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The Gators are the 2014 Women's SEC Indoor Champions

Saturday March 1, 2014Florida Women Capture 2014 SEC Indoor Track & Field Championship, Gator Men Second at SECs

The Gators are the 2014 Women's SEC Indoor Champions

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- The University of Florida women’s track and field program captured its eighth SEC indoor championship Saturday, its third in the last five years, while the Gators men’s squad notched a second-place finish to cap off a stellar weekend of competition for the Orange and Blue at the 2014 SEC Indoor Championships at Gilliam Indoor Track & Field Stadium on the Texas A&M campus.


It was the women’s weight throw and junior Jayla Bostic’s third-place finish that first pulled the women’s squad into first place Saturday with a 58-57 edge over Texas A&M before the two squads battled it out until the end. SEC titles in the DMR and 4x4-relay for the Florida women kept the Gators in the hunt down the final stretch, and with a Texas A&M disqualification in the 4x4 relay, the Orange and Blue sealed the deal with 102 points for the 2014 SEC Indoor Championship. Texas A&M finished second (96.5) and Arkansas placed third (93.5).


On the men’s side, the Razorbacks claimed their third straight SEC title (121), while Florida finished second (106) and Texas A&M placed third (83.33). The Gators’ second-place finish on the men’s side marked six straight top-two SEC indoor finishes for UF. Florida scored an event-best 18 of its points in the 200m dash and picked up 15 points in the 60-meter hurdles between senior four-time champion Eddie Lovett, freshman Yanick Hart and sophomore Moriel Pitt.


UF’s SEC Championship gave the Florida athletics program its fourth league title through the 2013-14 campaign so far, as women’s soccer, men’s swimming and men’s basketball all garnered SEC titles this season prior to Saturday, including three in the last week (swimming, basketball, track).


Florida scored an event-best 19 points in the 3000m on the women’s side, and between the men’s and women’s squads, the Gators put together a combined 19 podium finishes.


Lovett started off UF’s winning ways on Saturday with an historic run in the 60mH, notching his unprecedented fourth-straight indoor title in the event, becoming the first athlete in SEC history to accomplish the feat. Florida followed with four more titles – Arman Hall (200m), Ciarra Brewer (TJ) and the women’s DMR and 4x4 relay titles –  to bring its indoor championship tally to six after senior Cory McGee’s 3000m championship Friday.


The Gators shattered five school records throughout the span of 2014 SEC indoors, including both 4x4 relays to cap off competition in College Station Saturday evening. Hall and McGee were honored with the Cliff Harper Trophy for the men’s and women’s high-point award winners, respectively, as Hall and UK’s Matt Hillenbrand both contributed 20 points to their team’s overall total. McGee notched 20.5 points for the Orange and Blue to lead all women’s competitors.


Holloway’s Take

On the Gators as a whole this weekend:

“It was a very exciting weekend and I’m very proud of both teams. Obviously it was very exciting for the women’s team to win their first championship in a couple of years. I think the biggest thing we saw from our teams is we fought hard all weekend. We competed with pride, passion and determination.”


On the women’s performances and team title:

“The women won their first title in a couple of years, Kyra (Jefferson) had a new school record in the 200m, the women’s 4x4 had a new record, Jayla (Bostic) had a new PR on her last attempt in the weight throw, we talked about Cory McGee yesterday, Shayla (Sanders) had a PR in the 60m this weekend and Robin (Reynolds) was huge all weekend with the third-fastest time in school history in the 400m, she made finals in the 200m and played a part on the 4x4 – she was amazing all weekend. All of these performances are why they are SEC Champions. Ciarra (Brewer) with her triple jump championship – we could be here all day.”


On the women’s program and its progress and success:

“We have talked a lot about the ladies stepping up and being a top five program in the country and we made steps towards that tonight. We have to get ready for nationals in two weeks, but when you think about all those records in one meet, it’s pretty special.”


On the men’s team and its finish this weekend:

“Obviously Arman (Hall) winning the Cliff Harper Trophy, winning the 200m, placing second in the 400m with the third-fastest time in school history, anchoring the school-record 4x4 – he had a great weekend. Eddie (Lovett), he’s special. To be the only man to win four titles in the hurdles is an indication of that. If you look across the board, we had a lot of PRs and good performances. The difference between getting beat and losing is putting in great effort – and we did that. We just got beat by a better team this weekend; all the credit to Arkansas and Coach Bucknam. We have to get back to work now and find a way to get better.”


Four-time 60mH SEC champion Eddie Lovett

 “I wanted to come in today and perform my best. I am very grateful that I was able to come out and perform, and I did not run my fastest, but I was able to come out and perform against some very good athletes. Winning four in a row is something that I never really thought about. I never really tried to put that pressure on myself, but just these last two years my coach and I really talked about staying undefeated and that is what I did. I am grateful for it and I just thank God.”


SEC triple jump champion Ciarra Brewer

“I’m very excited right now. I have believed in myself all year and am happy that I competed well today. I really didn’t have a strategy. I just wanted to go out there and do what I had to do. I stayed strong throughout the event and I came through.”


2014 Florida SEC Indoor Champions

1.     Cory McGee – 3000m (9:10.48)

2.     Eddie Lovett – 60mH (7.67)

3.     Arman Hall – 200m (20.59)

4.     Ciarra Brewer – Triple Jump (13.59m/44-7)

5.     Becky Greene, Loreal Curtis, Agata Strausa, Cory McGee – DMR (11:08.11)

6.     Robin Reynolds, Destinee Gause, Kyra Jefferson, Ebony Eutsey – 4x4 (3:30.16)


Florida Records Set at 2014 SEC Indoors

1.     Women’s Pentathlon: Brittany Harrell (4,137)

2.     Women’s High Jump: Taylor Burke (1.87m/6-1.5)

3.     Women’s 200m: Kyra Jefferson (22.87)

4.     Men’s 4x4: Najee Glass, Hugh Graham, Jr., Dedric Dukes, Arman Hall (3:03.50)

5.     Women’s 4x4: Robin Reynolds, Destinee Gause, Kyra Jefferson, Ebony Eutsey (3:30.16)


Gator Bytes | Highlights from the final day of SEC Indoors

·         The Orange and Blue now own six SEC indoor titles on the men’s side (’75, ’76, ’87, ’88, ’04, ’11) and eight on the women’s side (’90,’92, ’97, ’02, ’04, ’10, ’12, ‘14)

·         UF last had the Cliff Harper Trophy high point winners in 2011 prior to Cory McGee and Arman Hall picking up the honors Saturday

·         McGee claimed the 3000m title, finished second in the mile and anchored UF’s SEC Champion DMR

·         Florida made it back-to-back DMR SEC titles on the women’s side (Rebekah Greene, Loreal Curtis, Agata Strausa and McGee), while the Gators (Robin Reynolds, Destinee Gause, Kyra Jefferson and Ebony Eutsey) claimed the 4x4-meter relay for their first title in the event since 2000 with a new school record (3:30.16)

·         Senior Eddie Lovett became the first four-time SEC indoors champion in the 60mH, using a 7.67 to capture his fourth straight title in the event

·         Hall notched a career-best 400m (45.28), good for second place overall and the third-fastest mark in school history, then proceeded to win the 200m (20.59) and anchor UF’s second-place and school-record 4x4-meter relay (3:03.50) to tie for the men’s Cliff Harper Trophy after putting up 20 points for the Gators throughout the 2014 SEC indoor meet

·         Hall and Dedric Dukes offered a one-two punch in the 200m as Dukes clocked a 20.61 for second

·         In the men’s 400m behind Hall, Hugh Graham, Jr. (45.94) and Najee Glass (45.95) both ran season-best marks

·         Junior pole vaulter Anthony Amodio finished tied for 10th with teammate Jared Watkins. The duo hit 4.98/16-4, a new career-best for Amodio

·         Reynolds ran a 51.77 in finals of the women’s 400m, the third-fastest time in Florida history and a new career best. Reynolds led off the Gators’ winning and school-record breaking 4x4 and also finished seventh overall in the 200m with a best 23.33 for a top-five mark in school history

·         Junior thrower Jayla Bostic had a career-best performance in the weight throw (21.36m/70-1) for a bronze medal and the sixth-best performance in school history

·         Men’s distance runner Eddie Garcia finished the men’s 5K in a career-best 14:22.58 for eighth place, while senior Mark Parrish finished fourth overall (14:11.26)

·         Junior Taylor Burke improved upon her school record in the high jump with a third-place finish (1.87m/6-1.5)

·         Two-time SEC outdoor triple jump champion Ciarra Brewer picked up her first SEC indoor title in the event with a 13.59m/44-7 leap Saturday

·         Jefferson bettered her school-record in the 200m with a 22.87 Saturday, a career-best time and bronze-medal performance. Gause ran a 23.27 career-best before being DQed for a lane violation

·         UF’s men’s DMR, composed of Ryan Schnulle, Nick Uruburu, Sean Obinwa and Andres Arroyo, ran a season-best and second-place mark (9:41.66)

·         The Gators’ men’s 4x4, composed of Glass, Graham, Jr., Dukes and Hall, put up a 3:03.50 school-record performance for second overall, the second fastest time in collegiate history


Women’s Team Scores

1.     FLORIDA, 102

2.     Texas A&M, 96.5

3.     Arkansas, 93.5

4.     Kentucky, 72

5.     Georgia, 64.5

6.     LSU, 47

7.     Tennessee, 35

8.     Mississippi State, 32

9.     Missouri, 29.5

10.   Alabama, 27

11.   Auburn, 25

12.   South Carolina, 21.5

13.   Vanderbilt, 15.5


Men’s Team Scores

1.     Arkansas, 121

2.     FLORIDA, 106

3.     Texas A&M, 83.33

4.     Alabama, 76

5.     Kentucky, 69.33

6.     Georgia, 39

7.     Mississippi, 36

8.     Auburn, 34.33

9.     Tennessee, 34

10.   LSU, 26

11.   Missouri, 24

12.   South Carolina, 14


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 | Saturday Results





Women’s Weight Throw

3. Jayla Bostic (21.36m/70-1)


Men’s Triple Jump

11. Marquis Dendy (14.95m/49-0.75)


Women’s Triple Jump

1. Ciarra Brewer (13.59m/44-7), 12. Gissell Warner (12.47m/40-11)


Men’s Pole Vault

T10. Anthony Amodio (4.98/16-4), T10. Jared Watkins (4.98/16-4)


Men’s Shot Put

3. Stipe Zunic (18.97m/62-3)


Women’s High Jump

3. Taylor Burke (1.87m/6-1.5)






Men’s 60mH (finals)

1. Eddie Lovett (7.67), 6. Yanick Hart (7.92), 7. Moriel Pitt (7.95)


Women’s 60mH (finals)

7. Skylar Ross-Ransom (8.32)


Men’s 60m (finals)

2. Hugh Graham, Jr. (6.68), 6. Antwan Wright (6.75)


Women’s 60m (finals)

6. Shayla Sanders (7.30)


Women’s Mile (finals)

2. Cory McGee (4:35.03), 5. Agata Strausa (4:40.97), 6. Becky Greene (4:41.18)


Men’s 400m (finals)

2. Arman Hall (45.28), 4. Hugh Graham, Jr. (45.94), Najee Glass (45.95)


Women’s 400m (finals)

2. Robin Reynolds (51.77)


Men’s 5000m

4. Mark Parrish (14:11.26), 8. Eddie Garcia (14:22.58)


Men’s 800m (finals)

2. Sean Obinwa (1:49.79), 7. Andres Arroyo (1:50.45), Ryan Schnulle (1:53.70)


Men’s 200m (finals)

1. Arman Hall (20.59), 2. Dedric Dukes (20.61)


Women’s 200m (finals)

3. Kyra Jefferson (22.87), 7. Robin Reynolds (23.33), DQ Destinee Gause (


Women’s 5000m

10. Taylor Tubbs (16:50.35), 21. Julie Macedo (17:17.96)


Men’s DMR

2. Schnulle, Uruburu, Obinwa, Arroyo (9:41.66)


Women’s DMR

1. Greene, Curtis, Strausa, McGee (11:08.11)


Men’s 4x400m

2. Glass, Graham, Jr., Dukes, Hall (3:03.50)


Women’s 4x400m

1. Reynolds, Gause, Jefferson, Eutsey (3:30.16)


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