The Gators, trailing 54 team points on Friday, captured the NCAA’s 5th national outdoor men’s championship and 10th national title overall.
Florida has now won 10 of the 24 men’s national championships contested since 2010 with five indoor and five away wins.
Victory marks 11th national championship for head coach mike holloway with ten on the men’s side and one on the women’s side.
The Gators entered the day with no points on the board. But with seven entries into play on Friday night, the pieces to bring back the title were on the table.
Florida opened the evening with a second place finish in the 4x100m relay. The team of Dedrick Vanover, Tyler Davis, P.J. Austin and Joseph Fahnbulleh ran 38.52, missing first place by 0.03 seconds.
Fahnbulleh almost went all the way on the anchor leg. The second-place Gators scored the first eight points on the board of the night.
40 minutes later, Vanover and Fahnbulleh returned to face an ultra-competitive field over 100 meters.
With about 20 yards to go, Fahnbulleh took the lead, crossing the line in 10.00 (+0.6) to claim the NCAA Outdoor Championship in the 100 yards.
Vanover finished fifth in his first-ever individual national final, clocking 10.16 to score four big points for the Gators.
Fahnbulleh’s 100-meter title was Florida’s third in history, joining Bernard Williams (2000) and Jeff Demps (2010) in the record books.
Allison Champion and Ryan Willie finished 2nd and 5th respectively in the 400 meters to add 12 points to the Gators effort.
Allison crossed the line in 44.41 while Willie followed with a personal best 45.00.
Florida scored 34 points over three events (4×100, 100m and 400m) in the space of an hour to move into a tie for first in the team race with five events to go.
National championship competitions bring out the best in real competitors. To win a title, you need to have individuals who step up and perform at the highest level.
Fahnbulleh did it Friday night.
After anchoring Florida in 2nd place in the 4×100 and winning the 100 meters, Fahnbulleh made history at Hayward Field.
Fahnbulleh wiped out the field in the 200 meters, clocking a personal and school best 19.83 to nearly secure the team title.
His time was No. 4 all-time in NCAA history and gave him back-to-back NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 200 meters.
He became the first runner in Florida history to win two individual running events at the same NCAA outdoor championships.
Fahnbulleh’s back-to-back 200 meter titles made him the ninth individual in men’s program history to win two NCAA outdoor championships.
To end the evening, with the title already in hand, Florida came out and broke the record for the meet and the installation in the 4×400 relay.
The Gators took over in 2:58.88 with the legs of Jacory PattersonWillie, Jacob Miley (45.85) and Allison (44.06).
That time was just 0.35 seconds off the college record, set earlier this year by the same Gators quartet.
This group now has three of the fastest six times in NCAA 4×400 history.
There have only been two performances under 2:59.00 in NCAA history. Florida ran them both this year with the same team.
Florida’s national championship marks the 13th consecutive NCAA outdoor championships it has finished with a team trophy.
The Gators have also won at least one event title on the men’s side in 13 consecutive NCAA outdoor championships.
As the last day of men unfolded, Anna Hall took a huge lead on the first day of the heptathlon.
She leads the standings through four events with 3,922 points. Sterling Lester is fourth with 3580 going into the final day tomorrow.
The Florida Women have the chance to make history tomorrow by also chasing a tag team title. The Gators will have 12 entries tomorrow, including the two heptathletes.
– 100m: Joseph Fahnbulleh: 1st (10)
– 100m: Dedrick Vanover: 5th (4)
– 200m: Joseph Fahnbulleh: 1st (10)
– 400m: Allison Champion: 2nd (8)
– 400m: Ryan Willie: 5th (4)
– 4×100: Florida: 2nd (8)
– 4×400: Florida: 1st (10)
Men’s Team Title Race (Final)
1. Florida (54)
2. Texas (38)
4. State of Florida (33)
5. Georgia (32)
|Friday, June 10: NCAA Outdoor Championships|
|Event||Place, Gators – Time/Mark | Remarks|
|Heptathlon: 100 hurdles (F)||3. Anna Hall: 13.15 (-0.2) (1102) | Personal Best|
5. Sterling Lester: 13.43 (+1.7) (1060)
|Heptathlon: high jump (F)||1. Anna Hall: 1.81m/5-11.25 (991) | best season|
13. Sterling Lester: 1.69m/5-6.5 (842) | Tied personal record
|Heptathlon: shot put (F)||3. Anna Hall: 13.54m/44-5.25 (763) | Personal Best|
17. Sterling Lester: 11.50m/37-8.75 | best season
|Heptathlon: 200 meters (F)||1. Anna Hall: 23.13 (+0.4) (1066) | Personal Best|
2. Sterling Lester: 23.29 (+0.4) (1050) | Personal Best
|4×100 Relay: Final (M)||2. Florida: 38.52 | NCAA Finalist|
– Dedrick Vanover, Tyler Davis, P.J. Austin, Joseph Fahnbulleh
|100 meters: final (M)||1. Joseph Fahnbulleh: 10.00 (+0.6) | Personal record, NCAA champion|
5. Dedrick Vanover: 10.16 (+0.6) | First Team All-American
|400 meters: final (M)||2. Allison Champion: 44.41 | NCAA Finalist, First Team All-American|
5. Ryan Willie: 45.00 | Personal Best, First Team All-American
|200 meters: final (M)||1. Joseph Fahnbulleh: 19.83 (+0.6) | Consecutive NCAA champion, personal best, school best, NCAA all-time No. 4|
|4×400 Relay: Final (M)||1. Florida: 2:58.88 | Encounter Record, Install Record, National Champions|
– Jacory Patterson, Ryan Willie, Jacob Miley, Allison Champion
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