This weekend will be an exciting one for the Gator Nation as nine different Florida teams will be in action.
It all starts Friday with the Pepsi Florida Relays at the Percy Beard Track at UF. The event brings in hundreds of the best high school and collegiate track and field athletes from around the nation. The Gator men’s and women’s track and field teams expect to perform well at the relays as they are ranked first and eleventh in the nation respectively.
Florida head coach Mike Holloway says he expects the Florida Relays to be very exciting.
Other Gator teams in action Friday include men’s and women’s tennis, softball, and baseball.
Both tennis teams will play against the Arkansas Razorbacks. The ninth ranked men will travel to Arkansas while the second ranked women will be at home at the Ring Tennis Complex. The women’s team is the only team left undefeated in SEC play.
The sixth ranked Gator softball team starts a three game home series with the Ole Miss Rebels Friday night. Florida is currently on a three game win streak and has won their last five SEC series.
The top ranked baseball team is also in the middle of a home series against an SEC opponent. They began a three game series with number 12 LSU on Thursday, losing 7-6. The Gators have now lost four of their last five. Florida freshman first baseman Taylor Gushue says its important for the team to move forward with their heads held high.
On Saturday the Florida Gator football team will play its annual Orange and Blue spring game at the Swamp. Gators junior defensive tacke Sharrif Floyd says the spring game is important because it gives the team momentum going in summer.
Also in action on Saturday are the lacrosse, gymnastics and, men’s golf teams.
The fifth ranked lacrosse team will travel to Maryland to face the number 19 Johns Hopkins Blue Jays. The Gators are on an eight game win streak while the Blue Jays are coming off a road loss to Vanderbilt.
The gymnastics team is ranked number one overall in the nation and will be competing at the NCAA Regional Championship in Raleigh, North Carolina. Last year, the Gators placed second in their regional but head coach Rhonda Faehn says this year’s team will have a different approach.
And finally, Florida men’s golf travels to Tampa to play in the Gary Koch Invitational. The Gators are currently ranked 23rd in the nation and have been hot this spring as they finished in the top three at four of their last five tournaments.