Florida Gators track and field win National Championship

Report on the Florida Gators track and field team:

EUGENE, Ore. – The University of Florida men’s track and field team captured its third NCAA Outdoor Championships victory, scoring 62 points over two day of competition at Historic Hayward Field to take home the title on Friday (June 10). The Gators also collected two individual national titles, along with three runner-up finishers.
 
UF became just the third team since 1992 to win the NCAA Outdoor Championships after finishing outside the top five at the NCAA Indoor Championships.
 
Senior Arman Hall won the 400 meters title in 44.82 seconds, joining Tony McQuay (2012) as the only other Gator in history to win the crown at NCAA Outdoors.
 
Redshirt junior Eric Futch and junior TJ Holmes posted a 1-2 finish in the men’s 400-meter hurdles to combine for 18 points. Futch ran the No. 3-ranked time on the program’s all-time top 10 (48.91) to nab the program’s fourth national title in the event.
 
Futch and Holmes are just the second pair of teammates since 1983 to take first and second place in the 400-meter hurdles. Baylor’s Bayano Kamani and Michael Smith (2001) are the only others to accomplish the feat during that span.
 
UF’s other two runner-up finishes came from sophomore KeAndre Bates (triple jump), and the 4×400 relay quartet of Kunle FasasiArman HallHugh Graham Jr., and Najee Glass.
 
2016 NCAA OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS MEET INFORMATION (all times Eastern)

Day One – Wednesday, June 8th
EventPlace (Points Scored), Athlete – Time/Mark [Wind] | Notes
HT (M)5 (4). Anders Eriksson – 70.48 meters (231-3)
LJ (M)3 (6). KeAndre Bates – 7.82 meters (25-8) [-0.7]

 

Day Two – Friday, June 10th
EventPlace (Points Scored), Athlete – Time/Mark [Wind] | Notes
TJ (M)2 (7). KeAndre Bates – 16.73 meters (54-10.75) [+3.2] | All-conditions PR
4×100 (M)4 (5). Antwan WrightHugh Graham Jr.Arman HallRyan Clark – 38.54 | Tied No. 5-ranked time on UF’s all-time outdoor top 10
400m (M)1 (10). Hall – 44.82 | Second Gator to win the 400m title; Tied PR
5 (4). Najee Glass – 45.61
7 (2). Kunle Fasasi – 46.10 | Fifth UF freshman to score in the 400m
400mH (M)1 (10). Eric Futch – 48.91 | Fourth 400mH national title in program history; No. 3 time on UF’s all-time outdoor top 10
2 (8). TJ Holmes – 49.31 | Tied No. 5 time on UF’s all-time outdoor top 10
4×400 (M)2 (8). Fasasi-Hall-Graham Jr.-Glass (2) – 3:01.12 | No. 6 time on UF’s all-time outdoor top 10

 

Men’s Top Five Teams
PlaceTeamPoints
1.No. 2 Florida62
2.No. 5 Arkansas56
3.No. 1 Texas A&M50
4.No. 3 Oregon48
5.No. 4 LSU41

 

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