Roundup: Dendy sets SEC meet record in long jump


Florida's Marquis Dendy competes in the long jump competition at the Southeastern Conference Track & Field Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark., on Saturday. (AP Photo/Beth Hall)

Published: Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 12:32 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Marquis Dendy wasn't about to complain about setting a meet record with a long jump of 27 feet, inches at the SEC Indoor Track and Field Championships.

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Florida's Marquis Dendy competes in the long jump competition at the Southeastern Conference Track & Field Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark., on Saturday. (AP Photo/Beth Hall)

The Florida sophomore, however, would have preferred to jump just a bit farther — even after setting the mark for the longest jump in the world this year.

Dendy leaped a personal best, but he was just a bit short of the 27-5 mark he needed to earn the new car his father had promised him.

“I've got to talk to the delegation,” Dendy said. “My dad's here, so I've got tell him, ‘Two inches, can't you just give me two inches or whatever?' I'm going to talk to him about that. Surely, right after these interviews, I'm definitely going to talk to him about that.”

New car or not, Dendy's win gave the defending national champion Gators a much-needed 10 points in their effort against top-ranked Arkansas. The Razorbacks, who won the SEC meet last year and have won six of the last seven, held a 52-34 team lead after Saturday.

Dendy will be back at work inside the Randal Tyson Track Center on Sunday, hoping to earn more points in the triple jump on final day of the three-day meet.

Senior David Triassi started the day off strong for the Gator men, claiming the SEC men's weight throw title with a personal-best mark of 21.59m/70-10, just one centimeter off the school record of teammate Jeremy Postin, who turned in a runner-up finish with his throw of 21.48m/70-5.75.

For the time being, however, he reveled in repeating as the long jump champion — besting his previous best of 26-5. The record jump came on his second attempt, following a foul on his first, and it topped the previous SEC best of 27-0 was set by Alabama's Miguel Pate in 2002.

The Arkansas women also took the lead entering the final day of the event, leading 37-28 over second-place Georgia. Top-ranked LSU is fifth with 13.5 points.

SOFTBALL: Fifth-ranked UF (16-1) finished off the week in Palm Springs, Calif., with a 5-3 victory over Georgia Tech on Saturday at the Big League Dreams Sports Complex

Florida went 4-1 over its three-day stay in the desert, with wins over Loyola Marymount, Oklahoma State, Syracuse and Georgia Tech, while falling shy in a school-record 12-inning game against No. 7 Missouri on Friday.

Freshman leadoff and second baseman Kelsey Stewart was 3-for-3 on the day with three RBI and a sac bunt to fuel UF's come-from-behind victory, knocking a bases-clearing double to pull UF ahead of Georgia Tech, 5-3, in the top of the sixth.

Stewart led UF at the plate throughout the tournament, going 7-for-21 (.333), including a double, two triples, five RBI and three stolen bases.

The Gators will head to USF for a 6 p.m. clash Wednesday Florida will then return home for its second of two home tournaments this spring. UF will host Drake, Mount St. Mary's, FAMU and Presbyterian in the three-day tournament starting March 1 at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium. The Gators will open the tournament Friday at 4 p.m. with Drake, followed by a 6:15 match-up with Mount St. Mary's.

Men's tennis: Florida was on court for more than four hours Saturday before dropping a tightly contested match to No. 16 Baylor, 4-3, at Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex. After falling behind early, the Gators evened the match at 3-3 but couldn't pull out a victory. The Gators fell to 6-4 on the season and look to begin SEC play next weekend. Baylor is 7-1.

LACROSSE: No. 3 Florida will wrap up its three-game homestand with a noon matchup today against the University at Albany. The Gators are 5-0 on the season and look to extend their home win streak to 13 games at Donald R. Dizney Stadium.

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