David, Holloway make history with national awards

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Florida's Grant Holloway competes in the 110 hurdles during the NCAA outdoor track and field championships June 5 in Austin, Texas. At right is Southern Mississippi's Caleb Parker.(Nick Wagner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

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Florida horizontal jumper Yanis David and all-around standout Grant Holloway became the first Gators in history to receive outdoor national awards from the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, the organization announced Tuesday afternoon.

David was named USTFCCCA National Women’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year, while Holloway was named USTFCCCA National Co-Men’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year. Both earned the same distinctions indoors as well, though sweeps have been relatively common as of late.

The pair garnered national recognition with their sensational performances at last week’s NCAA Outdoor Championships.

David won the long jump title — with a mark that tied the 10th-farthest jump in collegiate history — and took second in the triple jump. The Lamentin, Guadeloupe, native’s 18 points were the most by a field athlete and the second-highest total among all competitors at NCAA Outdoors.

This past March, David won her first career national title, finishing 20 centimeters clear of the NCAA Indoor Championships triple jump silver medalist. That, along with a third-place finish in the long jump and her showing at NCAA Outdoors, make her the highest-scoring woman at this year’s NCAA Championships (34 points).

Back in March, Holloway turned in one of the most impressive seasons in indoor track and field history, capping an incredible three months with 27.5 individual points at NCAA Indoor Championships, just a half-point behind the meet record of 28, set by Oregon’s Edward Cheserek in 2017.

He became the third man in Division I history to complete the straightaway sweep (60 meters, 60-meter hurdles) at NCAA Indoors, and he did it with the fastest single-day combined time in the sport’s history (13.85 seconds).

His winning time of 7.35 seconds in the 60 hurdles broke the American and collegiate records, in addition to being the fourth-fastest time in history and making him the No. 3 performer on the world all-time list. Roughly 40 minutes later, Holloway tied the 10th-fastest 60 meters time in collegiate history (6.50 seconds) to win another national title.

Holloway also took third place in the long jump, finishing just 2 centimeters behind the national champion despite only taking three of a possible six jumps (he led until late in the fifth round of attempts). And to top it all off, he ran second for Florida’s 4×400 relay team, which finished third overall.

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