Jun 10, 2016; Eugene, OR, USA; Florida Gators coach Mike Holloway hoists the national champion trophy aloft as the Gators win the men's team title during the 2016 NCAA Track and Field championships at Hayward Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Spor

Mike Holloway Attends Rio Track and Field Trials

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The 2016 Track and Field Olympic Trials are complete which means the Rio Olympic games are just around the corner.  At the event several Gators (current and alumni) qualified for  the Olympics in Rio. Florida Gators Track and Field Head Coach Mike Holloway was in attendance for the trails.

Those not aware (which you should be) Mike Holloway has been apart of the Gator program since 2002. For Coach that’s a total of 14 seasons as Men’s head coach and 9 seasons as the Women’s head coach. In his tenure at the University of Florida, Holloway has set the standard for success in his sport. Holloway has coached the Gators to 6 NCAA Division I National Championships and 9-time SEC Championships. The most recent trophy came this year with the 2016 NCAA Men’s Outdoor Championship.

Attending the Olympic trails and seeing many of his athletes was a special feeling for Coach Holloway. Holloway speaks on the feeling of seeing current Gators and Gator Alums at the Olympic trials.

Coach Holloway has seen  many of his athletes represent the red white and blue over the years. Holloway has been apart of the Olympics as well, serving on the Olympic Team staff in 2012. Holloway comments on this honor.

Gator Greats Arman Hall, Tony McQuay and Novlene Williams-Mills qualified and will be heading to the Rio Olympics. A total of 13 athletes from Florida’s track and field contingent of Olympians are to compete in Brazil come August.

In the finals of the 400m at the United States Olympic Trials last week, Hall (45.09) and McQuay (45.30) finished fourth and fifth, respectively, to be considered for relay-pool honors.

A survivor of breast cancer, this will mark Williams-Mills fourth appearance in the Olympic Games this year. Williams-Mills won her 400m prelims heat (52.51) at the Jamaica National Senior Championships last week, finished second in the semifinal (50.89) and made fourth overall in the final (50.64) in order to participate in Jamaica’s women’s 4×4 relay pool.

Coach Holloway comments on Mills.

Below is a list of the list of the Florida track and Field 2016 Olympians.

*          Andres Arroyo (Puerto Rico) – 800 meters

*         Will Claye (United States) – Triple Jump

*         Kerron Clement (United States) – 400-meter Hurdles

*         Marquis Dendy (United States) – Long Jump

*         Arman Hall (United States) – 4×400 Relay

*         Genevieve LaCaze (Australia) – 3,000-meter Steeplechase; 5,000 meters

*         Eddie Lovett (U.S. Virgin Islands) – 110-meter Hurdles

*         Tony McQuay (United States) – 4×400 Relay

*         Kemal Mesic (Bosnia) – Shot Put

*         Shara Proctor (Great Britain) – Long Jump

*         Christian Taylor (United States) – Triple Jump

*         Novlene Williams-Mills (Jamaica) – 4×400 Relay

*         Stipe Zunic (Croatia) – Shot Put

Coach Holloway speaks on what he believes to be the stronger events for the USA Track and Field Team.

The Olympic Track and Field events are scheduled to start on August 12th in Rio. Let the games begin.

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