Every Gator advances at trials
Published: Friday, June 22, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, June 23, 2012 at 12:50 a.m.
EUGENE, Ore. — All seven former and current Gator track & field athletes advanced on the second day of the U.S. Olympic trials. Friday was the first day of the 2012 trials held at historic Hayward Field.
Freshman Marquis Dendy, NCAA All-American and 2012 SEC Indoor Champion in the men's long jump, advanced to the finals of the men's long jump on Friday. The Gator freshman finished seventh overall with his leap of 7.73m/25-4.50. Former Gator greats Will Claye and Christian Taylor competed on the runway next to Dendy, advancing to Sunday's finals with their jumps of 7.98m/26-2.25 and 7.89m/25-10.75, respectively.
Junior and three-time NCAA Champion Tony McQuay cruised to a spot in the semifinals of the men's 400 meters, racing to a 45.41 finish in his heat on Friday. In the next heat, former Gator All-American Calvin Smith became the second-fastest non-automatic qualifier to advance to today's semifinals in 45.94. McQuay and Smith will compete at 8 p.m. to kick off NBC Sports' live primetime coverage Saturday.
Sophomore sprinter Ebony Eutsey advanced to the semifinals of the women's 400 meters, finishing in 53.20. Eutsey nabbed the 16th and final qualifying spot on the afternoon and will compete at 8:15 p.m. today.
Friday's competition began with the men's decathlon, where NCAA All-American and five-time SEC Champion Gray Horn currently sits in fourth after the first five events. Horn finished with 4,084 points on the day, just shy of his first day personal best of 4,123 points (set at the 2011 NCAA Championships). He will continue competition in the men's decathlon today at 12:30 p.m. with the men's 110-meter hurdles.
Joining Eutsey, Horn, McQuay and Smith in today's competition are current Gator All-Americans Dwight Barbiasz, the 2012 SEC Champion in the men's high jump, and Jeff Demps, a five-time NCAA Champion. Demps will race in the qualifying round of the men's 100 meters today at 7 p.m. Barbiasz will compete in the qualifying round of the men's high jump at 7:20 p.m.
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