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Tuesday June 7, 2011Coach Holloway Participated in NCAA Press Conference

Des Moines, IA

Florida head track and field coach Mike Holloway met with the media on Tuesday as part of the NCAA Press Conference, leading up to the NCAA Outdoor Championships, at Leavitt Hall on the campus of Drake University. The NCAA Outdoor Championships take place June 8-11 at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa.

 

Below is a full transcript of Holloway’s portion of the NCAA Press Conference:

 

Opening statement:

“We’re excited about being here in Des Moines. It has been a very successful season up to this point. On the women’s side, we’re very young, but we’ve got nine scoring opportunities and we’re very excited about the future of the women’s program. On the men’s side, we’ve got a great bunch of young men and I think we are in the conversation for the team title.”

 

On what it would mean to him to win the men’s NCAA Outdoor Championship this year …

“I think anytime you can win a championship, it’s big. It would be big for us because it would be the first time we would have ever won one on the men’s or the women’s side. It would be historical in nature. The thing for us is that it’s not a big focus. We’re not talking about winning the championship; we’re talking about individual performances. I always tell my team that there’s a computer that keeps the score; we just need to give it a reason to do its job. It would be big for the University of Florida and our athletic program as a whole, but we’re just talking about performing well at a high level.”

 

On his thoughts on Drake and Des Moines as an NCAA Championship site …

“Being here in 2008 and I’ve been here for the USA Championships, the track is a track, because you’ve got good tracks all over the country. But, I think the thing that makes Des Moines special is the people that put the meet on here – they do a phenomenal job. The people in the community – everywhere we go with our team, everybody is very pleasant and really want to see everybody do well. It makes it easier to be away from home for a week.”

 

On junior sprinter Jeff Demps and his potential for the 100m championship …

“Jeff has done a wonderful job of handling the spotlight of being a football player. I think the thing that people forget is that Jeff probably came in more celebrated as a track guy. He is the world junior record holder. The challenge for Jeff has been to handle the pressure of everybody expecting him to run 9.9 every time he steps on the track. He has handled that very well. His progression has gone very well. He’s had a great season and has been the 60-meter champion the last two years in a row. If you ever got a chance to sit down and talk to Jeff, he is just an incredibly humble young man. He comes out every day and works hard. If you didn’t know who he was, you would never know what he has accomplished just by watching him walk around and just by how hard he works every day. We are very excited about where he is right now, but he understands there are 23 other great competitors here and he needs to be ready to do his job this weekend.”

 

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