Gators load up U.S. track and field team

Published: Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 9:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 9:03 p.m.

The Florida track and field program will be well-represented at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow.

In addition to Florida coach Mike Holloway coaching Team USA's men's team, there will be 13 current and former UF track athletes competing for four different countries.

The list includes: Arman Hall (Team USA, 400 meters, relay pool), Tony McQuay (Team USA, 400 meters, relay pool), Eddie Lovett (US Virgin Islands, 110 meter hurdles), Kerron Clement (Team USA, 400 meter hurdles), Jeff Demps (Team USA, 4x100 relay pool), Marquis Dendy (Team USA, long jump), Will Claye (Team USA, triple jump), Omar Craddock (Team USA, triple jump) Christian Taylor (Team USA, triple jump), Kemal Mesic (Bosnia, shot put), Novlene Williams-Mills (Jamaica, 4x400 relay), Cory McGee (Team USA, 1,500 meters), Andrea Bliss (Jamaica, 100 meter hurdles) and Shara Proctor (Great Britain, long jump).

Under the guidance of Holloway and women's coach Beth Alford-Sullivan (Penn State), Team USA has been training in Linz, Austria to prepare for the World Championships, which begin Sunday and run through August 18. The Team USA squad includes 20 Olympic medalists, nine defending world champions and five world record holders.

“We're very excited about the team,” Holloway said. “I've been really impressed with the preparation, a lot of passion a lot of pride. We have a mixture of youth and experience ... practices are over with and we're really excited about the competition.”

Holloway is no stranger to international competition, having coached the sprinters and hurdlers for the U.S. National Team at last year's 2012 Olympic Games in London. In 18 years at Florida, Holloway has led the Gators to five national titles, including three straight in indoor competition (2010-2012) and two straight in outdoors (2012-13).

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