August 16, 2022

EUGENE, Oregon – The list of accomplishments for the Florida women’s track and field team this year is spectacular.

And it’s still far from over after making history on Saturday night.

For the first time in program history, the Gators won the NCAA Women’s Outdoor Championship, defeating Texas 74-64 in the tag team title chase.

Florida, which entered the weekend ranked second in the nation, used the score in seven different events to claim the first outdoor title for women and third overall on the women’s side.

This is the first NCAA indoor/outdoor sweep of the women’s side in program history. The Florida Men in 2012 were previously the only other Gator teams to accomplish this feat.

Paired with the NCAA Men’s Outdoor Championship starting Friday, Florida won both team titles over the weekend, the first program to accomplish the feat since Oregon in 2015.

Of the four NCAA Championship meetings played in the 2022 calendar year, Florida has won three.

The Gators became just the third different program (LSU, 1989 and Oregon, 2014 and 2015) to win three tag team titles in one season.

Florida received points in the 400 meters (10), 800 meters (5), 5,000 meters (8), 400 hurdles (10), long jump (14), triple jump (13) and heptathlon (14).

Talitha Digg provided an early spark for the Gators, setting his own school record en route to the NCAA Outdoor Championship in the 400 meters.

She became the fifth middle schooler to run in under 50 seconds, crossing the line in 49.99 to complete the inside/outside sweep of the 400 meters.

Diggs joins her aunt, Hazel Clark (1998, 800 meters), as the only two women in program history to win NCAA titles in the same indoor and outdoor running event during the same calendar year.

Charlotte Browning (2010, Mile/1500m) and Becki Wells (1997, Mile/1500m) also won individual indoor and outdoor running events, but these events were contested over separate distances.

Diggs’ title was the second NCAA Outdoor event title over 400 meters (Anita Howard, 1992) in program history.

Imogen Barrett (4th) and Gabrielle Wilkinson (9th) followed up the 800 meters with a pair of All-American performances.

Barrett’s fourth place totaled five points in the tag team race for the Gators.

In the middle of the second day of the Heptathlon, Anna Hall withdrew to compete in the 400m hurdles final.

After six 24-hour runs, Hall ran 54.76 to take second place and score eight runs for the Gators. vanessa watson finished seventh in 56.83 to earn first-team All-American status and add two points to Florida’s tally.

Hall’s busy weekend ended about 20 minutes later with the final event of the heptathlon, the 800 meters.

With a considerable lead in hand, Hall ran the final event in 2:21.23 to secure a 446-point (6,385-point) victory in the heptathlon.

In 20 minutes, Hall added 18 points to Florida’s total.

She became the first heptathlon champion in Florida history, winning both the indoor pentathlon and the outdoor heptathlon that year.

Sterling Lester also had an exceptional weekend in the heptathlon. After running the 800 meters in 2:12.63, she finished in fifth place with a personal best 5,751 points.

Jasmine Moore made history in its own right on Saturday night. After jumping 14.03m/46-0.5 on her second attempt, Moore nearly secured her national triple jump title.

She improved to 14.32m/46-11.75 on her third attempt, the eventual winning mark for her fourth national title of the season.

Moore became the first woman in history to win 8-for-8 titles in the horizontal jumps (four conference, four national) in the same calendar year.

She also became the first woman to sweep the long jump/triple jump indoors and outdoors since Cal’s Sheila Hudson in 1990.

Natricia Hooper finished his college career in sixth place (13.44m/44-1.25), earning first-team All-American honors. Alissa Braxton was 18th at 12.83m/42-1.25.

After the conclusion of the heptathlon and the triple jump, Florida held a 10-point lead over Texas, which means Parker Valby just need a point in the 5000 meters to secure the title.

She had eight.

Valby battled NC State’s Katelyn Tuohy, ultimately relinquishing the lead with 800 yards to go to finish as the NCAA finalist in the 5,000 yards.


His time of 15:20.10 was a personal best of nearly nine seconds and gave the Gators the points needed to clinch the title ahead of the 4×400 relay.


The team of Taylor Manson, Doneisha Anderson, Cait Tate and Diggs finished ninth in the 4×400 relay, earning second-team All-American honors.


Eighteen points for Florida’s NCAA Indoor Championship team were lost due to injury prior to the NCAA Outdoor Championships.


Lester, Valby, Hooper, Watson, Claire Bryant and Barrett added 26 key points to Florida’s cause to join the 48 provided by Moore, Hall and Diggs.


The NCAA outdoor championship crowns arguably the best season in Florida women’s track team history.


In both indoor and outdoor seasons, the Gators won national titles and the SEC Outdoor Championship.


Florida also broke the college record for the indoor triple jump and the college record for the 60-meter indoor hurdles.


This team also rewrote 11 school records.


After that weekend, the Florida women have now won 51 national event titles, including AIAW titles, over the program’s 50 years.


It was the seventh NCAA men’s and women’s outdoor championship sweeps in the same year (2022 Florida; 2015 Oregon; 2011, 2010, 2009 Texas A&M; 1990, 1989 LSU).


Women’s Outdoor Track & Field is the seventh Gator program to win its first NCAA team title in the past 13 seasons (Baseball, Gymnastics, Softball, Men’s Tennis, Men’s Indoor Track & Field, Men’s Outdoor Track & Field, Women’s Outdoor Track & Field).



Point markers
– 400m: Talitha Digg: 1st (10)
– 800m: Imogen Barrett: 4th (5)
– 5000m: Parker Valby: 2nd (8)
– 400mH: Anna Hall: 2nd (8)
– 400mH: vanessa watson: 7th (2)
– Triple jump: Jasmine Moore: 1st (10)
– Triple jump: Natricia Hooper: 6th (3)
– Heptathlon: Anna Hall: 1st (10)
– Heptathlon: Sterling Lester: 5th (4)



Women’s Tag Team Title Race (Final)
1. Florida (74)
2. Texas (64)
3. Kentucky (50)
4. USL (39)
4.Texas A&M (39)

 















Saturday, June 11: NCAA Outdoor Championships
EventPlace, Gators – Time/Mark | Remarks
Heptathlon: Final (F)1. Anna Hall: 6385 | National Champion
5. Sterling Lester: 5751 | Personal Best, First Team All-American
Heptathlon: long jump (F)1. Anna Hall: 6.27m/20-7 (+0.9) (934)
15. Sterling Lester: 5.66m/18-7 (+0.9) (747)
Heptathlon: Javelin (F)4. Anna Hall: 42.87m/140-7 (722) | best season
18. Sterling Lester: 31.11m/102-0 (498)
Heptathlon: 800 meters (F)2. Sterling Lester: 2:12.62 (926) | Personal Best
ten. Anna Hall: 2:21.23 (807)
Triple jump: Final (F)1. Jasmine Moore: 14.32m/46-11.75 (+0.2) | NCAA Champion, Inside/Outside Sweep
6. Natricia Hooper: 13.44m/44-1.25 (+0.9) | First Team All-American
18. Alissa Braxton: 12.83m/42-1.25 (-0.2)
400 hurdles: final (F)2. Anna Hall: 54.76 | National Finalist, First Team All-American
seven. vanessa watson: 56.83 | First Team All-American
800 meters: final (F)4. Imogen Barrett: 2:02.05 | First Team All-American
9. Gabrielle Wilkinson: 2:06.40 | Second Team All-American
400 meters: final (W)1. Talitha Digg: 49.99 | Personal record, school record, national champion, NCAA all-time No. 5
5000 meters: Final (F)2. Parker Valby: 15:20.10 | Personal record, school record, national finalist
4×400 Relay: Final (F)9. Florida: 3:31.16 | Second Team All-American
Taylor Manson, Doneisha Anderson, Cait Tate, Talitha Digg

FOLLOW THE GATORS

SOCIAL: Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | instagram
JOIN THE CONVERSATION: #GoGators