Trio of Gators win SEC Indoor Track and Field awards


Special to The Sun 

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.  – Florida senior Yanis David, junior Grant Holloway and coach Mike Holloway were once again recognized for standout indoor seasons, this time by the Southeastern Conference, which announced its individual awards Wednesday.

David was named SEC Women’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Year, Holloway the Men’s Indoor Runner of the Year and coach Holloway again was tabbed the league’s top mentor. The three previously earned the same awards via the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, within the South Region

David became the fourth woman in history to sweep the horizontal jumps titles at SEC Indoor Championships, tying for the Cliff Harper Trophy (individual high points award) in the process. The Lamentin, Guadeloupe native is also the only woman ranked in the top 10 nationally in both horizontal jumps. David is the NCAA leader in the triple jump and ranks second nationally in the long jump, with both her season-best marks coming in her SEC Indoors wins. 

Holloway joined Arkansas’s Dorian Ulrey (2009-10) as the only other man since 2004 to repeat as the conference’s top indoor runner. During that same period, the only other Gators to win the award were Kerron Clement (2005) and Arman Hall (2014).

Holloway was the brightest star of the SEC Indoor Championships, as he set the meet’s individual scoring record with 28 points and helped the Gators capture the team title. Prior to Holloway’s performance, no man had scored more than 22.5 points at SEC Indoors.

This is coach Holloway’s fourth time receiving the conference’s coaching laurel, having also won the award in 2004, 2011 and 2015.

 Holloway led the Gators to the eighth SEC Indoors team title in program history. It was the fourth such title under his leadership. Florida won three individual titles and tallied seven additional medal finishes at SEC Indoors. The Gators ran away from the field, winning the meet by 15 points despite scratching one of its two 200 meters finalists and its 4×400 relay team.

Florida and its 18 NCAA Indoor Championships entrants compete in Birmingham, Ala., Friday and Saturday.