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The Gators open the 2014 outdoor season at the FSU Relays March 21

Thursday March 20, 2014Gators Open 2014 Outdoor Season at FSU Relays March 21

The Gators open the 2014 outdoor season at the FSU Relays March 21

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- With the 2014 indoor season behind them following a stellar NCAA Championships run March 14-15 in Albuquerque, N.M, the Gator track and field squads will waste no time jumping into outdoor action, as Florida will send a contingent of hurdlers and distance athletes to the FSU Relays March 21 in Tallahassee.


After third-place NCAA indoor finishes for both UF’s men’s and women’s teams, this weekend begins the quest for a third-straight NCAA outdoor title for the Orange and Blue on the men’s side, while the women’s squad starts the mission for its second national championship, the first outdoors. Florida owns four SEC outdoor titles on the men’s side and five on the women’s side.


UF will take six hurdlers to Tallahassee, while 19 Gator runners will participate in the Friday Distance Showcase at the FSU Relays.



1:50pm  M 110m Hurdles – Pitt / Hart

2:20pm  W 100m Hurdles – Favors / Eady / Ross-Ransom / McEnany

3:40pm  M 400m – Aird / Osorio

6:20pm  W 1500m – Tubbs / Huskey / Koziara / Macedo / McDermott / VanDeGrift / Johnson

6:35pm  M 1500m – Clark / Parrish / Gorwitz / Garcia / Reynolds / Miranda / Torke / Clemente / Mutz / Manesiotis



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·         Saturday’s March 15 NCAA Indoor Track& Field Championships finale was as good as it gets, as the women’s team title was winner take all in the 4x400-meter relay. Florida turned in a fourth-place finish in the event to finish third overall (40.5) at the 2014 NCAA Indoor Championships, while UF’s men additionally solidified a third-place finish in the team race (35)

·         The Orange and Blue entered the final day of NCAA Indoor competition in second place with 19 points behind Stanford (22) on the women’s side, and the Gators scored in five events on Saturday to stay in the title hunt down the stretch, including a third-place finish and new school record in the pentathlon from Brittany Harrell (4,287) to provide a spark for the Orange and Blue in Saturday’s opening event

·         For the Florida women, UF’s third-place team finish was its first top-three finale at the indoor championships since 2005 when the Gators placed second and the Gators’ 40.5 points were the most for a UF women’s squad since 2004’s 51 points. The men’s third-place finish marked six consecutive years as a top-three finisher at indoor nationals

·         UF shattered three school records at the 2014 NCAA Indoor Championships:

1.     W60m: Shayla Sanders (7.18)

2.     W200m: Kyra Jefferson (22.79)

3.     Pentathlon: Brittany Harrell (4,287)

·         The Gators boasted 11 USTFCCCA Indoor All-Americans with 12 honors on the men’s side, while the men’s 4x400-meter relay picked up All-America honorable mention accolades

·         On the women’s side, a total of 15 Gators were tabbed USTFCCCA All-Americans with 20 honors at the NCAA Indoor Championships

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