Jeff Demps, Shara Proctor honored by SEC for track and field performances
Florida RB Jeff Demps on Tuesday was named the SEC Male Freshman of the Week by the SEC office, joining teammate Shara Proctor, who earned SEC Female Field Athlete of the Week. It was the second consecutive week Proctor has been honored.
In the first collegiate indoor meet of his career, Demps placed second in the finals of the men’s 60-meter dash at the Virginia Tech Elite Meet with the second-fastest time in school history at 6.61, just off the NCAA automatic-qualifying standard of 6.60.
Demps also had the fastest time of any competitor in the preliminary round at 6.64, which at the time was the fourth-fastest time in school history. He ranks second in the nation so far this season in the men’s 60-meter dash.
Demps dislocated his elbow in the first quarter of the Jan. 1 Sugar Bowl, but is back at full speed with the track team.
Proctor had the most impressive weekend of her collegiate career last weekend, winning both the women’s triple jump and long jump events at the Virginia Tech Elite Meet with automatic-qualifying marks, school-record marks, SEC-leading marks and nation-leading marks in both events.
She won the long jump with a nation-leading mark of 6.67m/21-10.75, which went down as the 12th-best women’s long jump in collegiate history and set a new Rector Field House record.
Proctor then won the triple jump event with a personal-best leap of 13.88m/45-6.60, breaking a nearly 18-year-old school record of 13.40m/43-11.75 set in 1992. It goes down as the eighth-best women’s triple jump mark in collegiate history.