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Gators in search of fourth consecutive NCAA Track and Field championship



The Florida track & field teams will compete this weekend in the 2013 NCAA Division I Track & Field Championships at the Randal Tyson Track Center at the University of Arkansas.

The No. 2 Gator men are the three-time defending NCAA Champions.

The Florida men's team qualified 11 entries, the second-most behind Arkansas' 19, while the women had seven qualifiers advance to the NCAA Championships.

The SEC leads all conferences with 64 entries on both the men's and women's sides.

Competition begins for the Gators at 4:15 p.m. today with the women's high jump. 

Also competing in field event finals on the first day is sophomore Marquis Dendy who leads the nation in the men's long jump with his mark of 8.25m/27-1 - a new Florida school record. Dendy is the USTFCCCA South Region Men's Field Athlete of the Year and is on the most recent edition of The Bowerman Watch List. He is also the SEC's Men's Field Athlete of the Year. Dendy will be trying to win his first NCAA individual title.

Senior jumper Omar Craddock is a returning NCAA champion who won both the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor titles in the men's triple jump in 2012.

The meet will be broadcast live on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app today, beginning at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday beginning at 7 p.m. A full highlight package will air on Sunday, March 17 at 7 p.m. on ESPNU.

[Last modified: Friday, March 8, 2013 12:35am]


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