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Friday, October 15, 2021

Two Gators reach top three nationally after final day of NCAA Outdoors

The Florida women place seventh at nationals with 28 points

Florida’s Talitha Diggs competes during the SEC Indoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday, February 27, 2021 at Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, Ark. / UAA Communications photo by Alex de la Osa
Florida’s Talitha Diggs competes during the SEC Indoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday, February 27, 2021 at Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, Ark. / UAA Communications photo by Alex de la Osa

Two Gator women made podium appearances on the final day of competition Saturday at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships. 

Talitha Diggs finished runner up in the women’s 400 meter. The freshman logged a personal-best 50.74, the second-fastest time in school history. Taylor Manson raced alongside Diggs and finished eighth overall with a 51.55.  

Gabrielle Wilkinson won bronze in the women’s 800. The Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, native shed 0.25 seconds off her seed time to close the race with a personal record of 2:01.20.

Florida finished seventh in Eugene, Oregon and tallied up 28 points. 

Grace Stark placed fourth in the nation in the 100-meter hurdles after she strode to a 12.89 second time. 

The women’s 4x400 relay bumped up to the second-fastest time in school history Saturday. Manson, Sterling Lester, Doneisha Anderson and Diggs ended in fourth overall, crossing the finish line at 3:26.31.  

The Gators leave NCAA Outdoors with two national champions. 

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Joseph Fahnbulleh struck gold in the men’s 200 Friday with a 19.91 time, his first NCAA title. 

Thomas Mardal capped off his collegiate career with his first outdoor national title. The senior thrower cast a 76.74 meter (251-9) throw to become the national hammer throw champion. 

U.S. Olympic trials for USA Track & Field begin June 18. 


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

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