Wednesday September 25, 2013NCAA Champion Men's Track & Field Team Receives Rings
The Florida men's track & field team celebrated their 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championship Wednesday evening at the Champions Club at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
The Gator athletes gathered to share dinner, memories and laughs with administration, coaches and support staff.
Championship rings were handed out to open the evening while University of Florida Athletic Director Jeremy Foley addressed the room. 2013 USTFCCCA National Outdoor Coach of the Year Mike Holloway took his turn to speak to the group and thanked his coaching and support staffs for their work throughout the year.
Holloway spoke about the character and determination of the team, specifically three-time NCAA Champion Omar Craddock. Craddock walked into Holloway's office in January 2010 with two goals: earn his diploma and win Florida an NCAA title. Craddock aided the Gators in winning all five NCAA team titles and captured three NCAA triple jump crowns individually. He will graduate in May with a degree in telecommunications.
Holloway guided Florida to their second straight NCAA outdoor track & field national team title. The Gators scored 53 points for the crown, tying Texas A&M for the title. Florida won the 4x400-meter relay, the concluding event, to reach the top of the final team standings. The Gators had been down to the Aggies by nine points before the finale. Along with the 4x4, Florida captured the 4x100-meter relay and the men's triple jump title.
Florida was the first team since 1978 (UTEP, UCLA) to share an NCAA outdoor crown and the title was just the fourth time in NCAA history a tie occurred.
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