Sunday, January 08, 2017

Grant Holloway’s Historic 300 Run Headlines Impressive Season-Opening Meet

Grant Holloway’s Historic 300 Run Headlines Impressive Season-Opening Meet
Holloway ran the second-fastest indoor 300 meters time in history by any man under the age of 20
Grant Holloway
Photo by Richard Shiro
Grant Holloway and his freshmen teammates led the slew of outstanding season-opening performances Saturday.
CLEMSON, S.C. – University of Florida hurdler, sprinter, and jumper Grant Holloway's ridiculous day on the track headlined a list of impressive performances by Gator underclassmen at the Orange & Purple Classic, hosted by Clemson Saturday (Jan. 7) afternoon.

Here's the breakdown of Holloway's three spectacular runs:
  • Opened with a time of 7.75 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles preliminary—which would have ranked him No. 4 on UF's all-time top 10
  • Won 60 hurdles final in 7.63—fastest pre-NCAA Indoor Championships time by a freshman since at least 2002
    • Joined Shamar Sands (7.59 at 2003 NCAA Indoors) and Arkansas' Omar McLeod (7.57 and 7.58 at 2014 NCAA Indoors), the collegiate record holder and 2016 world indoor champion, as the only other freshmen since at least 2003 to break 7.65
    • No. 2-ranked time on UF's all-time top 10
  • Won the 300 meters in 32.80 seconds— second-fastest time by any man in history prior to turning 20 years old (per AllTime-Athletics), No. 3 time in collegiate history, 38th-fastest time in world history
    • Three-time Olympic gold medalist LaShawn Merritt, who ran 31.94 on Feb. 10, 2006, four months and 17 days prior to his 20th birthday, is the only other man in history to run faster prior to turning 20.
    • Holloway turns 20 this November, making him ineligible for junior (U20) records
    • Also broke Tyrone Kemp's 27-year-old school record of 32.94, the fifth-fastest time in collegiate history

Fellow freshmen Clayton Brown and Timetria Mitchell made noteworthy debuts as well, cracking UF's all-time indoor top 10 lists in their respective events.

Brown cleared 2.25 meters (7 feet, 4.5 inches) on his second attempt at the height. The clearance put him at No. 5 on the list. It was also the best clearance since Mike Morrison's 2.27-meter leap at the 2006 SEC Indoor Championships. The Jamaican is the fourth freshman since 2010 to clear 2.25 meters, joining Mississippi State's James Harris, the 2014 national champion, two-time national runner-up Ricky Robertson (Ole Miss), and Kansas State's Christoff Bryan.

Mitchell ran a 60 hurdles time of 8.38 in her preliminary heat, ranking her fifth on the list. The Miami, Fla. native is only the second Gator freshman to break 8.40 as a freshman, joining redshirt junior Skylar Ross-Ransom (8.28 at 2014 SEC Indoors).

Redshirt sophomore AJ McFarland moved up to No. 4 on the school's all-time top 10 in the weight throw, breaking 20 meters for the first time in his career. Junior Lloydricia Cameron also got in on the all-time top 10 mix, improving her indoor personal record to 16.35 meters (53 feet, 0.75 inches) to strengthen her hold on the No. 9 ranking.

Five other Gators—Caleb Chambliss (60 hurdles), Ebony Luster (triple jump), Shayne Rodney (60 meters), Taylor Sharpe (400 meters), Michael Timpson Jr. (60 meters)—tied or broke their indoor personal records as well.

Florida returns to action next Friday (Jan. 13) and Saturday (Jan. 14) at the Commodore Invitational, hosted by Vanderbilt.

Head coach Mike Holloway on the day as a whole…
"Thought we had a very good day. It's always good to come to the first meet and see how everybody handles the bright lights. I thought everybody did very well. We had a couple mishaps here and there but, overall, I couldn't more pleased with how everybody performed this weekend."

Holloway on the impressive day by the UF freshmen…
"I thought the freshman class as a whole did a phenomenal job at their first collegiate meet. Timetria (Mitchell) and Clayton (Brown) going into the top five in school history. For Connor (Bandel) to open up his collegiate career with the bigger shot put at almost 59 feet was very good as well. And then Grant (Holloway) comes in and goes No. 2 in one event and breaks the school record in the other.

"That's why we recruited them, so they could come in here and continue to the success we've had."

Holloway on whether or not there is a concern about complacency from the freshmen after big performances…
"That's our job as coaches: keep everybody level-headed. As I told the team, when we walk out of this building, good or bad, we leave it in here. It doesn't matter anymore. We've got to get back to Gainesville, and Monday at practice and in the weight room, we have to get back to getting better. They don't give away championship trophies the first weekend of January."

  • Results (PDF)
  • Venue: Clemson University Indoor Complex
 Track Events (unless denoted with *, all events are finals)
EventPlace, Gator – Time | Notes
60m (W)*11. Destinee Gause – 7.60
13. Timetria Mitchell – 7.64
60m (M)*1. Michael Timpson Jr. – 6.70 | Personal record; advanced to final
6. Ryan Clark – 6.84 | Advanced to final
10. Damien Daniels – 6.90
14. Shayne Rodney – 6.98 | Personal record
60m (M)2. Timpson Jr. – 6.70
5. Clark – 6.80
400m (W)2. Sharrika Barnett – 53.97 | First collegiate indoor 400 meters race
3. Taylor Sharpe – 54.34 | Indoor personal record
60mH (W)*2. Mitchell – 8.38 | No. 5-ranked time on UF's All-Time Top 10; advanced to final
3. Ryann McEnany – 8.47 | Advanced to final
11. Brandee' Johnson – 8.72 | Collegiate debut
60mH (W)2. Mitchell – 8.39
6. McEnany – 8.50
60mH (M)*1. Grant Holloway – 7.75 | Advanced to final
4. Caleb Chambliss – 8.10 | Advanced to final
5. Marques Burgman – 8.14 | Advanced to final
60mH (M)1. Holloway – 7.63 | No. 2-ranked time on UF's All-Time Top 10
3. Chambliss – 8.09 | Tied personal record
Burgman – DNF
300m (W)3. Johnson – 38.23
5. Gause – 38.56
300m (M)1. Holloway – 32.80 | No. 38 overall time in world indoor history; No. 3 time in collegiate history; school record; second-fastest time by any man under age of 20
2. Kunle Fasasi – 33.09
7. Nick Uruburu – 34.33
500m (W)11. Mikayla Barber – 1:17.20
500m (M)2. Uruburu – 1:03.65
3. Jabari Hill – 1:03.87
Field Events (all events are finals)
EventPlace, Gator – Mark | Notes
SP (W)1. Lloydricia Cameron – 16.35 meters (53-0.75) | Indoor personal record; improves No. 9-ranked mark on UF's All-Time Indoor Top 10
SP (M)2. Connor Bandel – 17.97 meters (58-11.5) | Collegiate debut
WT (W)4. Jontavia Dykes – 17.63 meters (57-10.25)
5. Amara Wiggan – 16.53 meters (54-2.75) | Collegiate debut
WT (M)2. AJ McFarland – 20.78 meters (68-2.25) | No. 4-ranked mark on UF's All-Time Top 10
HJ (M)1. Clayton Brown – 2.25 meters (7-4.5) | No. 5-ranked mark on UF's All-Time Indoor Top 10
PV (M)2. Aaron Owens – 5.10 meters (16-8.75)
4. Michael Harris – 4.65 meters (15-3)
LJ (W)3. Darrielle McQueen – 6.35 meters (20-10) | Tied third-best jump of career
4. Yanis David – 6.14 meters (20-1.75)
Asa Garcia – FOUL
LJ (M)1. KeAndre Bates – 7.82 meters (25-8)
TJ (W)2. Ebony Luster – 12.57 meters (41-3) | Topped personal record by 2 feet, 1 inch

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