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Gators' Brittany Harrell shattered the school record in the pentathlon at NCAA Indoors, turning in a third-place finish.

Sunday March 16, 2014Gators' Brittany Harrell Shatters Pentathlon School Record; Men & Women Finish Third at NCAA Indoors

Gators' Brittany Harrell shattered the school record in the pentathlon at NCAA Indoors, turning in a third-place finish.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Saturday’s NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships finale was as good as it gets, as the women’s team title was winner take all in the 4x400-meter relay. Florida turned in a fourth-place finish in the event to finish third overall (40.5) at the 2014 NCAA Indoor Championships, while UF’s men additionally solidified a third-place finish in the team race (35). Oregon won both the men’s and women’s indoor titles.

 

The Orange and Blue entered the final day of NCAA Indoor competition in second place with 19 points behind Stanford (22) on the women’s side, and the Gators scored in five events on Saturday to stay in the title hunt down the stretch, including a third-place finish and new school record in the pentathlon from Brittany Harrell (4,287) to provide a spark for the Orange and Blue in Saturday’s opening event.

 

Florida’s women entered the final relay tied for second with Texas (35.5), while Oregon was close behind in fourth (34). All three teams trailed leader Georgia (40.5) – which didn’t have a 4x4 – setting up a thrilling finish for the team title. It was a battle until the end in the final relay, but Oregon, Texas and Texas A&M topped the Gators down the stretch in first, second and third, respectively, to solidify a Ducks championship sweep.

 

For the Florida women, UF’s third-place team finish was its first top-three finale at the indoor championships since 2005 when the Gators placed second and the Gators’ 40.5 points were the most for a UF women’s squad since 2004’s 51 points. The men’s third-place finish marked six consecutive years as a top-three finisher at indoor nationals.

 

The Gator men’s squad scored in four individual events to wrap up the final day of NCAA Indoors at the Albuquerque Convention Center, and the finish couldn’t have been closer for men’s senior hurdler and last year’s champion Eddie Lovett in the 60mH. Lovett (7.578) and winner Omar McCleod (7.576) from Arkansas both clocked a 7.58 at the finish, but McLeod’s mark was two-thousandths of a second quicker than Lovett, giving the Gator senior a runner-up finish.

 

Sophomore Arman Hall made it two individual All-America honors this year indoors with a third-place 400m finish (45.52), while sophomores Antwan Wright and Ryan Schnulle picked up the first All-America honors of their Gator careers with fifth-place finishes in the 60m (6.63) and 800m (1:49.31), respectively.

 

The Gators will now set their sights on the 2014 outdoor season, with the UCF Invitational and FSU Relays slated for next weekend. Stay posted to www.GatorZone.com for a recap of UF’s stellar 2014 indoor season this week – including a recap of top-10 UF, collegiate and world performances from the Gators through the past three months.

 

Holloway’s Take

On UF’s performance on the final day of competition:

“Obviously things didn’t go the way we wanted them to tonight – I talked to the team about this a few minutes ago. Sometimes you lose championships and sometimes you get beat. We lost this one. We just didn’t perform the way we’re accustomed to performing. As the head coach of the program, I have to put this one on my shoulders. I have to get back to Gainesville, figure some things out and make sure this doesn’t happen again.”

 

On several great performances Saturday:

“I think the big thing with those guys (Brittany Harrell, Dedric Dukes, Ryan Schnulle & more…) is they just kept fighting. Brittany Harrell – you look up after one event and she’s 11th and then she’s eighth, and then she’s 12th and then all of a sudden, oh my gosh she’s sixth and hey, then she can be top three and she did it. She destroyed the school record. When she leaves Florida, she’s going to leave a great legacy. The thing I will always remember about Brittany Harrell is she comes to work every day. Her parents instilled a great work ethic in her. I love her and I appreciate everything she does for our program. I thought Antwan (Wright) did a great job tonight in his first 60m final. Shayla (Sanders), she wasn’t quite herself today, but those things happen. At the end of the day, we have to find the way to make sure we flip that switch so our passion and intensity and pride will be better. We can’t go backward, we have to move forward.”

 

On turning sights towards the outdoor season:

“With outdoor season here, we can run the 4x100m now, we can stop running the DMR, we can throw the javelin, throw the hammer, throw the shot and discus outside. Obviously we train outside every day and we live in Florida – we live in the Sunshine State, so we’ll be happy to get back there. I suppose a lot of people would be happy or satisfied with two top-three teams in the country. But that’s not what we’re about. We’re going to get back to work and get higher on that podium next time.”

 

School Records

W60m: Shayla Sanders (7.18)

W200m: Kyra Jefferson (22.79)

Pentathlon: Brittany Harrell (4,287)

 

2014 NCAA Indoor Championships Broadcast Information

·         A tape delayed broadcast of the NCAA Championships will air Saturday, March 22, at 6:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU.

 

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Florida 2014 NCAA Indoor Championships Gator Results | Saturday, March 15

Pentathlon

·         3. Brittany Harrell (4,287) | new PR | improves upon her existing school record

o    11. 60mH (6.54) | new PR

o    6. HJ (1.76m/5-9.25) | new PR, No. 7 on UF top-10 indoor performance chart

o    13. SP (11.22m/36-9.75) | season-best mark

o    4. LJ (6.02m/19-9)

o    2. 800m (2:15.53) | new PR

 

Women’s High Jump TRIALS & FINALS

·         7. Taylor Burke (1.81m/5-11.25)

 

6:00 p.m. Women’s Triple Jump TRIALS & FINALS

·         14. Ciarra Brewer (12.48m/40-11.5)


Women’s Mile

·         4. Cory McGee (4:39.61)

 

Men’s 60mH FINALS

·         2. Eddie Lovett (7.58)

 

Men’s 400m FINALS

·         3. Arman Hall (45.52)

 

Women’s 400m FINALS

·         8. Robyn Reynolds (52.92)

 

7:00 p.m. Men’s 60m FINALS

·         5. Antwan Wright (6.63)

 

7:10 p.m. Women’s 60m FINALS

·         6. Shayla Sanders (7.27)

 

7:20 p.m. Men’s 800m FINALS

·         5. Ryan Schnulle (1:49.31)

 

8:05 p.m. Men’s 4x4 Relay

·         3. N. Glass, H. Graham, Jr., D. Dukes, A. Hall (3:05.78) – DQ

 

8:20 p.m. Women’s 4x4 Relay

·         4. R. Reynolds, D. Gause, E. Eutsey, L. Curtis (3:32.06)

 

 

WOMEN’S FINAL TEAM STANDINGS

1

Oregon

44.0

2

Texas

43.50

3

Georgia

40.50

3

Florida

40.50

5

Texas A&M

35.0

6

Arkansas

30.0

7

Dartmouth

24.0

7

Stanford

24.0

9

Kentucky

23.0

10

Miss State

18.0

10

South Dakota

18.0

 

 

MEN’S FINAL TEAM STANDINGS

1

Oregon

62.0

2

Arkansas

54.0

3

Florida

35.0

4

Florida State

28.0

5

Arizona

24.0

6

Oklahoma St.

20.0

6

Alabama

20.0

8

UTEP

18.0

8

LSU

18.0

8

Texas A&M

18.0

 

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