Scenes from the Last Chance Meet on Feb. 16. Photo courtesy of Gabriella Whisler.

Florida Track and Field Set to Kick Off SEC Indoor Championships

Both Florida track and field teams will compete in the SEC Indoor Championships Friday in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

The two-day event will kick off at 1 p.m. as Florida redshirt senior Sterling Lester begins her pursuit of the women’s pentathlon title. Lester will start with the 60-meter hurdles before she competes in the high jump, long jump, shot put and 800-meter race.


The Gator women’s team enters the competition ranked No. 3 in the country, while the men’s team enters the event ranked No. 7.

The women’s team will look to capture its first conference title since 2014, while the men’s team look for its first title since 2019 and its fourth since 2010. Last season, both Gator teams finished runner-up to Arkansas. The Razorbacks enter this year’s conference championships as the nation’s top-ranked men’s team and the No. 2 women’s team.

Nine SEC men’s teams — in addition to Florida and Arkansas — enter the indoor championships ranked inside the country’s top-25. This includes four top-15 teams: No. 4 Tennessee, No. 10 Georgia, No. 12 Alabama and No. 14 Kentucky.

Seven SEC women’s teams are ranked following No. 2 Arkansas and No. 3 Florida — who swapped places from the previous week’s national rating index. This includes six other top-15 squads: No. 6 Alabama, No. 8 LSU, No. 10 Tennessee, No. 11 Texas A&M, No. 13 Georgia and No. 15 Ole Miss.


The first day of the event will not only include the women’s pentathlon final, but it will also feature the finals for the men’s and women’s 5,000-meter, long jump and distance medley relay.

Florida redshirt senior Cavan Wilson will race in the men’s 5,000-meter final before redshirt sophomores Jordan Shapiro and Parker Valby race in the women’s 5,000-meter final. Four Gators will compete in the men’s long-jump final before junior Claire Bryant and senior Jasmine Moore represent Florida in the women’s long-jump final.

The last event of day one — the distance medley relay — will feature seven Gator men at 9 p.m. and four Gator women at 9:15 p.m.

Friday’s slate also includes the prelims for Saturday’s finals.


Florida redshirt senior Corvell Todd will kick off Saturday’s field events at 3:15 p.m. as he competes in the men’s high-jump final. Bryant will simultaneously represent Florida in the women’s high-jump final.

Gator freshman Logan Montgomery will compete in the men’s shot-put final before Danish senior Thea Jensen and Dutch freshman Alida Van Daalen take on the women’s shot-put final. Montgomery and Van Daalen will each look to build off their record-setting performances at the Florida University Last Chance Meet.

Six Gator men and six Gator women will wrap up Saturday’s events by racing in the men’s and women’s 4×100 finals.

How to Watch

The championships will air live on SEC Network+ before the SEC Network airs a three-and-a-half hour recap of the competition Sunday at 8 p.m.

About Griffin Foll

Hi, my name is Griffin Foll and I am currently a senior at UF studying journalism with a focus on sports and media and an outside concentration in political science. In addition to covering the 2023 UF men's and women's golf beats, I contribute weekly web and radio content for WRUF ESPN Gainesville. Be sure to check out some of my recent articles!

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