Florida men finish second in NCAA Track and Field Championships, women third
Florida's quest to win an NCAA Men's Outdoor Track and Field title fell just short as the Gator men finished second to favorite Texas A&M Saturday afternoon.
The Aggies scored 55 points, while the Gators scored 54. Oregon (45), Arizona State (37) and Southern Cal (35.5) rounded out the top five.
The Florida women finished third (40) behind Texas A&M (72) and Oregon (57). Penn State (34) and Virginia Tech (33) rounded out the top five for the women.
“I am extremely proud of our team today,” Florida head coach Mike Holloway said. “For both our programs to finish in the top three is a great accomplishment. I have to give credit to my staff for their hard work and diligence. For our women to come in here with seven athletes and place third is a great accomplishment. On the men’s side, obviously we’re disappointed. We want to be national champions, but the bottom line is, we can’t allow it to come down to the last event. We were within two points last year and one point this year, so we’re getting closer. Now, we have 365 days from this point to get ready to come back and fight for the NCAA title.”
The Florida men’s 4x100-meter relay team captured its second consecutive NCAA Championship with a winning time of 39.04 - using the quartet of Chris Rainey, Jeremy Hall, Terrell Wilks and Jeff Demps.