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Friday June 14, 2013Postage Provided: Gators men's track team should receive NCAA Championship trophy soon

Updated: 2:54pm, June 14

Mike Holloway

Gators men's track coach Mike Holloway, right, and Texas A&M coach Pat Henry pose with the NCAA title trophy.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Gators track coach Mike Holloway has already moved on to the next stop on his schedule, the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships starting Wednesday in Des Moines, Iowa.

Holloway is the men’s head coach for Team USA.

As for the hardware the UF men’s team won Saturday at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore., it should be in the Lemerand Center when Holloway returns.

The Gators used a dramatic win in the 4x400-meter relay – the final event of the meet – to share the national title with Texas A&M. It marked the first time in 35 years the event featured co-national champions (UCLA and UTEP shared the title in 1978).

At the awards presentation, Holloway and Aggies coach Pat Henry both held the trophy as photographers took their photo to commemorate the national title.

With only one national championship trophy on site, a coin flip determined which school got to bring the trophy home.

“Tails never fails and it failed me this time,” Holloway said this week. “It's no big deal. It doesn't change the moment at all. I'm just embracing this group of young people and the time and the effort and the energy they put into this championship.”

Since the coin landed on heads, Henry and the Aggies left Eugene with the trophy. Athletes and coaches from both schools received championship shirts and hats.

NCAA officials will ship Florida’s trophy to campus in the next few days.

The Gators don’t seem to mind. Not after pulling off a stirring comeback for their second consecutive national outdoor title and fifth title in the past four years. The Gators men’s team won Indoor titles from 2010-12.

“All I know is we're all getting rings,” said Arman Hall, who ran the final leg in the 4x400. “So that's the only thing we really care about. Sure, we would like to have the trophy in our stand, but in our mind, we won it.”

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