Fresh off capturing its first SEC Indoor Championship since 2004, Florida’s men’s track team is looking for even more at this weekend’s NCAA Indoor Championships at Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium at Texas A&M. Florida’s men are the defending NCAA Indoor champions, while Florida’s women placed fourth at last season’s event.

The No. 1 men’s squad qualified for 13 spots in this weekend’s meet, while the women will feature two NCAA qualifiers.

“We have to go into this weekend and do what we’ve done all year long,” Florida coach Mike Holloway said. “We have to focus on the Gators and focus on getting better. People have asked how we can get better after such a great SEC meet two weeks ago, but that is the challenge we have to put forth to our athletes. We can’t get complacent. We have to go in there, take care of us and do what we’re capable of doing. We need to show the same pride and passion that we have all year long.”

That same pride and passion should go a long way for the Gators.

The men were tremendous in the SEC Indoor Championships at Fayetteville, Ark., last month. The Gators scored 148 points, 11.5 points more than second place Arkansas. They also set four school records, had eight SEC champions and had 11 NCAA automatic qualifiers. The women had two SEC champions.

Passion like that will only make Florida’s men’s squad that much more dangerous and intimidating.

Don’t worry, you’ll all be able to check out of the action starting tomorrow. Friday, NCAA.com and AggieAthletics.com will air the portion of the meet from 11 a.m. to 4:55 p.m., while ESPN3.com will air the rest of the events live starting at 4:55 p.m. Saturday, NCAA.com and AggieAthletics.com will air a segment of the meet from 1 p.m. to 5:55 p.m., while the remainder of the day will air live on ESPN3.com beginning at 6 p.m.

If you don’t have time this weekend, Nationals will air on a tape-delay basis on March 16 from 2:30-4 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

The Florida men are looking to become just the fourth different men’s team in NCAA history to have claimed NCAA Indoor Championships in consecutive years. The Gators also feature two defending NCAA individual indoor champions in sophomore sprinter Jeff Demps, who captured the 2010 NCAA 60-meter title, and junior jumper Christian Taylor, who is the two-time defending NCAA indoor champion in the men’s triple jump.

On the women’s side, SEC women’s mile champion and the SEC Indoor Women’s Freshman Runner of the Year, Cory McGee, will compete in the mile. She posted the third-best time in school history at 4:36.53 in the event earlier this year. The women’s 4×400-meter relay team (Ebony Eutsey, Lanie Whittaker, Danielle Williams and Ugonna Nduran) will also compete. It posted the seventh-fastest time in school history at 3:34.61 at this past weekend’s Alex Wilson Invitational.

Last year’s results were quite impressive, but Holloway isn’t thinking about the past. His — and his team’s — mindset is on 2011. Last year’s triumphs won’t help this year’s quest at a title.

“We’re not concerned about defending anything this weekend,” he said. “We’re very proud of that accomplishment (winning the 2010 NCAA Indoor Championship), but that happened a year ago.”

Here’s a list of the Gators and the events they’ll be competing in this weekend at Nationals:

FRIDAY, MARCH 11, 2011

Men’s Heptathlon – 1 p.m. ET (AUTO: 5,675)
Gray Horn (Career Best: 5,816)

Heptathlon 60m (AUTO: 6.60)
Gray Horn (Career Best: 6.98)

Heptathlon Long Jump (AUTO: 7.90m/25-11)
Gray Horn (Career Best: 7.35m/24-1.50)

Heptathlon Shot Put (AUTO: 19.30m/63-4)
Gray Horn (Career Best: 13.41m/44-0)

Heptathlon High Jump (AUTO: 2.24m/7-4.25)
Gray Horn (Career Best: 2.02m/6-7.50)

Women’s Mile (prelim) – 5 p.m. ET (AUTO: 4:37.00)
Cory McGee (Career Best: 4:36.53)

Men’s Mile (prelim) – 5:15 p.m. ET (AUTO: 3:59.00)
Dumisani Hlaselo (Career Best: 3:56.84)

Men’s 60m Hurdles (prelim) – 5:45 p.m. ET (AUTO: 7.70)
Eddie Lovett (Career Best: 7.73)

Men’s 400m (prelim) – 6:15 p.m. ET (AUTO: 46.15)
Tony McQuay (Career Best: 45.21)

Men’s 60m (prelim) – 6:45 p.m. ET (AUTO: 6.60)
Jeff Demps (Career Best: 6.55)
Terrell Wilks (Career Best: 6.59)

Men’s Long Jump – 7:40 p.m. ET (AUTO: 7.90m/25-11)
Will Claye (Career Best: 7.95m/26-1)

Men’s 200m (prelim) – 7:45 p.m. ET (AUTO: 20.83)
Tony McQuay (Career Best: 20.61)

Men’s Shot Put – 7:50 p.m. ET (AUTO: 19.30m/63-4)
Kemal Mesic (Career Best: 19.53m/64-1)

Men’s 200m (final) – 9:10 p.m. ET (AUTO: 20.83)
Tony McQuay (Career Best: 20.61)

SATURDAY, MARCH 12, 2011

Men’s Heptathlon – 1 p.m. ET (AUTO: 5,675)
Gray Horn (Career Best: 5,816)

Heptathlon 60m Hurdles (AUTO: 7.70)
Gray Horn (Career Best: 8.00)

Heptathlon Pole Vault (AUTO: 5.50m/18-0.50)
Gray Horn (Career Best: 4.80m/15-9)

Heptathlon 1,000m (Not an NCAA Championship Event)
Gray Horn (Career Best: 2:43.40)

Men’s Triple Jump – 5:30 p.m. ET (AUTO: 16.15m/53-0)

Will Claye (Career Best: 17.17m/56-4)
Omar Craddock (Career Best: 16.57m/54-4.50)
Christian Taylor (Career Best: 17.36m/56-11.50)

Women’s Mile (final) – 6 p.m. ET (AUTO: 4:37.00)
Cory McGee (Career Best: 4:36.53)

Men’s Mile (final) – 6:10 p.m. ET (AUTO: 3:59.00)
Dumisani Hlaselo (Career Best: 3:56.84)

Men’s 60m Hurdles (final) – 6:30 p.m. ET (AUTO: 7.70)
Eddie Lovett (Career Best: 7.73)

Men’s 400m (final) – 6:50 p.m. ET (AUTO: 46.15)
Tony McQuay (Career Best: 45.21)

Men’s 60m (final) – 7:10 p.m. ET (AUTO: 6.60)
Jeff Demps (Career Best: 6.55)
Terrell Wilks (Career Best: 6.59)

Women’s 4x400m Relay – 8:10 p.m. ET (AUTO: 3:34.00)
Florida (E. Eutsey, L. Whittaker, D. Williams, U. Ndu) (Season Best: 3:34.61)

Men’s 4x400m Relay – 8:25 p.m. ET (AUTO: 3:06.50)
Florida (B. Heriot, T. McQuay, J. Toppin, C. Taylor) (Season Best: 3:05.51)

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