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Sunday May 12, 2013Three Gators Crowned Champions on Final Day of SEC Outdoor Championships

Columbia, Mo.

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Three Gator athletes earned individual titles Sunday as the Southeastern Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships came to a close. The Florida men were the runners-up in the team standings with 123 points while the Gator women finished fourth with 106 points over the course of the four-day event. The Texas A&M women and Arkansas men were the SEC Champions.

 

“Our goal at every SEC meet is to be the conference champions,” Florida head coach Mike Holloway said. “Credit to the Texas A&M women and Arkansas men for what they did this weekend. I’m pleased with both of our teams’ efforts today. I felt like we recovered well from yesterday and we challenged them to be who we are and do what we do.”

 

Sophomore Ciarra Brewer (Union City, Calif.) and senior Omar Craddock (Killeen, Texas) swept the triple jump titles while freshman Marija Vucenovic (Sremska Mitrovica, Serbia) took home the women’s javelin title Sunday.

 

Two school records went down Sunday on the final day of competition, as Brewer and Ugonna Ndu (Newark, N.J.) cemented their names at the top of the Florida record books.

 

“For Ciarra to break not only the school record, but the SEC meet record…I’m just so proud,” Holloway said. “You think about all the great jumpers who have come through this conference and I just can’t say enough about what she did today.”

 

Brewer’s first attempt at the women’s triple jump was phenomenal, leaping a new personal best of 13.85m/45-5.25 (+1.6). Brewer defended her conference title in the event, having won as a freshman a year ago, and adds to the Gators’ haul of five of the last six women’s triple jump crowns.

 

“Coach (Nic Petersen) has been preparing us and making sure we don’t foul early,” Brewer noted. “He pushed me back (on my approach) to make sure I get a legal mark because your first jump is typically your best because you’re fresh off warm-ups. I just made sure I pushed out and I felt great down the runway. I was a little timid at first because I did the long jump yesterday and my legs were a little sore but I knew I was going to be okay. I hit the board and I just felt it. I landed and heard the crowd and I knew it was going to be big.”

 

The mark goes down as a new Florida program record, SEC meet record, facility record and ties as the second-best mark in the NCAA this year with Kansas’ Andrea Geubelle.

 

“I didn’t even know I broke the school record until I heard it over the loudspeaker,” Brewer continued. “I’m just so thankful. I’ve been working really hard and it finally shows. I’ve jumped 45 feet in practice and I knew I could do it in competition. Now it’s time to get back to Gainesville and keep working hard with Coach Nic for regionals and NCAAs.”

 

Ndu tallied a runner-up finish in the women’s 400-meter hurdles, breaking the Florida program record with her time of 56.12, a new personal best. Ndu also had a podium finish in the 100-meter hurdles with a PR-tying 13.14 (+0.5).

 

“Ugonna had a great meet,” Holloway noted. “I’m really pleased with her effort in the 400-meter hurdles, as well as a PR in the 100 hurdles and a great leg on the 4x4.”

 

Craddock defended his SEC Outdoor title in the men’s triple jump, leaping a new collegiate-leading 16.46m/54-0 (-0.5) on his first jump of the competition and three of his four legal jumps were over 53 feet.

 

“It’s just exciting,” Craddock said. “What Marquis and I talked about last night was going 1-2 and getting 18 points for the team. We want to show the nation that we are the jump school, this is Gator Flight School. I wanted to increase my season’s best, which I did. I wanted to go 17 meters and I didn’t, but I got the win and that’s what matters today.”

 

Craddock’s jumping partner Marquis Dendy (Middletown, Del.) turned in his second runner-up finish of the meet with a new personal best in the men’s triple jump. Dendy’s third jump of 16.03m/52-7.25 (+0.7) puts him at seventh all-time in Florida program history. The Gator sophomore tallied 16 points over the course of the SEC meet.

 

“Omar did what Omar does, he came out and competed at his best,” Holloway said. “I’m very proud of his and Marquis’ efforts today and I think it certainly builds momentum for the regional meet.

 

“A lot of credit for Omar and Ciarra’s success this weekend and this season goes to Coach Petersen,” Holloway continued. He’s prepared his jumpers well for this meet and I look forward to seeing how they do as the championship season progresses.”

 

Rookie Vucenovic gave the Gators 10 points in the women’s javelin, tossing a mark of 52.91m/173-7 on her fifth attempt to lead the competition to the end. Fellow Gator Fawn Miller (Stoneboro, Pa.) led the meet until Vucenovic’s winning throw as the 2011 javelin champ threw a season’s best 51.30m/168-4.

 

“Coach (Steve) Lemke’s goal was for Marija and Fawn to go 1-2,” Holloway said. “He challenged them to do that and they both performed well and competed hard today.”

 

The men’s 4x400-meter relay turned in a runner-up finish, racing to a 3:04.46 finish to score eight points for the Orange and Blue. The Gator women also turned in a runner-up finish in the 1600 relay with a time of 3:31.44, adding eight points to Florida’s total.

 

Other podium finishes for the Gators included junior Eddie Lovett (West Palm Beach, Fla.), who battled windy conditions to finish second in the men’s 110-meter hurdles in 13.61 (-2.1). Juniors Cory McGee (Pass Christian, Miss.) and Agata Strausa (Riga, Latvia) both scored in the women’s 1,500 meters and 5,000 meters. McGee was the runner-up in the 1,500 (4:15.80) and sixth in the 5k (16:21.86 – seventh all-time at UF), while Strausa was second in the 5k (16:09.41 – fifth all-time at UF) and seventh in the 1,500 (4:19.27).

 

Junior Sean Obinwa (Tampa, Fla.) was the runner-up in the men’s 800 meters, crossing the finish in 1:47.92 to score eight points for the Gators. Redshirt freshman Jimmy Clark (St. Johns, Fla.) turned in another podium finish after his 10k win Friday night. Clark shaved 17 seconds off his PR for a third-place finish of 13:58.24, good for third all-time at Florida.

 

The 2013 SEC Outdoor Championships will air as part of a 90-minute show on ESPNU on Thursday, May 23 beginning at 8 p.m. ET. Dwight Stones, Larry Rawson and Lewis Johnson have the call for the ESPN coverage of the meet.

 

Next up for the Gators is the NCAA East Preliminary Round, hosted by North Carolina A&T State at the Irwin Belk Track & Field Center. The three-day meet begins Thursday, May 23 and runs through Saturday, May 25.

 

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2013 SEC OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS :: MAY 9-12, 2013 :: COLUMBIA, MO

 

STANDINGS

 

Men's Scores

21 of 21 Events Scored

 

 

 Place

Team

Points

 

 

 1

Arkansas

152.50

 

 

 2

Florida

123.00

 

 

 3

Texas A&M

118.00

 

 

 4

LSU

72.50

 

 

 5

Georgia

56.00

 

 

 6

Alabama

52.00

 

 

 7

Kentucky

46.00

 

 

 8

Mississippi

39.00

 

 

 9

Auburn

37.00

 

 

 9

Missouri

37.00

 

 

 11

Miss State

33.00

 

 

 11

Tennessee

33.00

 

 

 13

South Carolina

16.00

 

 

 

Women's Scores                        21 of 21 Events Scored

 Place

Team

Points

 1

Texas A&M

117.00

 2

LSU

112.00

 3

Arkansas

109.00

 4

Florida

106.00

 5

Georgia

87.00

 6

Missouri

49.00

 7

Kentucky

46.00

 8

South Carolina

41.00

 9

Tennessee

38.50

 10

Miss State

35.00

 11

Auburn

32.50

 12

Alabama

20.00

 13

Vanderbilt

16.00

 14

Mississippi

9.00

 

FIELD EVENTS

 

Men’s Pole Vault – Final

--             Anthony Amodio, NH

--             Jared Watkins, NH

 

Women’s Triple Jump – Final

1.             Ciarra Brewer, 13.85m/45-5.25 (+1.6) (PR/SR/MR/FR)

14.          Gissell Warner, 12.39m/40-7.75 (+1.3)

 

Men’s Triple Jump – Final

1.             Omar Craddock, 16.46m/54-0 (-0.5) (SB)

2.             Marquis Dendy, 16.03m/52-7.25 (+0.7) (PR)

 

Women’s Discus Throw – Final

1.             Marija Vucenovic, 52.91m/173-7

2.             Fawn Miller, 51.30m/168-4 (SB)

 

RUNNING EVENTS

 

Women’s 100 Meters – Final

7.             Darshay Davis, 11.67 (+0.4)

 

Men’s 200 Meters – Final

5.             Hugh Graham, Jr., 20.89 (+0.9)

 

Women’s 400 Meters – Final

7.             Lanie Whittaker, 54.27

 

Men’s 400 Meters – Final

3.             Arman Hall, 45.57 (SB)

4.             Hugh Graham, Jr., 45.86

5.             Najee Glass, 46.23

 

Men’s 800 Meters – Final

2.             Sean Obinwa, 1:47.92

 

Women’s 1,500 Meters – Final

2.             Cory McGee, 4:15.80

7.             Agata Strausa, 4:19.27

12.          Shelby Hayes, 4:26.87

 

Women’s 5,000 Meters – Final

2.             Agata Strausa, 16:09.41 (PR)

6.             Cory McGee, 16:21.86 (PR)

12.          Florence Ngetich, 16:47.87

18.          Stephanie Strasser, 16:59.66

32.          Callie Cooper, 17:22.10

 

Men’s 5,000 Meters – Final

3.             Jimmy Clark, 13:58.24 (PR)

8.             Josh Izewski, 14:21.07

10.          Mark Parrish, 14:33.65 (oPR)

15.          Matt Mizereck, 14:47.05

 

Women’s 100-Meter Hurdles – Final

3.             Ugonna Ndu, 13.14 (+0.5) (PR)

 

Men’s 110-Meter Hurdles – Final

2.             Eddie Lovett, 13.61 (-2.1)

 

Women’s 400-Meter Hurdles – Final

2.             Ugonna Ndu, 56.12 (PR/SR)

4.             Amani Bryant, 57.96

 

Men’s 400-Meter Hurdles – Final

4.             Kadesh Roberts, 52.35 (PR)

 

Women’s 4x100-Meter Relay – Final

--             Florida (Reynolds, Gause, Ndu, Eutsey), DNF

 

Men’s 4x100-Meter Relay – Final

6.             Florida (Lovett, Graham, Jr., Seymore, Hall), 39.53

 

Women’s 4x400-Meter Relay – Final

2.             Florida (Eutsey, Whittaker, Ndu, Gause), 3:31.44

 

Men’s 4x400-Meter Relay – Final

2.             Florida (Glass, Graham, Jr., Seymore, Hall), 3:04.46

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