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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Featuring the finest collegiate track and field action in the country, the 2013 Southeastern Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships are slated for this weekend, Feb. 22-24, at the Randal Tyson Track Center on the campus of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark.
The meet begins at 1 p.m. CT Friday and continues at 10 a.m. CT Saturday and Sunday. Live results will be available through www.flashresults.com and complete meet information may be found at http://www.secdigitalnetwork.com/SECSPORTS/CHAMPIONSHIPS/IndoorTrackandFieldChampionships.aspx.
The SEC boasts the nation’s top teams on both the men’s and women’s sides heading into this weekend’s championships as the Arkansas men and the LSU women have each achieved No. 1 rankings, according to the latest U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Computer Team Rankings. In total, the SEC features a nation-leading 11 ranked teams across the two genders.
Defending SEC Indoor Champion Arkansas is the nation’s top-ranked team on the men’s side, while three-time defending NCAA Champion Florida is No. 2. Texas A&M is the No. 3 team nationally. LSU checks in at No. 16 and Ole Miss is No. 19.
On the women’s side, five SEC teams are ranked among the nation’s top 10, led by No. 1 LSU. Arkansas is No. 3, while Florida is No. 6, Georgia is No. 7 and Texas A&M is No. 9. South Carolina checks in at No. 14.
The 2013 SEC Indoor Championships feature nine men’s athletes who are looking to defend their individual conference championships from a year ago and seven women’s athletes who are looking to repeat their individual titles.
The SEC Indoor Championships will air as part of a 90-minute show on ESPNU on Wednesday, March 13 beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET. ESPN3 will stream the meet live during the following times: Saturday, February 23 from 2:25-7:15 p.m. CT and Sunday, February 24 from 12:30-5 p.m. CT. The University of Arkansas will stream live the portions of the meet not on ESPN3 on its own Web site www.ArkansasRazorbacks.com. The ESPN commentary team includes Dwight Stones (play-by-play), Larry Rawson (color analysis) and Lewis Johnson (sideline reporter).
On the men’s side, Arkansas and Tennessee have each won a league-leading 18 SEC Indoor Championships, while Florida follows with six indoor league titles all-time. The Razorbacks have won 18 of the last 21 league indoor team crowns. Last year, Arkansas won its seventh title in eight years, scoring 151 points at the meet in Lexington, Ky.
On the women’s side, LSU has won a league-leading 12 SEC Indoor Championships, while Florida is second all-time with seven. The Gators have won two of the last three women’s SEC indoor titles, including claiming last year’s event with 132 total team points.
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Men’s SEC Indoor Championship Meet Notables
•Arkansas and Tennessee have each won a league-leading 18 SEC Indoor Championships, while Florida follows with six indoor league titles all-time. The Razorbacks have won 18 of the last 21 league indoor team crowns. Last year, Arkansas won its seventh title in eight years, scoring 151 points at the meet in Lexington, Ky.
•Highest point total ever to win an SEC Indoor meet: 181, Arkansas, 1998.
•The Florida men, under the direction of head coach Mike Holloway, has won three consecutive NCAA Indoor Championships, the first three such titles in program history.
•Auburn’s Harry Adams returns as the defending 60-meter dash champion with a time of 6.63. He currently ranks tied for third in the SEC and is tied for eighth nationally with a season-best time of 6.64. Auburn’s Marcus Rowland, the 2010 SEC 60m champion, also will be among the race field.
•Florida’s Eddie Lovett is a two-time defending SEC Champion in the men’s 60-meter hurdles and currently is tied with Arkansas’ Caleb Cross for the SEC lead with a season-best time of 7.65. He is looking to become the first three-time SEC indoor hurdles champion since South Carolina’s Terrence Trammell won the 55-meter hurdles in 1998 and 1999 and followed with a victory in the 60-meter hurdles in 2000.
•Arkansas’ Marek Niit is going for his second consecutive SEC 200-meter title and looks to become the first back-to-back winner in the men’s indoor 200m since Tennessee’s Rubin Williams won in 2007 and 2008.
•Arkansas’ Patrick Rono looks for his second consecutive SEC indoor title in the men’s mile after winning in 4:11.54 last season. A win in 2013 would give Arkansas four of the last five crowns in that event as the Razorbacks’ Dorian Ulrey won in 2009 and 2010.
•Arkansas has won four of the last five SEC indoor men’s distance medley relay championships, capturing the event in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012.
•Ole Miss jumper Ricky Robertson is vying for his fourth consecutive SEC indoor high jump championship. He would become just the second person in SEC history to accomplish that feat as Arkansas’ Kenny Evans won four in a row from 1998-2001. Robertson currently is the SEC leader in the men’s high jump with a leap of 2.29m/7-6. The SEC men’s indoor high jump record is 2.32m/7-7.25. He is one of just three athletes in SEC history (Evans and Arkansas’ Ray Doakes are the others) to win three consecutive SEC indoor high jump championships.
•Arkansas pole vaulter Andrew Irwin won the SEC and NCAA men’s indoor pole vault championships last season as just a freshman.
•Florida’s Marquis Dendy is the defending SEC men’s long jump champion, capturing the event last season with a leap of 26-5.50. He is currently the NCAA leader in the event this season with a mark of 7.99m/26-2.75. The SEC indoor men’s long jump record is 27-0, set by Alabama’s Miguel Pate in 2002. Pate is currently an assistant coach at his alma mater.
•Athletes from the University of Florida have won four consecutive SEC indoor men’s triple jump championships, including defending champion Omar Craddock, who won last year with a mark of 53-11.25. The previous three crowns in the event were won by Christian Taylor, the 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist in the triple jump. Craddock also is the defending NCAA Indoor Champion in the triple jump and Florida athletes also have won four consecutive in that event. Christian Taylor won the NCAA indoor triple jump title in 2009 and 2010 and Will Claye – the 2012 Olympic silver medalist in the triple jump – won in 2011.
•Florida’s Kemal Mesic had won three consecutive indoor crowns in the men’s shot put, but completed his eligibility last season.
•Florida’s Jeremy Postin will go for his second consecutive SEC indoor title in the men’s weight throw after becoming the first Florida athlete to ever win that event a year ago.
•Sophomore transfer Nick Vena is attempting to claim Georgia's first indoor shot put title since Brent Noon won three in a row (1993-95). Vena, who was the 2012 ACC outdoor champion in both the discus and shot for Virginia, trails SEC leader and 2012 league runner-up Stephen Saenz by just two inches and is ranked 11th nationally.
•Three years since Tommy Barrineau captured Georgia's first SEC heptathlon championship, the Bulldogs have a pair of underclassmen heptathletes ranked in the top 10 nationally. Freshman Maicel Uibo (Estonia) is second in the SEC and sixth in the country with 5,755 points while sophomore Garrett Scantling is third in the SEC and ninth nationally (5,619).
Women’s SEC Indoor Championship Meet Notables
•LSU has won a league-leading 12 SEC Indoor Championships, while Florida is second all-time with seven. The Gators have won two of the last three women’s SEC indoor titles, including claiming last year’s event with 132 total team points. The Lady Tigers won their first SEC Indoor Title in 1985 and, from 1985-99, captured 10 SEC Indoor Championships during that span under current Texas A&M head coach Pat Henry.
•Highest point total ever to win an SEC Indoor meet: 187.5, LSU, 1987.
•Two meet records were set at last year’s SEC Indoor Championships – Arkansas’ Kristen Gillespie set the mile record at 4:34.39 and Arkansas’ Tina Sutej set the pole vault record at 14-11. In addition, Alabama’s Krystle Schade tied the high jump record at 6-2, matching former Georgia standout Levern Spencer and Olympian Brittney Reese.
•In December, LSU sprinter Kimberlyn Duncan became the first SEC track and field athlete to win The Bowerman, collegiate track and field’s highest honor.
•Auburn’s Kai Selvon is the defending SEC Champion in the women’s 60-meter dash, looking to become the first two-time winner in the event since South Carolina’s LaKya Brookins in 2010 and 2011.
•LSU’s Kimberlyn Duncan is the national leader in the women’s 60-meter dash at 7.16, achieved at the Armory Collegiate Invitational in early February.
•LSU’s Jasmin Stowers is going for her third consecutive SEC women’s 60-meter hurdles crown, which would make her the first person to accomplish that feat since LSU’s Lolo Jones did so from 2002-04.
•LSU’s Kimberlyn Duncan is the two-time defending SEC women’s 200-meter dash champion and looks to become just the second person in SEC history to win three career SEC indoor 200m crowns. LSU’s Muna Lee won three in a row from 2001-03. Duncan won in 2011 with a time of 22.78, making her one of only five people in the history of the SEC indoor women’s 200m to capture the event with a sub-23 second time.
•Since 1989 SEC Indoor Championships, LSU has won 15 of 24 individual titles in the women’s 200-meter dash.
•Since 2002, all but one SEC indoor women’s 800-meter titles have gone to either LSU or Tennessee. LSU’s Charlene Lipsey is the defending champion in the event and looks to become the first two-time winner since Tennessee’s Phoebe Wright won back-to-back in 2009 and 2010.
•Tennessee has won the last six SEC women’s indoor event titles in the women’s distance medley relay and set the meet record in 2011 at 11:05.37. Dating back to 2004, Tennessee has won eight of the last nine championships in the women’s indoor DMR.
•On the women’s side, Tennessee head coach J.J. Clark has coached five indoor 800m champions since 2004, three mile champions, six 3,000m champions and three 5K champions during that stretch.
•Alabama’s Krystle Schade is the defending SEC indoor champion in the women’s high jump and is looking to become the first repeat winner since LSU’s Brittani Carter in 2010 and 2011.
•Mississippi State won its first-ever SEC indoor championship in a field event last season when Favian Cowards captured the women’s weight throw with a toss of 66-5.
•Georgia true freshman Chanice Porter is 4-0 in collegiate long jump competitions. The Pratville, Jamaica, native is leading the SEC in the event with a top mark of 21 ft., 1/2 in. and is ranked No. 3 on the national performance list. The Lady Bulldogs last won an SEC indoor long jump title in 2004 with Hyleas Fountain claiming the crown. Fountain won the long jump, pentathlon and high jump that season.
•The 2013 campaign will mark the first time a new champion will be crowned in the women’s pole vault since 2010 as Arkansas’ Tina Sutej captured the last three titles, including a meet record leap of 14-11 last season.
•Sophomore Georgia pole vaulter Morgann Leleux is the national leader in the event with a mark of 4.50m/14-9. She was the 2012 NCAA Indoor runner-up in the women’s pole vault.
•Arkansas’ Makeba Alcide goes for her second consecutive women’s pentathlon title, which would make her the first repeat winner in that event since meet-record-holder Hyleas Fountain, of Georgia, won back-to-back titles in 2003 and 2004. Alcide is currently the national leader in the women’s pentathlon with a score of 4,464.