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Sunday, September 19, 2021

Gators add five more finals entries after second day of NCAA Outdoors

Florida women’s track and field have six total entries to Saturday’s finals

Florida's Taylor Manson runs during the Pepsi Florida Relays on Saturday, April 3, 2021 at Percy Beard Track at James G. Pressly Stadium in Gainesville, Fla. / UAA Communications photo by Hannah White
Florida's Taylor Manson runs during the Pepsi Florida Relays on Saturday, April 3, 2021 at Percy Beard Track at James G. Pressly Stadium in Gainesville, Fla. / UAA Communications photo by Hannah White

Florida women’s track and field team fueled off the men’s Wednesday qualifications during the second day of the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Thursday saw five more Gators secure entries to compete in Saturday's finals in Eugene, Oregon. 

Grace Stark glided to the third qualifying spot in the women’s 100-meter hurdles semifinal. The redshirt freshman tied UF’s record in the 100-meter hurdle after she sprinted a personal-best 12.73 second time.

The dynamic duo of Talitha Diggs and Taylor Manson advanced to Saturday’s 400 final. Diggs finished sixth with a 51.45, and Manson rose to the No. 3 spot with a personal-best 51.04 time, 0.47 seconds faster than her 51.51 seed time.

Gabrielle Wilkinson found herself in fifth in the women’s 800 semifinals. The redshirt sophomore paced out a 2:03.50, about two seconds slower than her 2:01.45 seed time. 

The nation’s fourth-ranked  women’s 4x400 relay team advanced to the finals. Manson, Sterling Lester, Doneisha Anderson and Diggs lapped a 3:27.47 time to come in second. 

The men’s finals continue Friday after the Gators added four entries in Wednesday’s semifinals. Coverage begins with the following eastern broadcast times and streams:

Contact Kaitlyn Wadulack at kwadulack@alligator.org and follow her on Twitter at @kwadulack

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