Gators Claim Indoor Track Championship


Posted Mar 14, 2010


The No. 1 University of Florida men’s track and field team captured the first NCAA Indoor Championship in program history on Saturday night, scoring 57 total team points and the Gator women placed fourth nationally to cap off one of the most successful national meets in program history at the Randal Tyson Track Center on the campus of the University of Arkansas.

The Gator men scored 57 total team points, winning by 13 points over
Oregon and Texas A&M, who finished tied for second with 44 total team
points. The No. 4 Florida women placed fourth with 33 total team points.
The Ducks won the women’s team title with 61 points, while Tennessee was
second with 36 points and LSU was third with 35 points. It was the first
top-five indoor finish on the women’s side since the Gators were second
nationally in 2005.

The national championship by the Florida men’s track and field team
marked the 23rd by a Gator team (all sports) in program history.

“It has been a long journey and I’m just so proud of my athletes and my
staff,” Florida head coach Mike Holloway said. “I’m almost at a loss for
words because of how happy I am. We kind of felt coming in that the
first team that got to 50 would be the national champion. Everybody that
put on the Gator uniform got after it this weekend. It shows the
direction this program is headed in to win a national championship on
the men’s side and to finish fourth on the women’s side.”

Over the course of the weekend, Florida captured national titles in the
women’s mile (Charlotte Browning), men’s 60-meter dash (Jeff Demps),
women’s shot put (Mariam Kevkhishvili) and men’s triple jump (Christian
Taylor). The Gators also recorded 16 All-America honors on the weekend.

Freshman sprinter Jeff Demps (Winter Garden, Fla.) became the first
person in school history to win the NCAA men’s 60-meter dash
championship, doing so in a time of 6.57. That’s just shy of the
school-record-setting time of 6.56 that he set in the preliminaries last
night. Senior sprinter Jeremy Hall (Jacksonville, Fla.) placed sixth in
6.66. The Gators earned 13 total team points in the men’s 60m dash.

Senior thrower Mariam Kevkhishvili (Tbilisi, Georgia) became just the
second woman in NCAA history to capture three consecutive NCAA indoor
shot put titles, claiming the championship on Saturday with a
school-record toss of 18.59m/61-0. That shattered her previous
personal-record throw of 18.56m/60-10.75. Kevkhishvili has now won 13
consecutive indoor competitions dating back to her 2008 NCAA Indoor
Championship also held in Fayetteville, Ark. Regina Cavanaugh of Rice is
the only other woman in NCAA history to accomplish that feat, doing so
from 1984-86.

Junior distance runner Charlotte Browning (Pullborough, England) became
just the second person in school history to win the NCAA mile
championship, doing so in a time of 4:35.66. Browning, the 2010 SEC
Indoor Champion in both the mile and 3,000m run, is the first Gator
woman to win a national champion in the mile since Becki Wells did so in
1997. Browning set the school record in the women’s mile already this
season at 4:31.24.

Sophomore jumper Christian Taylor (Fayetteville, Ga.) broke his own
school record in winning the NCAA title the men’s triple jump, becoming
the first athlete in school history to break the 17-meter plateau at
17.18m/56-4.50. Taylor captured the event for the second consecutive
year, becoming the first person to win back-to-back NCAA men’s indoor
triple jump title since Walter Davis of LSU accomplished the feat in
2001 and 2002.

Freshman jumper Omar Craddock (Kileen, Texas) placed seventh in the
men’s triple jump to earn All-America of his young career with a mark of 16.15m/53-0.

Freshman sprinter Tony McQuay (Riviera Beach, Fla.) earned All-America
honors, finishing third in the men’s 400-meter dash in a career-best
time of 45.74, which goes down as the third-fastest time in school
history. Senior sprinter Calvin Smith (Lutz, Fla.) was eighth in 46.60.

The men’s 4x400m relay placed fourth overall in a time of 3:05.78, using
the quartet of Preston Wilson (Orlando, Fla.), McQuay, Jovon Toppin
(Port-of-Spain, Trinidad) and Smith to earn All-America honors.

With two All-America honors in the meet, Smith became Florida’s all-time
men’s leader in total All-America honors with 15 in his career. He
surpassed Mike Morrison (14) for the all-time lead – indoors and
outdoors combined.

Senior jumper Shara Proctor (The Valley, Anguilla) earned All-America
honors in her second event of the weekend, placing third in the women's
triple jump with a mark of 13.71m/44-11.75.

Junior thrower Keely Medeiros (Luziana, Brazil) finished eighth in the
women’s shot put to earn All-America honors with a toss of
16.44m/53-11.25.

Florida opens its 2010 outdoor track and field season on Saturday, March
20, when it travels to Orlando, Fla., to participate in the UCF Black
and Gold Challenge.

For all of the latest information on Florida track and field, please log
on to www.GatorZone.com/trackfield or follow the team’s Twitter account
@GZTrackField or www.twitter.com/GZTrackField.

NCAA INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS (MARCH 12-13, 2010, FAYETTEVILLE, ARK.)

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Men’s Heptathlon – 12 p.m. ET (AUTO: 5,675; PROV: 5,325)
15th/DNF. Gray Horn – 4,256

Heptathlon 60mH (AUTO: 7.70; PROV: 7.91)
15. Gray Horn – 10.78 (403 points)

Heptathlon Pole Vault (AUTO: 5.50m; PROV: 5.20m)
13. Gray Horn – 4.40m/14-5.25 (731 points)

Heptathlon 1,000m Run (Not an NCAA Championship Event)
--. Gray Horn – DNS

Women’s Shot Put – 5:30 p.m. ET (AUTO: 16.90m; PROV: 15.20m)
1. Mariam Kevkhishvili – 18.59m/61-0 (10 points)
8. Keely Medeiros – 16.44m/53-11.25 (1 point)

Men’s Triple Jump – 6:30 p.m. ET (AUTO: 16.15m; PROV: 15.45m)
1. Christian Taylor – 17.18m/56-4.50 (10 points)
7. Omar Craddock – 16.15m/53-0 (2 points)

Women’s Mile Final – 7:25 p.m. ET (AUTO: 4:37.00; PROV: 4:46.70)
1. Charlotte Browning – 4:35.66 (10 points)

Women’s Triple Jump – 7:30 p.m. ET (AUTO: 13.30m; PROV: 12.65m)
3. Shara Proctor – 13.71m/44-11.75 (6 points)

Men’s 400m Final – 7:55 p.m. ET (AUTO: 46.15; PROV: 47.25)
3. Tony McQuay – 45.74 (6 points)
8. Calvin Smith – 46.60 (1 point)

Men’s 60m Final – 8:15 p.m. ET (AUTO: 6.60; PROV: 6.71)
1. Jeff Demps – 6.57 (10 points)
6. Jeremy Hall – 6.66 (3 points)

Men’s 4x400m Relay – 9:25 p.m. ET (AUTO: 3:06.50; PROV: 3:10.40)
4. Florida – 3:05.78 (5 points)
(Preston Wilson, Tony McQuay, Jovon Toppin, Calvin Smith)

FLORIDA NCAA CHAMPIONS (ENTIRE WEEKEND)
• Charlotte Browning – Women’s Mile – 4:35.66
• Jeff Demps – Men’s 60m – 6.57
• Mariam Kevkhishvili – Women’s Shot Put – 18.59m/61-0
• Christian Taylor – Men’s Triple Jump – 17.18m/56-4.50

FLORIDA ALL-AMERICANS (ENTIRE WEEKEND)
• Charlotte Browning – Women’s Mile – 4:35.66 (1st)
• Omar Craddock – Men’s Triple Jump – 16.15m/53-0 (7th)
• Jeff Demps – Men’s 60m – 6.57 (1st)
• Jeremy Hall – Men’s 60m – 6.66 (6th)
• Mariam Kevkhishvili – Women’s Shot Put – 18.59m/61-0 (1st)
• Tony McQuay – Men’s 400m – 45.74 (3rd)
• Tony McQuay – Men’s 200m – 20.80 (8th)
• Keely Medeiros – Women’s Shot Put – 16.44m/53-11.25 (8th)
• Kemal Mesic – Men’s Shot Put – 19.26m/63-2.25 (2nd)
• Shara Proctor – Women’s Long Jump – 6.64m/21-9.50 (3rd)
• Shara Proctor – Women’s Triple Jump – 13.71m/44-11.75 (3rd)
• Calvin Smith – Men’s 200m – 20.67 (6th)
• Calvin Smith – Men’s 400m – 46.60 (8th)
• Christian Taylor – Men’s Triple Jump – 17.18m/56-4.50 (1st)
• Christian Taylor – Men’s Long Jump – 7.93m/26-0.25 (2nd)
• Men’s 4x400m Relay – 3:05.78 (Wilson, McQuay, Toppin, Smith) (4th)

Final NCAA Indoor Championship Men’s Team Scores
1. Florida – 57
2. Texas A&M – 44
2. Oregon – 44
4. LSU – 42
5. Arkansas – 38

Final NCAA Indoor Championship Women’s Team Scores
1. Oregon – 61
2. Tennessee – 36
3. LSU – 35
4. Florida – 33
5. Texas A&M - 31



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