Dendy wins UF's 1st NCAA outdoor title in long jump
Published: Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 11:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 11:15 p.m.
EUGENE, Ore. — A crowd of 9,903 at Historic Hayward Field witnessed Marquis Dendy leap to the NCAA long jump title Thursday, as the junior All-American became Florida's first-ever outdoor champion in the event.
Dendy dominated from the start and sealed his championship with a season-best 8.00m/26-3 effort on his sixth and final attempt.
Dendy, who will be back in action in the triple jump Saturday, made it five straight years for Florida with at least one individual national champion on the men's side and added the Gators' 28th title all-time. Dendy's title is his first outdoors and his second long jump crown after winning the 2013 indoor long jump title. Dendy's win gives the Gators two national champions so far after Fawn Miller claimed the javelin title Wednesday. Kyle Strawn also scored for UF following his eighth-place hammer throw of 64.87m/212-10 on Thursday afternoon.
Both Florida's men's and women's 4x400-meter relay teams and all five UF individuals who competed on the track Thursday qualified for finals, including Dedric Dukes (200m), Cory McGee and Agata Strausa (1500m), Eddie Lovett (110 hurdles) and Bridgette Owens (100 hurdles).
Junior Brittany Harrell had a standout first day of the heptathlon, finishing up the first four events with a lifetime-best mark in the 200m (24.67, +1.3) to position herself in fourth (3,427) entering the final three events — long jump, javelin and 800m Friday. Harrell was just shy of personal bests in the 100-meter hurdles and the high jump to contribute to her Day 1 success.
The Gators have their sights on the program's seventh and eighth national titles in Eugene, and the final two days of action will unfold in front of a national television audience on ESPNU.