UF ROUNDUP

Roundup: Gators finish second at NCAA Indoor Championships


Published: Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 10:12 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 10:12 p.m.

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Florida's men posted their 18th top-2 finish at an NCAA Championship meet under coach Mike Holloway, and freshman Grant Holloway won the 60 hurdles title to cap a wild day of competition at NCAA Indoor Championships. Florida is the only men's program with more than 10 top-2 finishes at NCAA Championship meets since 2003.

Holloway became the second freshman since 1999 to win the 60 hurdles NCAA title. Holloway also ran a 44.81-second split, the fastest by anyone in the competition, for Florida's runner-up 4x400 relay team. The quartet of Kunle Fasasi, Holloway, Eric Futch, and Ryan Clark clocked in at 3:03.52.

Texas A&M won its first men's Indoor Championship.

Junior KeAndre Bates, the NCAA long jump champion, took second in the triple jump. Bates jumped 16.62 meters (54 feet, 6.5 inches) to become the fourth Gator in history and fourth man since 2006 to log top-2 finishes in both horizontal jumps. Gator Greats Christian Taylor (2010), Will Claye (2011) and Marquis Dendy (2015) are the only UF men to do it.

On the women's side, sophomore Yanis David took runner-up honors to collegiate and American record holder Keturah Orji of Georgia in the triple jump. David logged a top mark of 13.76 meters (45 feet, 1.75 inches); she finished 11.25 inches clear of the bronze medalist.

Oregon won the women's title, while UF finished in a tie for 14th.

Women's golf: Florida sits atop the leaderboard following the first two rounds of the Suntrust Gator Women's Golf Invitational. Florida posted a five-over (565) on Saturday, finishing with a seven-stroke lead over the 13-team field. The Gators carded a 285 (five-over) in Saturday's first round.

Senior Maria Torres paced the Gators, as she stands in second place overall at one-under (139). Meanwhile, Taylor Tomlinson and Marta Perez both sit just outside the top five. Tomlinson is in third place at one-over (141) and Perez is tied for fourth at two-over (142). Kelly Grassel and Karolina Vlckova each finished in the top 10, finishing tied for seventh (three-over, 143) and tied for ninth (four-over, 144), respectively. Vlckova is competing as an individual this weekend. Samantha Wagner ended Saturday just outside the top 10, as she sits in a tie for 12th at six-over, 146.

UF enters Sunday's final round looking to win its annual home tournament for the seventh time in the last 11 years.

“I saw a lot of solid play from just about everyone," UF coach Emily Glaser said. "Overall, I am very pleased as it's a hard golf course. The scores are over-par for each team, but that is to be expected from this course. Individually, we handled ourselves very well. I was pleased with our management. There were a few execution mistakes but that is going to happen. The things we can control, we did well, like management and controlling our emotions.”

Duke is second at +12 (572) and Central Florida is third at +19 (579). Duke's Leona Maguire leads after a 71-67-138.

Women's tennis: Top-ranked Florida began a bit slow on the doubles court and needed a tiebreak win on the final court to take the initial point of the dual match, before the Gators regrouped in singles action and completed the 4-0 sweep against No. 24 South Carolina (9-4, 1-2 SEC) at the Ring Tennis Complex.

On the singles courts, Florida (12-0, 3-0) received straight-set wins by Anna Danilina, Kourtney Keegan and Ingrid Neel to capture its 18th consecutive regular-season win against SEC opponents.

Florida sports an active overall home win streak of 164 that includes SEC and NCAA Tournament matches. As of March 6, 2017, it is the longest active streak of any NCAA Division I team in any sport of any gender in the country (Streak began Jan. 22, 2005).

Lacrosse:No. 3 Florida defeated visiting No. 7 Stony Brook, 22-14. Florida (5-1) used a 9-0 run going into halftime to build a lead of 15-5, which the previously undefeated Seawolves (5-1) were unable to come back from. The 22 goals are the most Stony Brook has allowed in a game, with the previous high being just 10. Stony Brook entered Saturday ranked third in the NCAA in only allowing 6.4 goals per game.

Senior attacker Mollie Stevens filled the box score with career-high seven goals on eight shot attempts, four ground balls, and 10 draw controls. Stevens' seven goals tied for the second most in a single game in Florida lacrosse history, and her 10 draw controls also tied for second most in a single game. Fellow attackers Sammi Burgess and Lindsey Ronbeck also contributed in a big way, with Burgess tallying six points (three goals, three assists) and Ronbeck adding five points (four goals, one assist).

Defensively, the Gators were led by senior Caroline Fitzgerald and junior Aniya Flanagan. Fitzgerald collected three ground balls while Flanagan spent most of the game shadowing Stony Brook's all-American Kylie Ohlmiller. Sophomore goalkeeper Haley Hicklen added five saves for the Gators.

"I really thought we played well offensively and valued our possessions of the ball," UF coach Amanda O'Leary's said. "We marked up on defense pretty well, but still have plenty of things to improve on before Syracuse comes to town (Tuesday). I am so pleased with how the entire team showed up today."

Men's tennis: No. 15 Florida (8-6) fell to Florida State 4-2 on Friday night. Elliott Orkin and Chase Perez-Blanco won two of the six singles matches. Florida will host South Carolina at 1 p.m. Sunday.

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