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Florida Gators to compete for SEC title without defending SEC decathlon champ Gray Horn


Florida will compete for an SEC Men's Outdoors Track and Field title this weekend without one of its top athletes.

Gray Horn, the defending SEC outdoors decathlon champion, has been suspended from the team and will not compete in the SEC Outdoors Track and Field Championships this weekend in Baton Rouge, UF coach Mike Holloway said. Holloway declined to give specifics on Horn's suspension.

"Gray will not be competing this week,'' Holloway said. "Gray has been suspended from the team.''

Horn, a senior, has his best season as a Gator last year, earning two All-America honors and two SEC titles. He won both indoors and outdoors title, earning the 2011 SEC Indoor Championships heptathlon title (5,816) and the 2011 SEC Outdoor Championships decathlon title (7,828). He finished fourth in the heptathlon at the NCAA Indoor Championships with a career-best and school record 5,890 points, and was fifth at the NCAA Outdoor Championships with a career-best and school record 7,914 points.

With Horn out, the pressure is on others to step up and try to make up the lost points Horn could have provided.

"We talk a lot here about being a team, being a family and looking out for each other and taking care of each other,'' Holloway said. "Here's a chance for the other guys to step up and play that role. A lot of times track and field is viewed as an individual sport, but we talk about being a team, not being a group of individuals. So in this case, we've got guys in distances, sprints, jumps and other areas that have to step up - it's just that simple. It's an unfortunate thing, but it's part of life, it's part of athletics. We're going to be positive and move forward. We're not going to dwell on it. The bottom line is if you're at the University of Florida, when you put that uniform on, it's time to get busy.''

More from Holloway on this weekend's competition:



[Last modified: Tuesday, May 8, 2012 3:51pm]


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