24 Gators begin quest for NCAA titles
When the NCAA Track and Field championships begin today, 24 Florida athletes will be vying for national championships and All-American honors.
The men’s squad finished tied for 34th last year, while the women finished tied for 46th. Both squads will be looking to crack the top 10 for the first time since 2005 when the men were the runner-up and the women placed 10th.
UF’s relay team will try and extend its streak of having at least one relay advance to a final for the 13th straight year. At least one relay has made the final every year since 1996.
The Gator women are led by senior Lakecia Ealey, who is trying to become the Gators' first All-American in the 100-meters since Keisha Jett in 1998. Ealey won the 100-meter dash at the NCAA East Regional on May 31.
Freshman Rebecca Lowe is also trying to become the first All-American in the 5K since Wendy Frazier in 1990.
Here is a list of the Gators who will compete in the NCAA championships.
100 meters: Jeremy Hall, Terrell Wilks; 400 meters: Calvin Smith; 800 meters: Carlos Phillips; 110 hurdles: Kallinka Pitt; 4x100 relay: Jeremy Hall, Wilks, Willie Perry and Smith; 4x400: Bernard Middleton, Smith, LaMarr Davis, Eric Alberter; Pole Vault: Eric Foran; Shot Put: Wes Stockbarger; Discus: Stockbarger; Javelin: Adam Montague; Decathlon: Steffan Hommel.
100 meters: Lakecia Ealey; 200 meters: Natalie Knight; 3,000 Steplechase: Lindsay Sundell; 5,000 meters: Rebecca Lowe; 4x100 relay: Abigail David; Ealey, Dominique McLeggin, Knight; Long jump/Triple jump: Shara Proctor; Shot put: Mariam Kevkhishvili; Javelin: Evelien Dekkers.