The Florida Gators track and field teams arrived in Arkansas on a mission to claim the NCAA title. After the first day of competition at the 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships, the men's team has held up their end of the bargain while the women's team has failed to live up to their expectations.
The men currently sit in fourth place, sixteen points behind first place Arkansas, after six total events. And those men have an outstanding chance at capturing the overall team title, as their bread and butter events are today. : The weight throw, triple jump, 60m hurdles and the 4x400m relay are all on today's docket, and the Gators have long been known to excel in those events.
In yesterday's action, Marquis Dendy captured the NCAA title by winning the long jump in impressive fashion. His distance of 8.28m was an personal record, a season record and the best the NCAA and United States has seen this year. It's also the second best the world has even seen this year.
Eddie Lovett also shined for the Gators on Day 1 in the 60m hurdles prelims. The finals are today at 7:30 p.m. ET and Lovett will attempt to improve on his prelim time, an NCAA-leading mark of 7.53 seconds.
Among the other highlighted finishers of note from yesterday, Dedric Dukes set a personal record in the 200m finals but came in fifth overall and Najee Glass also set a personal record in the 400m prelims on his way to qualifying for the finals. In that same 400m prelim, Hugh Graham Jr. also qualified for the finals.
In action for the Gators today, is everything they need to capture their fourth straight NCAA Indoor Championship. You can view the entire schedule at GatorZone.
The meet will be broadcasted live by ESPN3 on Saturday beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET. The broadcast will continue on until the conclusion of the events on those respective days. As per usual, ESPNU will air a highlight package on Sunday, March 17th at 7:00 p.m. ET. Flash Results will once again handle all the official timing and online updates.