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Monday March 4, 2013Marquis Dendy and Eddie Lovett Sweep USTFCCCA South Region Honors

Gainesville, Fla.

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Floridaís Marquis Dendy (Middletown, Del.) and Eddie Lovett (West Palm Beach, Fla.) were honored by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) as South Region Athletes of the Year, announced on Monday.

 

Dendy was named the USTFCCCA South Region Menís Field Athlete of the Year after earning his second straight SEC title in the men's long jump with a new personal best and school record of 8.25m/27-0.75. In the process, Dendy set a new SEC Championship meet record and leapt the best jump in the world this year.

 

The jump makes him the ninth-best performer in collegiate history. He surpassed 27 feet twice in the competition, and recorded another just a quarter of an inch shy. He is the only collegiate jumper to surpass 27 feet this season, and leads all collegians by more than half a foot.

 

In the men's triple jump, Dendy leapt to a personal-best 16.25m/53-3.75, moving him up to fifth all-time in Florida history and fourth in the NCAA this year. Dendy finished the meet as the runner-up for the Cliff Harper Trophy, the individual scoring champion, with 16 points.

 

Dendy was most recently named to the newest Bowerman Trophy Watch List, making him the sixth Gator menís student-athlete to make an appearance and the 50th individual appearance by a Florida Gator on the Watch List, the most of any school. He was also just named the SEC Menís Field Athlete of the Year.

 

Lovett was named the USTFCCCA South Region Menís Track Athlete of the Year after claiming his third consecutive 60-meter hurdles title at the SEC Indoor Championships in February.

 

Lovettís time, a new Florida school record of 7.54, set a new SEC Championship meet record to overtake Alabamaís Ron Bramlettís previous time of 7.55. Lovett became the first three-time SEC hurdles champion since South Carolina's Terrence Trammell won the 55-meter hurdles in 1998 and 1999 and the 60-meter hurdles in 2000.

 

Lovett's time makes him the sixth-fastest performer in collegiate history with the ninth-fastest time in the history of the NCAA. 7.54 leads the NCAA in 2013, ranking third in the nation and fourth in the world this year. Lovett is a four-time All-American and was the youngest competitor in the menís 110-meter hurdles at the U.S. Olympic Trials this past summer.

 

The University of Florida track & field teams descend upon Fayetteville for the 2013 NCAA Division I Track & Field Championships at Randal Tyson Track Center on the campus of the University of Arkansas, March 8-9. The No. 2 Gator men are the three-time defending NCAA Indoor Champions and the No. 10 Florida women turned in a top-10 finish a year ago.

 

The meet will be broadcast live on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app on Friday, March 8 beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET and Saturday, March 9 beginning at 7 p.m. ET. A full highlight package of the 2013 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships will air on Sunday, March 17 at 7 p.m. ET on ESPNU.

 

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