The Florida Gators accomplished their quest to win back-to-back-to-back NCAA Indoor National Championships. The location this time was Nampa, Idaho and it was hosted by the Boise State Broncos. The championship brings a very satisfying end to the 2012 Indoor season.
The final day began with a bit of disappointing news for the Gators as heptathlon extraordinaire Gray Horn withdrew from the event after the 60m hurdle final due to injury. At the time of the withdraw, Horn was leading the competition by 18 points with just two events (pole vault and 1,000m run) remaining.
Horn's withdraw also put a serious damper on the Gators' title hopes. At the time of this printing, the injury wasn't disclosed yet, but we do hope he makes a full and quick recovery.
The Gators wasted no time and rebounded strongly once the initial shock of Horn's injury wore off.
Dwight Barbiasz finished tied for second in the high jump with a height of 2.23m. His finish earned the Gators an all important 7 points and into 6th place overall. Jeremy Postin finished fourth in the weight throw (he was third leading up to the final round) and the Gators received five points for his effort.
In the final field event of the competition for the Gators, Omar Craddock won the NCAA Championship with his triple jump distance of 16.75m.
Eddie Lovett, who won the prelims yesterday, came in last place in the finals of the 60m hurdles. Though he picked up 1 point for his effort, his time of 7.72s is far from his best effort. Tony McQuay won the 400m NCAA Championship with his time of 45.77s. In doing so, he collected 10 points for the Gators who would take the lead for good from Arkansas.
Jeff Demps sealed things with his third-straight 60m National Championship with a time of 6.56s. He picked up 10 points as well, and I think it's safe to say that he when he does leave Florida, he will be sorely missed.
Sean Obinwa finished seventh in the 800m run and picked up 2 points with a final time of 1:49.52s.
The final standings (top 10 only) were:
No. 1: Florida - 52 points
No. 2: Arkansas - 47 points
No. 3: Arizona - 41 points
No. 4: Arizona State - 31 points
No. 5: LSU - 27 points
No. 6: Indiana - 25 points
No. 7: Texas - 22.50 points
No. 8 (tie): Texas A&M - 22 points
No. 8 (tie): Virginia Tech - 22 points
No. 8 (tie): Florida State - 22 points