Champions Again: Florida Men's Track and Field Uses Dramatic Finish to Share NCAA Title with Texas A&M
EUGENE, Ore. -- The University of Florida men’s track and field team are national champions again.
The Gators used a dramatic finish to share the 2013 NCAA crown with Texas A&M in front of a packed house at famed Hayward Field.
Trailing Texas A&M by nine points heading into the final event the Gators claimed the 4x400-meter relay title (3:01.34) and the 10 points that came along with it. A&M – in the same race – dropped the baton but rebounded to finish eighth, giving them one point and putting them in a tie for the national title with the Gators.
The Gators started the day with a win in the 4x100-meter relay (38.53) and got a win in the triple jump from Omar Craddock (55 feet 6 ¼).
The national title is the fifth for the UF men’s track and field program since 2010 – three indoor titles (2010-12) and two outdoor (2012-13).
Dramatic finish is right, and not without a little controversy. TAMU dropped the baton and the runner went into another lane to retrieve it, which is supposed to be an automatic disqualification; that would have left TAMU with no points on the final event and made UF sole champions.
In any event, congrats to the Gator team for storming from 11th to 1st on the final day.
Edited by GatorUnvrsty, 09 June 2013 - 10:50 AM.