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    SEC Indoor Championships: Day Two

    By: Sean Cartell
    Twitter: @SEC_Sean
    SEC Digital Network

     

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    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas leads the 2013 Southeastern Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships on both the men’s and women’s sides Saturday, following an exciting second day of competition at the Randal Tyson Track Center.

    The SEC Indoor Track and Field Championships conclude on Sunday beginning at 10 a.m. CT, and live coverage of the event will be available at ArkansasRazorbacks.com and ESPN3.

    The Razorbacks hold the lead on the men’s side through five events with 52 total team points, while Florida is second with 34 and Georgia is third with 27. Alabama is fourth with 17 points, while Ole Miss, Missouri and Texas A&M all are tied for fifth place with 13 points.

    Arkansas has accumulated 37 points on the women’s side through five events to lead the team race, followed by second-place Georgia with 28 and third-place Florida with 27.50. Kentucky (4th, 15) and LSU (5th, 13.50) round out the women’s top-five.

    Florida sophomore Marquis Dendy won his second SEC men’s indoor long jump title in a row, setting a meet-record and collegiate-leading mark of 8.25m/27-1 en route to the victory. He broke the previous SEC indoor men’s long jump meet record of 27-0 that was set by Alabama’s Miguel Pate – currently an assistant coach at his alma mater – in 2002. Dendy’s mark also broke Florida’s school record of 26-8.75, set by Dion Bentley in 1993.

    “All season I have been fouling huge jumps, so my coaches and I have been working on my approach,” Dendy said. “Every day in practice it was just approaches, approaches, approaches, then today I came out and executed like I do in practice. I just wanted to go out there and compete hard for my team.”

    Ole Miss senior Ricky Robertson won his fourth consecutive SEC indoor men’s high jump championship, turning in a winning leap of 2.26m/7-5. He became just the second person in SEC history to accomplish that feat, joining Arkansas’ Kenny Evans, who won four in a row from 1998-2001. Robertson’s title was even more impressive in that it came immediately following his seventh-place finish in the men’s long jump.

    “It’s always good to be an SEC champion,” Robertson said. “I came out with a little energy coming from the long jump, and I just executed what I’ve learned since I’ve been at Ole Miss. I was feeling good throughout the event. As I kept progressing and kept clearing heights, I got my confidence. Overall, I felt really good. It means a lot to my team to help us come out on top. It was a long day today and hopefully I can get some points tomorrow in the triple jump as well.”

    Florida’s David Triassi took home the SEC men’s weight throw title with a personal-best toss of 21.59m/70-10, which went down as the second-best men’s weight throw in program history. Teammate Jeremy Postin, the 2012 SEC men’s weight throw champion, was the second-place finisher with a throw of 21.48m/70-5.75 to give the Gators 18 points in the event.

    Georgia freshman Chanice Porter claimed the SEC women’s long jump title, matching her personal-best mark at 6.41m/20-3.50. It was the first SEC women’s indoor long jump crown for Georgia since 2008 Olympic silver medalist Hyleas Fountain won the long jump, high jump and pentathlon in 2004.

    Georgia’s Hilenn James captured Georgia’s first women’s indoor SEC shot put title since Rhonda Hackett won in 1999. James turned in a winning toss of 16.78m/55-0.75 to capture the event. The field included 2011 SEC shot put champion Wilamena Hopkins, of Alabama, who placed seventh.

    Alabama’s Alexis Payne became her school’s first-ever indoor champion in the women’s pole vault, claiming the event with a leap of 4.18m/13-8.50, just topping Arkansas’ Sandi Morris. Arkansas’ Tina Sutej, who holds the SEC Indoor Championship record in the women’s pole vault, had won the last three SEC titles before completing her eligibility last season.

    Georgia placed three athletes in the top four of the final men’s heptathlon standings, led by SEC Champion Garrett Scantling, who totaled 5,889 points over the seven events. He became Georgia’s first heptathlon winner since Tommy Barrineau took home the title in 2010.

    Texas A&M’s Henry Lelei, the 2012 SEC men’s cross country individual champion, won the Aggies’ first-ever SEC Indoor Track and Field individual championship, capturing the men’s 3,000-meter run in a time of 7:57.57.

    Kentucky’s Cally Macumber, the 2012 SEC women’s cross country individual champion, took home the women’s 3,000-meter run title in a time of 9:15.66. She became the first Kentucky athlete to win the SEC indoor women’s 3K since Valerie McGovern won in 1989.

    The 2013 SEC Indoor Track and Field Championships conclude on Sunday beginning at 10 a.m. CT at the Randal Tyson Track Center.

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    2013 SEC Indoor Track and Field Championships Day Two Notes
    •    Florida sophomore Marquis Dendy won his second SEC men’s indoor long jump title in a row, setting a meet-record and collegiate-leading mark of 8.25m/27-1 en route to the victory. He broke the previous SEC indoor men’s long jump meet record of 27-0 that was set by Alabama’s Miguel Pate – currently an assistant coach at his alma mater – in 2002. Dendy’s mark also broke Florida’s school record of 26-8.75, set by Dion Bentley in 1993.
    •    Ole Miss senior Ricky Robertson won his fourth consecutive SEC indoor men’s high jump championship, turning in a winning leap of 2.26m/7-5. He became just the second person in SEC history to accomplish that feat, joining Arkansas’ Kenny Evans, who won four in a row from 1998-2001. Robertson’s title was even more impressive in that it came immediately following his seventh-place finish in the men’s long jump.
    •    Florida’s David Triassi took home the SEC men’s weight throw title with a personal-best toss of 21.59m/70-10, which went down as the second-best men’s weight throw in UF history. He defeated his teammate and defending SEC Champion Jeremy Postin, who placed second. It marked the second consecutive SEC men’s weight throw title in program history for Florida, which had not claimed one in its history prior to last season.
    •    Florida hurdler Eddie Lovett, the two-time defending SEC men’s 60-meter hurdles champion, ran a nation-leading time of 7.57 to lead all qualifiers in the preliminaries. Lovett broke the previous UF school record of 7.66 set by Josh Walker in 2005 and also matched by Lovett earlier this season.
    •    Georgia freshman Chanice Porter claimed the SEC women’s long jump title, matching her personal-best mark at 6.41m/20-3.50. It was the first SEC women’s indoor long jump crown for Georgia since 2008 Olympic silver medalist Hyleas Fountain won the long jump, high jump and pentathlon in 2004.
    •    Georgia’s Hilenn James captured Georgia’s first women’s indoor SEC shot put title since Rhonda Hackett won in 1999. James turned in a winning toss of 16.78m/55-0.75 to capture the event. The field included 2011 SEC shot put champion Wilamena Hopkins, of Alabama, who placed seventh.
    •    Alabama’s Alexis Payne became her school’s first-ever indoor champion in the women’s pole vault, claiming the event with a leap of 4.18m/13-8.50, just topping Arkansas’ Sandi Morris.
    •    Georgia placed three athletes in the top four of the final men’s heptathlon standings, led by SEC Champion Garrett Scantling, who totaled 5,889 points over the seven events. He became Georgia’s first heptathlon winner since Tommy Barrineau took home the title in 2010.
    •    Texas A&M’s Henry Lelei, the 2012 SEC men’s cross country individual champion, won the Aggies’ first-ever SEC Indoor Track and Field individual championship, capturing the men’s 3,000-meter run in a time of 7:57.57.
    •    Kentucky’s Cally Macumber, the 2012 SEC women’s cross country individual champion, took home the women’s 3,000-meter run title in a time of 9:15.66. She became the first Kentucky athlete to win the SEC indoor women’s 3K since Valerie McGovern won in 1989.
    •    Arkansas’ Regina George turned in a time of 51.47 in the prelims of the women’s 400-meter dash to better her collegiate-leading time and move her into ninth-place on the collegiate all-time list.
    •    Texas A&M’s Deon Lendore notched a world-leading time of 45.15 in the prelims of the men’s 400-meter dash, moving him to No. 5 on the all-time collegiate list.

    2013 SEC Indoor Track and Field Championships Day Two Quotes

    Alexis Paine, Alabama, Women’s Pole Vault

    “I didn’t really expect to be an SEC Champion.  I have had a really tough year. I came to the competition today to just work on some technical aspects of my event. I am happy I was able to win for my team. We didn’t get to compete yesterday, so to be able to come out today and start with a win for my team is awesome. We have a lot of really great athletes ready to compete today, and I hope everyone else gets a win for my team.”

    Marquis Dendy, Florida, Men’s Long Jump
    “All season I have been fouling huge jumps, so my coaches and I have been working on my approach to a tee. Every day in practice it was just approaches, approaches, approaches, then today I came out and executed like I do in practice. I just wanted to go out there, put my foot in the board and compete hard for my team.”

    Ricky Robertson, Ole Miss, Men’s High Jump    
    “It’s always good to be an SEC champion. I came out with a little energy coming from the long jump, and I just executed what I’ve learned since I’ve been at Ole Miss. I was feeling good throughout the event. As I kept progressing and kept clearing heights, I got my confidence. Overall, I felt really good. It means a lot to my team to help us come out on top. It was a long day today and hopefully I can get some points tomorrow in the triple jump as well.”

    Chanice Porter, Georgia, Women’s Long Jump
    “ I’m excited because it is my first time competing indoors and my first time competing on the collegiate level, so I am very happy with my jump. This jump helps me along with my goal of jumping for a professional career.”

    Hilenn James, Georgia, Women’s Shot Put
    “Any points we can get are really good for our team, I am really happy with my last throw to win the competition. Just any points we can get right now in this meet really boosts our confidence moving on and It just show that our team has a lot of potential.”

    Garrett Scantling, Georgia, Men’s Heptathlon
    “It’s wonderful. I came in the first day with the 60m and a 6.95 for a big PR for me. After that I just kept it going and kept the energy going, I didn’t end the day the way I wanted to though in the high jump though. Then I came out for a big day two, I finished with a big PR in the hurdles then I tied my PR in the pole vault. Then the 1,000m was just all guts, but it feels great and it feels awesome. I have never been that nervous before a race before, but it felt great I pushed it to the end and got what I wanted.”

    Henry Lelei, Texas A&M, Men’s 3,000m
    “I knew it was going to be a fast race so I tried to hold onto my pace throughout the race. At the end of the race on the last couple of laps I knew I needed to make my move, so I passed the Arkansas runners and held on for the win.”

    Cally Macumber, Kentucky, Women’s 3,000m
    “I was feeling kind of tired in the middle of the race, but I could feel them coming back to me at the end of the race. I just took off to finish it. Going into the race my coach wanted me to stay in the middle of the pack and using my closing speed to try and win. I knew it was going to be a close finish so I just leaned in and just got her at the end.”

    2013 SEC Indoor Track and Field Championships Day Two Agate

    Men’s Team Standings (through five events):
    1. Arkansas 52; 2. Florida 34; 3. Georgia 27; 4. Alabama 17; T5. Ole Miss 13; T5. Missouri 13; T5. Texas A&M 13; 8. LSU 10; 9. Auburn 9; 10. Tennessee 4; 11. South Carolina 3.  

    Women’s Team Standings (through five events): 1. Arkansas 37; 2. Georgia 28; 3. Florida 27.50; 4. Kentucky 15; 5. LSU 13.50; T6. South Carolina 13; T6. Tennessee 13; 8. Alabama 12; 9. Missouri 11; 10. Texas A&M 10; 11. Mississippi State 8; 12. Auburn 7.    

    Men’s Weight Throw (top-8 finishers): 1. David Triassi, UF 21.59m/70-10; 2. Jeremy Postin, UF 21.48m/70-5.75; 3. Elias Hakansson, UA 20.27m/66-6; 4. Jacob Bullinger, MU 20.25/66-5.25; 5. Cameron Brown, UT 19.62m/64-4.50; 6. Casey Strong, AM 19.57m/64-2.50; 7. Stephen Saenz, AU 19.49m/63-11.50; 8. Brian Duncan, MU 19.37m/63-6.75.

    Men’s 60m Hurdles Prelims (qualifiers): 1. Eddie Lovett, UF 7.57; 2. Wayne Davis II, AM 7.78; 3. Caleb Cross, AR 7.79; 4. Keith Hayes, UK 7.84; 5. Joshua Thompson, LS 7.89; 6. Terry Benson, UT 8.12; 7. Darryl Bradshaw, UK 7.96; 8. Kenneth Minkah, AM 8.07.

    Women’s 60m Hurdles Prelims (qualifiers): 1. Jasmin Stowers, LS 8.21; 2. Kierre Beckles, SC 8.28; 3. Shanekia Hall, LS 8.30; 4. Donique Flemings, AM 8.31; 5. Ivanique Kemp, AR 8.31; 6. Ugonna Ndu, UF 8.38; 7. Samantha Scarlett, AU 8.36; 8. Erica Bougard, MS 8.40.

    Women’s Pole Vault (top-8 finishers): 1. Alexis Payne, UA 4.18m/13-8.50; 2. Sandi Morris, AR 4.18m/13-8.50; 3. Petra Olsen, SC 4.10m/13-5.25; 4. Danielle Nowell, AR 4.10m/13-5.25; 5. Linda Hadfield, UT 4.00m/13-1.50; 6. Erin Champion, UT 4.00m/13-1.50; 7. Jessica Johnson, AU 4.00m/13-1.50; 8. Lacey Sanchez, LS 3.85m/12-7.50.

    Men’s Heptathlon 60m Hurdles: 1. Devon Williams, UG 8.06 (967 points); 2. Garrett Scantling, UG 8.15 (944 points); 3. Julius Sommer, AR 8.29 (910 points); 4. Maicel Uibo, UG 8.55 (848 points); 5. Parker Shearer, AU 8.58 (841 points); 6. Peyton Moss, UM 8.67 (820 points); 7. Coren Crompton, AU 8.73 (806 points); 8. Matt Kirbos, AR 8.74 (804 points); 9. Nathanael Franks, AR 8.78 (795 points); 10. Daniel Buckles, UK 9.33 (675 points); --. Tim Gilman, MU DQ.

    Men’s 60m Prelims (qualifiers): 1. Marcus Rowland, AU 6.61; 2. Markesh Woodson, MU 6.63; 3. Hugh Graham, UF 6.64; 4. Harry Adams, AU 6.65; 5. Prezel Hardy, AM 6.73; 6. Damiere Byrd, SC 6.67; 7. Antwan Wright, UF 6.69; 8. Aaron Ernest, LS 6.70.

    Women’s 60m Prelims (qualifiers): 1. Ashley Collier, AM 7.27; 2. Kimberlyn Duncan, LS 7.34; 3. Kai Selvon, AU 7.34; 4. Asia Cooper, UM 7.35; 5. Ashton Purvis, AM 7.36; 6. Jennifer Madu, AM 7.37; 7. Shayla Sanders, UF 7.37; 8. Keilah Tyson, UK 7.41.

    Men’s Mile Prelims (qualifiers): 1. Patrick Rono, AR 4:05.74; 2. Cameron Efurd, AR 4:08.25; 3. Matt Hillenbrand, UK 4:08.78; 4. Kemoy Campbell, AR 4:05.87; 5. Robert Razick, SC 4:08.65; 6. Robbie Farnham-Rose, UA 4:10.42; 7. Kane Grimster, AU 4:05.95; 8. CJ Brown, AM 4:09.75; 9. Robbie Scharold, UK 4:11.38; 10. Merid Seleshi, MU 4:11.61.

    Women’s Mile Prelims (qualifiers): 1. Carly Hamilton, UG 4:42.86; 2. Agata Strausa, UF 4:44.47; 3. Cally Macumber, UK 4:47.37; 4. Grace Heymsfield, AR 4:43.15; 5. Laura Roxberg, MU 4:45.63; 6. Cory McGee, UF 4:47.38; 7. Keri Wood, AR 4:44.59; 8. Jessica Kamilos, AR 4:47.05; 9. Lily Williams, VU 4:48.17; 10. Stephanie Strasser, UF 4:48.69.

    Men’s 400m Prelims (qualifiers): 1. Deon Lendore, AM 45.15; 2. Hugh Graham, UF 45.86; 3. Anton Kokorin, AR 46.31; 4. Ricky Babineaux, AM 46.37; 5. Eric Janise, AR 46.67; 6. Caleb Williams, LS 46.73; 7. Travis Southard, AR 46.77; 8. Clayton Gravesande, SC 46.81.

    Men’s Long Jump (top-8 finishers): 1. Marquis Dendy, UF 8.25m/27-1; 2. Damar Forbes, LS 8.07m/26-5.75; 3. Raymond Higgs, AR 7.90m/25-11; 4. Kamal Fuller, UA 7.84m/25-8.75; 5. Malcolm Pennix, MU 7.82m/25-8; 6. Jarrod Hutchen, SC 7.77m/25-6; 7. Ricky Robertson, UM 7.69m/25-2.75; 8. Omar Craddock, UF 7.63m/25-0.50.

    Women’s 400m Prelims (qualifiers): 1. Regina George, AR 51.47; 2. Kamaria Brown, AM 52.42; 3. Ebony Eutsey, UF 52.48; 4. Shaunae Miller, UG 52.91; 5. Sparkle McKnight, AR 53.74; 6. Erika Rucker, SC 53.77; 7. Ibukun Mayungbe, AM 53.82; 8. Jody-Ann Muir, MS 53.87.

    Men’s 800m Prelims (qualifiers): 1. Tomas Squella, AR 1:50.36; 2. Keffri Neal, UK 1:50.81; 3. Sean Obinwa, UF 1:50.85; 4. James Bonn, AM 1:50.39; 5. Ryan Thomas, AR 1:51.08; 6. Hector Hernandez, AM 1:51.30; 7. Leoman Momoh, AR 1:50.42; 8. Charles Grethen, UG 1:50.62.

    Women’s 800m Prelims (qualifiers): 1. Yanique Malcolm, UA 2:07.41; 2. Charlene Lipsey, LS 2:07.41; 3. Natoya Goule, LS 2:07.83; 4. Megan Malasarte, UG 2:07.50; 5. Kimberley Ficenec, UA 2:07.81; 6. Martinique Borge, AR 2:08.31; 7. Nijgia Snapp, UT 2:08.19; 8. Allison Peare, UK 2:08.60.

    Men’s Heptathlon Pole Vault: T1. Garrett Scantling, UG 4.90m/16-0.75 (880 points); T1. Maicel Uibo, UG 4.90m/16-0.75 (880 points); 3. Julius Sommer, AR 4.50m/14-9 (760 points); 4. Matt Kirbos, AR 4.40m/14-5.25 (731 points); T5. Coren Crompton, AU 4.30m/14-1.25 (702 points); T5. Nathanael Franks, AR 4.30m/14-1.25 (702 points); T5. Peyton Moss, UM 4.30m/14-1.25 (702 points); T5. Devon Williams, UG 4.30m/14-1.25 (702 points); 9. Parker Shearer, AU 4.10m/13-5.25 (645 points); 10. Daniel Buckles, UK 4.00m/13-1.50 (617 points).

    Women’s Shot Put (top-8 finishers): 1. Hilenn James, UG 16.78m/55-0.75; 2. Jill Rushin, MU 16.67m/54-8.25; 3. Breanna Radford, SC 16.47m/54-0.50; 4. Valentina Muzaric, AU 16.29m/53-5.50; 5. Tori Bliss, LS 16.13m/52-11; 6. Cassie Wertman, UT 15.96m/52-4.50; 7. Wilamena Hopkins, UA 15.53m/50-11.50; 8. Cortni Ervin, MU 15.33m/50-3.50.

    Men’s High Jump (top-8 finishers): 1. Ricky Robertson, UM 2.26m/7-5; 2. Anthony May, AR 2.23m/7-3.75; 3. Justin Fondren, UA 2.13m/6-11.75; 4. Brede Ellingsen, AR 2.13m/6-11.75; 5. Noah Kittleson, AR 2.13m/6-11.75; 6. Mitchell Hatten, MU 2.08m/6-9.75; 7. Fitzroy Dunkley, LS 2.03m/6-8; 8. Maurice Freeman, UG 1.98m/6-6.

    Women’s Long Jump (top-8 finishers): 1. Chanice Porter, UG 6.41m/21-0.50; 2. Erica Bougard, MS 6.23m/20-5.25; 3. Lorraine Graham, UF 6.18m/20-3.50; 4. Tamara Myers, AR 6.16m/20-2.50; 5. Keri Emanual, LS 6.14m/20-1.75; 6. Kia Jackson, UT 6.12m/20-1; 7. Ciarra Brewer, UF 6.03m/19-9.50; 8. Keilah Tyson, UK 6.01m/19-8.75.

    Men’s 200m Prelims (qualifiers): 1. Aaron Ernest, LS 20.59; 2. Ameer Webb, AM 20.78; 3. Dedric Dukes, UF 20.79; 4. Akheem Gauntlett, AR 20.85; 5. Michael Bryan, AM 20.87; 6. Diondre Batson, UA 20.89; 7. Marcus Rowland, AU 20.93; 8. Prezel Hardy, AM 20.95.

    Women’s 200m Prelims (qualifiers): 1. Kimberlyn Duncan, LS 22.71; 2. Ashton Purvis, AM 22.99; 3. Regina George, AR 23.00; 4. Kamaria Brown, AM 23.05; 5. Ashley Collier, AM 23.14; 6. Ebony Eutsey, UF 23.58; 7. Tynia Gaither, UG 23.66; 8. Kai Selvon, AU 23.67.

    Men’s Heptathlon 1,000m: 1. Nathanael Franks, AR 2:35.92 (919 points); 2. Parker Shearer, AU 2:45.68 (811 points); 3. Peyton Moss, UM 2:46.61 (801 points); 4. Devon Williams, UG 2:47.98 (787 points); 5. Julius Sommer, AR 2:48.73 (779 points); 6. Maicel Uibo, UG 2:49.80 (768 points); 7. Garrett Scantling, UG 2:50.41 (761 points); 8. Coren Crompton, AU 2:53.49 (729 points); 9. Daniel Buckles, UK 2:57.75 (686 points); 10. Matt Kirbos, AR 3:00.28 (662 points)

    Men’s Heptathlon Final Standings: 1. Garrett Scantling, UG 5,889; 2. Maicel Uibo, UG 5,693; 3. Nathanael Franks, AR 5,497; 4. Devon Williams, UG 5,494; 5. Julius Sommer, AR 5,449; 6. Matt Kirbos, AR 5,246; 7. Parker Shearer, AU 5,107; 8. Peyton Moss, UM 4,961; 9. Coren Crompton, AU 4,957; 10. Daniel Buckles, UK 4,600.

    Men’s 3,000m (top-8 finishers): 1. Henry Lelei, AM 7:57.57; 2. Stanley Kebenei, AR 7:58.58; 3. Kemoy Campbell, AR 8:01.45; 4. Niklas Buhner, AU 8:02.48; 5. Mark Parrish, UF 8:03.54; 6. Matt Cleaver, UG 8:07.78; 7. Solomon Haile, AR 8:10.87; 8. Josh Izewski, UF 8:11.27.

    Women’s 3,000m (top-8 finishers): 1. Cally Macumber, UK 9:15.66; 2. Cory McGee, UF 9:15.67; 3. Agata Strausa, UF 9:16.25; 4. Diane Robison, AR 9:19.19; 5. Chelsea Oswald, UK 9:20.80; 6. Grace Heymsfield, AR 9:21.88; 7. Laura Carleton, LS 9:22.04; 8. Dominique Scott, AR 9:30.94.

    SEC Qualifiers For Sunday’s Running Events (by team), courtesy USTFCCCA

    Men

    Alabama – 2
    Arkansas – 10
    Auburn – 4
    Florida – 6
    Georgia – 1
    Kentucky – 5
    LSU – 5
    Ole Miss – 0
    Missouri – 2
    South Carolina – 3
    Tennessee – 1
    Texas A&M – 11

    Women
    Alabama – 2
    Arkansas – 8
    Auburn – 3
    Florida – 7
    Georgia – 4
    Kentucky – 3
    LSU – 6
    Ole Miss – 1
    Mississippi State – 2
    Missouri – 1
    South Carolina – 2
    Tennessee – 1
    Texas A&M – 9
    Vanderbilt - 1