The Florida Gators track and field team had an up and down first day of the NCAA Indoor Championships that are being held in Nampa, Idaho. They currently sit in fourteenth place through the first six (of seventeen) events, so they do have time to regroup and contend for a top overall spot.
In the field events, Marquis Dendy finished eighth overall in the long jump with a distance of 7.71m. By accomplishing that distance on his second jump, Dendy picked up first point for the Gators on the scoreboard. If you're looking for some good news about Dendy, take solace in the fact that he was the lone freshman long jumper to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships.
In his last collegiate event, Kemal Mesic finished third overall in the shot put with a final distance of 20.44m. His third place finish earned the Gators six points in the team standings and allows Mesic to leave with his final throw (more or less) being a school record.
On the track side of things, Eddie Lovett finished fifth overall in the 60m hurdle prelims and will run in the final tomorrow. Also in action was Tony McQuay, who ran collegiate-leading 45.85s in the 400m dash prelims. Yes, in case you were wondering, that time gave him the top overall spot and as a result, lane choice for the finals.
Jeff Demps also finished first in the prelims of his event, the 60m dash, with a time of 6.52s. Demps is attempting to win back-to-back-to-back NCAA Championships in the 60m dash. I'm not sure if he'll be the first to accomplish that feat, but we'll find out tomorrow for sure.
As he has done all season long, Gray Horn leads the heptathlon after the first day. His point total of 3,357 points is slightly ahead of 3,3544 points that have been accrued by Kurt Felix of Boise State. Horn finished third in the long jump, fourth in the 60m dash and the shot put, and seventh in the high jump.
Sean Obinwa finished fifth in the prelims of the 800m run with a time of 1:48.82s and qualified for the finals.
If you're interested in watching the action on Saturday (which is the final day of the competition), Broncosports.com and NCAA.com will stream the events from 12:30 p.m. ET until 8:30 p.m. ET. After that, ESPN3 will take over streaming the events starting at 8:00 p.m. ET and continue until the conclusion at around 11:15 p.m. ET.
If live video streaming isn't your thing, FlashResults.com will have up to the second results posted online for those interested.