Florida Gators track and field

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Florida Gators track and field
Florida Gators track and field athletic logo

University University of Florida
Conference SEC
Location Gainesville, FL
Head Coach Mike Holloway (8th year)
Indoor Track Stephen C. O'Connell Center
Outdoor Track Percy Beard Track
Nickname Florida Gators
Colors Orange and Blue

             

NCAA Indoor Championships
Men's: 2010, 2011, 2012
Women's: 1992
NCAA Outdoor Championships
Men's: 2012, 2013
Conference Indoor Championships
Men's: 1975, 1976, 1987, 1988, 2004, 2011
Women's: 1990, 1992, 1997, 2002, 2004, 2010, 2012
Conference Outdoor Championships
Men's: 1953, 1956, 1987, 2010
Women's: 1992, 1997, 1998, 2003, 2009
Percy Beard Track at Pressly Stadium is the home of the Florida Gators track and field teams.

The Florida Gators track and field program represents the University of Florida in the sport of track and field. The program includes separate men's and women's teams, both of which compete in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The Gators host their home indoor meets in the Stephen C. O'Connell Center and their home outdoor meets at Percy Beard Track, both located on the university's Gainesville, Florida campus. The Gators track teams are currently led by head coach Mike Holloway.

History[edit]

The Florida Gators men's track and field team was organized in 1923; the Gators women's team was formed in 1973. The University of Florida joined the Southeastern Conference (SEC) in December 1932, and the Gators track team began to compete in the SEC in the spring of 1933.[1]

Historically, the Gators have been a force in the SEC, and have won a total of 21 conference team championships. The Gators men have won four SEC outdoor championships (1953, 1956, 1987, 2010), and six indoor championships (1975, 1976, 1987, 2010). The Gators women have won five SEC outdoor championships (1992, 1997, 1998, 2003, 2009), and six indoor championships (1990, 1992, 1997, 2002, 2004, 2012). Head coach Percy Beard, a former elite hurdler and silver medalist at the 1932 Summer Olympics, led the Gators to their first national prominence in the 1940s, 1950s and early 1960s, including their first two SEC outdoor championships. Beard's successor, Jimmy Carnes, coached the Gators from the early 1960s until 1976, and accounted for the Gators' first two SEC indoor team championships. Carnes was chosen to be the head coach of the U.S. Olympic track and field team in 1980, and later served as the head of the U.S. Track & Field Association.

In 2009, the women's team won the SEC outdoor championship.[2]

In 2010, the men's teams won both the NCAA Men's Indoor Track and Field Championship and the SEC men's outdoor championship.[3] The 2010 women's team placed second in the SEC outdoor meet.[3]

The Gators men's team won their second consecutive NCAA Men's Indoor Track and Field Championship in 2011, following their sixth SEC indoor championship. At the 2011 SEC outdoor track tournament, the Gators men and women's teams both placed second of twelve SEC teams in the 2011 conference track meet held in Athens, Georgia.[4] In the remarkably close final standings at the 2011 NCAA outdoor track and field championships in Des Moines, Iowa, the Texas A&M Aggies men finished first with fifty-five points, the Florida State Seminoles men were second with fifty-four points, and the Gators men were third with fifty-three points.[5]

The Gators men's team won their third straight NCAA Men's Indoor Track and Field Championship in March 2012, and following a string of four NCAA outdoor second-place finishes since 2004, won their first NCAA Men's Outdoor Track and Field Championship in June 2012.

Coaching staff[edit]

The Gators' current head coach for both the men's and women's track and field teams is Mike Holloway.[6] Following the Gators' 2010 NCAA indoor track and field championship, Holloway was named the 2010 indoor track and field coach of the year.[7]

The associate head coach and assistant coach for throwing is Steve Lemke.[8] The assistant coach for cross country and distance running is Todd Morgan.[9] The assistant coach for sprints and hurdles is Brian O'Neal.[10] The assistant coach for jumps and recruiting is Dick Booth.[11]

As of 2012, Dick Booth is the jumps coach for the University of Alabama. Nic Petersen is the jumps coach at the University of Florida.

Olympic track and field medalists[edit]

The following Florida Gators athletes have earned medals in one or more track and field events at the Summer Olympics:

  • Will Claye, American silver and bronze medalist at 2012 London Olympics
  • Kerron Clement, American gold medalist at 2008 Beijing Olympics
  • Jeff Demps, American silver medalist at 2012 London Olympics
  • Michelle Freeman, Jamaican bronze medalist at 1996 Atlanta Olympics
  • Tony McQuay, American silver medalist at 2012 London Olympics
  • Dennis Mitchell, American gold medalist and bronze medalist at 1992 Barcelona Olympics, silver medalist at 1996 Atlanta Olympics
  • Christian Taylor, American gold medalist at 2012 London Olympics
  • Bernard Williams, American gold medalist at 2000 Sydney Olympics, and silver medalist at 2004 Athens Olympics
  • Novlene Williams, Jamaican bronze medalist at 2004 Athens Olympics

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ History of the program
  2. ^ "Florida Women Claim 2009 SEC Outdoor Track and Field Title," GatorZone.com (May 18, 2009). Retrieved May 18, 2010.
  3. ^ a b "UF men's track and field wins first SEC outdoor title since 1987," Gainesville Sun (May 16, 2010). Retrieved May 18, 2010.
  4. ^ "UF track teams take second at SECs," The Gainesville Sun (May 15, 2011). Retrieved May 17, 2011.
  5. ^ "Men's track finishes 3rd at NCAAs," The Gainesville Sun (June 11, 2011). Retrieved June 12,
  6. ^ GatorZone.com, Track & Field, Coaching & Support Staff, Mike Holloway. Retrieved May 15, 2011.
  7. ^ "UF track and field coach wins national honor," Gainesville Sun (March 19, 2010). Retrieved March 20, 2010.
  8. ^ GatorZone.com, Track & Field, Coaching & Support Staff, Steve Lemke. Retrieved May 15, 2011.
  9. ^ GatorZone.com, Track & Field, Coaching & Support Staff, Todd Morgan. Retrieved May 15, 2011.
  10. ^ GatorZone.com, Track & Field, Coaching & Supoort Staff, Brian O'Neal. Retrieved May 15, 2011.
  11. ^ GatorZone.com, Track & Field, Coaching & Support Staff, Dick Booth. Retrieved May 15, 2011.

External links[edit]

  • GatorSports.com – Florida Gators sports news from The Gainesville Sun.
  • GatorZone.com – Official webpage of the Florida Gators track and field teams.