UF Roundup: Holloway returning to Gators next season

Florida runner Grant Holloway. [Andrea Cornejo/The Gainesville Sun/File/

Florida sophomore track standout Grant Holloway announced this week that he intends to return for his junior season.

Holloway wrote an open letter to Gator fans through UF’s athletic website explaining his decision.

“I’m just not ready to stop wearing that Florida Gators uniform yet,” Holloway wrote. “I’m not ready to give up being part of a team yet. I’m not ready for the relationships I have with my coaches to change. I’m not ready for hurdling, my passion, to be a job, my livelihood. And I’m definitely not ready to leave with my name sitting behind someone on the collegiate record list.”

Holloway — a jumper, hurdler and sprinter for the Gators — was named one of the three finalists this week for The Bowerman award, given to college track and field’s best athlete. Holloway successfully defended his national title at the 110-meter hurdles national title earlier this month at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, while being part of a 4×100 relay team that finished third nationally. Overall, the Florida men’s team finished second at NCAA Outdoors after winning a national title in 2017 during Holloway’s freshman year.

Softball adds transfer

Florida softball coach Tim Walton announced that former North Carolina State outfielder Jade Caraway has transferred to the Gators.

Caraway, a Winter Garden native, led N.C. State in hits in both her freshman (72) and sophomore (41) seasons. As a freshman, Caraway earned All-ACC second team honors, batting .389 with 5 triples.

“She brings elements of speed, power and athleticism and has shown that she can be successful at both the high school and collegiate levels,” Walton said.

Golfer earns All-American honor

Florida sophomore men’s golf standout Andy Zhang was selected as a PING All-America Honorable Mention this week.

Zhang earned his second All-America honor, following his Golfweek Honorable Mention selection last week. He is the third consecutive Gators golfer to be awarded both Golfweek and PING All-America honors, following in the footsteps of Sam Horsfield (2016, 2017) and Alejandro Tosti (2017).

Zhang (71.10) led Florida in stroke average this year while picking up seven top-25 finishes and four top-10 finishes.

Zhang, a finalist for the Fred Haskins Player of the Year Award, became the first player in program history to take home both the SEC Championship and NCAA Regional individual championships.