May 18, 2010


By Amy Farnum

New No. 1s

After a weekend of spectacular performances at conference championships around the country, there are two new No. 1 teams in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Division I rankings as Florida returned to the top spot of the men’s rankings for the first time since April 20, and Oregon claimed the No. 1 women’s ranking for the first time this season.

The Gators moved to No. 1 after capturing their first Southeastern Conference men’s outdoor title since 1987, while the Ducks scored a Pac-10 record 215 points to earn their second straight women’s championship.

Gator Bait

Despite entering the final day of SEC Championships in fourth place, the Florida men’s squad rallied behind some outstanding performances.  Sophomore Christian Taylor recorded a nation-leading triple jump mark of 54-8.75 to win the event to become Floirida’s first SEC outdoor triple jump champion since 1976.  Sophomore sprinter Jeff Demps clocked a 10.06 to win the 100 meter dash.  It was the fourth-fastest time in world and second-fastest collegiate time this season.

Senior Moment

University of Oregon senior Ashton Eaton sparked the Ducks to their fourth straight Pac-10 team title by winning the decathlon, long jump and 110 hurdles, and finishing second in the 100 meters.  Eaton’s hurdles time of 13.54 was the second-fastest in school history.  He compiled 39.25 points at the event, and become the first Oregon athlete to win three different events at the same Pac-10 Championships.  The Ducks are ranked No. 2 in this week’s Top 25.

Project 40

Sacramento State sophomore Moira Robinson became the first athlete in school history to claim four individual titles at the Big Sky Championships as the Hornets won their third consecutive league title last weekend.  The native of Visalia, Calif., captured titles in the triple jump, long jump, high jump, and the 100 meter hurdles, collecting 40 total points to tie the league championship record.

Triple Threat

Three different athletes tied for the men’s high point scorer for the first time in Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field history as Mason Finley (Kansas), John Kosegi (Oklahoma State) and Gerald Phiri (Texas A&M) shared the honor with 20 points apiece. Finley, a freshman from Salida, Colo., claimed the shot put and discus titles at the meet, and his discus throw is the third-best in the nation this season.  Kosegi won the 5,000 and 10,000 meters, while Phiri set a Big 12 meet record in the 100 meter dash with a 10.13.  Phiri won the event for the third straight year.

The Need For Speed

Texas A&M sophomore sprinter Jeneba Tarmoh won the 100-200 double and led off the Aggies winning 4 x 100 relay to total 22.5 points as the high point scorer at Big 12 Championships, helping the Aggies to their fourth straight league title.  Tarmoh ran career best times to win the 100 in 11.19 seconds and the 200 in 22.65 seconds, which is the best in the nation this year. She was also part of the Aggies’ 4x100 relay team that claimed a fourth consecutive Big 12 title with a 43.74.

World Class

Arkansas senior Alain Bailey won his third straight SEC Outdoor long jump title with this year’s world, NCAA and SEC-leading mark of 27-4.75.  It was his sixth career SEC title.

Up Next

Postseason action will continue with a pair of regional preliminary rounds on May 27-29:

East Region
Greensboro, North Carolina
Irwin Bell Track
Host: North Carolina A&T State University
West Region
Austin, Texas
Mike A. Myers Track And Soccer Stadium
Host: University of Texas