UF's Miller wins NCAA title in javelin


Published: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 11:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 12:07 a.m.

EUGENE, Ore. — Florida junior Fawn Miller opened the NCAA track and field championships for the UF women's team with a national title in the javelin on a personal-record throw of 58.13m/190-8 on Wednesday.

The nation's No. 1 overall seed, Miller was the Gators' lone champion on the first day of competition at Historic Hayward Field.

“I'm super excited, it still hasn't sunk in," Miller said. "I'm just going through the motions right now. My first throw I just wanted to go out there and really set the tone and make everyone come after me — it worked out to my advantage this time. PRing here (at Hayward) is a big thing and I'm happy about that one.”

Florida also advanced both of its 4x100 relay teams and six individuals through to the finals.

Both of UF's 4x100 relays qualified second for the finals, and the Gators had all-conditions PRs from both 100m runners, Shayla Sanders (11.12, +2.3) and Antwan Wright (10.13, +2.3), who qualified for finals fifth and sixth, respectively.

“I thought we had a phenomenal day on both sides," UF coach Mike Holloway said. "It started with the 4x1s. We had a little bit of a hiccup in the 400m with Gino (Hall), but those things happen. He's had a bit of an up and down year. I know him, and he'll come back. He has two relays to run still and he'll come back and fight hard for us."

In the 400-meter run, the Gators qualified sophomore Robin Reynolds (51.36) on the women's side and Najee Glass (45.56) and Hugh Graham, Jr. (45.83) in men's action. Sophomore Ryan Schnulle will represent Florida in finals of the 800m after a 1:49.48 performance and second in his semifinal heat.

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