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Sunday, June 23, 2024

The Gators got off to a great start at the Texas A&M Challenge

thanks to a record-breaking performance and an impressive

debut.

Junior Gray Horn broke his own first-day heptathlon school record

from the 2009 NCAA Indoor Championship with 3,242 points in

Friday’s four events.“It was a big

day for Gray with a new first-day school record,” Florida head

coach Mike Holloway said. “I’m really looking forward to seeing him

come out tomorrow with that same focus and drive.”

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Horn set two personal-best marks Friday, placing first in the

60-meter hurdles (6.98 seconds) and sixth in the shot put

(13.41m/44-0). The record-setting junior also won the long jump

(7.26m/23-10) and high jump (1.98m/6-6), giving him three victories

in four events.

Horn, who currently sits in first place, has a chance to break Mike

Morrison’s UF record for most heptathlon points (5,792) in his

three remaining events Saturday.

Florida’s other performer was freshman Brittany Harrell, who

recorded 3,731 points in her collegiate debut.

“I am really proud of Brittany for

coming out in her first pentathlon as a freshman and having one of

the top-15 scores in the country (this season),” said

Holloway.

Harrell currently ranks fourth among all competitors and is within

300 points shy of setting a new UF women’s pentathlon record.

Harrell’s two best performances of the night were a third-place

finish in the 800m (2:28.31) and a fifth-place mark in the high

jump (1.70m/7-5) and Harrell placed sixth in her other three

events: the 60-meter hurdles (8.88 seconds), the shot put

(10.92m/35-10), and the long jump (5.28m/17-4).

“We’re big on not holding on to today

and we understand that tomorrow is a completely different day,”

said Holloway.

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Quotes and statistics courtesy of UF Sports

Information.

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