McGee breaks SEC indoor meet record in 3,000 meter

From left, Kentucky's Cally Macumber, Florida's Agata Strausa and Florida's Cory McGee race to the finish line in the 3000-meter race at the 2013 SEC Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark., on Feb. 23. Macumber won the event with a time of 9:15.66. (AP Photo/FILE)

Published: Friday, February 28, 2014 at 10:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, February 28, 2014 at 10:40 p.m.

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Florida senior distance runner Cory McGee captured the Gators' first individual Southeastern Conference title of the indoor league meet Friday, winning the 3,000-meter in an SEC meet record time of 9:10.48.

McGee became UF's fifth 3,000m champion in school history and the first since Charlotte Browning won the event in 2010.

“I definitely had some doubt," McGee said. "I didn't know if I could push through it but I heard my coach on the back turn and pushed through it. With a lap to go I felt great. A couple weeks ago I strained by hamstring in a workout, so it has been a weird process trying to stay fit. Today has been great, I did something that has never been done before and I'm looking forward to nationals and being sure of myself again.”

Following a day of preliminary action to set up the final day of the SEC Indoor Championships on Saturday, the Florida men advanced a league-leading 13 qualifiers from Friday prelims to Saturday finals. The UF women's squad qualified a league-tying nine.

Alongside McGee, senior distance runner Agata Strausa cashed in third in the 3,000m with a career-best time of 9:15.70 as the duo picked up 16 crucial points for the Gators.

Junior jumper Marquis Dendy put up UF's first points on the men's side Friday with a fourth-place finish in the long jump (7.50m/24-7.25) for five points, while senior distance runner Mark Parrish added one with an eighth-place finish in finals of the men's 3,000m (8:11.19). Dendy, the two-time defending SEC champion, made it three straight years of top-5 finishes in the long jump.

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