Florida Gators Track And Field In Cajun Country For SEC Outdoor Championships

(Photo via @SEC_Sean on yfrog)

The Florida Gators track and field teams will be in Baton Rouge, Louisiana for the 2012 SEC Outdoor Championships that begin on Thursday and end Sunday. The No. 1 ranked men's team arrives as the favorite to win the SEC while the No. 4 ranked women's team is second-best (according to the rankings) to LSU in the SEC.

The SEC Outdoor Championships will be held on the Bernie Moore Track Stadium on the campus of LSU. Last year both the Gators men's and women's teams finished as the first loser, so hopefully there will be a little vengeance this time around the track.

Also of note, the men's team will be missing decathlete Gray Horn who is suspended because of an extracurricular drinking and driving habit. It remains to be seen if the Gators be able to overcome the loss a guaranteed 10 points though. I say guaranteed because Horn is the three-time defending champion in the decathlon at the SEC Outdoor Championships.

As always, schedule of events and viewing information after the jump.

(Note: All scheduled times posted here are Eastern Time and all events are finals unless noted.)

In action for the Gators women on Thursday:

Brittany Harrell (heptathlon begins)

In action for the Gators women on Friday:

Harrell (heptathalon), Cory McGee and Mandy Perkins (800 meter run prelims), Darshay Davis and Alishea Usery (200 meter dash prelims), Amani Bryant, Monique Harris, Paige Morton, Ugonna Ndu, and Usery (400 meter dash prelims), and Callie Cooper and Florence Ngetich (10,000 meter run).

In action for the Gators men on Friday:

Tyler Cardillo, Luc Lawrence, Daniel Wehunt and John Mitchell (800 meter prelims), Dedric Dukes and Leonardo Seymore (200 meter dash prelims), David Levin, Jeremy Postin and David Triassi (hammer throw), William Wynne (400 meter hurdles prelims) and Eddie Garcia, JL Hines, Josh Izewski and Mark Parrish (10,000 meter run).

In action for the Gators women on Saturday:

Harrell (javelin), Ciarra Brewer, Lorraine Graham and Daniela Griffin (long jump), Shelby Hayes, Genevieve LaCaze, Cory McGee, Perkins, and Agata Strausa (1,500 meter run prelims), Claire Spurling (pole vault), Ashley Favors, Morton, and Ndu (100 meter hurdles prelims), Taylor Burke (high jump), Davis and Usery (100 meter dash prelims), Genevieve LaCaze and Stephanie Strasser (3,000 meter steeplechase).

In action for the Gators men on Saturday:

Omar Craddock and Marquis Dendy (long jump), Derek Wehunt (1,500 meter run prelims), Eddie Lovett and Wynne (110 meter hurdles prelims), Michael Burris, Hugh Graham, Jr., Tony McQuay and Jovon Toppin (400 meter dash prelims), Dukes and Seymore (200 meter dash prelims) and Mark Parrish and Harsha Torke (3,000 meter steeplechase).

In action for the Gators women on Sunday:

Ciarra Brewer (triple jump), Davis, Usery, Ndu and Ebony Eutsey (4x100 meter relay), Callie Cooper, Genevieve LaCaze, Florence Ngetich, Stephanie Strasser and Agata Strausa (5,000 meter run), Ebony Eutsey, Alishea Usery, Ugonna Ndu, and Lanie Whittaker (4x400 meter relay). All other events are contingent on advancing through the prelims.

In action for the Gators men on Sunday:

Stipe Zunic (javelin), Craddock and Dendy (triple jump), Hunter Joyer (shot put), Lovett, McQuay, Seymore and Dukes (4x100 meter relay), Eddie Garcia, JL Hines, Josh Izewski and Mark Parrish (5,000 meter run), Dukes, Graham Jr., Seymore and McQuay (4x400 meter relay). All other events are contingent on advancing through the prelims.

The action begins on Thursday at 4:00 p.m. with Harrell in the heptathlon. On Friday, the action picks back up with the heptathlon at 3:15 p.m. and ends with the 10,000 meter finals at approximately 9:15 p.m. Saturday's action is scheduled to begin at 3:00 p.m. and finish up shortly after 8:00 p.m. Sunday's (probably) deciding day begins at 2:00 p.m. and ends at 7:30 p.m.

Delta Timing will once again handle all results and will post them online as soon as an event has been completed. Like the Indoor Championships earlier this year, live video coverage of the Championships will be controlled by ESPN3 on Saturday and Sunday.

ESPN3's coverage on Saturday starts at 5:30 p.m. and their coverage on Sunday begins at 4:00 p.m.

As we have all year long, Alligator Army will also post a recap of each day (including the standings if applicable) as soon as possible.

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