Friday July 19, 2013Current and Former Gators Excel Overseas
Photo: Cheryl Treworgy/PrettySporty.com
Photo: Cheryl Treworgy/PrettySporty.com
Multiple Gators competed overseas last week to prepare for the 14th IAAF World Outdoor Championships in Moscow, Russia later this summer. There are 14 Gators officially qualified for Worlds with the opportunity for one more in the coming days.
Three-time SEC Champion and 2013 NCAA runner-up Cory McGee (Pass Christian, Miss.) solidified her spot on Team USA, reaching the B standard in the women’s 1,500 meters. McGee ran a personal best and new Florida school record of 4:06.67 at the 2013 KBC-Nacht meet in Heusden, Belgium. The Gator junior took home the bronze at the USA Outdoor Championships in June but had not yet reached a standard time, giving McGee the opportunity to standard chase before July 20.
McGee broke her own school record in the event, which she set just one week earlier in Belgium (4:09.85). Since her freshman campaign, McGee has shaved nearly 10 seconds off her time in the women’s 1,500 meters, racing to a time of 4:16.39 to open her collegiate career.
McGee’s time is the third-fastest by a collegian all-time and is the second-fastest performance by an American collegian behind 2009 Bowerman recipient Jenny Simpson (3:59.90).
Former Gator NCAA Champion Shara Proctor qualified for the IAAF World Championships in the women’s long jump, capturing the British national title in the event with her leap of 6.84m/22-5.25. Proctor is the UK’s national record-holder in the women’s long jump, leaping 6.95m/22-9.75 at the UK Athletics trials last summer to break a 29-year-old record by two centimeters.
Freshman Marija Vucenovic (Sremska Mitrovica, Serbia) competed in the U23 European Athletics Championships in Finland, earning a bronze medal in the women’s javelin with her mark of 54.43m/178-7. Vucenovic earned one of three medals for her country in the Championships and completes a spectacular freshman campaign which saw the rookie win the SEC title in the women’s javelin and finish as the NCAA runner-up.
Freshman Arman Hall (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) competed in the World Challenge in Moscow as a tune-up for the IAAF World Championships later this summer, finishing third in 45.30 in the men’s 400 meters. Hall is coming off his career performance at the USA Outdoor Championships, running a personal best of 44.82 in the semifinals of the men’s 400 to become the sixth-fastest performer all-time in U.S. Junior history. Hall’s time was fourth all-time in Florida program history.
Another Gator with the opportunity to represent the United States in Moscow is sophomore Marquis Dendy (Middletown, Del.), who continues to the lead the nation in the men’s long jump. Dendy’s best leap of 2013 is 8.28m/27-2, a mark he used to capture the 2013 NCAA crown indoors in the event. No one has come close to his mark and Dendy is the only A standard-holder for the U.S. through this point in the 2013 season. Dendy will punch his ticket to Moscow if none of the medalists from the USA Outdoor Championships can reach the A standard (8.25m/27-0.75) by July 20.
One of the 14 qualifiers is five-time SEC Champion and 2012 NCAA steeplechase runner-up Genevieve LaCaze, who has withdrawn from Worlds due to a fracture in her foot sustained in a Diamond League meet a few weeks ago.
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QUALIFIED FOR 14TH IAAF WORLD OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Women’s 400 Meters – Novlene Williams-Mills (Jamaica)
Men’s 400 Meters – Tony McQuay (USA), Arman Hall (USA)^
Women’s 1,500 Meters – Cory McGee (USA)^
Men’s 110-Meter Hurdles – Eddie Lovett (Virgin Islands)^
Women’s 100-Meter Hurdles – Andrea Bliss (Jamaica), Ugonna Ndu (Nigeria)^
Women’s 400-Meter Hurdles – Ugonna Ndu (Nigeria)^
Men’s 400-Meter Hurdles – Kerron Clement (USA)
Women’s 3,000-Meter Steeplechase – Genevieve LaCaze (Australia) – withdrawn (injury)
Men’s Long Jump – Marquis Dendy (USA)$^
Men’s Triple Jump – Omar Craddock (USA)^, Will Claye (USA), Christian Taylor (USA)#
Men’s Shot Put – Kemal Mesic (Bosnia & Herzegovina)
# - Received Wild Card as reigning World Champion
$ - Holds “A” standard but must wait for medalists to standard chase by July 20
^ - On 2012-13 UF roster