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2008 SEC OUTDOOR TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS

 

SUNDAY NOTES

 

SEC Meet Records Set                   

·         LSU - Women's 4x100m Relay - 42.80

Old record: 43.06 by LSU in 2002

·         Richard Thompson (LSU) - Men's 100m - 9.93

Old record: 10.06 by Mel Lattany (Georgia) in 1981

 

Facility Records Set

·         Shara Proctor (Florida) - Women's Triple Jump - 13.66m (44-9.75)

Old record: 13.54m by Sheena Gordon (Unattached) in 2008

·         Joseph Berry (UT) and Spencer McCorkel (ARK) - Men's Pole Vault - 5.25m (17-2.75)

Old record: 5.05m by Berry in 2008

·         LSU - Women's 4x100m Relay - 42.80

Old record: 43.74 by Auburn in 2006

·         Sarah Bowman (Tennessee) - Women's 1500m - 4:19.02

Old record: 4:22.26 by Jennifer McPherson (Mississippi State) in 2006

·         Annie Anderson (Tennessee) - Women's Discus - 57.14m (187-6)

Old record: 56.72m by Aretha Thurmond (Unattached) in 2007

·         Jamil Hubbard (Mississippi State) - Men's 400 - 45.24

Old record: 45.80 by Fernada Blakely (Unattached) in 2007

·         Richard Thompson (LSU) - Men's 100m - 9.93

Old record: 10.25 by Demi Omole (Wisconsin) in 2007

·         Richard Thompson (LSU) - Men's 200m - 20.23

Old record: 20.80 by Steve Mullings (Unattached) in 2007

·         LaTavia Thomas (LSU) - Women's 800m - 2:03.39

Old record: 2:04.91 by Tiffany McWilliams (Unattached) in 2007

·         Elkana Kosgei (LSU) - Men's 800m - 1:47.05

Old record: 1:47.93 by Elphas Sang (Unattached) in 2007

·         Justin Gaymon (Georgia) - Men's 400m Hurdles - 48.53

Old record: 50.16 by Reuben McCoy (Auburn) in 2006

·         Kentucky - Men's 4x400m Relay - 3:04.57

Old record: 3:05.43 by Mississippi State in 2006

 

National Records Set

·         Annie Alexander (Tennessee) - Women's Discus - 57.14m (187-6)

Trinidad National Record

 

School Records Set

·         Mikel Thomas (Kentucky) - Men's 110m Hurdles - 13.70

Old record: 13.85 by Thomas earlier this year

·         Justin Gaymon (Georgia) - Men's 400m Hurdles - 48.74

Old record: 48.74 by LaRon Bennett in 2005

 

Other Miscellaneous Accomplishments

·         Nkosinza Balumbu of Arkansas won his third consecutive SEC outdoor title in the triple jump.

·         Annie Alexander of Tennessee won the women's discus one day after winning the shot put.

·         Tennessee is the only school to win six straight SEC pole vault titles (indoors and outdoors), a feat the Vols have now accomplished three times. The Vols won eight in a row from the 1993 indoor championships through the 1996 outdoor championships and won six in a row beginning with the 1967 outdoor championships and stretching through the 1970 indoor championships.

·         Richard Thompson of LSU posted the fastest collegiate time this year in the 100m of 9.93, which is also tied for second best in NCAA history.

·         Thompson became the first man to win the 100m and 200m at the SEC meet since Tyson Gay of Arkansas in 2004.

·         In the men's 400m hurdles, the top three finishers all bettered the fastest previous time in the NCAA this year.

·         Justin Gaymon repeated as SEC Champion in the 400m hurdles with a national-leading time of 48.53 that broke Georgia's previous school record (48.74) and is currently No. 3 on IAAF's world performance list.

·         Tennessee junior Sarah Bowman claimed her second SEC 1500m title in 4:19.02.  Bowman, who also won in 2006 and finished second a year ago at this meet, now has won eight conference titles during her collegiate career.

·         Kentucky's women finished with their second-highest point total in school history. The best was 150 points in 1981 - the first year of the SEC Championships for women.

·         Auburn's Cory Martin repeated as shot put champion two days after repeating as hammer throw champion. Martin also finished second in the discus to score 28 points during the meet.

·         Florida's Rebecca Lowe won the women's 5,000m two nights after winning the 10,000m.

·         Kentucky's winning time in the men's 4x400m relay was the fourth best mark in the NCAA this year.

 

                                                               

SUNDAY QUOTES

 

Luke Laird (Arkansas) - Men's Javelin "I was red-shirted until last week so I was excited to accomplish this. I've known that I could throw that far. It was just a matter of getting everything pulled together at the right time. For some reason this year, my last throw has always been my best. So I felt pretty confident going into my last throw. Coach told me to work on my speed and that is what I did and it flew the right way."

                                                                                             

Joseph Barry (Tennessee)- Men's Pole Vault

"It feels amazing to win the SEC championship. Since (Michael) Hogue didn't compete, we really counted on the younger guys to step up and keep the winning streak. (Former Vols) Lawrence Johnson and Tim Mack had eight in a row (from 1993-96), so that gave me a lot of motivation. All of our vaulters did a great job and we had a lot of support."

 

Shara Proctor (Florida) - Women's Triple Jump

I knew I had it in me. I I just wanted to get psyched up and go as far as I could go. I knew there was a lot of wind, but hopefully it was a negative."

 

Nkosinza Balumbu (Arkansas) - Men's Triple Jump

"It's never easy to win. You always have to come out here and focus and go through all the fundamentals to win the competition. After I put that first one out there I pretty much did what I had to to win. I didn't want to bring myself too much this weekend because I have a long year with regionals then USAs so we decided to take two and call it quits."

 

Sarah Bowman (Tennessee)- Women's 1500m

"Well, with the wind I was really trying to be cautious and try to win it. That was my goal so it felt pretty good."

 

Felix Kiboiywo (Auburn)- Men's 1500m

"It went really well. I was well-rested and ready to run. After yesterday, I wasn't too happy with my race. I felt good in the beginning of the race, but the other runners started to pick up the pace and I had to do something to keep up. I had a really good kick at the end and I was able to pull out the win."

 

Nickiesha Wilson (LSU)- Women's 100m Hurdles

"I've learned that running with a teammate in the race I should just stay focused and do what I have to do. I was hoping to run a little bit faster, but I'm okay with that time for now."

 

Jason Richardson (South Carolina) - Men's 110m Hurdles

"I came away with a fast time, but I know it wasn't my best. I had a sloppy race, especially there at the end, but gamecocks literally fight to the end. It feels amazing to be a champion. I was runner-up in national indoors at the end of the regular season of last year, so it feels good to just get out and win. It's an immense blessing and a favor that I've been shown to get out here and win. So, I'll take my 13.21 with me to regionals, hopefully better than that, and on to nationals."

 

Kenyata Coleman (Ole Miss)- Women's 400m

"At the start, we had a couple of people getting in the blocks slow, but I just wanted to run my race like I have been doing all year. I am happy with my performance and I couldn't do it without my family and teammates."

 

Jamil Hubbard (Mississippi State)- Men's 400m

"I give my winning all to God, and I trained real hard. I'm just glad to have everything happened like it did."

 

Kelly Ann Baptiste (LSU)- Women's 100m

"My start has always been my problem. Yesterday I got an interview with Fox Sports and they asked me what was the thing with being a good sprinter. I told them patience and today I tried to have a lot of patience because my start is not where I want it to be yet and I knew I would have to work a lot on my start. I'm just excited that I was able to run at my seasonal best."

 

Richard Thomson (LSU)- Men's 100m

"I feel great. I was a little tight coming into the race, but I ended up setting a new SEC record and that is a great accomplishment for me."

 

LaTavia Thomas (LSU)- Women's 800m

"Me and my teammates worked real hard for this, and it showed. It turned out perfect. Because I was the defending champion, I felt like I had no choice but to win."

 

Elkana Kosgei (LSU) - Men's 800m

"I didn't do good the way I had expected to. I expected to run 1:46, but I think we did good finishing one-two-three. I'm happy we won one-two-three. We're getting points for our team."

 

Amelia Anderson (Auburn)- Women's 400m Hurdles

"I feel great. It's awesome to go one and two with my teammate. That is all we have been talking about all week, finishing together, and it feels great to go out there and get it done."

 

Justin Gaymon (Georgia)- Men's 400m Hurdles

"The key was just determination. It means a lot for me to win again. You work hard all year to get to SECs, regionals then nationals so it means a lot to win today. I had a good push at the end. It was a good race all around. Everybody ran hard so that pushed me to run a little harder."

 

Natalie Knight (Florida) - Women's 200m

"I feel like I ran great. I've been working hard all season and I just knew, I felt it today, that I had a great chance to pull out a great upset. Everybody ran a great race, but I ran my race tonight. It's great to go out of your senior year with a championship. It feels great."

 

Richard Thomson (LSU)- Men's 200m

"It feels great to get a win in both of my races today. I know my team needed the win, so, I'm glad I could get it for them."

 

Rebecca Lowe (Florida)- Women's 5000m

"In indoors I didn't do my best and in cross country I was about 110th so it meant a lot to me to win tonight. The SECs are pretty tough. I got there and am very happy."

 

James Strang (Arkansas) - Men's 5000m

"I tried to run the smartest race that I could and help my teammates out as much as possible. I knew Shawn (Forrest) and I were going to be really tired from that 10K. It took a lot out of us, but we've spent the past 48 hours doing everything we could getting ourselves prepared for this. As far as how I feel about the 5K, I think all of us executed well and I'm proud of all my teammates and I think we did a great job. Hopefully, we have enough to pull it out."

 

Cory Martin (Auburn)- Men's Shot Put

"I think I did great. Lifetime PR and winning the SEC championship in an event is always saying something. It's cool. I won it last year and I wanted to come in here and defend my title. I came in here and I did it and that's just the way of the game."

                              

Annie Alexander (Tennessee) - Women's Discus Throw

"I am elated and just so happy. I want to thank coach (John) Frazier and our strength and conditioning coaches, because we have been preparing for this.  I am so happy that I could come out and execute it. "It was great to break the national record, but my main goal is to make the Olympic "A" standard or "B" standard.  I know I have a lot more work to do, but I am really happy that I could prove myself at this meet."