Florida women win SEC Indoor Track and Field Championship; men finish second
So muchh for not living up to the Florida program's standards. After struggling most of last season, the Florida women's track and field team rebounded in grand fashion this past weekend.
The No. 6 Gator women's track and field team won the 2012 SEC Indoor Championship - its second indoor league team title in the past three years, and seventh overall.
The UF women scored 132 total points to win the championship, while No. 2 LSU finished second with 109 points and No. 4 Arkansas was third with 99.
Arkansas won the men's team title with 151 points, while the No. 2 Gators were second with 137 and No. 24 Georgia placed third with 85.5.
"These ladies had a team-only meeting last April," Holloway said. "They made the decision that they were going to get better and get better in a hurry, and they were second at SEC Outdoors. They sat down in the fall and they talked about what we were capable of doing and how we were going to get it done, and I think what you saw this weekend was a byproduct of that."
The Gator women utilized 16 out of 20 scoring opportunities on Sunday, as Florida scored 98 points on the final day of the SEC Indoor Championships. Distance runner Florence Ngetich won the only individual title Sunday for the women by winning the 5000 meters (16:12.64).
The Gator men had three SEC individual titles on the final day of competition. Eddie Lovett, the 2011 SEC Champion in the men's 60 meter hurdles, defended his title with a time of 7.78. Junior Omar Craddock won his first-ever SEC title, using his first jump of 16.44m/53-11.25 to earn the win.
Senior thrower Kemal Mesic won his third consecutive SEC men's indoor shot put title with a mark of 19.89m/65-3.25. Mesic is just the fourth athlete in SEC history to win three or more SEC men's shot put titles, and the first since Kentucky's Jeff Chakouian won four in a row from 2001-2004.