Claire Bryant celebrates after earning SEC Individual Championship.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Florida Gators Track & Field team found plenty of success on the first of two days at the SEC Indoor Track & Field Championships. The teams totaled five medal finishes and will send 13 athletes to compete in Saturday’s finals.

FINALS HEADLINES

Bryant Collects SEC Individual Championship in Long Jump

After finishing second at SEC Indoor Track & Field Championships in a year ago, Claire Bryant claimed her first SEC Individual Championship of her collegiate career on Friday. Competing in the women’s long jump, Bryant leaped a season best mark of 6.72m/22’0.75” which topped the second-place finisher by 0.28m.

The Gators have now taken home the SEC Indoor Women’s Long Jump individual title in three straight seasons: Claire Bryant, 2024; Jasmine Moore, 2023; Jasmine Moore, 2022.

Women’s DMR Takes Home Gold

It’s one thing to be an SEC Champion, it’s another to do so while also running a meet record. That is what the Women’s DMR team of Elise Thorner, Laila Owens, Flomena Asekol and Parker Valby were able to accomplish on Friday as their time of 10:53.29 stands as the SEC Indoor Championship record.

This mark surpassed the previous meet record, held by Ole Miss, by 3.1 seconds.

Additionally, this time now stands as No. 2 on UF’s All-Time Top 10 List, only behind the school record DMR set earlier this year at the Razorback Invitational. 2024 is the first time in ten years that a Women’s DMR team has been crowned SEC Champions.

Clemons and Foster Both Land on the Podium

For the fourth consecutive meet, Malcolm Clemons has set a new PR in the men’s long jump. This time it led to a silver medal finish at the SEC Indoor Championships. His mark of 8.22m/26’11.75” improves his already standing No. 2 spot on UF’s All-Time Top 10 List and inches him closer to 2015 Bowerman winner Marquis Dendy’s mark of 8.28m.

Foster joined his teammate on the podium with a season best jump of 8.00m/26’3”, earning him a bronze medal.

Mazza-Downie Claims Bronze in Women’s 5000m

Competing in her second meet of the of the 2024 season, Amelia Mazza-Downie secured a third place finish in the women’s 5000m behind a season best time of 16:00.49. The Melbourne, Australia native is the first Gator to medal in the women’s 5000m at SEC Indoor Championships since Florence Ngetich was the SEC Champion in 2012.

Weight Throw Competitors Tally Two Personal Records

Both Will Gross IV and Imani Washington recorded the best throws of their college career during Friday’s events. Gross IV, on his first throw of the series, tossed a 20.25m/66’5.25” surpassing his previous personal best of 20.17m. This distance awarded Gross with a ninth-place finish.

Washington’s personal best exceeded her previous mark by 0.53m as her third throw resulted in a distance of 18.43m/60’5.75”. She was able to capture a tenth-place finish in her first SEC Indoor Championship.

PRELIMS HEADLINES

Thorner Tallies Three Personal Records and a Season Best in Day 1 Heptathlon Events

Oliver Thorner ended the first day of the men’s heptathlon in fifth place behind personal records set in the 60m, long jump and shot put and a season best in the high jump. Thorner accumulated 833, 840, 699 and 758 points in the four events, resulting in a Day 1 total of 3130. He will continue action on Saturday with the 60m hurdles, pole vault and conclude with the 1000m.

All Four Mile Runners Qualify for Finals

Flomena Asekol, Lucinda Rourke and Elise Thorner all advanced to the finals of the women’s mile after finishing second, seventh and eighth in the preliminary round, respectively. Rourke’s time of 4:43.16 was a personal record, passing the time she set at the 2024 Tyson Invitaitonal.

Parvej Khan joined the group as he claimed the top qualifying spot in the men’s mile behind a time of 4:01.05.

McCoy and Gregory Advance in Both 60m and 200m

The duo of Wanya McCoy and Robert Gregory will make four finals appearances on Saturday after they both qualified in the 60m and 200m.

McCoy took home the top qualifying time in both events as he recorded a 6.58, a personal record, in the 60m and a 20.42, yet another personal best, in the 200m. His time in the 60m places him No. 6 on UF’s All-Time Top 10 list.

Robert Gregory advanced to Saturday’s finals courtesy of a personal best time (6.65) in the 60m and fourth place finish in the 200m.

Stark Qualifies for the 60m and 60m Hurdles

A fifth place finish in the 60m and a top qualifying spot in the 60m hurdles means Grace Stark will be competing in both finals on Saturday.

Powell Finishes First and Hayles Runs Season Best to Qualify for Finals in Men’s 400m

Behind a personal best by Jevaughn Powell and a season best by Reheem Hayles, both Gators will compete in the field of eight finalists for the men’s 400m title.

Austin and Pantojas Advance to Saturday

Running nearly in tandem, Sam Austin and Miguel Pantojas finished first and second in Heat 2 of the men’s 800m, automatically qualifying them for the finals.

Brockman Headed to Finals

Not only does Joshua Brockman’s time of 7.75 place him in the finals of the men’s 60m hurdles but also places him in sole possession of No. 7 on UF’s All-Time Top 10 List.

Photo by Gabriella Whisler

SEC Indoor Track & Field Championships

TEAM STANDINGS

WOMENMEN
RankingTeamPointsRankingTeamPoints
1Arkansas371Arkansas44
2Florida30T2Florida23
3Texas A&M27T2Ole Miss23
4Kentucky26.54Kentucky22.5
5Ole Miss26.55Alabama14
6Alabama21T6Georgia12
7Tennessee17T6South Carolina12
8Auburn16T6Texas A&M12
9Vanderbilt159LSU11.5
10LSU710Auburn11
11Georgia611Tennessee6
12Mississippi State312Missouri4
13Missouri2   

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