Florida men win SEC outdoor track championship
The unprecedented success of the Florida men's track and field team continued this past weekend as the Gators won the SEC men's outdoor track and field championship Sunday night at Tom Black Track at the University of Tennessee.
It was Florida's first SEC men's track championship since 1987. The Florida men captured the NCAA indoor title earlier this year.
The Florida women finished second behind LSU, which won its third title in the past four years. On the men's side, Florida scored 124 points followed by No. 6 LSU and No. 11 South Carolina,
Hampered all weekend by multiple weather delays, the Gators rallied from fourth at the conclusion of day two to win the title on the final day on the strength of four individual titles.
The No. 3 Gator men claimed their SEC Championship on the strength of four individual league titles: Jeff Demps in the men’s 100-meter dash, Gray Horn in the men’s decathlon and Christian Taylorin the men’s triple jump and the men’s 4x400-meter relay team.
“I’m very, very proud of our men’s team for winning its first conference outdoor title in 23 years,” Florida head coach Mike Holloway said. “It’s been a long journey and I’m really proud of the team for its determination and fight. The meet didn’t necessarily go as expected, but you have to be able to deal with adversity. Great teams are able to respond to adversity and we did that this weekend.''
The Florida women’s team also won four individual SEC titles: Charlotte Browning in the women’s
1,500-meter run, Evelien Dekkers in the women’s javelin and Shara Proctor in the women’s long jump and triple jump.
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