Former Gator Williams-Mills makes history

Published: Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 10:27 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 10:27 p.m.
Gator track & field athletes wrapped up competition at the 2013 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships Sunday, while three-time Olympian Novlene Williams-Mills was making history over at the JAAA Senior National Championships. Williams-Mills, a five-time World Championships medalist, racked up her seventh Jamaican national championship in the women's 400 meters, racing to a winning time of 50.01 and stamping her ticket to Moscow. She is the 10th Gator to punch her ticket to the World Championships.

Three-time NCAA Champion Dedric Dukes made the finals of the men's 200, coming in as the youngest athlete in the field and the only returning collegian for the 2013-14 season. Dukes finished eighth in the final in 20.45 and raced to a semifinal time of 20.73. The event served as qualification for the 14th IAAF World Outdoor Championships in Moscow on August 10-18. The top three finishers in each event at the USA Outdoor Championships advance to Moscow, provided the athlete has the A or B standard in his or her respective event. If the athlete does not have the standard but finishes in the top three, the athlete may “standard chase,” which means athlete needs to turn in at least a B standard at a USATF-sanctioned event to earn the opportunity to compete in Moscow. There were 11 members of the 2013 Florida track & field rosters competing at the 2013 USA Outdoor Championships and two at the USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Five-time USTFCCCA National Men's Coach of the Year Mike Holloway is the head men's coach for Team USA this summer. Holloway was a member of the Team USA coaching staff at the 2012 Olympic Games, working as the sprints and hurdles coach in London.

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