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<p>Sophomore Grant Holloway earned his second SEC 60-meter hurdles title in as many years on Sunday.&nbsp;</p>

Sophomore Grant Holloway earned his second SEC 60-meter hurdles title in as many years on Sunday. 

Grant Holloway clapped his hands together and broke into a running-man celebratory dance following his race.

The sophomore then quickly patted his chest twice and struck a pose with his arms folded and head tilted to the side to commemorate his second consecutive SEC title in the men’s 60-meter hurdles.

Florida’s men’s and women’s track and field teams wrapped up their final day of competition on Sunday at the 2018 SEC Indoor Championships in College Station, Texas. The men’s team matched its finish from a year ago at third place on Sunday, while the women finished in sixth.

Holloway won the men’s 60-meter hurdles easily with a time of 7.53 seconds. He joined EJ Lovett and Ron Bramlett as the only men in history to repeat as SEC champions.

Sophomore Clayton Brown also collected a title on Sunday with his mark of 16.08 meters in the men’s triple jump. Three-time SEC champion KeAndre Bates took third in the same event.

The Gators have now won seven of the last 10 SEC Indoor Championship triple jump titles.

Junior Yanis David took the lead on her last jump (14.11m) in a tight women’s triple jump event, but she finished runner up to Georgia’s Keturah Orji, who ended with a mark of 14.18.

David, however, broke the UF school record and became the No. 8 triple jumper on the collegiate All-Time Top-10 List. Her performance also accounted for eight of the women’s points.

In the men’s 60-meter dash, freshman Hakim Sani Brown, who won his qualifying heat on day one, finished sixth overall on Sunday. Michael Timpson Jr. finished in eighth place in the same race. The two sprinters gathered four points for Florida’s men.

Redshirt sophomore Jack Guyton took fifth place in the men’s mile to add four more points to the Gators’ total.

Junior Kunle Fasasi finished sixth overall in a two-section men’s 400-meter event. His performance (46.34) was good enough for three points.

Junior and six-time All-American Sharrika Barnett established the time to beat (51.81) in the first heat of a two-section women’s 400-meter. However, in the second heat, Kentucky’s Sydney McLaughlin set an SEC meet record at 50.52 seconds. McLaughlin’s record, along with Georgia’s Lynna Irby’s time of 50.62 seconds, pushed Barnett to third overall.

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Freshman Taylor Manson finished sixth in that same race.

Barnett’s bronze finish was good for six points, and Manson’s added three more.

Redshirt sophomore Elisabeth Bergh finished fourth in the women’s mile and piled on five more points for UF’s women.

Senior Lloydricia Cameron, who grabbed her first title in the shot put on Saturday, finished sixth in the women’s weight throw on day two.

UF’s men’s distance medley relay team took fourth place in its event and finished at 9:41.01, just under one second behind Georgia’s team. The team’s time was good enough for five points and ranks No. 10 on the Gators’ All-Time Top 10.

The women’s DMR team finished eighth but clocked a season-best time of 11:36.30.

In the final event of the 2018 SEC Indoor Championships, the 4x400 meter relay, the men took second place. Their time of 3:02.65 is the fifth fastest time in collegiate history and the eighth fastest ever recorded indoors.

They finished less than a second behind Texas A&M’s 4x400 relay team and secured a third-place conference finish for the Gators’ men.

The women’s 4x400 team clocked a time of 3:33.57 for fifth place, putting its team at sixth overall to conclude the championship meet.

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Sophomore Grant Holloway earned his second SEC 60-meter hurdles title in as many years on Sunday. 

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