The men's and women's track and field teams both got off to a fast start at the 2012 SEC Outdoor Championships in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Friday. After three events scored the men's team is in third-place and the women's team is in fourth-place. The star of the day was without question Brittany Harrell who won the women's heptathlon and set all kinds of records in the process. Her victory earned the women's team ten points and a solid start after two events.
The only other women's team member to score any points on day two was Callie Cooper who finished fourth overall in the 10,000 meter run and picked up five points in the process. The women's team (fifteen points) is behind Georgia (twenty-six), Arkansas (eighteen) and LSU (seventeen).
However, it isn't like Cooper and Harrell were the only Gators that accomplished anything on Friday. Plenty of other athletes on the women's team qualified for their events respective finals on Sunday.
In the 800 meter run, Cory McGee qualified for the finals with a time of 2:06.18 seconds. Junior Mandy Perkins' time of 2:08.72 seconds was just over a full-second away from the qualifying mark. In the 200 meter dash Darshay Davis easily qualified for her final on Sunday with a time of 23.89 seconds. Her overall time was good for fourth place in the prelims when factoring in the wind.
Ugonna Ndu and Amani Bryant both qualified for the finals on Sunday with times of 57.93 and 59.02 seconds respectively in the 400 meter hurdles.
More on the men's team and a small preview of Saturday's action after the jump.
Through three events, the men's team has racked up twenty-three points and is second to Arkansas who has forty-nine. As mentioned before, the fact that Gray Horn was unable to participate in the decathlon due to his (allegedly, I guess) drinking and driving habit, the Gators were put into an early hole.
Jeremy Postin and David Triassi weren't going to let the slow start hamper them in the hammer throw though and they cruised to first and fifth-place finishes with best distances of 68.18 meters and 56.65 seconds respectively. David Levin just missed out on a scoring finish (top eight are scored) by finishing tenth. Postin's and Triassi's finishes picked up the Gators fourteen points which after two events was good enough for third-place.
In the final scoring event on Friday, the men's team picked up nine total points in the 10,000 meter run courtesy of Mark Parrish and Josh Izewski. Parrish's time of 30:05.19 seconds and Izewski's time of 30:28.14 seconds were good enough for third and sixth-place overall in the event.
Like the women's team the men's team had their fair share of athletes qualify for the finals in their respective events as well. Dedric Dukes and Leonardo Seymore both qualified for the finals on Sunday in the 200 meter dash with times of 20.86 seconds and 21.18 seconds. Seymore's time of 21.18 seconds was .02 seconds above the cutoff.
Saturday's events start at 3:00 p.m. for the women (javelin) and 3:45 p.m. for the men (long jump). You can follow all of the action online courtesy of Delta Timing and on ESPN3 (live video) starting at 5:30 p.m. and continuing on until roughly 8:15 p.m.