Arkansas' Ray Doakes clapped his arms over his head as he prepared for his high jump at the Southeastern Conference Indoor Championships on Sunday.
As he brought his hands together, the crowd joined him. As the rhythmic clapping continued, he began his approach, jumped _ and made it.
The 7-foot-7\ mark was good for first place at the championships. It also broke an O'Connell Center and an SEC Indoor meet record, and it qualifies Doakes for the NCAA championships. Georgia's Wolfgang Kreissig finished second (7-3\).
Doakes said the crowd's support helped give him confidence.
"I really thought 7-7\ would be a miracle jump," Doakes said. "That was all the crowd."
Doakes helped the Arkansas men's team to a first-place finish with 157.33 points. Tennessee finished second (87 points), Georgia third (66), Louisiana State fourth (64.83) and Florida fifth (58.33).
In the women's competition, Alabama finished first with 113 points. Louisiana State finished second (111) and Arkansas was third (80). Florida was seventh with 31 points.
Andrzej Jakubiec (second place in the mile) was the top finisher for the UF men. For the UF women, the top finisher was Marny Westphal (fourth place in the mile).
UF women's coach Tom Jones said injuries hurt the Gators' performance.
"We can't expect to be in the top half of this conference without everybody healthy," Jones said.