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Florida Gators Track And Field Looks To Start Season Strong

Terrell Wilks looks to lead the Gators track and field team to championship glory.
Terrell Wilks looks to lead the Gators track and field team to championship glory.

Don't worry patrons, Theater of Operations will begin its season review Monday morning. In the meantime, it's time for a little track and field!

Last year, the Florida men's track and field program claimed their second straight NCAA Indoor National Championship. While they followed that up with a disappointing third place finish at the Outdoor National Championships, the consensus was, they had a great year. Head coach Mike Holloway was named National Indoor Head Coach of the Year by the USTFCCCA and the Gators ended the season with a ridiculous amount of All-Americans.

On the conference side of things, the Gator men also won the SEC Indoor Conference Championship and finished second in the SEC Outdoor Conference Championship.

The 2012 track and field season starts today at the Alabama Invitational in Birmingham, Alabama. Yes, it's the indoor season and I know that a lot of people consider indoors to be less exciting than the outdoor season, but that still doesn't mean that the results don't matter. Remember, the Gators are looking to capture their third straight Indoor National Championship.

For the 2012 season, the Gators men return twelve Outdoor All-Americans and seven Indoor All-Americans. On top of that, the incoming freshman class was ranked No. 7 nationally -- just behind Arkansas, Oregon, Stanford, Texas and Texas A&M -- by Track and Field News.

After the jump, we'll take a look at Holloway's press conference leading up to the season.

Some of the highlights before the question and answer portion of the press conference were:

  • Head coach Mike Holloway was very pleased with the preparation and attitude the team had during the fall because the team had a great summer.
  • Aside from wanting to see effort on Saturday, Holloway says that it will take about a month for the team to "get their legs under them."
  • The goal for the men's team this year according to Holloway, is to compete for national titles.

The entire press conference video is about nine minutes long. Which you can view below.