KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – For the first time in program history, Florida made it a clean sweep of track and field titles Sunday at the SEC Outdoor Championships at Tom Black Track at LaPorte Stadium on the University of Tennessee campus.
“It speaks to the fact that we take both sides seriously. We are extremely proud,” UF coach Mike Holloway said.
The Gator men, ranked No. 1 in the nation and the national champions in the NCAA Indoor Championships earlier this year, scored 111 points to finish ahead of Texas A&M (100) and Arkansas (99). It’s UF’s first league championship since 2015.
Florida’s women, ranked No. 9, won by scoring 91 points to beat out LSU (88.5) and Texas A&M (79.5) in the top three. It’s UF’s first league championship since 2009.
“It was an unbelievable team effort,” Holloway said of his women’s team. “We trust in them. We told them don’t worry about the score, just take care of your individual events and we’d be fine.”
Behind a pair of individual titles and a whopping 13 top-three finishes Sunday, Florida’s men and women swept for the 11th time in meet history.
“This is my favorite meet because of all the talent,” Holloway said. “It’s not easy. Winning this is nothing to sneeze at. We’re ecstatic. It was a phenomenal effort across the board. Every one believed.”
Sophomore Grant Holloway won the 110-meter hurdles title, joining Alabama’s Keith Talley (1986-87) as the only other man in meet history to win both the 110 hurdles and long jump titles.
Holloway ran 13.15 seconds, the second-fastest time in collegiate history, breaking his previous school record of 13.16. The Chesapeake, Va., native also ran the third leg for Florida’s third-place 4×100 relay, which posted a season-best time of 38.95 seconds. He closed the night as the anchor for the Gators’ third-place 4×400 relay team, tying him with Georgia’s Denzel Comenentia for the most individual points at the meet (23).
Junior Sharrika Barnett captured the fifth 400 meters title in school history, finishing in 50.69 seconds and breaking Tiandra Ponteen’s 13-year-old school record of 50.83. Barnett came back and ran the second leg for Florida’s runner-up 4×400 relay team, which clinched the meet by finishing ahead of LSU.