(I apologize for the sporadic postings of these championship posts. I was a last second invite to a certain futbol tournament.)
The Florida Gators track and field teams are set to enter day three of the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Championships on the up and up. Over the first two days of the competition, the Gators have claimed two individual NCAA championships and have qualified nearly every athlete in the preliminary round.
On Wednesday, Fawn Miller took home the NCAA championship in the women's javelin with her throw of 58.13m. Her throw was the ninth-best throw ever in javelin history. She also secured the Gators' women 10 points on their overall score and into first place for the moment.
Also on Wednesday, the men's 4x100m relay team of Antwan Wright, Hugh Graham Jr., Arman Hall and Dedric Dukes qualified for the finals with a second-place finish. Their time of 38.77s was good enough to basically coast to the finals. The women's 4x100m relay team advanced to the finals of their respective event with a season best mark of 43.26s. In the men's and women's 100m, 400m and 800m preliminaries, the Gators qualified six of the nine athletes into the finals respectively.
In yesterday's action, Marquis Dendy led the way. He was crowned the 2014 NCAA Outdoor long jump champion after a best jump of 8.00m that came on his sixth and last attempt. Another thing to note about Dendy's jump is that with that distance in the books, he's now qualified to participate in the next USA and World qualifying Championships.
The Gators also received points based on Kyle Strawn's eighth-place finish in the men's hammer throw. The Gators spent the rest of the Thursday qualifying every single athlete to their respective finals. Some of those qualifiers include Corey McGee and Agata Strausa in the women's 1,500m, Dedric Dukes in the men's 200m and both the men's and women's 4x400m relay teams.
As for the current team standings, well, things are looking pretty good.
Women's team standings (after 41 events):
- 1) Oregon, 19 points
- 2) Florida, 10 points
- 2) Boise State, 10 points
- 2) Akron, 10 points
- 2) Texas A&M, 10 points
- 2) Princeton, 10 points
- 7) Six teams, 8 points
Men's team standings (after 41 events):
- 1) Oregon, 26 points
- 2) Georgia, 24 points
- 3) Texas, 19.50 points
- 4) Oklahoma, 16 points
- 4) Wisconsin, 16 points
- 6) Florida, 14 points
- 7) Akron, 11 points
- 8) Two teams, 10 points
As always, you can follow all of the action today live courtesy of Flash Results. They'll have all standings up-to-date too, so you can stay updated on that as well. ESPNU will begin their coverage at 7:30 p.m. ET tonight in what will be the first of two days of their coverage of these championships. I believe, but I'm not 100 percent sure, that the coverage will also be available on ESPN3 or the WatchESPN app.