Highlights from Saturday's SEC Indoor Track and Field Championships.
Track performanceof the day
Dorian Ulrey, a transfer from Northern Iowa, added his name to a long list of Arkansas distance champions. Sprinting from fifth place to first on the last lap, Ulrey set a Nutter Field House record of 7:55.56 for 3,000 meters.
Field performanceof the day
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Florida freshman Christian Taylor, in third place as he prepared for his final attempt, uncorked a long jump of 25-31/2 to edge defending champion Alain Bailey of Arkansas by 13/4 inches.
UK had all kinds of problems in the men's shot put. Rashaud Scott and Chase Madison placed 5-7, but Scott fouled on four of his six attempts. Madison fouled on five of six. And Colin Boevers was eliminated in qualifying when he fouled all three tries.
Tennessee sophomore Michael Ayers cleared 16-103/4 in the heptathlon pole vault — more than a foot-and-a-half higher than the runner-up — to take over first place. He finished with a 2:46.96 for 1,000 meters, winning the seven-event competition by 131 points.
A Smith sweep
Juliana Smith of Mississippi came through on the fifth of her six attempts in the women's 20-pound weight throw to overtake UK's Kristin and Heather Smith. Juliana's season-best distance of 62-3 gave her the win. Kristin Smith (61-111/2) and Heather Smith (60-103/4) finished 2-3.