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Fawn Miller was crowned the 2014 javelin champion Wednesday in Eugene!

Wednesday June 11, 2014Fawn Miller Crowned 2014 NCAA Javelin Throw Champion

Fawn Miller was crowned the 2014 javelin champion Wednesday in Eugene!

EUGENE, Ore. -- Florida junior Fawn Miller capped off a stellar first day of competition for the Gators at the NCAA Track & Field Championships with a national title in the javelin throw, using a PR of 58.13m/190-8 on her second attempt to claim Florida’s first national championship on the women’s side since 2010.

 

Miller’s first-place finish – the best collegiate mark this year, No. 9 all-time and No. 2 in UF history – put the Gators on the board with 10 points, good for third place in women’s action after day one. Junior Stipe Zunic’s sixth-place finish in the shot put (19.67/64-6.5) gave Florida three points and knotted the Gators at a tie for 16th.

 

The Orange and Blue kicked off the 2014 NCAA Championships with a bang on the track as well Wednesday at Historic Hayward Field, qualifying both 4x1 relays and six individuals – four Florida men and two Gator women – for finals of their respective events.

 

Both Florida 4x1 relays qualified second for finals, and the Gators had all-conditions PRs from both 100m runners, Shayla Sanders (11.12, +2.3) and Antwan Wright (10.13, +2.3), who qualified for finals fifth and sixth, respectively, in the event. UF showed up in the 400m as well, qualifying three Gators in sophomore Robin Reynolds (51.36) on the women’s side and Najee Glass (45.56) and Hugh Graham, Jr. (45.83) in men’s action. Reynolds notched a new PR, the fourth-fastest time in program history. Sophomore Ryan Schnulle will represent the Orange and Blue in finals of the 800m after a 1:49.48 performance and second in his semifinal heat to advance.

 

The Florida Track & Field program has its sights on the program’s seventh and eighth national titles in Eugene.

 

Team Scores Following Day One

 

HOLLOWAY’S TAKE

“I thought we had a phenomenal day on both sides. It started with the 4x1s. We had a little bit of a hiccup in the 400m with Gino (Hall), but those things happen. He’s had a bit of an up and down year. I know him, and he’ll come back. He has two relays to run still and he’ll come back and fight hard for us. How about those guys in the 100m -- Antwan and Shayla -- Robin (Reynolds) was huge for us in the 400m. Fawn (Miller) was wonderful in the jav tonight. I’m really proud of Ryan Schnulle for making this outdoor final (in the 800m).

 

Overall, we outperformed ourselves on our form chart in some areas -- we were a little bit short today for Stipe (Zunic) in the shot put, but those things happen. We’re a team, we’ll pick him up and keep going.”

 

JAVELIN NATIONAL CHAMPION FAWN MILLER

“I'm super excited, it still hasn't sunk in. I’m just going through the motions right now. My first throw I just wanted to go out there and really set the tone and make everyone come after me -- it worked out to my advantage this time. PRing here (at Hayward) is a big thing and I'm happy about that one.”

 

MEET INFO | FOLLOW THE GATORS

·         Heat Sheets

·         NCAA Championships Schedule

·         LIVE results

·         NCAA Championships Meet Central

·         Follow the Gators: Twitter and Facebook | Tim Casey (live photos from NCAAs)

·         2014 Performance Chart | Florida Men’s All-Time Top 10 | Florida Women’s All-Time Top 10 | Meet Notes

 

BROADCAST INFORMATION

LIVE ESPN Coverage:

·         6/12 ESPN3 -- 6:55 p.m. ET

·         6/13 ESPNU -- 7:30 p.m. ET

·         6/14 ESPNU -- 5 p.m. ET

 

FLORIDA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP NOTABLES

·         Florida’s six track and field national championships came in the form of a women’s indoor title in 1992, before the men’s squad struck for three consecutive indoor championships from 2010-12. UF doubled up indoors and outdoors on the men’s 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

·         Florida’s five men’s track & field national championships since 2010 compose nearly half of the Gators’ 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

·         Softball’s 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 nation’s programs and is tops among SEC programs

 

FLORIDA STUDENT-ATHLETE COMPETITION SCHEDULE (All times Pacific)

Wednesday RESULTS

W Javelin

1. Fawn Miller (58.13m/190-8) | national champion, PR, collegiate leader, No. 9 all-time performance, No. 2 in UF history, 23. Marija Vucenovic  (43.45m/142-6)

M Shot Put

6. Stipe Zunic (19.67/64-6.5)

 

 

M 4x100 semis

2. Antwan Wright, Hugh Graham, Jr., Arman Hall, Dedric Dukes (38.77) | advance to finals

W 4x100 semis

2. Robin Reynolds, Shayla Sanders, Destinee Gause, Ebony Eutsey (43.26) | season best mark, second-fastest in Florida history, advance to finals

M 800m semis

8. Sean Obinwa (1:48.98), 11. Ryan Schnulle (1:49.48), 21. Andres Arroyo (1:51.02) | Schnulle advances to finals after being top two in semis heat

M 400m semis

Najee Glass (45.56) , Hugh Graham, Jr. (45.83), 17. Arman Hall (46.66) | Glass and Graham, Jr. on to finals

W 400m semis

2. Robin Reynolds (51.36) | PR, fourth-fastest in UF history, on to finals, 9. Ebony Eutsey (52.26), 15. Destinee Gause (52.82) | Reynolds on to finals

M 100m semis

6. Antwan Wright (10.13, +2.3) | qualifies for finals, all-conditions PR

W 100m semis

5. Shayla Sanders (11.12, +2.3) | qualifies for finals, all-conditions PR

 

 

Thursday, June 12 SCHEDULE

1:00pm

Heptathlon – Harrell

 

1:00pm Hurdles, 2:00pm High Jump, 4:30pm Shot Put, 6:05pm 200

1:30pm

M Hammer – Strawn

4:30pm

M Long Jump – Dendy

 

 

4:00pm

M 200m – Dukes

4:45pm

W 1500m – McGee/Strausa

5:05pm

M 110 Hurdles – Lovett

5:20pm

W 100 Hurdles – Owens

6:20pm

M 4x400m  – Glass-Graham, Jr.-Dukes-Hall-Uruburu

6:40pm

W 4x400m – Reynolds-Gause-Curtis-Eutsey

 

 

 

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