Eight Florida athletes earned personal record-breaking marks this past weekend in Fayetteville, Arkansas, as the Gators continued their strong start to the indoor season.
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After having just three athletes competing last week, the Gators will bring a massive squad of 45 runners, jumpers and throwers to compete in Fayetteville, Arkansas, on Friday and Saturday.
Florida’s throwers continued its strong start to its indoor campaign as Amara Wiggan and Connor Bandel took first place at the Hokie Invitational in the women’s weight throw and the men’s shot put, respectively.
Three Florida throwers will make the trip up to Blacksburg, Virginia, to participate in the Hokie Invitational, the third event of the indoor season.
Florida found success in South Carolina for the second week in a row. Competing in the Gamecock Opener, it closed the meet with Cameron Miller and the women’s 4x400-relay team posting NCAA-leading times.
Florida is back in South Carolina this weekend for the second week in a row.
In the NCAA’s triple jump rankings one meet into the 2020 season, two Gators top the list.
Grant Holloway raised his arms in celebration as he crossed the line to win his sixth high-hurdle championship. The junior from Chesapeake, Virginia, never left a national championship hurdle race without a gold medal. Now he will turn professional, according to coach Mike Holloway, leaving UF as one of the most decorated track athletes in the history of the NCAA and one of the best athletes to ever come through Gainesville.
Grant Holloway usually has a good start. Friday in Austin, Texas, was no different.
Two events, three years, six championships.
The Florida softball team had just won its second national championship in as many years. Robert Reed watched his freshman daughter, Megan, sprint from the dugout with the rest of the 2015 squad to join the celebratory dogpile. The moment for Robert was bittersweet. His daughter was now a national champion, but she was also no longer a softball player, a sport she’d been in for fifteen years.
Sophomore Amanda Froeynes was down 300 points with only one event left to go in the SEC Women’s Heptathlon.
The LSU Alumni Gold Meet featured two of the three best 4x100-meter relay teams in the country: No. 1 LSU (38.41) and No. 3 Florida (38.69). The Gators relay consists of juniors Grant Holloway and Raymond Ekevwo, sophomore Hakim Sani Brown and senior Ryan Clark.
Fourteen milliseconds was the difference. When senior Ryan Clark carried the baton across the line, it was not good enough to alter the nation’s leaderboard, but it was good enough to win on Saturday.
Sharrika Barnett reached the final straightaway clearly in first place.
Senior Yanis David’s mom and grandma watched her jump in person for the first time in the United States. They watched her extend her national No.1 ranking to 37 centimeters in the triple jump with a jump of 14.05 meters.
Grant Holloway was in first place running the curve of the 200-meter dash at the Florida Relays on Friday. But Akeem Sirleaf from North Carolina A&T caught up to him during the straightaway.
The Pepsi Florida Relays was Cameron Mahorn’s first home meet.