GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s streak of at least one national championship in a sport continued Friday.
The University of Florida men’s track and field team captured its third NCAA Outdoor Championship at Historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.
It’s the 36th overall title for UF teams in school history and marks seven consecutive years for the Gators with a national championship.
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Coach Mike Holloway has now coached the men’s track and field teams to six national titles, all of which have came in the last seven years. In a press release, Holloway said his 2016 team flipped the switch after losing the SEC tournament.
“The moment happened right after the conference meet when I sat down with my staff and we talked about what we could do better,” Holloway. “We knew we had a wonderful group of kids, and I felt like we were letting them down. I challenged my staff to be better. I challenged myself to be better.
“They probably thought I was crazy when I said, ‘Guys, we’re going to win a national championship,’ after we were sixth at the conference meet. But they believed.”
Florida also won two individual national championships Friday.
Senior Arman Hall won the 400 meters title in 44.82 seconds, becoming only the second Gators runner in history to win the event’s crown at NCAA Outdoors (Tony McQuay, 2012).
Redshirt junior Eric Futch placed first in the men’s 400-meter hurdles, the program’s fourth winner in the event. Rickey Harris (2002) and Kerron Clement (2004-05) also won titles for the Gators.