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Sunday, March 03, 2024

The Southeastern Conference was dominated this weekend in the SEC/Big 12 Conference Showdown in College Station, Texas.

The SEC men lost 332-279 and the SEC women went down 359-226.

Although the Big 12 won the overall meet, UF managed to compile an impressive team performance, gathering seven first-place finishes, 10 NCAA provisional qualifying marks and one automatic qualifying mark.

In his debut, freshman Gray Horn set three personal bests on Day 1 en route to a third-place finish in the heptathlon with a score of 5,384 points.

Of the seven events, Horn's personal bests came in the 60-meter dash, the long jump and the shot put. He ran the 60 in 7.19, jumped 22 feet, 10.5 inches in the long jump and threw the shot 40 feet, 9.5 inches.

Terrell Wilks and Jeremy Hall also set provisional marks in the 60-meter dash. Wilks ran a 6.73 to take third place and Hall came in fourth with a time of 6.74 seconds.

Senior Carlos Phillips followed his provisional qualifying times in the Tom Jones Memorial with improved provisional marks in both the 800-meter run and as a part of the 4x400-meter relay team.

In the 800, Phillips took fourth place in 1:50.26. He also ran the lead leg for the 4x400 relay team that took first in 3:10.04. R.J. Anderson, William Wynne and Calvin Smith ran the remaining legs of the event.

Kallinka Pitt and Beau Burroughs did not set provisional qualifying marks for UF, but they placed first in their individual events.

Pitt took the 60-meter hurdles in 7.93 seconds while Burroughs took the shot put with a throw of 57 feet, 11.75 inches.

On the women's side, Mariam Kevkhishvili continued her outstanding season performances in the shot put. Kevkhishvili threw another automatic-qualifying distance of 56 feet, 2 inches - 2 inches farther than her previous automatic mark.

Keely Medieros also had success in the women's shot put. Medieros threw the shot 50 feet, 0.75 inches, an improved provisional qualifying mark.

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UF had three women run provisional qualifying times in the 1-mile run, taking the top three spots.

Junior Charlotte Browning led the group with a collegiate-best time of 4:43.52. Sophomore Kaitlin Shiver followed in second place, running a 4:46.21, and freshman Genevieve LaCaze was third in 4:47.63.

Shara Proctor, in her long jump debut, won the event with a provisional-qualifying jump of 20 feet, 8 inches.

Not gaining a provisional qualifying time for UF, but winning the distance medley relay in 11:34.22, was the team of Shiver, freshman Ashley Usery, Browning and LaCaze.

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