One meet, one SEC honor for Florida's Jeff Demps
It took just one competition for Florida's Jeff Demps to prove he's still among the best sprinters in the nation.
Competing in his first indoor meet this season during the past weekend after easing back in following his final football season for the Gators, Demps on Tuesday was named SEC Men's Runner of the Week. It is the fifth SEC career weekly honor, and third Men's Runner of the Week award for Demps.
In this past weekend's Virginia Tech Elite Meet, Demps won the men’s 60 meters title with a time of 6.59. He defeated current NCAA leader Harry Adams of Auburn, becoming just the second SEC athlete and fifth athlete nationally to turn in an NCAA automatic-qualifying mark in the men’s 60m.
Demps ran the second-fastest 60 meter time in the SEC this year and the third-fastest in the NCAA. The two-time defending national champion in the men’s 60 meters is one of only three athletes nationally (Adams of Auburn and Kemar Hyman of Florida State) to run a sub-6.60 in the 60m this season.
This is the fourth consecutive weekly honor for the Gator program: senior thrower Kemal Mesic earned SEC Men’s Field Athlete of the Week honors twice this season, and freshman jumper Taylor Burke was named SEC Co-Women’s Freshman of the Week earlier this season.