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Gators' Cory McGee is the 2014 SEC Indoors 3000m Champion.

Friday February 28, 2014Cory McGee Wins 3000m SEC Championship to Highlight Day Two of SEC Indoors for Florida

Gators' Cory McGee is the 2014 SEC Indoors 3000m Champion.

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Florida senior distance runner Cory McGee captured the Gators’ first individual SEC title of the 2014 indoor league meet Friday, winning the 3000m with a new PR (9:10.48), the second-fastest time in Florida history and a new SEC meet record. McGee became UF’s fifth 3000m champion in school history and the first since Charlotte Browning won the event in 2010.

 

Following a day of prelim action to set up the final day of the SEC Indoor Championships Saturday, the Florida men advanced a league-leading 13 qualifiers from Friday prelims to Saturday finals, while the women’s squad qualified a league-tying nine. Both the 4x4 and DMR relays will wrap up competition Saturday evening while the women’s weight throw, men’s and women’s triple jump, men’s pole vault, women’s high jump and men’s shot put are all slated for Saturday. Entering the final day of SEC Indoors, the Gators stand in third on the women’s side (24) and ninth on the men’s side (6).

 

Gators Eddie Lovett (60mH, 7.65), Hugh Graham, Jr. (60m, 6.62), Sean Obinwa (800m, 1:47.95) and Dedric Dukes (200m, 20.55) are all the top qualifiers in their respective events, with plenty of depth behind them. On the women’s side, Shayla Sanders is the No. 2 seed in the women’s 60m after clocking a 7.24 in prelims, just .01 shy of Florida’s school record (7.23). Dukes and Arman Hall (20.58) clocked the fastest and second fastest times in the country and fourth and sixth fastest in the world this year pending other conference results from the weekend.

 

Alongside McGee, senior distance runner Agata Strausa cashed in third in the 3000m with a career-best performance herself (9:15.70) as the duo picked up 16 crucial points for the Orange and Blue.

 

Junior jumper Marquis Dendy put up UF’s first points on the men’s side Friday with a fourth-place finish in the long jump (7.50m/24-7.25) for five Gator points, while senior distance runner Mark Parrish added one with an eighth-place finish in finals of the men’s 3000m (8:11.19). Dendy, the two-time defending champion, made it three straight years of top-five finishes in the long jump.

 

Action resumes Saturday in College Station at 2 p.m. ET. The Orange and Blue own six SEC indoor titles on the men’s side (’75, ’76, ’87, ’88, ’04, ’11) and seven on the women’s side (’90,’92, ’97, ’02, ’04, ’10, ’12) and will look to add to the Florida athletics program’s three so far through the 2013-14 season (soccer, men’s swimming, men’s basketball).

 

Holloway’s Take

“Today we had a very good day and I’m extremely proud of the way we came out and competed with pride and passion. We had so many great performances today – too many to list, but a huge congrats to Cory (McGee) on her SEC Championship in the 3000m. I know that was really important to her coming off a little bit of an injury. We’re very excited to see what tomorrow brings. We have put ourselves in a good position on both sides and are very excited to see what happens. We’ll get back to the hotel, get our minds right and get ready to compete at our best when it matters tomorrow.”

 

2014 SEC Indoors 3000m Champion Cory McGee

“I knew it was going to be a great race, and figured it would be a bit tactical. It went sooner than I thought, Dominque (Scott) [from Arkansas] obviously has run really fast this year so I had a feeling she would either take it with a 1k to go but she took it with 2k to go. I knew if I stayed with her until the last lap I could take it since I am more of a miler and I have confidence in my kick. I knew I had one shot.”

 

On her thoughts with a lap to go:

“I definitely had some doubt. I didn’t know if I could push through it but I heard my coach on the back turn and pushed through it. With a lap to go I felt great. A couple weeks ago I strained my hamstring in a workout so it has been a weird process trying to stay fit. Today has been great, I did something that has never been done before and I’m looking forward to nationals and being sure of myself again.”

 

Gator Bytes | Highlights from Day Two of SEC Indoors

·         60mH: All four Florida 60m hurdlers advanced to finals of the event Saturday. Eddie Lovett posted a season-best 7.65 as the top qualifier in the men’s event, while Moriel Pitt (7.90) and Yanick Hart (7.90) both went career-best marks. Women’s freshman Skylar Ross-Ransom (8.38) is the eighth qualifier for finals and will look to match or improve in finals after posting a season-best 8.28 earlier this season. Lovett will look to be the first-ever four-time SEC Indoors 60mH champion Saturday

·         60m: Florida’s Hugh Graham, Jr. (6.62) and Antwan Wright (6.67) return to finals for the Gators, Graham, Jr., as the top qualifier with a career-best mark. Notably, Dedric Dukes (6.77) posted a career-best mark as well finishing 14th overall in prelims. On the women’s side, Shayla Sanders put up the second-fastest time in prelims (7.24) to qualify for finals, just .01 shy of UF’s school record 7.23 set by Lakecia Ealey in 2008

·         MWT: Junior Kyle Strawn finished ninth overall in the men’s weight throw as UF’s highest finisher, improving upon his 10th-place finish at 2013 SEC Indoors. Strawn threw 18.77m/61-7, while fellow junior David Levin finished 16th in the field (17.54m/57-6.5)

·         WMile: All three Florida women’s milers advance to Saturday finals, led by Cory McGee (4:46.25), Rebekah Greene (4:46.31) and Agata Strausa (4:47.68)

·         400m: In men’s 400m action, UF advanced Arman Hall (45.85), Hugh Graham, Jr. (46.18) and Najee Glass (46.36) to finals. Graham, Jr., clocked a season-best mark, while Glass had his first 400m outing of the season. Freshman Nick Uruburu checked in with a career-best 47.11, finishing 12th overall in the field. In women’s action, Robin Reynolds will represent the Orange and Blue in finals after clocking a 52.95 in prelims. Senior Ebony Eutsey narrowly missed returning to finals in 10th (53.68), while junior Loreal Curtis clocked a career-best 54.44 in front of her home crowd for 15th

·         800m: Defending SEC Indoors 800m champion Sean Obinwa will enter Saturdays final as the top seed, locking it up with a 1:47.95 first-heat run, while freshman Andres Arroyo (1:49.57) and sophomore Ryan Schnulle (1:49.58) will join him

·         200m: Dedric Dukes (20.55) and Arman Hall (2.058) both cruised to career-best marks and the third and fifth best performances in the Florida record book to solidify the top two seeds in the event heading into finals. On the women’s side, the Gators advance three to finals as Kyra Jefferson (23.18), Destinee Gause (23.30) and Robin Reynolds (23.33) will represent Florida. Gause and Reynolds both clocked career-best marks, while Gause had the fourth-fastest mark all-time indoors for UF. Both Reynolds and Shayla Sanders (23.45) jumped on to the top-10 list as well, Reynolds in fifth and Sanders in a tie for eighth. Senior Darshay Davis (24.20) ran a season-best mark in the event, finishing 23rd overall

·         MLJ: Florida junior Marquis Dendy made it three straight years of top-five finishes in the long jump. The two-time defending champion, Dendy finished fourth in the event Friday (7.50m/24-7.25)

·         3000m: Gators Cory McGee (9:10.48) and Agata Strausa (9:15.70) both picked up major points for Florida – McGee with 10 and Strausa with six points – with first and third-place finishes in the 3000m. Both ran career-best marks, McGee with the second-fastest time in Florida history to become UF’s first 3000m indoor champion since Charlotte Browning won in 2010 (9:21.77). Mark Parrish picked up a point on the men’s side with his eighth-place finish (8:11.19)

 

Women’s Team Scores

1.     Arkansas, 39

2.     Georgia, 33

3.     FLORIDA, 24

4.     Mississippi State, 22

5.     Missouri, 19

6.     Texas A&M, 13

7.     Auburn, 12

8.     Kentucky, 10

9.     LSU, 9

10.   Alabama, 7

11.   South Carolina, 4

12.   Tennessee, 3

 

Men’s Team Scores

1.     Arkansas, 56

2.     Kentucky, 30.33

3.     Alabama, 28

4.     Texas A&M, 18.33

5.     Georgia, 16

6.     Auburn, 15.33

7.     Tennessee, 13

8.     Missouri, 9

9.     FLORIDA, 6

10.   LSU, 2

11.   Ole Miss, 1

 

2014 SEC Indoor Championships Broadcast Information

Live Results

Live Stream – ESPN3.com

·         ESPN3 will stream the meet live during the following times: Saturday, March 1 (12:50 p.m. CT – 5:30 p.m. CT). The broadcast talent includes: Dwight Stones (play-by-play), Larry Rawson (analyst) and Lewis Johnson (sideline reporter)

Live Stream – Texas A&M Video Feed (Saturday prior to ESPN3.com coverage)

·         Saturday

 

SEC Track and Field Highlight Show on ESPNU

The 2014 SEC Indoor Championships will air as part of a 90-minute show on ESPNU on Monday, March 10, beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET.

 

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Florida 2014 SEC Indoor Championships | Friday Results

Friday, February 28

FIELD EVENTS

 

 

 

Men’s Weight Throw Finals

9. Kyle Strawn (18.77m/61-7), 16. David Levin (17.54m/57-6.5)

 

Men’s Long Jump Finals

4. Marquis Dendy (7.50m/24-7.25)

 

Women’s Long Jump Finals

11. Ciarra Brewer (5.99m/19-8), 17. Lorraine Graham (5.77m/18-11.25), 21. Brittany Harrell (5.67m/18-7.25)

 

 

 

RUNNING EVENTS (Orange denotes prelims finishers on to finals, blue denotes final scoring of event)

 

Men’s 60mH (pre)

1.     Eddie Lovett (7.65), 5. Moriel Pitt (7.90), 6. Yanick Hart (7.90)

 

Women’s 60mH (pre)

8.     Skylar Ross-Ransom (8.38)

 

Men’s 60m (pre)

1.     Hugh Graham, Jr. (6.62), 6. Antwan Wright (6.67), 14. Dedric Dukes (6.77)

 

Women’s 60m (pre)

2.     Shayla Sanders (7.24), 9. Kyra Jefferson (7.37), 12. Destinee Gause (7.41), 23. Darshay Davis (7.54)

 

Women’s Mile (pre)

       5.    Cory McGee (4:46.25), 6. Rebekah Greene (4:46.31),

              9. Agata Strausa (4:47.68)

 

Men’s 400m (pre)

3.     Arman Hall (45.85), 4. Hugh Graham, Jr. (46.18), 6. Najee Glass (46.36), 12. Nick Uruburu (47.11)

 

Women’s 400m (pre)

       5.    Robin Reynolds (52.95), 10. Ebony Eutsey (53.68),

             15. Loreal Curtis (54.44)

 

Men’s 800m (pre)

1.     Sean Obinwa (1:47.95), 3. Andres Arroyo (1:49.57), 4. Ryan Schnulle (1:49.58), 24. Donne Lee, Jr. (1:54.96)

 

Men’s 200m (pre)

1.     Dedric Dukes (20.55), 2. Arman Hall (20.58)

 

Women’s 200m (pre)

       3.    Kyra Jefferson (23.18), 7. Destinee Gause (23.30),

       8.    Robin Reynolds (23.33), 9. Shayla Sanders (23.45),

              13. Ebony Eutsey (23.76), 23. Darshay Davis (24.20)

 

Men’s 3000m

8.     Mark Parrish (8:11.19)

 

Women’s 3000m

1.     Cory McGee (9:10.48), 3. Agata Strausa (9:15.70), 6. Rebekah Greene (9:30.36), 9. Taylor Tubbs (9:38.94)

 

 

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