UF leads SEC All-Sports standings entering stretch run

The SEC All-Sports award presented by GateHouse Media won by Texas A&M. [File]

Florida has won two SEC titles this year and may need some more to continue its stranglehold on the SEC All-Sports Award presented by Gatehouse Media.

Florida — which won conference championships in men’s swimming and volleyball during this academic year — leads the overall standings as well as the men’s and women’s.

But it’s a tight race coming down to the final sports.

The Gators have a score of .714, just ahead of Texas A&M at .689 and Georgia at .650. South Carolina and Tennessee round out the top five.

Still to come, the races of baseball and softball — where Florida currently is in first place — as well as men’s and women’s outdoor track and men’s and women’s golf.

Women’s golf begins championship play Wednesday in Birmingham, Ala., while the men start next week in St. Simon’s Island.

UF leads in the men’s sports with A&M second and Mississippi State in third. In the women’s race, Florida is in first followed by Georgia and South Carolina.

The Gators have won the title 11 straight times and 27 times overall. They have swept all three categories 16 times, something that has not been done by any other conference school.

Points are awarded based on the number of competing teams in a sport (e.g. — 14 teams compete in SEC baseball, giving the winner 14 points, second gets 13, etc. Four teams compete in equestrian, awarding four points to the winner).

A program’s points total is divided by the total number of teams competing in the sports the school fields and that quotient ranks the teams in the final GateHouse Media Group standings.

The sports of cross country, indoor and outdoor track & field are combined.