Friday through Sunday, the Southeastern Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships come to the University of Kentucky's Nutter Field House.
Expect fast times, long throws and big jumps, including these 10 things to watch:
10. Arkansas' quarter-milers — When Akheem Gauntlett, Marek Niit and Neil Braddy finished 1-2-3 in the Tyson Invitational two weeks ago, they also moved to Nos. 1-2-3 on the NCAA season leader board. They have since been surpassed but Gauntlett, a junior from Jamaica, comes in as the SEC leader in the 400 (46.23) and 200 (20.82). Niit and Braddy both clocked 46.28 in the Tyson meet. With Ben Skidmore (46.57), the Razorbacks also have a national-leading 3:03.76 4-by-400-meter relay.
9. Rebel with a cause — Mississippi high jumper Ricky Roberson will be after his third consecutive SEC title. Only two others have done that: Arkansas' Kenny Evans (four in a row, starting in 1998) and Ray Doakes (three, starting in 1993).
8. Florida's triple threat — Kemal Mesic, seeded No. 1 with a put of 66-7¾, goes for his third straight SEC indoor title in the shot put. The senior from Bosnia would become the first to three-peat since Kentucky's Jeff Chakouian won four (2001-04).
7. Distance medley relay — Tennessee has won this event the last five years and seven of the last eight. The Lady Vols are in for a battle, seeded second (at 11:02.74) to Arkansas (11:01.01).
6. Looking up — Arkansas has the defending champ, collegiate record-holder and NCAA leader (14-7¼) in Tina Sutej, a senior from Slovenia. Georgia freshman Morgann Leleux has cleared 14-4½ . A third 14-footer is Arkansas senior Tara Diebold.
5. Multi-faceted — The men's heptathlon matches defending champion Gray Horn of Florida against national leader Gunnar Nixon of Arkansas. Nixon, a 6-foot-4 freshman from Edmond, Okla., scored a world junior record of 6,022 points in the Razorback Invitational. Horn, a senior from Waynesfield, Ohio, has scored 5,971. They will be pushed by two more NCAA automatic qualifiers: Arkansas sophomore Kevin Lazas (5,920) and Georgia senior Cory Holman (5,809).
4. Tiger tracks — LSU junior Kimberlyn Duncan is seeded first in the 60 (7.26) and 200 (NCAA-leading 23.22). She won last year's 200 in 22.78. Teammates Takeia Pinckney and Samoy Hackett rank 3-4 in the 60, and Rebecca Alexander is second in the 200.
3. Mighty men — The SEC boasts three of the top four teams in the nation, and six of the top 24. Top-ranked Arkansas has won 17 of the last 20 SEC team titles. No. 2 Florida is the defending champion, as well as two-time-defending NCAA champ. LSU is ranked fourth, Auburn 17th, Mississippi 22nd and Georgia 24th.
2. Don't blink — The SEC has five of the nation's top 10 in the men's 60 meters, with Auburn's Harry Adams No. 1 at 6.55. Florida has the defending meet and two-time-defending national champion in Jeff Demps (6.57). Then there's Ole Miss's Isiah Young (6.62), Auburn's Keenan Brock (6.63) and LSU's Rynell Parson (6.66). Auburn's Marcus Rowland, seeded 12th (6.75), won the event in 2010.
1. Women warriors — Four of the NCAA's top eight teams will vie for team honors: No. 2 LSU, 4 Arkansas, 6 Florida and 8 Tennessee. South Carolina is ranked No. 22. If it comes down to the 4-by-400 relay, LSU would be feeling good. The Tigers lead the NCAA with a 3:31.55.