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Marquis Dendy is the 2014 NCAA long jump champion!

Thursday June 12, 2014Marquis Dendy Leaps to 2014 NCAA Long Jump Title

Marquis Dendy is the 2014 NCAA long jump champion!

TEAM SCORES

 

EUGENE, Ore. -- A crowd of 9,903 at Historic Hayward Field witnessed Marquis Dendy leap to the 2014 NCAA long jump title Thursday, as the junior All-American became Florida’s first-ever outdoor champion in the event. Dendy dominated from the start, but his season-best 8.00m/26-3 effort on his sixth and final attempt was the icing on the cake.

 

Dendy, who will be back in action in the triple jump Saturday, made it five straight years for Florida with at least one individual national champion on the men’s side and added the Gators’ 28th title all-time. Dendy’s title is his first outdoors and his second long jump crown after winning the 2013 indoor long jump title. That makes two 2014 Gator national champions so far after Fawn Miller claimed the javelin title Wednesday. Florida sits tied for second (10 pts) on the women’s side and sixth (14 pts) in the men’s team race after Kyle Strawn also scored for UF with an eighth-place finish in the hammer throw Thursday afternoon (64.87m/212-10).

 

Both Florida’s men’s and women’s 4x400m relays and all five Gator individuals that competed on the track Thursday qualified for finals, including Dedric Dukes (200m), Cory McGee and Agata Strausa (1500m), Eddie Lovett (110H) and Bridgette Owens (100H).

 

Junior Brittany Harrell had a standout first day of the heptathlon, finishing up the first four events with a lifetime-best mark in the 200m (24.67, +1.3) to position herself in fourth (3,427) entering the final three events – long jump, javelin and 800m Friday. Harrell was just shy of PRs in the 100-meter hurdles and the high jump to contribute to her day-one success.

 

The Florida Track & Field program has its sights on the program’s seventh and eighth national titles in Eugene, and the final two days of action will unfold in front of a national television audience on ESPNU.

 

NCAA LONG JUMP CHAMPION MARQUIS DENDY

On his winning jump

“It was good for the conditions out there. I really can’t complain, a win is a win so I’m just happy with that.”

 

On reasons for taking the last jump when it wasn’t necessary

“I was just in the moment and actually wanted to qualify for U.S.As because my farthest mark of the year was still off the mark, but with this jump I qualified so I felt good.”

 

On how it feels jumping in front of the crowd

“TrackTown is definitely a good place to jump, nothing but compliments for this area.”

 

On earning points for the team

“I told my teammates I had to make up for all the other years of not scoring in the outdoor season, so I told them I’m going to make it up today and Saturday.”

 

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BROADCAST INFORMATION

LIVE ESPN Coverage:

·         6/13 ESPNU -- 7:30 p.m. ET

·         6/14 ESPNU -- 5 p.m. ET

 

FLORIDA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP NOTABLES

·         Florida’s six track and field national championships came in the form of a women’s indoor title in 1992, before the men’s squad struck for three consecutive indoor championships from 2010-12. UF doubled up indoors and outdoors on the men’s side in 2012, bringing home the first outdoor title that year before making it back-to-back championships by tying for the crown in 2013

·         Florida’s five men’s track & field national championships since 2010 compose nearly half of the Gators’ 11 titles since 2010

·         The Gators are compiling national championship trophies at an impressive rate since winning their second football national title in 2006. Florida's athletic program has won 15 national titles over that span, adding 11 since the 2009-10 sports calendar

·         Florida's 15 national titles since 2006 lead the SEC, and the Gators have won multiple national titles in each of the last five years

·         The University of Florida owns 33 national titles (31 NCAA and 2 AIAW).

·         The Gators have won 24 national titles since 1992 when Jeremy Foley took over as UF's athletic director

·         Softball’s 2014 title on June 3rd became the 13th UF sport to win an NCAA or football national title, a total which stands fourth all-time among the nation’s programs and is tops among SEC programs

 

FLORIDA STUDENT-ATHLETE COMPETITION SCHEDULE (All times Pacific)

Thursday RESULTS

Heptathlon

4. Brittany Harrell (3,427)

 

100H: 8. 13.84, +0.9 (1,001)

 

HJ: 4. 1.75m/5-8.75 (916)

 

SP: 18. 10.97m/36-0 (593)

 

200m: 5. 24.67, +1.3 (917) | PR

M Hammer

8. Kyle Strawn (64.87m/212-10)

M Long Jump

1. Marquis Dendy (8.00m/26-3, -0.9) | season best, second national title in LJ (indoor 2013)

 

 

M 200m

3. Dedric Dukes (20.62, -2.4) | qualifies for finals

W 1500m

2. Cory McGee (4:17.66), 6. Agata Strausa (4:18.14) | qualifies for finals

M 110H

4. Eddie Lovett (13.53, -1.0) | qualifies for finals

W 100H

2. Bridgette Owens (12.97, -1.7) | qualifies for finals

M 4x400m 

3. Najee Glass, Hugh Graham, Jr., Nick Uruburu, Gino Hall (3:04.33) | advance to finals

W 4x400m

6. Robin Reynolds, Destinee Gause, Loreal Curtis, Ebony Eutsey (3:31.81) | advance to finals

 

Friday, June 13, SCHEDULE

12:30pm

Heptathlon – Harrell

 

12:30pm Long Jump, 1:45pm Javelin, 4:50pm 800

3:25pm

W Triple Jump – Brewer

 

 

5:00pm

M 100m (F) – Wright

5:07pm

W 100m (F) – Sanders

5:15pm

M 800m (F) – Schnulle

5:5opm

M 400m (F) – Graham, Jr./Glass

6:00pm

W 400m (F) – Reynolds

 

 

 

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