Posted: 9:23 am Monday, February 28th, 2011

Eddie Lovett, Tony McQuay help Florida capture SEC men’s track title 

By Matt Porter

It hasn’t taken Eddie Lovett long to make an impact in college.

Lovett

Lovett

A former Palm Beach Lakes track star and last year’s Post boys track athlete of the year, Lovett won the men’s 60-meter hurdle title at the Southeastern Conference Indoor Track Championships Sunday in Gainesville.

Lovett’s win, along with seven other individual titles, lifted the Gators men’s team to the SEC title, the school’s first team track championship since 2004.

With a personal-best time of 7.73, the freshman became Florida’s first men’s 60m hurdle champion since Josh Walker won the event in 2004. Lovett’s time is the second-best men’s 60-meter hurdle time in program history.

McQuay

McQuay

Also helping the Gators, Suncoast alum Tony McQuay won an event, contributed to another winner and nearly won a third event.

McQuay, a sophomore, won the first finals heat of the 400-meter run with a world-leading time of 45.21. However, Alabama’s Kirani James ran a 44.80 in the second heat, dropping McQuay to second. McQuay’s 44.80 is the second-fastest in UF indoor track history, and he’s the second Gator to break 45.5 in the indoor 400.

McQuay did win the 200-meter dash, posting a personal-best time of 20.61, the fourth-fastest 200 time in UF history. McQuay ran the second leg of Florida’s gold-winning 4×400 relay (3:05.51).