Florida Gators in lead after opening day of 2013 SEC Outdoor Championships

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The Florida Gators men's team got off to a fast start at the 2013 SEC Outdoor Championships courtesy of a very impressive performance in the hammer throw by Kyle Strawn.

Despite questionable weather, the Florida Gators got off to a fast start at the 2013 SEC Outdoor Championships at the University of Missouri. After the first day of competition, the Gators' men's team holds a 14-point lead over current second-place team Alabama and a 15-point lead over third-place Texas A&M.

Kyle Strawn took home the individual SEC Outdoor title in the hammer throw with a personal best throw of 66.90m in route to a narrow victory over second place finisher and fellow Gator Jeremy Postin. Postin, who has had a great season of his own, finished 0.07m behind Strawn with a throw of 66.83m.

Florida's David Levin and David Triassi finished seventh and ninth in the hammer throw, respectively.

As for the women's team, the only event yesterday was the beginning stages of the heptathlon. Gators entrant Lorriane Graham is currently in third with 3,477 total points through four events. In those events she finished fourth in the 100m hurdles, in a tie for ninth in the high jump, third in the 200m and scored a victory in the shot put. Graham also scored personal records in all four events as well.

Men's team standings, after one of 21 events:

  • Florida, 20 points
  • Alabama, 6 points
  • Texas A&M, 5 points
  • Missouri, 4 points
  • Tennessee, 3 points
  • LSU, 1 point

A notable exception from the standings thus far is Arkansas, the No. 5 overall (No. 3 SEC) team in the country, but the hammer throw isn't something they focus on. Just wait until they get to their bread and butter events on the track, which they've dominated for nearly 30 years.

The action continues today at 12:00 p.m. ET (noon) live on MUTigers.com. ESPN3 will also carry a live feed throughout the Championships along with MUTigers. Branch Sports Tech will have up-to-the-second results posted online, as the official time keepers of the SEC Outdoor Championships this year.

Once again, ESPNU will air a 90-minute highlight package of the Championships on Thursday, May 23. A full schedule is available to you for free (as always) courtesy of GatorZone and heat sheets are on the SEC Digital Network's track and field page in PDF form.

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