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Florida Men's Track and Field Claims Program's First NCAA Outdoor Title - GatorZone.com

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DistancePreps.com - The Future Runs Now   on Jun 10 2012, 03:46 PM

Florida Men's Track & Field Claims Program's First NCAA Outdoor Title



Des Moines, Iowa

Photo: Cheryl TreworgyThe Florida men’s track & field team captured the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship on Saturday at Drake University. The men scored 50 points to edge LSU (48 points) and Texas A&M (40 points) for the men’s team title. This is the first NCAA Outdoor Championship in Florida athletics history and the third NCAA Championship for the Florida Gators this year (men’s indoor track & field & women’s tennis).

The Gators are the first team since the Arkansas Razorbacks (2003) to win both the indoor and outdoor NCAA titles. The Razorbacks won both in 2005 as well but the outdoor title was vacated. Only six programs have swept the indoor and outdoor NCAA titles on the men’s side (Arkansas, Florida, Kansas, SMU, Southern California, UTEP).

“This is unbelievable,” Florida head coach Mike Holloway said. “It's an absolute blessing. I can't tell you how proud I am of this group of young men. We had a lot of adversity, not just this week, but throughout the year. You think about things, the people that weren't here, the people that didn't want to give you a chance but our guys never bought into it. I'm extremely proud of them.”


In 2009, 2010 and 2011, the Gators had top-three finishes and missed out on the NCAA title by a total of five points. This year, it took a total team effort to take home the crown.


Photo by Cheryly Treworgy - NCAA.com

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