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<p><span id="docs-internal-guid-4f636636-7fff-f320-61f2-505199fc546c"><span>UF track and field coach Mike Holloway led the men’s team to the indoor national championship and the women’s team to a top-10 ranking.</span></span></p>

UF track and field coach Mike Holloway led the men’s team to the indoor national championship and the women’s team to a top-10 ranking.

The Florida track and field team finalized its spring schedule, according to a Friday tweet.

The team will begin its indoor season Jan. 23 at Carolina Challenge in Columbia, South Carolina. This will be the first time the Gators compete since March because their 2020 season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

After a week's rest, the team will head back to the Palmetto State for the South Carolina Invitational, scheduled to take place in Columbia Feb. 5-6. 

The rest of the indoor season will occur in Fayetteville, Arkansas, with three meets currently on the cards. 

The first is the newly named Tyson Invitational Feb. 12-13. The Gators will look to improve on their performance at last year’s Razorback Invitational, where the women finished in second place and the men in fourth. 

Championship season begins with the SEC Championship Feb. 25-27. If they follow history, Gators’ current crop would have wanted no other venue for the meet. Florida currently has four SEC indoor championships. Half of those have come when the meet is hosted in Fayetteville. 

In last year's conference championship, the Gators placed fourth on the men's side and seventh on the women’s — their lowest since 2016 and 2017. 

While this may be disputed, Florida is currently the back-to-back reigning NCAA Indoor champion because last year's meet was canceled. Their performance at the NCAA Championship Mar. 12-13 will be heavily dissected. 

The outdoor season starts soon Mar. 26 with the FSU Relays. The Gators have enjoyed recent success in Tallahassee, winning the meet in 2019.

The next two meets will be at home with the Pepsi Florida Relays on April 2-3 and the Tom Jones Memorial on April 16-17. 

Staying in North Florida for their next meet, the team will travel to the UNF Invitational in Jacksonville April 30- May 1.

The SEC outdoor meet comes next May 13-15, currently slated to be held in Bryan-College Station, Texas. 

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UF will then travel back to Jacksonville for the NCAA East Preliminary May 27-29. If the Gators qualify, they will finish their season June 9-12 on the west coast as the NCAA Outdoor Championship will be held in Eugene by the University of Oregon. 

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