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Thursday July 26, 2012Florida Men's Track & Field Sweeps USTFCCCA All-Academic Team Honors

Gainesville, Fla.

The University of Florida menís track & field team was named the Scholar Team of the Year in Division I for the 2012 indoor and outdoor seasons by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The Gators earned the distinction as a result of being the highest-placing teams with at least a 3.00-cumulative GPA at the most recent NCAA indoor and outdoor championship, respectively.


Florida swept NCAA Division I menís track & field titles for the first time in school history in 2012. The indoor national title was the Gatorsí third-straight while the outdoor crown was the squadís first ever. Florida is the first to sweep Scholar Team of the Year honors since Stanford in 2007. UF has a cumulative team GPA of 3.06. The Gator men were one of three SEC teams to earn All-Academic distinction.


At the indoor championships, the Gators scored 52 points and had three event champions to top the field, besting SEC rival Arkansasí 47 for the team crown. At the NCAA Outdoor Championships, UF managed 50 points for the team title and beat out LSU in the final event, the 4x400-meter relay, for the two-point victory over the Tigers.


Squad members Tyler Cardillo (Punta Gorda, Fla.), Hugh Graham, Jr. (Miami, Fla.), Mark Parrish (Tampa, Fla.) and David Triassi (St. Johns, Fla.) claimed All-Academic honors earlier in the week. Graham was the second leg of the Gatorsí 4x400-meter relay that won the national crown and pushed the squad to the top of the team podium.


The Florida women also earned All-Academic distinction as a squad for the second-consecutive season, earning a cumulative team GPA of 3.16. The Gator women were one of seven SEC teams to earn All-Academic distinction. The University of Florida was one of just two Southeastern Conference institutions to receive All-Academic nods for both menís and womenís programs, along with the University of South Carolina.


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