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Dedric Dukes and Florida head coach Mike Holloway both picked up USTFCCCA South Region honors Monday.

Monday June 9, 2014Mike Holloway, Dedric Dukes are USTFCCCA South Region Coach & Athlete of Year

Dedric Dukes and Florida head coach Mike Holloway both picked up USTFCCCA South Region honors Monday.

NEW ORLEANS, La. -- Florida track and field head coach Mike Holloway was named the USTFCCCA South Region Outdoor Menís Coach of the Year Monday, while junior sprinter Dedric Dukes was tabbed the South Region Menís Athlete of the Year as the Gators prepare for the upcoming NCAA Championships June 11-14 at Historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.

 

Holloway, who was additionally the 2014 Indoor Womenís South Region Coach of the Year in March, has tutored a contingent of 25 Gators, including 13 men -- the second-most in school history -- to the 2014 NCAA Championships. The Gators are aiming this week for their seventh and eighth national championships in program history, including a third straight in menís outdoor action.

Dukes, a top-10 mainstay on The Bowerman Award Watch List this spring, owns the fastest 200m in the world this year (19.97) from the Florida Relays, the ninth-best performance in college history after becoming one of 12 collegians ever to break the 20-second barrier with a wind-legal mark. Dukes scored 11 individual points for the Gators at the SEC Championships with his third-place finish in the 200m and fourth-place 100m race and contributed another 14 points in relays. Dukes clocked a PR in SEC Championships prelims of the 100m (10.24), and was a member of UFís American Collegiate Record 4x1 (38.29) at the Texas Relays and the No. 2 all-time collegiate 4x4 that clocked a 2:59.73 at the Florida Relays.

 

Holloway and Dukes led the Gators to a top-three SEC Outdoors finish for fifth time in the last six years in Lexington three weeks ago as five individuals were crowned champions. The University of Florida athletics program has two national titles in 2014 so far -- gymnastics and softball, and the track and field squads will look to add to the impressive run, writes GatorZone.com Senior Writer Scott Carter.

 

Complete USTFCCCA All-Region Honors

 

FLORIDA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP NOTABLES

         Floridaís six track and field national championships came in the form of a womenís indoor title in 1992, before the menís squad struck for three consecutive indoor championships from 2010-12. UF doubled up indoors and outdoors on the menís side in 2012, bringing home the first outdoor title that year before making it back-to-back championships by tying for the crown in 2013

         Floridaís five menís track & field national championships since 2010 compose nearly half of the Gatorsí 11 titles since 2010

         The Gators are compiling national championship trophies at an impressive rate since winning their second football national title in 2006. Florida's athletic program has won 15 national titles over that span, adding 11 since the 2009-10 sports calendar

         Florida's 15 national titles since 2006 lead the SEC, and the Gators have won multiple national titles in each of the last five years

         The University of Florida owns 33 national titles (31 NCAA and 2 AIAW).

         The Gators have won 24 national titles since 1992 when Jeremy Foley took over as UF's athletic director

         Softballís 2014 title on June 3rd became the 13th UF sport to win an NCAA or football national title, a total which stands fourth all-time among the nationís programs and is tops among SEC programs

 

 

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