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Florida sits tied for fourth on the men's side and fifth in women's action after day two at SEC Outdoors.

Friday May 16, 2014Garcia, Harrell and Strawn Highlight Day Two of SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships for Florida

Florida sits tied for fourth on the men's side and fifth in women's action after day two at SEC Outdoors.

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The Florida track and field squad chalked up 11 points in the men’s team race Friday at SEC Outdoors, thanks to men’s hammer thrower Kyle Strawn and distance runner Eddie Garcia, who guided the Gators to a tie for fourth place following the second day of action at the Kentucky Track and Field Complex.

 

Brittany Harrell used a fifth-place finish in the heptathlon (5,436) to chip in four points towards UF’s fifth-place standing (8 points) on the women’s side. Strawn’s third-place showing in the hammer throw (64.61m/211-11) gave Florida its first points on the men’s side to start the day and Garcia then capped off the day’s competition with a fourth-place performance in the 10K (29:57.48). The Orange and Blue additionally qualified five individuals for finals following Friday prelims.

 

Action in Lexington resumes Saturday for the Gators at 1 p.m. with the women’s long jump and javelin throw. Running events commence Saturday for UF with the women’s 1500-meter prelims at 3:45 p.m. and continue until approximately 6:40 p.m. 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).

 

HOLLOWAY’S TAKE

“We had a bit of a mixed bag today. I’m very proud of Eddie Garcia in the 10K. I thought Dedric Dukes did a good job in the 200m; Kyle Strawn in the hammer did a good job. Brittany Harrell fought through some adversity today and ended up being fifth (in the heptathlon). We had a little bit of back luck with Gino Hall cramping up in the 200m and he didn’t run well there. Overall, the biggest thing I see is we don’t have the pride and the passion that we usually show at these championships. I think we’re letting the weather bother us a little bit, but the thing we have to understand is the weather is affecting everybody, not just us. We have to get back to the hotel and get refocused because this is not how Florida competes at championships. That’s on me, I’m the head coach and I have to get it figured out between now and tomorrow when we get back out here.”

 

FRIDAY NOTABLES

·         Junior Dedric Dukes turned in the top qualifying time in prelims of the men’s 200m Friday to secure his spot in finals with a 20.34 (-0.2). Dukes owns the fastest 200m in the world (19.97), and the ninth-best in collegiate history, from Florida Relays after he became one of just 12 collegians ever to break 20 seconds with a wind-legal mark.

·         Sophomore 800m runner Ryan Schnulle solidified the No. 2 seed for finals with a career-best 1:47.15, the seventh-fastest time in Florida history. Senior Sean Obinwa (1:49.63) will join Schnulle in the 800m final

·         Junior Eddie Garcia scored his first career points for the Gators outdoors with a fourth-place finish in the 10K, the last event of the evening. Garcia used a 29:57.48 to chalk up five huge points for Florida on the men’s side

·         Freshman Becky Greene used a 2:08.71 to qualify for finals of the women’s 800m. Greene has a PR of 2:05.58 in the race from UF’s Tom Jones Memorial earlier this year

·         Florida sophomore Gabriel Aird made it four Florida men’s finals qualifiers Friday with a 52.82 run in the 400-meter hurdles to advance to his first ever SEC Outdoors finals. Aird’s PR in the 400H is 52.58, set at the Florida Relays

·         Brittany Harrell wrapped up the heptathlon for the Gators on a high note Friday afternoon, winning the 800m with 2:14.21 PR

·         Junior thrower Kyle Strawn made it two consecutive top-three finishes in the men’s hammer throw. Strawn took the crown in 2013 and finished third Friday with a 64.64m/211-11 toss

 

2014 SEC OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS | FRIDAY RESULTS

FIELD EVENTS

 

HEPTATHLON

5. Brittany Harrell (5,436)

 

100H: 7th (14.22, +0.4), 947

 

HJ: 3rd, (1.69m/5-6.5), 842

 

SP: 11th (10.55m/34-7.5), 566

 

200m: 3rd (24.92, +3.1), 894 -- all-conditions best

 

LJ: 6th (5.63m/18-5.75, -1.3), 738

 

JT: 4th (33.62m/110-4), 545

 

800m: 1st (2:14.21), 904 -- PR

 

 

MEN’S HAMMER

3. Kyle Strawn (64.61m/211-11)

 

10. David Levin (58.52m/192-0)

TRACK EVENTS

 

WOMEN’S 800M PRELIM

8. Becky Greene (2:08.71) -- qualifies for finals

MEN’S 800M PRELIM

2. Ryan Schnulle (1:47.15) -- qualifies for finals | PR | seventh-fastest in UF history, 9. Sean Obinwa (1:49.63) -- qualifies for finals, 16. Andres Arroyo (1:51.05), 30. Donnie Lee, Jr. (2:02.57)

WOMEN’S 200M PRELIM

11. Destinee Gause (23.80, +1.3), 19. Darshay Davis (24.10, +1.3)

MEN’S 200M PRELIM

1. Dedric Dukes (20.34, -0.2) -- qualifies for finals, 11. Arman Hall (21.19, +1.9), 12. Antwan Wright (21.23, +1.9)

MEN’S 400MH PRELIM

7. Gabriel Aird (52.82)  -- qualifies for finals

WOMEN’S 10K FINAL

16. Julie Macedo (36:25.21)

MEN’S 10K FINAL

4. Eddie Garcia (29:57.48), 11. Mac Reynolds (30:58.44) -- PR, 12. Elliot Clemente (31:10.74)

 

TEAM STANDINGS THROUGH DAY TWO  

Women

1. Georgia, 32

2. Arkansas, 23

3. Kentucky, 13

4. LSU, 10

T5. FLORIDA, 8

T5. Missouri, 8

T5. Texas A&M, 8

8. Alabama, 6

T9. Ole Miss, 3

T9. Tennessee, 3

11. South Carolina, 2

12. Auburn, 1

 

Men

1. Georgia, 48

2. Arkansas, 14

3. Texas A&M, 13

T4. FLORIDA, 11

T4. Alabama, 11

6. Kentucky

7. South Carolina

T8. Auburn, 3

T8. Missouri, 3

10. Ole Miss, 2

11. Mississippi State, 1

 

2014 SEC OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS BROADCAST INFORMATION & LIVE RESULTS

SEC Outdoors Central and Meet Schedule

Heat Sheets

Live Results

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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PREVIEWING SATURDAY GATOR COMPETITORS

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

 

 

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