UF men's track and field wins first SEC outdoor title since 1987
Published: Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, May 17, 2010 at 12:03 a.m.
The Florida men's track and field team claimed its first Southeastern Conference outdoor championship since the 1987 season, scoring 124 total team points to capture the league crown on Sunday at Tom Black Track on the campus of the University of Tennessee.
The No. 3 Gator men scored 124 total team points, while No. 6 LSU placed second (100 points) and No. 11 South Carolina was third (89 points). The No. 10 Florida women's track and field team finished second overall with 107.5 total points, while No. 2 LSU won its third SEC outdoor championship in the last four years with 132 points. No. 11 Arkansas was third with 98.5 points.
“I'm very, very proud of our men's team for winning its first conference outdoor title in 23 years,” Florida head coach Mike Holloway said. “It's been a long journey and I'm really proud of the team for its determination and fight. The meet didn't necessarily go as expected, but you have to be able to deal with adversity. Great teams are able to respond to adversity and we did that this weekend.
“I thought our women had a great meet,” Holloway continued. “We just got beat by a really talented LSU team that had a great weekend. We were a little dinged up coming into the meet, but I am extremely proud of how our women's team performed this weekend.”
The Gator men claimed their SEC Championship on the strength of four individual league titles – Jeff Demps in the men's 100-meter dash, Gray Horn in the men's decathlon, Christian Taylor in the men's triple jump and the men's 4x400-meter relay team. The Florida women's team also captured four individual SEC titles – Charlotte Browning in the women's 1,500-meter run, Evelien Dekkers in the women's javelin and Shara Proctor in the women's long jump and triple jump.
The Gators return to action May 27-29, when they travel to Greensboro, N.C., to participate in the NCAA East Preliminary Round hosted by North Carolina A&T University at Irwin Belk Track.