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Gators' Mike Holloway named men's track and field National Coach of the Year



holloway.jpgFlorida track and field coach Mike Holloway on Thursday was named the Men's National Coach of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). LSU’s Dennis Shaver won the award on the women's side.

Holloway, now in his tenth year as the Gators' head coach, guided Florida to its first NCAA outdoor track & field national team title in school history this past weekend. The Gators scored 50 points for the title, besting LSU by two points. Florida won the 4×400 relay, the concluding event, to overtake LSU in the final team standings. The Gators had been down to the Tigers by two points before the finale.

With last weekend’s result, Florida became the first team to sweep NCAA indoor and outdoor men’s team titles in Division I since Arkansas in 2005.

Florida won three event titles at the NCAA Championships. In addition to the 4×400 relay championship, Tony McQuay claimed top honors in the 400 meters and Omar Craddock won the triple jump. Jeremy Postin finished second in the hammer throw, Dwight Barbiasz took third in the high jump, Eddie Lovett was fifth in the 110 hurdles, and Stipe Zunic claimed seventh in the javelin.

Shaver led LSU to the women's track and field national championship.

[Last modified: Thursday, June 14, 2012 4:32pm]


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