runner of the Week

Gainesville, Fla.

Junior sprinter Jeff Demps (Winter Garden, Fla.) has been named the Southeastern Conference Menís Runner of the Week for his outstanding performance at the Virginia Tech Elite Meet this past weekend, the league offices in Birmingham, Ala. announced Tuesday.


Demps, who picks up his fifth career SEC weekly honor and third SEC Menís Runner of the Week nod, ran his first race of the 2012 season on Friday, capturing the menís 60 meters title with a time of 6.59. Demps defeated current NCAA leader Harry Adams of Auburn in the process, becoming just the second SEC athlete and fifth athlete nationally to turn in an NCAA automatic-qualifying mark in the menís 60m.


Demps ran the second-fastest 60 meter time in the SEC this year and the third-fastest in the NCAA. The two-time defending national champion in the menís 60 meters is one of only three athletes nationally (Adams of Auburn and Kemar Hyman of Florida State) to run a sub-6.60 in the 60m this season.


This is the fourth consecutive weekly honor for the Gator program, as senior thrower Kemal Mesic (Sarajevo, Bosnia) earned SEC Menís Field Athlete of the Week honors twice this season, bookending a weekly honor for freshman jumper Taylor Burke (Medina, Ohio), who was named SEC Co-Womenís Freshman of the Week earlier this season.


Florida now looks ahead to this weekend, as the distance corps travels to Seattle for the Washington Invitational, while the sprints, jumps and throws groups travel to Albuquerque to compete in the New Mexico Invitational. This is the last weekend of competition for the Gators before the SEC Indoor Championships.


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