Gator Track Team Top Ranked

After their first national championship in program history, the Florida men's track and field team enters the 2011 season right where they ended last year. The Gators head into this year ranked No. 1 in the preseason U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Poll.

Florida returns two individual NCAA Indoor Champions from last year in sprinter Jeff Demps and jumper Christian Taylor. Taylor is also the nation's leading returner in the triple jump and ranks fifth in the long jump.

Demps is the nation's leading returner in the men's 60-meter dash. Senior Terrell Wilks ranks 11th. Sophomore Tony McQuay is ranked fourth nationally in the 400-meter and fifth in the 200-meter.

Sophomore hurdler William Wynne is ranked ninth in the nation for the 60-meter hurdles. Wynne is returning after redshirting during the 2010 season.

Florida's 4x400 relay team starts the season ranked third.

Sophomore Omar Craddock ranks ninth in the men's triple jump. Senior Kemal Mesic is second in the shot put.

Junior heptathlete Gary Horn is ranked ninth in the nation for the heptathlon.

The SEC is well represented in the poll. LSU came in at No. 2, while Auburn was No. 11, Arkansas was No. 13 and Georgia came in No. 14. Instate rival Florida State came in at No. 6.

The Florida women's team didn't come in with such high rankings. They missed the top-25 poll after losing 32 of their 33 points from a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships a year ago. The SEC was represented in the women's poll by LSU at No. 3, Tennessee at No. 4, Arkansas at No. 6, Auburn at No. 7 and South Carolina at No. 20.

Florida will open the 2011 season on January 15 when it travels to Penn State to participate in the Nittany Lion Challenge.


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