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Thursday May 10, 2012Harrell Puts Forth Four Personal Bests on First Day of SEC Outdoor Championships

Baton Rouge, La.

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Sophomore Brittany Harrell (McComb, Miss.) put the Gators in a great spot after the first day of heptathlon competition at the 2012 SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Harrell turned in three personal bests out of four events as well as a first day scoring best on Thursday, setting herself up for a strong second day in Baton Rouge.

 

Harrell currently sits in third place overall and her score of 3,410 through four events of the women’s heptathlon is a new first day personal record, as her previous lifetime best was set just six weeks ago at the 2012 Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays (3,309).

 

“I’m extremely proud of Brit,” Florida head coach Mike Holloway said. “I spoke at the team meeting last night about getting out there and putting our best foot forward and Brit started us out that way today. We always talk about trusting your training and just getting out there and competing and Brit is doing that.”

 

Harrell started the day in the blocks of the 100 meter hurdles, running an all-conditions best of 13.83 (+2.4) for a fourth-place finish.

 

The McComb, Miss. native then moved to the high jump, matching her career best mark of 1.73m/5-8 to share second place in the event. Harrell cleared each height on her first attempt until the 1.76m/5-9.25 mark.

 

Harrell competed in the shot put next, putting forth a solid effort with a fifth-place mark of 11.49m/37-8.50. Finally, the sophomore competed in the 200 meters, running a lifetime best of 24.98 (-0.7), solidifying her career-best first-day tally of 3,410.

 

“I really have to credit my assistant coaches as well,” Holloway noted. “Coach (Steve) Lemke, Coach (Erin) Tucker and Coach (Mellanee) Welty worked with Brittany through her events today and were a large reason for her success.”

 

Harrell will complete the women’s heptathlon tomorrow with the long jump, javelin throw and 800 meters, as the multi-events begin at 2:15 p.m. CT on Friday at Bernie Moore Track Stadium.

 

“Brittany is coming out here and really getting things done,” Holloway continued. “The multi-events are about momentum and confidence and Brit has both of those right now.”

 

On Friday, the Orange and Blue will also see action in the preliminaries of the women’s and men’s 800 meters, women’s and men’s 200 meters, women’s and men’s 400 meter hurdles, the women’s and men’s 10,000 meters and the preliminaries and finals of the men’s hammer throw.

 

Live results from Friday’s events can be found here and the 2012 SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships Central can be found on the SEC Digital Network.

 

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2012 SEC OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS (MAY 10-13, 2012 – BATON ROUGE, LA)

 

THURSDAY, MAY 10, 2012

 

MULTI-EVENTS

 

Women’s Heptathlon – Through Four Events

3.             Brittany Harrell, 3,410 points

 

Women’s Heptathlon – 100 Meter Hurdles

4.             Brittany Harrell, 13.83 (+2.4), 1003 points

 

Women’s Heptathlon – High Jump

T2.          Brittany Harrell, 1.73m/5-8, 891 points

 

Women’s Heptathlon – Shot Put

5.             Brittany Harrell, 11.49m/37-8.50, 627 points

 

Women’s Heptathlon – 200 Meters

3.             Brittany Harrell, 24.98 (-0.7), 889 points

 

Lifetime First Day Bests for Harrell

3,410 – 2012 SEC Outdoors (5/10/12)

3,309 – 2012 Texas Relays (3/28/12)

3,245 – 2011 SEC Outdoors (5/12/11)

3,201 – 2011 NCAA Outdoors (6/9/11)

3,112 – 2011 Texas Relays (4/6/11)

 

Events on Slate for the Gators on Friday, May 11 (all times CT)

2:15 p.m.

Women’s Heptathlon – Day Two

Brittany Harrell

6:00 p.m.

Women’s 800 Meters Preliminary

Cory McGee, Mandy Perkins

6:15 p.m.

Men’s 800 Meters Preliminary

Tyler Cardillo, Luc Lawrence, Daniel Wehunt, John Mitchell

6:30 p.m.

Women’s 200 Meters Preliminary

Darshay Davis, Alishea Usery

6:50 p.m.

Men’s 200 Meters Preliminary

Dedric Dukes, Leonardo Seymore

7:00 p.m.

Men’s Hammer Throw Preliminary and Finals

David Levin, Jeremy Postin, David Triassi

7:10 p.m.

Women’s 400 Hurdles Preliminary

Amani Bryant, Monique Harris, Paige Morton, Ugonna Ndu, Ashley Usery

7:25 p.m.

Men’s 400 Hurdles Preliminary

William Wynne

7:45 p.m.

Women’s 10,000 Meters Finals

Callie Cooper

8:25 p.m.

Men’s 10,000 Meters Finals

Eddie Garcia, JL Hines, Josh Izewski, Mark Parrish

 

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