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Sunday June 23, 2013Williams-Mills Makes Jamaican History, Gators Wrap Up USAs

Des Moines, Iowa

Gator track & field athletes wrapped up competition at the 2013 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships Sunday, while three-time Olympian Novlene Williams-Mills was making history over at the JAAA Senior National Championships.


Williams-Mills, a five-time World Championships medalist, racked up her seventh Jamaican national championship in the women’s 400 meters, racing to a winning time of 50.01 and stamping her ticket to Moscow. She is the 12th Gator to officially punch her ticket to the World Championships.


Three-time NCAA Champion Dedric Dukes (Miami, Fla.) made the finals of the men’s 200, coming in as the youngest athlete in the field and the only returning collegian for the 2013-14 season. Dukes finished eighth in the final in 20.45 and raced to a semifinal time of 20.73.


The event served as qualification for the 14th IAAF World Outdoor Championships in Moscow, Russia, August 10-18, 2013. The top three finishers in each event at the USA Outdoor Championships advance to Moscow, provided the athlete has the A or B standard in his or her respective event. If the athlete does not have the standard but finishes in the top three, the athlete may “standard chase,” which means athlete needs to turn in at least a B standard at a USATF-sanctioned event to earn the opportunity to compete in Moscow.


There were 11 members of the 2013 Florida track & field rosters competing at the 2013 USA Outdoor Championships and two at the USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Five-time USTFCCCA National Men’s Coach of the Year Mike Holloway is the head men’s coach for Team USA this summer. Holloway was a member of the Team USA coaching staff at the 2012 Olympic Games, working as the sprints and hurdles coach in London.


Next on the calendar for the Orange and Blue is the World University Games, hosted by Kazan, Russia, July 5-17. The athletics events will take place July 6-12. Many Gator athletes will look to represent their countries at the event and the rosters will be announced in the coming weeks.


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Women’s 400 Meters – Novlene Williams-Mills (Jamaica)

Men’s 400 Meters – Tony McQuay (USA), Arman Hall (USA)

Women’s 1,500 Meters – Cory McGee (USA)*

Men’s 110-Meter Hurdles – Eddie Lovett (Virgin Islands)

Women’s 100-Meter Hurdles – Ugonna Ndu (Nigeria)*

Women’s 400-Meter Hurdles – Ugonna Ndu (Nigeria)

Men’s 400-Meter Hurdles – Kerron Clement (USA)

Women’s 3,000-Meter Steeplechase – Genevieve LaCaze (Australia)

Men’s Long Jump – Marquis Dendy (USA)$

Men’s Triple Jump – Omar Craddock (USA), Will Claye (USA), Christian Taylor (USA)#

Men’s Shot Put – Kemal Mesic (Bosnia & Herzegovina)

* - Must standard chase

# - Received Wild Card as reigning World Champion

$ - Holds “A” standard but must wait for medalists to standard chase






Men’s Long Jump

5.             Marquis Dendy, 8.10m/26-7 (+1.3)

6.             Christian Taylor, 8.07m/26-5.75 (+3.0)

7.             Will Claye, 8.05m/26-5 (+1.1)




Men’s 200 Meters – Semifinal

8.             Dedric Dukes, 20.73 (-1.1)Q


Men’s 200 Meters – Final

8.             Dedric Dukes, 20.45 (+1.6)




Women’s 400 Meters – Final

1.             Novlene Williams-Mills, 50.01

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