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Friday May 11, 2012Harrell and Postin Take Home Titles on Day Two of SEC Outdoor Championships

Baton Rouge, La.

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Sophomore Brittany Harrell (McComb, Miss.) claimed her first individual Southeastern Conference title on the second day of the 2012 SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships, as she set a new school record and lifetime best in the women’s heptathlon with a total score of 5,838 points.

 

“I’m incredibly proud of Brittany Harrell,” Florida head coach Mike Holloway said. “It’s very satisfying when you see someone who works that hard have everything come together. Today was a total team effort and I have to credit our assistant coaches for preparing Brittany. Multi-events are really a collaborative effort and today showed that.”

 

Harrell recorded six personal bests out of seven events and added personal records in both first day total and overall score, as she broke Heidi Mann’s previous total of 5,784 (1987). Mann was also Florida’s only SEC heptathlon champion until Friday, as Harrell etched her name in the Gator record books and now holds the program’s indoor pentathlon and outdoor heptathlon records. Harrell is just the third athlete in SEC history to eclipse 5,800 points in the women’s heptathlon and is now third in the NCAA this season.

 

"I came out here with a mindset to get great points for my team, not just settle for fourth or third,” Harrell said. “I wanted to come out here and get the whole 10 points and set up the team for the rest of the weekend. I wanted to make an impact and make an impression."

 

Harrell began with the long jump, as she used her final leap of the afternoon to finish second in the event with her personal-best jump of 5.88m/19-3.50 for 813 points. She then moved onto the javelin throw, where she once again used her final attempt to secure a personal best of 42.40m/139-1 and 713 points.

 

It was Harrell’s 800 meters race that was most impressive, as she shaved off over four seconds from her collegiate best to finish third in 2:14.37 to score 902 points and secure her place in Florida history.

 

"My best event was the 800 because it was such a big PR for me,” Harrell said. “I've been working hard with all of my coaches, but especially on mid-distance. I've been putting great effort into it and everything just came together very well."

 

Junior Jeremy Postin (Auburndale, Fla.) took home the first SEC outdoor men’s hammer throw title in program history, throwing 68.18m/223-8 to secure the first points of the competition for the Florida men. Fellow junior David Triassi (St. Johns, Fla.) added four points of his own with his fifth-place mark of 56.65m/185-10.

 

“Jeremy is a perfectionist, so he could set the world record and still never be satisfied,” Holloway said. “Jeremy is the SEC Champion and he should be so proud of himself.”

 

"We're the first points of the meet for the Gators and it's a big deal to be able to get those 14 points and step up for people who can't compete this weekend,” Postin said. “We're starting off strong for the Gators and that's a big deal for me."

 

Junior Callie Cooper (St. Johns, Fla.) scored five points for the Gator women with her fourth-place finish in the women’s 10,000 meters, racing to a time of 35:48.52.

 

Sophomore Mark Parrish (Tampa, Fla.) picked up six points for the Orange and Blue, racing to a 30:05.19 finish in the men’s 10,000 meters, good for third place. Junior Josh Izewski (Doylestown, Pa.) also scored for the Gators, finishing sixth in 30:28.14 to add three points to Florida’s tally.

 

Florida turned in strong preliminary outings on Friday, as multiple athletes qualified for Sunday’s finals. On the women’s side, Cory McGee (Pass Christian, Miss.) automatically earned a spot in the women’s 800 meters finals with a time of 2:06.18 to finish second in her heat. Sophomore Darshay Davis (Mirimar, Fla.) was the next qualifier, as she solidified her place in the women’s 200 meters finals with a time of 23.89.

 

Juniors Amani Bryant (Tampa, Fla.) and Ugonna Ndu (Newark, N.J.) each will compete in Sunday’s 400-meter hurdles finals, as Ndu won her heat and finished second overall with a time of 57.93. Bryant finished seventh overall in 59.02, a personal best.

 

On the men’s side, freshman Dedric Dukes (Miami, Fla.) and junior Leonardo Seymore (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) both qualified for the men’s 200 meters finals on Sunday, as Dukes ran a new personal best of 20.86 to finish first in his heat and second overall. Seymore earned the final qualifying spot with his finish of 21.18.

 

“I think it was a great day on both sides for us,” Holloway said. “There were a few events where I wish we could have sneaked a few qualifiers in but this is the SEC, there’s no sneaking in anywhere. We’re going to put our cards on the table the next two days and see what we have.”

 

Live coverage of the rest of the SEC Outdoor Championships will air on ESPN3.com on Saturday and Sunday. That coverage will air from 4:30-7:15 p.m. CT Saturday and from 3-7 p.m. CT on Sunday. Dwight Stones, Larry Rawson and Lewis Johnson will have the call. Live results from Saturday’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)

 

FRIDAY, MAY 11, 2012

 

Men’s Team Scores – After Three Events

1)            Arkansas               49       

2)            Florida                   23

3)            Georgia                 21       

4)            LSU                        11

5)            Kentucky               5       

6)            Auburn                   3

6)            Tennessee            3       

8)            South Carolina     1

8)            Mississippi State  1

10)          Mississippi            0

11)          South Carolina     0

 

Women’s Team Scores – After Three Events

1)            Georgia                 26       

2)            Arkansas               18

3)            LSU                        17       

4)            Florida                   15

5)            Mississippi State  11       

6)            Alabama               9

7)            Mississippi            8       

8)            Tennessee            7

9)            Auburn                   6

10)          Kentucky               0

10)          South Carolina     0

10)          Vanderbilt             0

 

MULTI-EVENTS

 

Women’s Heptathlon

1.             Brittany Harrell, 5,838 points (SR) (PR)

 

Women’s Heptathlon – Long Jump

2.             Brittany Harrell, 5.88m/19-3.50, 813 points (PR)

 

Women’s Heptathlon – Javelin

2.             Brittany Harrell, 42.40m/139-1, 713 points (PR)

 

Women’s Heptathlon – 800 Meters

3.             Brittany Harrell, 2:14.37, 902 points (PR)

 

FIELD EVENTS

 

Men’s Hammer Throw Finals

1.             Jeremy Postin, 68.18m/223-8

5.             David Triassi, 56.65m/185-10

10.          David Levin, 52.62m/172-8 (PR)

 

RUNNING EVENTS

 

Women’s 200 Meters Prelims

4.             Darshay Davis, 23.89Q (-0.5)

 

Men’s 200 Meters Prelims

2.             Dedric Dukes, 20.86Q

9.             Leonardo Seymore, 21.18q

 

Women’s 800 Meters Prelims

5.             Cory McGee, 2:06.18Q

10.          Mandy Perkins, 2:08.72

 

Men’s 800 Meters Prelims

10.          Daniel Wehunt, 1:51.45 (SB)

11.          John Mitchell, 1:51.84

14.          Tyler Cardillo, 1:51.92

27.          Luc Lawrence, 1:56.41

 

Women’s 10,000 Meters Finals

4.             Callie Cooper, 35:48.52

 

Men’s 10,000 Meters Finals

3.             Mark Parrish, 30:05.19

6.             Josh Izewski, 30:28.14

9.             JL Hines, 30:40.13 (PR)

10.          Eddie Garcia, 30:56.54 (PR)

 

Women’s 400 Meter Hurdles Prelims

2.             Ugonna Ndu, 57.93Q

7.             Amani Bryant, 59.02q (PR)

 

Athletes Qualifying for Sunday’s Finals

4:40 p.m. – Women’s 800 Meters Finals – Cory McGee

5:00 p.m. – Women’s 400 Meter Hurdles Finals – Amani Bryant, Ugonna Ndu

5:20 p.m. – Women’s 200 Meters Finals – Darshay Davis

5:30 p.m. – Men’s 200 Meters Finals – Dedric Dukes, Leonardo Seymore

 

Saturday, May 12 (all times CT)

2:00 p.m.

Women’s Javelin Preliminary and Finals

Brittany Harrell

2:30 p.m.

Women’s Long Jump Preliminary and Finals

Ciarra Brewer, Lorraine Graham, Daniela Griffin

2:45 p.m.

Men’s Long Jump Preliminary and Finals

Omar Craddock, Marquis Dendy

4:30 p.m.

Women’s 1,500 Meters Preliminary

Shelby Hayes, Genevieve LaCaze, Cory McGee, Mandy Perkins, Agata Strausa

4:45 p.m.

Men’s 1,500 Meters Preliminary

Derek Wehunt

5:00 p.m.

Women’s Pole Vault Finals

Claire Spurling

5:00 p.m.

Women’s 100 Meter Hurdles Preliminary

Ashley Favors, Paige Morton, Ugonna Ndu

5:20 p.m.

Men’s 110 Meter Hurdles Preliminary

Eddie Lovett, William Wynne

5:30 p.m.

Women’s High Jump Finals

Taylor Burke

5:35 p.m.

Women’s 400 Meters Preliminary

Ebony Eutsey, Michelle Stegall, Lanie Whittaker

5:55 p.m.

Men’s 400 Meters Preliminary

Michael Burris, Hugh Graham, Jr., Tony McQuay, Jovon Toppin

6:15 p.m.

Women’s 100 Meters Preliminary

Darshay Davis, Alishea Usery

6:30 p.m.

Men’s 100 Meters Preliminary

Dedric Dukes, Leonardo Seymore

6:45 p.m.

Women’s 3,000 Steeplechase Finals

Genevieve LaCaze, Stephanie Strasser

7:05 p.m.

Men’s 3,000 Steeplechase Finals

Mark Parrish, Harsha Torke

 

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