Florida men and women take 2nd place at SEC Indoor Championship
The Florida women had 97 points with only 18 individuals competing and no 4×400 relay scores. The Gators held the team lead after 14 events before finally losing the lead to Arkansas after the Razorbacks scored big points in the 3,000 meters and pole vault.
Over the weekend, the Florida women had four individual champions, including a clean sweep of the long jump and triple jump from Jasmine Moore. Moore became the first SEC athlete to accomplish the feat since Florida’s Shara Proctor did the same in 2010.
After scoring 20 individual points, Moore was also co-winner with Arkansas’ Lauren Gregory of the Commissioner’s Trophy for most individual points by an athlete at the SEC Championships.
Moore now has four individual SEC indoor championships in his college career, including three straight in the triple jump.
Grace Stark was the women’s fourth individual champion of the weekend after clocking 7.91 in the 60-meter hurdles final. She got off to a fast start and was able to hold off Tennessee’s Charisma Taylor for all ten points.
Joining these two on the podium Saturday night inclusive Talitha Digg (3rd in 400m, 4th in 200m), Imogen Barrett (3rd in 800m) and Natricia Hooper (2nd in the triple jump).
stark and Semira Killebrew scored points at 60 meters while Gabrielle Wilkinson also scored a point in the 800 meters final.
Claire Bryant followed up his bronze in the long jump by jumping a personal best 1.82m in the high jump to earn four points for the Gators.
The Florida men used a late surge in the sprint events to climb to 2nd place. The Gators used a big effort in the 400 yards behind a personal best of Allison Champion (1st, 45.04) and the 2nd and 4th places of Ryan Willie and Jacory Patterson respectively.
Allison’s mark is 3rd in Florida history and 2nd in the NCAA this season. The trio continues to shine in the event, all holding top-9 NCAA ratings heading into the Indoor Nationals in two weeks.
Cameron Miller continued her late-season push by clocking 20.60 in the 200-metre final. Joseph Fahnbulleh added to the team total with a pair of runs and a 7and-arrival point.
In the aftermath, Kurt Powdar and Dedrick Vanover combined for 17 points in the 60-meter hurdles and 60-meter respectively.
Powdar ran a personal best 7.73 and climbed to 2nd right at the end of the race in his first appearance at the SEC Indoor Championships. Vanover ran perhaps the tightest race of the entire event, finishing tied for first place (6.633) with Georgia’s Matthew Boling.
The pair each received nine team points after the joint victory.
Sam Austin became the only true freshman to medal for the Gators this year (3rd in 800m).
The 2nd The finish spot for the women is a repeat after also finishing second at the SEC Indoor Championships last year. The men recorded their best finish since winning in 2019.
All attention now turns to Birmingham for the 2022 NCAA Indoor Championships on March 11-12. Both men and women will take on a number of individuals with both 4×400 relay teams looking for a national championship.
Quote: Head Coach mike holloway
On the performance of the women’s team
“We had a great weekend. Today was a turnover from yesterday. Grace Stark winning the hurdles and finishing 4th in the 60 meters. Talitha [Diggs] doubled and finished 3rd and 4th. Imogen Barrett with a big personal best in the 800 meters. We just fought all day. Jasmine Moore, wow, winning the commissioner’s trophy and the long jump and the triple jump. I think what you’ve seen of women is what you’re going to see of them from this day forward. This is what we are, we will fight.”
On male performances:
“We saw signs in practice of what you saw there. Honestly, I think there’s more there. I think ultimately I wasn’t surprised that we did that, they weren’t surprised that we did that. We honestly thought we could score more points.”
Day 2 point markers:
Men’s team score (final):
1. Arkansas (86)
2. Florida (77)
3. Alabama (71)
4. Kentucky (64)
5. Ole Miss (59)
Women’s team score (final):
1. Arkansas (127.5)
2. Florida (97)
3. Kentucky (79)
4. USL (64)
5. Ole Miss (63.5)
A full list of results for the Gators is below.
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