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Gators' Jeff Demps wins NCAA 100-meter title



Florida sophomore sprinter Jeff Demps won the 2010 NCAA 100-meter championship on Friday with a time of 9.96 (+2.5)  at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.

Demps, who is the 2010 NCAA Indoor 60-meter champion, claimed the school’s first 100-meter title since Bernard Williams won in 2000. Demps' time of 9.96 would have been a new school record had the race not been heavily wind-aided (+2.5). It marked the first time in his career he has run sub-10 seconds.

“It was a great race today,” Demps said. “I executed well and came out with the win. I know my team needed the points and I just came out to get the 10 points to try to help us win the team title.”

Florida coach Urban Meyer was among the first to congratulate Demps, who is also the Gators starting running back, in a Twitter message early Friday evening.

"Congrats to Jeff Demps who captured 100M Outdoor NCAA Championship in 9.96,'' Meyer wrote on his Twitter account.

[Last modified: Tuesday, July 20, 2010 2:11pm]


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