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2014 NCAA Outdoor Championships: Florida men finish second, women fourth

Florida track had enough to win event national championships on Saturday, but not quite enough to run down team titles.


A three-peat was not to be for the Florida Gators men's track team on Saturday in Eugene, Oregon, and Florida's young women couldn't quite keep up with speedy competitors, but both teams did enough to finish in the top four nationally.

On Saturday, the men's team got a second consecutive 4 x 100 meters relay national title from its team of Antwan Wright, Hugh Graham, Jr., Arman Hall, and Dedric Dukes, a blistering time (19.91) and title from Dukes in the 200 meters, and a triple jump title from Marquis Dendy to complement the long jump title he soared to on Friday. Dendy became the first athlete to sweep the triple jump and long jump at the NCAA Outdoor Championships since 2002.

But the Gators could not catch Oregon, which entered Saturday with a large lead and ultimately extended it with the help of a deeper bench of middle distance and distance runners. Florida came in second (70 points) to the Ducks (88 points), who completed a sweep of the 2014 indoor and outdoor national titles.

Florida's women didn't record any national titles on the week apart from Fawn Miller's win in the javelin throw. The highlight of its action on Saturday was Cory McGee's second place finish in the 1,500 meters in her final collegiate race.

Texas A&M's speedsters proved to be the championship-winning difference for the Aggies, who compiled 68 points to win the national title. Florida's 55 points, though, were good for fourth, and the second-most the Gators women have ever accured at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, behind their tally of 82 in a national title-winning performance in 1992.