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The No. 1 Gators kick off SEC Outdoor competition May 15 in Lexington, Ky.

Wednesday May 14, 2014No. 1 Gators Lexington-Bound for SEC Outdoors with Eyes on the Prize

The No. 1 Gators kick off SEC Outdoor competition May 15 in Lexington, Ky.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The No. 1 Gator track and field squads will embark on Lexington, Ky., for the SEC Outdoor Championships May 15-18, hosted on the University of Kentucky campus. Florida owns nine SEC outdoor championships, four on the men’s side (’53, ’56, ’87, ’10) and five in women’s action (’92, ’97, ’98, ’03,’09).

 

Competition in Lexington kicks off Thursday at the Kentucky Track and Field Complex with the heptathlon and decathlon at noon and 12:30 p.m., while prelims and finals of the women’s hammer throw start at 1:30 p.m. Florida’s Brittany Harrell and Jayla Bostic will get things started for the Gators in the heptathlon and hammer throw, respectively. The Gators were the 2014 SEC Indoor Champions on the women’s side and the SEC runner-up indoors in men’s action this year. Both Florida teams took third at NCAA Indoors in March.

 

The Orange and Blue return three SEC champions from last year’s outdoor championships: Kyle Strawn in the hammer throw (219-6), Ciarra Brewer in the triple jump (45-5.25) and Marija Vucenovic in the javelin throw (173-7). Both Strawn (68.18m/223-8) and Vucenovic (56.73m/186-1) have shattered those marks from last year with PRs this year. Brewer owns a season best 13.58m/44-6.75 in the triple jump, second in the country through the outdoor season so far. Check out more Florida notables and a complete schedule heading into SECs below.

 

HOLLOWAY’S TAKE

“We are very excited. We’ve had a great outdoor season to this point. Our athletes have understood the process and worked hard. We’re always very excited about the championship season. It gives the athletes a chance to rest and taper, not just from the track but also in the weight room. The SEC meet is, in my opinion, maybe one of the best meets ever in the world. I’ve been to the Olympic Games, World Championships and the NCAA Championships and I don’t think there is anything I’ve seen at those meets that is more exciting than what I see at the SEC Championships every year because of the pride and passion that all of the coaches, athletes and programs bring to the table. It should be another exciting meet this weekend…I think it’s going to be a great competition and I’m really excited about where our teams sit right now. We’re not about what’s going on in the rankings – they don’t concern us – the only one that concerns us is the one that comes out at the end of the year once the NCAA meet is over.”  

 

2014 SEC OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS BROADCAST INFORMATION & LIVE RESULTS

SEC Outdoors Central and Meet Schedule

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Live Results

FREE Live Video Feed (Thursday & Friday)

ESPN3.com SATURDAY | ESPN3.com SUNDAY

·         ESPN3 will stream the meet live during the following times: Saturday, May 17 (3:40 p.m. ET – 6:50 p.m. ET) and Sunday, May 18 (1:50 p.m. ET – 5:50 p.m. ET)

·         The broadcast talent includes: Dwight Stones (play-by-play), Larry Rawson (analyst) and Lewis Johnson (sideline reporter)

·         The 2014 SEC Outdoor Championships will air as part of a two-hour highlight show on ESPNU on Thursday, May 22, beginning at 8 p.m. ET

 

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SEC OUTDOORS GATOR BYTES

·         Florida owns nine SEC outdoor championships, four on the men’s side (’53, ’56, ’87, ’10) and five in women’s action (’92, ’97, ’98, ’03,’09)

·         The Gators were the 2014 SEC Indoor Champions on the women’s side and the SEC runner-up indoors in men’s action this year. Both Florida teams took third at NCAA Indoors in March

·         The Orange and Blue return three SEC champions from last year’s outdoor championships: Kyle Strawn in the hammer throw (219-6), Ciarra Brewer in the triple jump (45-5.25) and Marija Vucenovic in the javelin throw (173-7). Both Strawn (68.18m/223-8) and Vucenovic (56.73m/186-1) have shattered those marks from last year with PRs this year – Strawn at the Tom Jones Memorial Invitational with the second-best mark in UF history and 10th best in the country this season, and Vucenovic at the Texas Relays with the second-best mark in the NCAA, third all-time in Florida history. Brewer owns a season best of 13.58m/44-6.75 in the triple jump, second in the country through the outdoor season so far

·         Both men’s sophomore Arman Hall and junior Dedric Dukes enter the SEC Outdoor Championships as The Bowerman Award honorees. Dukes is one of 10 on The Bowerman Men’s Watch List, while Hall is receiving votes

·         The Gators made a big splash early in the season with several school records, nation and world-leading marks at both the Texas Relays and the Florida Relays. Dukes still has the fastest 200m (19.97) in the world so far this year as he put up the ninth-best performance in collegiate history and one of 12 collegians ever to break the 20-second barrier with a wind-legal mark. Notably, Florida’s 4x4 relay, composed of Najee Glass, Hugh Graham, Jr., Dukes and Hall posted a 2:59.73 to take top honors against a field of decorated elite and Olympic athletes with the second-best performance in collegiate history and a new Florida record. The quartet joined an elite group of four other relays to ever break three minutes in collegiate history

·         The Ga­tors also set the American Collegiate Record in the 4x1 relay at the Texas Relays with a 38.29 school-record performance from Antwan Wright, Graham, Jr., Hall and Dukes

·         Most recently, Florida junior thrower Stipe Zunic, the SEC Men’s Field Athlete of the Week, tossed a PR of 19.92m/65-4.25 to take the men’s shot put title at the FSU Twilight in Tallahassee Friday evening at Mike Long Track, putting a stamp on the outdoor regular season for the No. 1 Gators. Zunic turned in the second-best performance in school history, the second-best performance in the Southeastern Conference and the sixth-best mark in the country heading into the 2014 SEC Outdoor Championships

·         Entering 2014 Outdoors, the Gators have at least one athlete in the top three in 16 different events on the men’s and women’s sides, including the top marks in the league thus far in the men’s & women’s 200m (Dukes: 19.97, Jefferson: 22.78), women’s 400m (Reynolds: 51.57), men’s long jump (Dendy: 7.93m/26-0.25), women’s triple jump (Brewer: 13.58m/44-6.75) and women’s javelin (Vucenovic: 56.73m/186-1)

·         Florida’s men’s 4x1 (38.29) and 4x4 (2:59.73) relays both rank first, while the women’s 4x4 (3:27.38) and 4x1 (43.41) are first and second, respectively, in the league

 

2014 SEC OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS | SCHEDULE OF EVENTS AND PARTICIPANTS

THURSDAY

 

12:00PM

HEPTATHLON – Harrell

1:30PM

WOMEN’S HAMMER PRELIM & FINAL – Bostic

 

 

FRIDAY

 

FIELD EVENTS

 

1:30PM

HEPTHALON – Harrell

1:30PM

MEN’S HAMMER PRELIM & FINAL – Levin / Strawn

TRACK EVENTS

 

6:15PM

WOMEN’S 800M PRELIM – Greene

6:30PM

MEN’S 800M PRELIM – Obinwa / Arroyo / Schnulle / Lee, Jr.

6:45PM

WOMEN’S 200M PRELIM – Gause / Davis

7:05PM

MEN’S 200M PRELIM – Dukes / Wright / Hall

7:40PM

MEN’S 400M HURDLES PRELIM – Aird

8:05PM

WOMEN’S 10,000M FINAL – Macedo

8:45PM

MEN’S 10,000M FINAL – Garcia / Clemente / Reynolds / Miranda

 

 

SATURDAY

 

FIELD EVENTS

 

1:00PM

WOMEN’S LONG JUMP PRELIM & FINAL – Graham / Reynolds

1:00PM

WOMEN’S JAVELIN PRELIM & FINAL – Miller / Vucenovic

3:00PM

WOMEN’S HIGH JUMP FINAL – Burke

4:00PM

MEN’S LONG JUMP PRELIM & FINAL – Dendy

TRACK EVENTS

 

3:45PM

WOMEN’S 1500M PRELIM – McGee / Strausa / Greene

4:20PM

WOMEN’S 100M HURDLES PRELIM – Owens / Ross-Ransom / Eady

4:40PM

MEN’S 110M HURDLES PRELIM – Lovett / Pitt / Hart

5:00PM

WOMEN’S 400M PRELIM – Reynolds / Eutsey / Gause / Curtis

5:20PM

MEN’S 400M PRELIM – Hall / Graham, Jr. / Glass / Uruburu

5:40PM

WOMEN’S 100M PRELIM – Sanders / Davis

5:55PM

MEN’S 100M PRELIM – Wright / Dukes

6:40PM

MEN’S STEEPLECHASE FINAL – Mutz

 

 

SUNDAY

 

FIELD EVENTS

 

11:00AM

MEN’S JAVELIN PRELIM & FINAL – Zunic

12:00PM

WOMEN’S TRIPLE JUMP PRELIM & FINAL – Brewer / Warner

1:30PM

MEN’S SHOT PUT PRELIM & FINAL – Zunic

2:00PM

MEN’S POLE VAULT FINAL – Watkins / Amodio

3:00PM

MEN’S TRIPLE JUMP FINAL – Dendy

3:00PM

WOMEN’S DISCUS PRELIM & FINAL – Laska

TRACK EVENTS

 

2:00PM

WOMEN’S 4X100M FINAL – Reynolds-Sanders-Gause-Eutsey

2:10PM

MEN’S 4X100M FINAL – Wright-Graham, Jr.-Hall-Dukes

2:20PM

WOMEN’S 1500M FINAL – McGee / Strausa / Greene

2:40PM

WOMEN’S 100M HURDLES FINAL– Owens / Ross-Ransom / Eady

2:50PM

MEN’S 110M HURDLES FINAL– Lovett / Pitt / Hart

3:00PM

WOMEN’S 400M FINAL– Reynolds / Eutsey / Gause / Curtis

3:10PM

MEN’S 400M FINAL– Hall / Graham, Jr. / Glass / Uruburu

3:20PM

WOMEN’S 100M FINAL – Sanders / Davis

3:30PM

MEN’S 100M FINAL– Wright / Dukes

3:40PM

WOMEN’S 800M FINAL – Greene

3:50PM

MEN’S 800M FINAL – Obinwa / Arroyo / Schnulle / Lee, Jr.

4:10PM

MEN’S 400M HURDLES FINAL – Aird

4:20PM

WOMEN’S 200M FINAL – Gause / Davis

4:30PM

MEN’S 200M FINAL – Dukes / Wright / Hall

4:40PM

WOMEN’S 5000M FINAL – Strausa / Macedo / McGee

5:00PM

MEN’S 5000M FINAL – Reynolds / Miranda / Mutz / Clemente / Garcia

5:25PM

WOMEN’S 4X400M FINAL – Reynolds-Gause-Curtis-Eutsey

5:35PM

MEN’S 4X400M FINAL – Glass-Graham, Jr.-Dukes-Hall-Uruburu

 

 

 

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