Saturday June 13, 2009Track and Field Teams Post Top-10 NCAA Finishes
The University of Florida men’s and women’s track and field teams on Saturday each posted top-10 team finishes for the first time since 2005 to cap off an impressive season at the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Championships hosted by the University of Arkansas at its John McDonnell Field.
Texas A&M took home both the 2009 NCAA men’s and women’s national championships. The Aggie men won the NCAA Championship with 48 total team points, while Florida, Florida State and Oregon all tied for second with 46 points. LSU rounded out the top five with 37 points. The TAMU women claimed the national title with 50 total points, while Oregon was second with 43 points and Arizona State third with 41. The Gators were ninth overall with 23 points.
In total, Florida earned 22 United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-America distinctions on the weekend, besting last year’s total of 21 All-America honors.
“Give credit to Texas A&M – their staff did a great job of getting their athletes prepared for the NCAA Championships,” Florida head coach Mike Holloway said. “I am very pleased with a number of things that our team was able to accomplish this weekend. Obviously, it’s a little disappointing for the men to finish second and to have had some opportunities that we didn’t take advantage of.
“I am very pleased with the effort that everyone showed on the men’s and women’s sides. I am thankful to have such a great coaching staff that did a wonderful job working with our athletes all season long. This was a little bit of a tough one today, but we’re just going to get back at it and continue to fight for championships.”
The runner-up finish for the Florida men gives the Gators second-place finishes at both the 2009 NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships. The University of Florida athletics program (all sports combined) finishes the year with 12 top-10 team finishes, matching the school record. UF also had 12 top-10 team finishes in 2007-08, 2003-04 and 2001-02.
The Gator men entered the meet ranked No. 3 in the nation, while the women entered the meet ranked No. 14 in the latest USTFCCCA poll.
Florida’s men were five points off the team lead heading into the final event – the 4x400-meter relay. The relay was run at a blazing pace with the event’s winner clocking an impressive time of 2:59.99. The Gators recorded a season-best time of 3:02.17 – the fourth-fastest outdoor 4x400-meter relay time in school history and the fastest since the 2005 season to finish fourth. The relay quartet consisted of R.J. Anderson (Big Pine Key, Fla.), Lamarr Davis (Knightdale, N.C.), Carlos Phillips (Winter Park, Fla.) and Calvin Smith (Lutz, Fla.).
Smith, the 2009 USTFCCCA South Region Men’s Outdoor Runner of the Year and the 2009 Southeastern Conference Men’s Outdoor Runner of the Year, turned in a third-place finish in the finals of the men’s 400-meter dash in a time of 45.29, giving him three All-America honors for the weekend.
The three All-America honors this week give Smith 13 All-America honors for his career, which moves him into second place all-time in men’s school history. Mike Morrison holds the men’s school record for All-America honors with 14.
Freshman jumper Christian Taylor (Fayetteville, Ga.) posted a career-best leap of 55-5.76/16.91m in the finals of the men’s triple jump to place third and earn All-America honors. That topped his previous best of 53-5.50/16.29m, recorded at the NCAA East Regional two weeks ago in Greensboro, N.C.
Freshman hurdler William Wynne (Marietta, Ga.) finished third in the finals of the 110-meter hurdles in a time of 13.68, while teammate Kallinka Pitt (Largo, Fla.) was seventh in 13.88. Each earned All-America honors in that event.
Junior jumper Shara Proctor (The Valley, Anguilla), after earning All-America honors in the women’s long jump earlier in the week, finished fourth in the finals of the women’s triple jump with a leap of 44-11/13.69m for her second All-America honor of the meet.
The Gators concluded a highly impressive 2009 season that included an NCAA Indoor runner-up finish for the men, an SEC Outdoor Championship for the women, an NCAA East Regional championship for the men and top-10 finishes for both the men’s and women’s programs at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
NCAA OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS (FAYETTEVILLE, ARK. – JUNE 10-13, 2009)
SATURDAY, JUNE 13
Women’s Triple Jump Finals – 1 p.m. EST
4. Shara Proctor – 44-11/13.69m (+1.5)
Men’s Triple Jump Finals – 1 p.m. EST
3. Christian Taylor – 55-5.75/16.91m (+2.5)
Men’s 400-Meter Dash Finals – 1:12 p.m. EST
3. Calvin Smith – 45.29
Men’s 200-Meter Dash Finals – 1:42 p.m. EST
9. Jeremy Hall – 21.30 (-1.6)
Men’s 110-Meter Hurdles Finals – 1:59 p.m. EST
3. William Wynne – 13.68
7. Kallinka Pitt – 13.88
Men’s 4x400-Meter Relay Finals – 2:44 p.m. EST
4. Florida – 3:02.17
-R.J. Anderson, LaMarr Davis, Carlos Phillips, Calvin Smith
FLORIDA’S ALL-AMERICANS ON THE WEEKEND (22)
MEN’S TEAM STANDINGS – FINAL
1. Texas A&M – 48
T2. Florida – 46
T2. Florida State – 46
T2. Oregon – 46
5. LSU – 37
6. South Carolina – 33.50
7. Stanford – 30
8. Arizona State – 29
9. Arkansas – 27
10. Southern Cal – 26
WOMEN’S TEAM STANDINGS – FINAL
1. Texas A&M – 50
2. Oregon – 43
3. Arizona State – 41
4. Florida State – 40
5. Texas – 36
6. LSU – 29.50
7. Michigan – 28
8. Southern Cal – 24
9. Florida – 23
T10. Tennessee – 21
T10. Baylor - 21
END OF REPORT