Holloway, former Gators stand out at USA Track and Field championships


Special to Gatorsports.com

DES MOINES, Iowa – Grant Holloway made his first United States senior national team, and Gators Great Will Claye completed the second half of his triple jump-long jump double, as both collected silver medals and closed the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships Sunday night.

 Holloway, who turned professional after winning six high hurdles NCAA titles and breaking both collegiate records in three seasons with Florida, dove across the finish for second place and a time of 13.36 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles final. The Chesapeake, Va., native beat bronze medalist Devon Allen by two hundredths of a second, and held off fourth-place finisher Freddie Crittenden by three hundredths of a second to make his first World Championships.

Holloway was also the silver medalist at last year’s USATF Outdoors, and he was fourth in 2017, missing the World Championships team that year by five hundredths of a second.

Claye, who secured a World Championships berth in the triple jump with a runner-up finish Friday, missed what would have been his first U.S. long jump title by six centimeters. Claye last doubled at a global championship meet at the 2012 Olympics, where he became the first man to medal in both horizontal jumps (bronze in long jump, silver in triple jump) in the same Olympics since 1936, when Japan’s Naoto Tajima accomplished the feat.

Competitors at USATF Outdoors were vying for spots at this fall’s IAAF World Championships, scheduled for Sept. 28 through Oct. 6 in Doha, Qatar. Top-three finishers in each event, so long as they held the World Championships standard, earned Team USA berths.

Gators Qualified for World Championships

·Andres Arroyo, Puerto Rico – 800 meters (holds entry standard; team not announced)

·Will Claye, United States – Long Jump, Triple Jump (USATF Outdoors silver medalist)

·Omar Craddock, United States – Triple Jump (USATF Outdoors bronze medalist)

·Yanis David, France – Long Jump, Triple Jump (holds entry standards; team not announced)

· Raymond Ekevwo, Nigeria – 100 meters (holds entry standard; team not announced)

· Grant Holloway, United States – 110-meter hurdles (USATF Outdoors silver medalist)

· TJ Holmes, United States – 400-meter Hurdles (USATF Outdoors silver medalist)

· Kemal Mesic, Bosnia – Shot Put (holds entry standard; team not announced)

· Hakim Sani Brown, Japan – 100 meters, 200 meters (won Japanese titles)

· Christian Taylor, United States – Triple Jump (automatic qualifier – reigning global champion)