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Florida Gators men's track and field team wins second straight national championship



The Florida men's track and field team won the 2011 NCAA track and Field indoor championship title on Saturday in College Station, Texas - Florida's 25th national title in school history.

With the victory, the Gators became just the fourth team in NCAA history to win NCAA Indoor Championships in consecutive seasons  - joining Arkansas, Kansas and UTEP.

"This year was special because we came in as big favorites, had some adversity, but we overcame it and we’re national champions again,”
Florida head coach Mike Holloway said. “It was a total-team effort. We’re a team and a family, and we look after each other. We had a
tough day yesterday, but the thing is that champions respond to adversity. I challenged our team to be who we are and do the things that
we do well. They did that and I’m very proud of them.”

Florida was aided by individual national championships from junior jumper Will Claye in the men’s triple jump and sophomore sprinter Jeff Demps in the men’s 60-meter dash.

Claye set the NCAA meet record in the men’s triple jump with a mark of 17.32m/56-10, which broke the previous record of 17.31m/56-9.50, held by Keith Connor of SMU. Claye totaled 18 points on the weekend after finishing as the NCAA runner-up in the men’s long jump on Friday
evening. He directed an impressive 22-point scoring spree by the Gators in the men’s triple jump that clinched the meet for the Gators.

Demps won the NCAA Championship in the men’s 60-meter dash for the second consecutive season, winning in a school-record time of 6.53. He becomes the first repeat champion in the men’s 60-meter dash since DaBryan Blanton of Oklahoma in 2004 and 2005. Demps broke his previous school-record time of 6.55, set at the 2011 SEC Indoor Championships two weeks ago.

“It felt good for me as an individual, but the best part was working towards a team title,” Demps said. “The 10 points really helped our
team. I just went out there and ran my race today.”


[Last modified: Sunday, March 13, 2011 1:16am]


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