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Thursday, April 25, 2024

Even with 31 victories and 29 NCAA provisional marks this season, UF coach Mike Holloway wants to see some improvement.

"We want to improve on what we did a couple weeks ago," he said. "We still have some areas that we need to shore up."

The Gators will have an opportunity to do just that when they make the long trip to Ames, Iowa for the Iowa State Classic this weekend. Holloway doesn't believe the distance will make a difference in this weekend's meet.

This is the first of two trips to Ames for the Gators this season. The second will come on March 8 for the Iowa State qualifier.

But before then, UF has a few loose ends to tie up this weekend.

"We definitely want to get better in the 800 [meters] and the hurdles," Holloway said. "We also have a few guys in the 60 [meters] that we think can do better."

The Gators have yet to win a hurdle event this season and only have two wins in the 800.

While Holloway expects tough competition, he's more concerned with how his team will perform over the weekend.

"Anywhere you go in the country this time of year you are going to face great competition, but to be honest with you, it's not really about our competition," Holloway said. "As long as we do what we are supposed to do, we will be fine."

Both the men's and women's teams are nationally ranked by the Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The men hold the No. 7 spot in the poll, while the women are No. 13.

The weekend's meet is the last before the Southeastern Conference Championships.

Holloway hopes that a strong showing will give the Gators momentum heading into the most important meet of the indoor season.

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"Across the board, we just need to get a little more consistency," Holloway said. "The biggest thing is that we continue to believe that we are one of the better teams in the country. People are starting to believe, but to really be successful, everyone on the team needs to believe."

Holloway will do his best to keep the team from looking ahead to the SEC Championships.

"We are just going to stress taking care of the Gators this week," Holloway said. "We can't worry about what other people are doing."

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