Morrison sets UF record


Published: Saturday, January 27, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 27, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

CLEMSON, S.C. — Florida freshman Mike Morrison set the school record for most points scored on the first day of a heptathlon and is in third place, while junior Kurt Lee is sixth after the opening day of competition Friday at the JRF Multi-Event Challenge at the Clemson Indoor Track.

Taking part in the first heptathlon of his career at Florida, Morrison scored 2,968 points through the first four events to eclipse the UF record by 154 points. Lee set heptathlon personal bests in all four events in scoring 2,645 points — a personal first-day best by 176 points. Morrison trails Tennessee's Jangy Addy (3,146) and Clemson's Ryan Koontz (3,015).

"Both Mike and Kurt did a really good job today," Florida field events coach Rana Reider said. "For Mike to score that many points in his first heptathlon means he did very well. We were hoping that Kurt would set four PRs and he did that. We're really excited about what both of those guys did (Friday) and we just need them to keep it up (today)."

With Morrison's best event yet to come — the pole vault — he stands a chance of becoming the first athlete in Florida history to automatically qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships. The automatic mark is 5,650 points, while the provisional is 5,300 points. Morrison also stands a shot to break the UF record of 5,273 points by Kayne Dakoski.

The day started off with the 60-meter dash and Morrison tied for third with a time of 7.19 to earn 816 points. Lee came in 11th with a personal best time of 7.36 (759 points). In the second event, the long jump, Morrison had a leap of 7.14m/23-5.25 to take second and score 847 points. Lee jumped 6.35m/20-10, which was good enough for seventh and 664 points. After two events, Morrison was in first with 1,663 points with Lee in sixth with 1,423.

Lee posted his highest finish of the day in the shot put (4th) with a personal best of 12.92m/42-4.75 to chalk up 662 points, while Morrison posted a 10th-place toss of 11.17m/36-7.75 to score 556 points. After three events, Morrison was third (2,219) with Lee in sixth (2,645).

The final event of the day was the high jump and Morrison tied for second with a mark of 1.94m/6-4.25 to tally 749 points. Lee cleared 1.72m/5-7.75 to claim 560 points and 13th place in the event.

The heptathlon concludes on Saturday with the 60m hurdles, pole vault and 1,000m. Results of the meet can be found at www.clemsontigers.com.

The rest of the Gators will be in action on Saturday when Florida hosts the Diet Pepsi Classic at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center with the field events set to begin at 11 a.m. and running events to start at 2 p.m.

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