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Gators Seize Five Gold Medals on Final Day of SEC Outdoor Championships

Gators Seize Five Gold Medals on Final Day of SEC Outdoor Championships


GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Florida Gators Track & Field program concluded the SEC Outdoor Championships on Saturday. From a team standpoint, the Gators’ men’s program finished fourth while the women’s team claimed third. However, from an individual standpoint, the Gators tallied ten total medals in Saturday’s action. Five medals were of the gold variety while five other medals came in a variation of silver and bronze.

Gators obtaining SEC Individual Titles include Flomena Asekol, Parvej Khan, Grace Stark, Parker Valby and Alida van Daalen. Other medal finishers include Kai Chang, Wanya McCoy (2x) and the Men’s 4x100m and 4x400m relays.

Outlined below are the results from the Florida Gators performance on the final day of the SEC Championships.

SEC INDIVIDUAL CHAMPION FINISHES

TWO YEARS IN THE MAKING

Two years ago at the SEC Outdoor Championships, Grace Stark broke her leg in the 100m H. Now, she stands alone at the top of the Southeastern Conference. The graduate student from White Lake, Michigan set her personal record for the second time this season, further extending her program record and NCAA lead with a time of 12.53. Said time is No. 12 in NCAA history in the event. Stark is the first University of Florida athlete to claim gold at the outdoor conference championships in the 100m H in 31 years (1993 – Monifa Taylor (13.15)).

KHAN MEDALS TWICE

Parvej Khan continued his dominant freshman campaign during Saturday’s contest. With a gold medal finish in the Men’s 1500m and a time of 3:42.73, Khan secured his second SEC gold medal in 2024 as the freshman also placed first in the mile at the SEC Indoor Championships in February. Khan is the first Florida Gator to win the 1500m at the SEC Outdoor Championships 41 years (1983 – Todd Sinclair (3:48.28)).

Khan claimed his second medal of the day while competing in the 800m finals. His time of 1:46.80 was good for third place and bronze medal finish, just an hour after competing in the 1500m.

ASEKOL CLAIMS 1500m TITLE

Asekol was the second Gator to claim gold in the 1500m. After finishing as the top qualifier in the prelims on Friday, the senior earned first place in the finals crossing the finish line in 4:12.40. This marked Asekol’s third gold medal of the 2024 season and the first Gator Women’s 1500m SEC Outdoor title since Gator Great Cory McGee (4:13.48) in 2014.

VAN DAALEN WINS DISCUS GOLD

Sophomore thrower Alida van Daalen added another gold medal to her collection while competing in the Women’s…

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