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Stipe Zunic claimed the SEC outdoor shot put title as UF's women finished second, men third at SEC Outdoors.

Sunday May 18, 2014Five Gator T&F Athletes Crowned SEC Champions; Women Second, Men Third at SEC Outdoors

Stipe Zunic claimed the SEC outdoor shot put title as UF's women finished second, men third at SEC Outdoors.

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Four more SEC individual championships, a pair of facility records, two school records and a SEC Meet Record in the womenís triple jump from junior Ciarra Brewer capped off the fourth and final day of competition in Lexington for the Florida track and field squads, which finished second and third on the womenís and menís sides, respectively, at the 2014 SEC Outdoor Championships. Arkansas claimed the womenís outdoor title (123 points) and Texas A&M won the menís title (155 points).

 

Senior Cory McGee and Brewer added UFís second and third individual womenís titles to the tally Sunday after junior thrower Fawn Millerís javelin title Saturday. Brewer improved her school record and SEC Meet Record (13.91m/45-7.75, -0.7) with her third consecutive triple jump title, and McGee notched a facility record with her 1500m championship (4:13.38) and PRed in the 5K, all while helping guide the Orange and Blue to 116.5 total points and a top-two finish for the sixth time in the last seven years.

 

The Gators packed a punch in the jumps Sunday as Marquis Dendy added a triple jump title to his repertoire with a new PR and NCAA-leading leap of 16.52m/54-2.5, the No. 5 mark in school history. Junior menís thrower Stipe Zunic doubled up in the javelin and shot put, shattering a 22-year-old school record and facility record with his 20.52m/67-4 toss in the shot to give Florida its first title in the event since 1994. Florida accumulated 93 points and has now finished in the top three at SEC outdoors five of the last six years.

 

A plethora of PRs and record-book worthy performances laced the 2014 league outdoor championships, but the Gators will now look forward to the NCAA East Preliminary Round in Jacksonville May 29-31 in advance of the NCAA Championships in Eugene.

 

HOLLOWAYíS TAKE (Florida SEC individual champion quotes below)

ďObviously mixed emotions today. This was an incredible meet and everyone competed hard. On the menís side, we were just a little shorthanded with Gino (Hall) being hurt, with Mark (Parrish) and Jimmy (Clark) being banged up and having to redshirt. Itís hard to come to this championship and expect to win without three vital pieces like that. I thought everybody competed really well today.Ē

 

On highlights of the final day of competition:

ďIím really proud of Stipe Zunic in the shot put Ė new school-record holder. Heís taken the shot really seriously since September, Iím really proud of him. Iím extremely proud of Ciarra (Brewer), extremely proud of the womenís 4x1, the womenís 4x4. In the menís 4x1, we threw that unit together an hour before the race and they ran one of the top times in school history. Marquis Dendy really figured some things out today. He grew up a lot today. Cory McGee has come in second (in the 1500m) three times at this meet and for her to come in here today, win it and win it big, I was really proud of her. Then she came back with a new PR in the 5K to score for Florida. Agata Strausa (in the 5K), the list just goes on and on and on. I thought both our young women and men did really well. The women in the 400 Ė Robin (Reynolds), Destinee (Gause) and Ebony (Eutsey), really proud of Najee Glass with his 45.40 (in the 400), a new personal best.Ē

 

On getting prepared for NCAA preliminaries and championships:

ďAgain, at the end of the day, we canít walk out of here extremely happy because we didnít win, but I was really pleased with the effort, really feel good going forward. We know what we have to work on now, we know where we have to get better. Weíre going to get back to Gainesville and get that done. Hopefully they feel like I do right now, which is Ė yeah, we did some good things, but weíve got to get better.Ē

 

SUNDAY NOTABLES

         Florida junior jumper Ciarra Brewer became one of just two athletes to ever win three straight triple jump titles in SEC history, the other being former Gator Shara Proctor. Brewerís 13.91m/45-7.75 (-0.7 wind) marked a new PR, made her the NCAA leader and shattered her existing school record

         The Gators have now won six of the last seven triple jump titles on the womenís side since 2008

         Floridaís second-place finish on the womenís side at 2014 SEC Outdoors marked the Gatorsí sixth top-two finish in the last seven years

         On the menís side, UFís top three outdoor conference finish was its fifth in six years

         Junior thrower Stipe Zunic had a double dose of the throws Sunday, claiming the 2014 shot put title and becoming UFís first SEC Champion in the shot put since 1994 (Matt Simpson, 61-8.50). Zunic set a new facility record with his 20.52m/67-4 toss, which also shattered a 22-year-old school record previously held by Dwight Johnson (20.10m/65-11.5) from 1992

         Zunic competed in his first javelin event this season prior to his shot put title, picking up four points for the Gators with his 68.79m/225-8 mark and fifth-place finish

         UF has won three of last five 1500m races, as Florida senior Cory McGee claimed the crown Sunday in 4:13.48, a new facility record at the Kentucky Track and Field Complex. Genevieve LaCaze last won the 1500m title for Florida in 2012

         Florida junior jumper Marquis Dendy was crowned the 2014 SEC triple jump champion, giving the Gators five straight SEC TJ titles, dating back to 2010. Dendy jumped a NCAA leading PR of 16.52m/54-2.5 and moved up to No. 5 on UFís all-time top-10 list

         Floridaís womenís 4x1 (Reynolds, Sanders, Gause, Eutsey) and 4x4 (Reynolds, Gause, Curtis, Eutsey) both ran record-book worthy performances, the 4x1 with the No. 2 time in program history (43.29) and the 4x4 with the No. 3 mark in the Gator record book (3:29.49)

         On the menís side, Floridaís menís 4x1 (Lovett, Graham, Jr., Wright, Dukes) also notched one of the best performances in UF history with a 38.68 (No. 8)

         Florida owns nine SEC outdoor championships, four on the menís side (í53, í56, í87, í10) and five in womenís action (í92, í97, í98, í03,í09)

 

2014 GATOR SEC CHAMPIONS

Womenís Javelin Throw: Fawn Miller (57.10m/187-4) | PR† | SEC Meet Record | No. 2 all-time at UF | NCAA leader

Womenís Triple Jump: Ciarra Brewer (13.91m/45-7.75, -0.7) | PR | NCAA leader | school record | SEC Meet Record

Womenís 1500m: Cory McGee (4:13.48) | Facility record

Menís Shot Put: Stipe Zunic (20.52m/67-4) | Facility record | 22-year-old school record | No. 2 mark in NCAA

Menís Triple Jump: Marquis Dendy (16.52m/54-2.5) | NCAA leader | PR | No. 5 all-time at UF

 

2014 SEC OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS | SUNDAY RESULTS

FIELD EVENTS

 

MENíS JAVELIN FINAL

5. Stipe Zunic (68.79m/225-8)

WOMENíS TRIPLE FINAL

1. Ciarra Brewer (13.91m/45-7.75, -0.7) | PR | NCAA leader | school record | SEC Meet Record, 10. Gissell Warner (12.67m/41-7, +0.4)

MENíS SHOT PUT FINAL

1. Stipe Zunic (20.52m/67-4) | Facility record | school record | No. 2 NCAA

MENíS TRIPLE JUMP FINAL

1. Marquis Dendy (16.52m/54-2.5) | NCAA leader | PR | No. 5 all-time at UF

WOMENíS DISCUS FINAL

15. Jasmine Laska (42.87m/140-7)

 

 

TRACK EVENTS

 

WOMENíS 4X100M FINAL

3. Robin Reynolds, Shayla Sanders, Destinee Gause, Ebony Eutsey (43.29) | season-best mark | No. 2 all-time at Florida

MENíS 4X100M FINAL

3. Eddie Lovett, Hugh Graham, Jr., Antwan Wright, Dedric Dukes (38.68) | No. 8 mark in Florida history

WOMENíS 1500M FINAL

1. Cory McGee (4:13.48) | facility record, 4. Agata Strausa (4:16.27), 9. Becky Greene (4:20.52)

WOMENíS 100M HURDLES FINAL

3. Bridgette Owens (13.18, -0.4)

MENíS 110M HURDLES FINAL

3. Eddie Lovett (13.58, +0.4)

WOMENíS 400M FINAL

2. Robin Reynolds (52.08), 3. Destinee Gause (52.41) | PR, 5. Ebony Eutsey (52.54)

MENíS 400M FINAL

3. Najee Glass (45.40) | PR, 5. Hugh Graham, Jr. (45.77), 9. Nick Uruburu (47.51)

WOMENíS 100M FINAL

6. Shayla Sanders (11.47, +1.3)

MENíS 100M FINAL

3. Antwan Wright (10.36, -0.8), 4. Dedric Dukes (10.38, -0.8)

WOMENíS 800M FINAL

7. Becky Greene (2:08.23)

MENíS 800M FINAL

3. Ryan Schnulle (1:48.08), 6. Sean Obinwa (1:48.85)

MENíS 400M HURDLES FINAL

7. Gabriel Aird (52.11) | PR

MENíS 200M FINAL

3. Dedric Dukes (20.41, -0.5)

WOMENíS 5000M FINAL

4. Agata Strausa (15:58.15) | PR | No. 3 time in UF history, 5. Cory McGee (16:03.06) | PR | No. 4 all-time for UF, 29. Julie Macedo (17:43.89)

MENíS 5000M FINAL

14. Eddie Garcia (14:42.42), 24. Elliot Clemente (14:58.77) | PR, 30. Mac Reynolds (15:11.65), 33. Carlos Miranda (15:19.76), 38. Mark Mutz (15:31.72)

WOMENíS 4X400M FINAL

2. Robin Reynolds, Destinee Gause, Loreal Curtis, Ebony Eutsey (3:29.49) | No. 3 mark in school history

MENíS 4X400M FINAL

2. Najee Glass, Hugh Graham, Jr., Nick Uruburu, Dedric Dukes (3:03.04)

 

2014 SEC OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM STANDINGS

Women

1. Arkansas, 123

2. FLORIDA, 116.5

3. Texas A&M, 113

4. Kentucky, 104

5. Georgia, 70.5

6. LSU, 65.5

7. Missouri, 62

8. Alabama, 36

9. Auburn, 30

10. Tennessee, 28

11. Mississippi State, 26

12. South Carolina, 25.5

13. Vanderbilt, 15

14. Ole Miss, 4

 

Men

1. Texas A&M, 155

2. Arkansas, 116.5

3. FLORIDA, 93

4. Georgia, 92

5. Ole Miss, 78

6. Kentucky, 65.5

7. Auburn, 50

8. LSU, 43

9. Alabama, 34

10. Mississippi State, 26

11. Tennessee, 24.5

12. South Carolina, 23

13. Missouri, 18.5

 

2014 SEC OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS HIGHLIGHT SHOW

         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

 

CORY McGEE: SEC 1500M CHAMPION

ďIím super excited with the result. Finishing second the last three years, this was a goal that I had set forth for my senior year. I told myself I was going to win the 1500m and come home with a SEC Outdoor Championship. Iím just happy that I fulfilled that promise to myself and did it for the Gators.Ē

 

CIARRA BREWER: SEC WOMENíS TRIPLE JUMP CHAMPION

ďIím very excited to have been able to help the team, put forth my points and PR. Itís been a long season from indoor nationals when I had a hamstring injury. I learned a lot of patience throughout this season. Iím just glad all of my hard work is finally coming forth. Iím ready for nationals to see what I can do for the team.Ē

 

MARQUIS DENDY: SEC MENíS TRIPLE JUMP CHAMPION

ďI was really down yesterday (after the long jump). I really felt like I let my entire team down. Coach Holloway called me last night and said, ĎMarquis, you have just lost your focus. Focus, hone in on your star player and figure it out.í I said, ĎCoach, I will.í The entire time during the competition, I would just scream: I have to focus, I have to focus. I put it together for my last jump and said last one, best one; focus. I ended up coming down with the win.Ē

 

STIPE ZUNIC: SEC MENíS SHOT PUT CHAMPION

ďIím a big believer and I truly believe that God put people in my way (to help) after two surgeries and I followed the program Ė which is obviously the best in the nation. I was ready, I was really hungry for success. I came out there and I was following everything that I needed to do. It worked out well. I was patient and the big throw came.Ē

 

On competing in both the javelin and shot put Sunday:

ďIn 2012, I won SECs in the javelin throw, so there is a little pride in javelin. I like to toss it for fun. Just getting out there and taking three throws Ė it was my first time competing after two years Ė itís not bad finishing fifth. Thereís much more that I have inside of me, but itís very hard to throw javelin and shot put. Actually, thereís not a thrower in the world that does those two events together, so itís something unique. From this point in javelin, I can only get better.Ē

 

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