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    SEC Outdoor Championships: Day Three

    By: Sean Cartell
    Twitter: @SEC_Sean
    SEC Digital Network

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    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Arkansas holds the team leads on both the men’s and women’s sides following the third day of competition at the Southeastern Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships, hosted by the University of Missouri at its Audrey J. Walton Stadium.

    The Arkansas men lead after seven events with 57 total team points, while Florida is second with 47 points and Texas A&M is third with 37 points. Georgia (31) and Missouri (22) round out the top-five teams on the men’s side following the third day of the SEC Outdoor Championships.

    The Arkansas women hold the advantage following the conclusion of eight final events with 50 total team points, while Georgia is second with 49 points and LSU is third with 31 points. Florida (26) and Texas A&M (25) round out the top-five teams on the women’s side after three days of competition.

    From preliminary qualifiers, Texas A&M has a meet-leading 11 men’s qualifiers for tomorrow’s running events, followed by seven men each from Arkansas and Florida. On the women’s side, LSU and Texas A&M each have a meet-leading 10 qualifiers for tomorrow’s running events, while Florida has eight and Arkansas seven.

    Texas A&M’s Sam Humphreys claimed the SEC men’s javelin title with a facility-record mark of 78.36m/257-1. He will finish his career with four consecutive conference crowns in the event, after winning Big 12 titles in the javelin in 2010, 2011 and 2012. It marked the first-ever SEC individual Outdoor Championship for the Aggies in their first year with the SEC. Kentucky’s Raymond Dykstra was second with a mark of 71.65m/235-1, while Arkansas’ Jeff Woods was third at 69.01m/226-5.

    LSU’s Damar Forbes claimed his first career SEC men’s outdoor long jump championship with an all-conditions world-leading mark of 8.34m/27-4.50 (+2.3). Forbes gave the Tigers their first SEC Outdoor men’s long jump crown since John Moffitt won in 2003. In an event that featured six marks better than eight meters, Florida’s Marquis Dendy placed second at 8.29m/27-2.50 (+2.3), while Arkansas’ Tarik Batchelor was third at 7.83m/25-8.25 (+2.3).

    Georgia sophomore Morgann Leleux captured her second consecutive SEC women’s pole vault title with a mark of 4.20m/13-9.25. She became the first back-to-back winner in the event since Arkansas’ Tina Sutej won in 2010 and 2011. Auburn’s Jessie Johnson was second with a mark of 4.10m/13-5.25, while Missouri’s Katrine Haarklau was third at 4.10m/13-5.25.

    Texas A&M freshman Shelbi Vaughan claimed the women’s discus crown with a toss of 56.65m/185-10. Missouri’s Kearsten Peoples was second at 54.05m/177-4, while Kentucky’s Becky Famuerwa was third at 51.95m/170-5.

    Auburn’s Marcus Popenfoose won the men’s shot put title with a throw of 18.95m/62-2.25 to give the Tigers their third consecutive SEC Outdoor crown in that event. His teammate Stephen Saenz, who is redshirting the 2013 outdoor campaign, won the SEC Outdoor men’s shot put in 2011 and 2012. Tennessee’s Matthew Hoty was second with a mark of 18.87m/61-11, while Georgia’s Nick Vena was third with a toss of 18.84m/61-9.75.

    Georgia’s Saniel Atkinson-Grier claimed the SEC women’s high jump title with a leap of 1.85m/6-0.75. Atkinson-Grier, who had finished as the SEC runner-up three separate times, becomes Georgia’s first women’s high jump champion since SEC meet-record-holder Levern Spencer in 2007. South Carolina’s Jeannelle Scheper was second with a mark of 1.85m/6-0.75, while Alabama’s Krystle Schade was third at 1.85m/6-0.75.

    Texas A&M’s Henry Lelei won the men’s steeplechase championship in a time of 8:38.11. Arkansas’ Stanley Kebenei was second in 8:40.23, while the Aggies’ Isaac Spencer was third in 8:53.73.

    Arkansas’ Grace Heymsfield captured the women’s steeplechase crown in an SEC meet-record time of 10:01.74. That shattered the previous league meet record of 10:13.73 set by Georgia’s Sarah Madebach in 2007. Heymsfield became the first Lady Razorback runner to win the women's steeplechase since Tiffany Redlarczyk in 2006. Georgia’s Leslie Boozer was second in a time of 10:02.02, while Arkansas’ Jessica Kamilos was third in 10:02.02.

    Texas A&M freshman LaQue Moen-Davis claimed the SEC women’s long jump title with a leap of 6.55m/21-66 (+5.3) on her final attempt. Mississippi State’s Erica Bougard was second with a mark of 6.39m/20-11.75, while LSU’s Keri Emanuel was third at 6.27m/20-7.

    The final day of the SEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships begins Sunday at 1 p.m. CT at Audrey J. Walton Stadium. Find complete championship schedules and information on the SEC Web site here: http://www.secdigitalnetwork.com/SECSPORTS/CHAMPIONSHIPS/OutdoorTrackandFieldChampionships.aspx

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    SEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships (Columbia, Mo. – May 11, 2013)

    Men’s Team Standings (through seven events): 1. Arkansas 57; 2. Florida 47; 3. Texas A&M 37; 4. Georgia 31; 5. Missouri 22; 6. Tennessee 18; 7. Kentucky 17; 8. Auburn 16; 9. LSU 15; 10. Alabama 6; 11. Mississippi State 5; T12. Ole Miss 1; T12. South Carolina 1.

    Women’s Team Standings (through eight events): 1. Arkansas 50; 2. Georgia 49; 3. LSU 31; 4. Florida 26; 5. Texas A&M 25; T6. Mississippi State 20; T6. Missouri 20; 8. Auburn 19.50; 9. Kentucky 18; 10. Alabama 17; T11. South Carolina 11; T11. Vanderbilt 11; 13. Tennessee 9.50; 14. Ole Miss 5.

    Men’s Javelin (top-eight finishers): 1. Sam Humphreys, TAMU (78.36m/257-1); 2. Raymond Dykstra, UK (71.65m/235-1); 3. Jeff Woods, AR (69.01m/226-5); 4. Piotr Antosik, MS (68.29m/224-0); 5. Devin Bogert, TAMU (66.85m/219-4); 6. MaCauley Garton, MU (65.06m/213-5); 7. Jeremy Tuttle, LS (63.80m/209-4); 8. Kyle Quinn, UT (61.85m/202-11).

    Men’s Long Jump (top-eight finishers): 1. Damar Forbes, LS (8.34m/27-4.50); 2. Marquis Dendy, UF (8.29m/27-2.50); 3. Tarik Batchelor, AR (7.83m/25-8.25); 4. Jarrion Lawson, AR (7.76m/25-5.50); 5. Malcolm Pennix, MU (7.72m/25-4); 6. Anthony May, AR (7.63m/25-0.50); 7. Raymond Higgs, AR (7.55m/24-9.25); 8. Jarrod Hutchen, SC (7.50m/24-7.25).

    Men’s 1,500m Prelims (qualifiers): 1. Kemoy Campbell, AR (3:49.14); 2. Patrick Rono, AR (3:49.20); 3. Kane Grimster, AU (3:49.60); 4. Niklas Buhner, AU (3:51.16); 5. Adam Kahleifeh, UK (3:51.30); 6. Juan Sanchez, MS (3:51.75); 7. Phillip Primeau, LS (3:52.87); 8. Matt Hillenbrand, UK (3:53.08); 9. Robbie Farnham-Rose, UA (3:53.40); 10. Kenneth Cushing, MU (3:53.60); 11. Keffri Neal, UK (3:53.96); 12. Juan Blanco, TAMU (3:54.97).

    Women’s 1,500m Prelims (qualifiers): 1. Cory McGee, UF (4:22.00); 2. Natoya Goule, LS (4:22.22); 3. Carly Hamilton, UG (4:22.61); 4. Shelby Hayes, UF (4:23.09); 5. Meropi Pantagiotou, UA (4:23.28); 6. Laura Roxberg, MU (4:23.35); 7. Agata Strausa, UF (4:23.74); 8. Charlene Lipsey, LS (4:23.88); 9. Kristen Findley, VU (4:23.89); 10. Lily Williams, VU (4:24.18); 11. Allison Peare, UK (4:25.00); 12. Stephanie Brown, AR (4:25.13).

    Women’s Discus (top-eight finishers): 1. Shelbi Vaughan, TAMU (56.65m/185-10); 2. Kearsten Peoples, MU (54.05m/177-4); 3. Becky Famurewa, UK (51.95m/170-5); 4. Cassie Wertman, UT (50.08m/164-4); 5. Tori Bliss, LS (49.63m/162-10); 6. Kaitlin Davis, UF (49.22m/161-6); 7. Jill Rushin, MU (49.21m/161-5); 8. Kaysee Sullivan, SC (48.88m/160-4).

    Men’s 110m Hurdles Prelims (qualifiers): 1. Wayne Davis II, TAMU (13.45); 2. Eddie Lovett, UF (13.56); 3. Keith Hayes, UK (13.78); 4. Caleb Cross, AR (13.97); 5. Dondre Echols, SC (14.00); 6. Jermaine Collier, SC (14.06); 7. Robert Semien, UM (14.14); 8. Kenneth Minkah, TAMU (14.20).

    Women’s Pole Vault (top-eight finishers): 1. Morgann Leleux, UG (4.20m/13-9.25); 2. Jessie Johnson, AU (4.10m/13-5.25); 3. Katrine Haarklau, MU (4.10m/13-5.25); 4. Alexis Paine, UA (4.10m/13-5.25); T5. Linda Hadfield, UT (3.95m/12-11.50); T5. Danielle Nowell, AR (3.95m/12-11.50); 7. Petra Olsen, SC (3.95m/12-11.50); 8. Erin Champion, UT (3.95m/12-11.50).

    Women’s 100m Hurdles Prelims (qualifiers): 1. Kierre Beckles, SC (13.10); 2. Ivanique Kemp, AR (13.10); 3. Donique Flemings, TAMU (13.13); 4. Ugonna Ndu, UF (13.14); 5. Kayla Parker, UK (13.35); 6. Chanice Chase, LS (13.39); 7. Jasmin Stowers, LS (13.40); 8. Bianca Blair, UT (13.43).

    Men’s 400m Prelims (qualifiers): 1. Deon Lendore, TAMU (46.19); 2. Hugh Graham, Jr., UF (46.42); 3. Arman Hall, UF (46.89); 4. Quincy Downing, LS (46.99); 5. Ricky Babineaux, TAMU (47.05); 6. Najee Glass, UF (47.07); 7. Akheem Gauntlett, AR (47.16); 8. Carlyle Roudette, TAMU (47.18).

    Men’s Shot Put (top-eight finishers): 1. Marcus Popenfoose, AU (18.95m/62-2.25); 2. Matthew Hoty, UT (18.87m/61-11); 3. Nick Vena, UG (18.84m/61-9.75); 4. Caleb Whitener, UG (18.53m/60-9.50); 5. Tavis Bailey, UT (18.03m/59-2); 6. Ashinia Miller, UG (17.79m/58-4.50); 7. Rodney Brown, LS (17.59m/57-8.50); 8. Isiah Kent, UK (17.54m/57-6.50).

    Women’s 400m Prelims (qualifiers): 1. Regina George, AR (52.91); 2. Sparkle McKnight, AR (53.02); 3. Shaunae Miller, UG (53.04); 4. Jody-Ann Muir, MS (53.17); 5. Erika Rucker, SC (53.69); 6. Lanie Whittaker, UF (53.83); 8. Kamaria Brown, TAMU (54.02); 9. Ebony Eutsey, UF (54.20).

    Men’s 100m Prelims (qualifiers): 1. Aaron Ernest, LS (10.04); 2. Harry Adams, AU (10.05); 3. Isiah Young, UM (10.05); 4. Markesh Woodson, MU (10.11); 5. Diondre Batson, UA (10.16); 6. Chris Royster, SC (10.17); 7. Ameer Webb, TAMU (10.28); 8. Jonathan Smith, UG (10.30).

    Women’s 100m Prelims (qualifiers): 1. Kimberlyn Duncan, LS (11.28); 2. Ashton Purvis, TAMU (11.35); 3. Takeia Pinckney, LS (11.41); 4. Kia Jackson, UT (11.42); 5. Jennifer Madu, TAMU (11.43); 6. India Daniels, TAMU (11.47); 7. Darshay Davis, UF (11.52); 8. Briana Vaughn, UG (11.58).

    Women’s High Jump (top-eight finishers): 1. Saniel Atkinson-Grier, UG (1.85m/6-0.75); 2. Jeannelle Scheper, SC (1.85m/6-0.75); 3. Krystle Schade, UA (1.85m/6-0.75); 4. Maya Pressley, AU (1.80m/5-10.75); 5. Makeba Alcide, AR (1.80m/5-10.75); 6. Taylor Burke, UF (1.80m/5-10.75); 7. Brionne Williams, VU (1.80m/5-10.75); T8. Kirsten Hesseltine, AR (1.75m/5-8.75); T8. Monica Carney, AU (1.75m/5-8.75).

    Men’s Steeplechase (top-eight finishers): 1. Henry Lelei, TAMU (8:38.11); 2. Stanley Kebenei, AR (8:40.23); 3. Isaac Spencer, TAMU (8:53.73); 4. Luis Orta, UK (8:56.34); 5. Mark Parrish, UF (9:00.03); 6. MacKay Wilson, UK (9:08.77); 7. David Flynn, AR (9:14.20); 8. Daniel Tobin, UT (9:17.80).

    Women’s Long Jump (top-eight finishers): 1. LaQue Moen-Davis, TAMU (6.55m/21-6); 2. Erica Bougard, MS (6.39m/20-11.75); 3. Keri Emanuel, LS (6.27m/20-7); 4. Chanice Porter, UG (6.20m/20-4.25); 5. Brittany Porter, LS (6.19m/20-3.75); 6. Callie Ives, UA (6.18m/20-3.50); 7. Lorraine Graham, UF (6.12m/20-1); 8. Ciarra Brewer, UF (6.09m/19-11.75).

    Women’s Steeplechase (top-eight finishers): 1. Grace Heymsfield, AR (10:01.74); 2. Leslie Boozer, UG (10:02.02); 3. Jessica Kamilos, AR (10:10.11); 4. Shannon Klenke, AR (10:19.39); 5. Cornelia Griesche, MS (10:30.43); 6. Stephanie Strasser, UF (10:36.65); 7. Rebecca Chandler, VU (10:38.44); 8. Rebecca Stover, UA (10:38.91).

    Quotes

    Sam Humphreys - Texas A&M - Javelin - 78.36m (257-1)
    “Oh yeah it was definitely sentimental [being a senior].  You can’t do this again.  [I hope to] go to regionals, place high enough to go to nationals, and then hopefully get first place in nationals.  I’d like to beat my second place finish from last year.  [This year] I made small improvements here and there, and things just worked out.  A lot of hard work and discipline.”

    Damar Forbes - LSU - Long Jump - 8.34m (27-4.50)
    "As a senior coming in I felt overshadowed. I’ve been working so hard and so many times I felt like I was robbed of an SEC championship indoor and outdoor. [Marquis] Dendy is a good jumper you know, but I felt like I put so much work in I deserve it like everyone else. As a senior coming in you know this is my last chance, my last SECs period I just wanted to get a championship under my belt. At least one.  I changed my technique up. I practiced the hitch kick a lot more. It makes me a lot more consistent in my jumping. I’m gradually building up and I feel great about it. I’m glad to have made that move.”

    Morgann Leleux - Georgia - Pole Vault - 4.20m (13-9.25)
    "The competition was pretty rough I mean the girls were doing really well today and the wind was all over the place so we all had to struggle with getting the pole in the box and hopefully getting into the pit, but other than that it was a very pretty day.  Right now it’s about numbers because I’ve kind of been out of the game lately. And just getting my confidence back.  I’m just going to go back and keep practicing like I was. Obviously I’m doing something right and things are going pretty well so we’re just going to keep doing what we’re doing.”

    Shelbi Vaughn - Texas A&M - Discus - 56.65m (185-10)
    “It’s really exciting.  This was the best competition I’ve had so far this year.  I just want to keep working on my technique and hopefully hit the 60m mark before this year is over.”

    Marcus Popenfoose - Auburn - Shot Put - 18.95m (62-2.25)
    “I was pretty excited about [my performance today].  I had been chasing down a throw like that for awhile now, so I knew it was in there it was just a matter of throwing it so I’m happy.  I just kept reminding myself that I had it in there, so I wasn’t going to settle for whatever place I was in.  I was going to try to compete with the best.  We got some energy rolling, so that always helps when people start throwing a little farther and it kind of gets contagious.  It’s just a good experience for regionals and nationals. Now I’ve got another meet under my belt where I’ve competed pretty well so it’s good to take that momentum going into regionals and try to perform well again.”

    Henry Lelei - Texas A&M - Steeplechase - 8:38.11
    “It means a lot, especially senior year.  You are trying to give everything for the team. I’m trying to get the points for my team that’s another thing I was trying to do here.  The SEC is always competitive and that’s what makes the competition good.  Today in the morning we looked at the weather and I was told it could be windy so the temperature would be fine but it’d be windy. So I came here knowing it would be windy.”

    Grace Heymsfield - Arkansas - Steeplechase - 10:01.74
    “I felt good our training has been going really well. All of us have been feeling really confident about where we’re at.  I just knew what was expected of me and I didn’t want to give anything less.  I think learning that when things go wrong it’s not the end of the race is going to really benefit me in the future because I never would have predicted falling at the SEC Championship, but the end result was okay.”

    LaQue Moen-Davis - Texas A&M - Long  Jump - 6.55m (21-6)
    “Coach had a goal for me to try to get 22 feet today, so that’s what I tried to do today. It motivated me to see Sam get a win in the javelin earlier in the day and then Shelbi win the discus. I wanted to do my best so I could do my part towards us trying to win a SEC Championship and contribute to the team.  My runs down the runway have been getting better and better. Coach VanHootegem didn’t want to change my takeoff mark on the runway, instead he wanted me to be more consistent in doing what I’m supposed to be doing on each jump. It worked and produced a victory today.”

    Saniel Atkinson-Grier - Georgia - High Jump - 1.85m (6-0.75)
    “I've been competing in the SEC for the last four years and I finally have won an SEC championship.  I really wanted to bring my team a good 10 points and wanted to capture that gold after finishing second place three times at the SEC meets.  I wanted to do my absolute best today, I wanted to do whatever it took to win this thing.  I'm happy I was able to come through with the win."