Florida Women Tied For First, Men In Sixth

Despite torrential downpours, the Florida women's track team came up with 20 points in the hammer throw, while both the men's and women's teams advanced well on the second day of action at the SEC Outdoor Championships at the Ole Miss Track and Field Complex.

Florida is tied with Georgia and Arkansas for the lead in the women's competition with 22 points, behind Candice Scott's third consecutive SEC hammer throw title. Christina Regan finished seventh in the heptathlon adding to the Gators' point total.

"I am extremely proud of the hammer throwers," said women's head coach Tom Jones. "Candice Scott continues to prove why she's the nation's premier hammer thrower. I'm proud of Christina Regan and the way she competed in the heptathlon, digging in to finish seventh and I like what we did on the track advancing athletes tonight."

The men's team picked up three points in the hammer courtesy of a strong showing from Ryan McIntyre. The Gators are in sixth place after two events.

"Ryan did a fantastic job finishing sixth, coming into the meet seeded 11th or 12th," said men's head coach Mike Holloway. "I think overall we had a very good day, we advanced well in the 200 and the 800."

Heavy rains pelted Mississippi throughout the day, as the women's hammer opened in less than ideal conditions.

Scott led a 1-3-5 finish for Florida, as Jukina Dickerson finished third and LaQuandra Cotton placed fifth, as the Gators picked up 20 points and the early lead in the team competition. Scott's winning mark of 221 feet 2 inches was an SEC Championship and Ole Miss Track and Field Complex record.

Dickerson moved from fourth to third on her final attempt with a mark of 205-3, while Cotton posted a top throw of 196-0.

"We were definitely faced with adversity with the weather and the conditions but I'm proud of the way we competed," said associate head coach and throws coach Larry Judge. "Candice's record speaks volumes of what type of competitor she is. Jukina came up with a big throw in her final attempt and LaQuandra competed well which will hopefully give us some momentum as a team."

Scott was consistent throughout, as five of her six throws were better than the second place mark, with each surpassing the 210-foot mark. Scott opened with a stadium record throw of 216-11 and uncorked her winning mark on her third attempt.

"Today was all about competing hard," said Scott. "The conditions were not great so this was more of a come out and do what you can do atmosphere. It's 20 points for the team."

The women's team got two points in the heptathlon from Christina Regan, as she moved from 12th place to seventh place in the final event, running a gutsy 800-meter run to finish the competition. Regan came up with a personal best score of 4,741.

Regan entered the final event 168 points out of seventh place but ran a time of 2:20.92 to jump five spots and give the Gators two critical points.

The Gators just missed adding on in the 10,000-meter run, as Carling Cookerly placed ninth with a time of 36:07.66.

The Florida men's team opened its day with a sixth place finish in the hammer from Ryan McIntyre. The senior from Orange Park, Fla., surpassed his personal best by over seven feet, posting a throw of 192-8 on his third attempt of the opening flight.

Antonio Emperator missed qualifying for the final by just one spot, finishing tenth with a throw of 180-1.

Florida advanced well on both sides in preliminary action on the track. Moise Joseph won his section of the 800-meter run, edging Marc Sylvester of Tennessee at the line in a time of 1:48.53. Joseph earned an automatic qualifying spot into Sunday's final in the event.

In the 200-meter dash Kyle Farmer and Reggie Witherspoon both advanced to Sunday's final, posting the fourth and seventh fastest times overall respectively. Farmer clocked in with a time of 20.93 in the midst of a downpour, while Witherspoon posted a time of 21.28.

On the women's side, Kamille Bratton finished second in her heat of the 800-meter run but clocked the fastest time not to win a heat, coming in with an outdoor personal best time of 2:05.86. Bratton easily advanced to Sunday's final in the event.

Preliminary heats of the 400-meter hurdles were postponed until 2 p.m. (CT) on Saturday after conditions continued to worsen. Later the decathlon was called in the middle of the pole vault and postponed until Saturday morning.

The SEC Outdoor Championships continue on Saturday with preliminary action on the track, as well as finals in the mens' and women's steeplechase. In the field, champions will be crowned in the men's shot put, the women's discus, pole vault and high jump and both the men's and women's long jumps.

Friday Recap -

Florida winners on Friday – Candice Scott, hammer throw – 221-2 (SEC Championship and Stadium record)

Florida athletes who scored –

Men – Ryan McIntyre, hammer throw (sixth)

Women (20) – Candice Scott, hammer throw (first), Jukina Dickerson, hammer throw (third), LaQuandra Scott, hammer throw (fifth); Christina Regan, heptathlon (seventh)

Florida qualifiers –

Men - 200-meter dash – Kyle Farmer (20.93), Reggie Witherspoon (21.28); 800-meter run – Moise Joseph (1:48.53)

Women – 800-meter run – Kamille Bratton (2:05.86)

Team Scoring

Women (through three events)

1. Florida 22; Georgia 22; Arkansas, 22. 4. Vanderbilt, 11. 5, Auburn, 10. 6, LSU, 8; South Carolina, 8; 8, Ole Miss, 6; 9, Tennessee, 5; 10, Alabama, 3.

Men (through two events)

1, Arkansas, 22. 2, Auburn, 20. 3, Georgia, 17. 4, Tennessee, 6. 5, Alabama, 4. 6, Florida, 3; LSU, 3. 8, South Carolina, 2.

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