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Bill Crawford
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75 years old
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Entered the UF in 1962, graduated Dec, 1965... High Jumper....graduate of Plant Hi School, Tampa, Fla..

Entered US Navy upon graduation.  Resigned my commission as Lt. Commander in 1975.  Started Wilmar Leasing in 1980, a commercial vehicle leasing company located in Charlotte, NC. 

Married to Marilyn Blair, Paducah, Ky, whom I met the first day at UF in 1962.. Will be married 47 years this June 19, 2012.

 

 

 

 

 

Marrie

 



Bob Dowd
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Male
61 years old
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UF varsity track, 1977-1979, 400IH and 4x100 relay



Brendan McGarry
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58 years old

Brian Bombei
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48 years old
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Brian Dougan
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44 years old

Bruce Floyd
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47 years old

C. Diane Poole
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Female
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C. Diane Poole. Graduated from UF in 1978 with a BA in Political Science. UF Track from 1974 through 1976. 100m and 400m hurdles, high jump and the mile relay.

Lives in Arlington, VA. Senior Vice President of Data Management & Policy Devlopment with the American Bankers Association.

My roommates in college were Nancy Shafer, a miler who ran for the Florida Track Club and Mary McGroarty who ran the 800m on UF’s Women’s Team. Mary was on the inaugural UF women’s track team (as a scholarship recipient). The UF Women’s program started in the fall of 1973, one year after the passage of Title IX.

Title IX passed in June of 1972. Florida high schools begin offering track and field for “girls” in the spring of 1974. Up until that time the only programs that most Florida schools had for girls was swimming and tennis. So my senior year at Brandon High School in Brandon, FL was the first year I ran “organized” track. I had a successful year and wanted to continue to compete. Since I had already been accepted to UF for fall admission, I wrote to the coach of UF’s Women’s program to see what my chances were for trying out for the team.

Katie Paulos, was UF’s first Women’s Track coach. She answered my letter by indicating two things: 1) that she only had enough money for two tuition scholarships (one in-state and one out-of state). Heidi Hertz from Temple Terrace, FL (King High School) was the in-state recipient. A miler from Tennessee, Kay ?, was the out-of state recipient, and 2) That only “elite” runners would be allowed to travel to “away” meets. Encouraged by her letter, I showed up in Gainesville in the early fall of 1974 ready to make my mark.

There were no separate facilities for the women. We shared a small weight room next to Florida field with the men’s team. There weren’t any coaches or trainers in the weight room to help/supervise us … we were on our own. We had to come dressed for practice and we didn’t shower until we returned to our respective dorms.  Most of us had classes that started at 8 am so that we could be finished with school by 1:00.  Practice started at 2:30.  No one had to hold our feet to the fire about this ... we all were dedicated students as well as athletes.

I was successful in both the 100 and 400 m hurdles, and the high jump. I also ran a leg on our mile relay team. Needless to say, I never stayed home – and competed in all of the away meets! There were only about 11 women that year and many of us doubled and tripled up on events. 

In 1975, nine UF women qualified for Nationals and we traveled to Oregon State University to compete in the seventh annual AIAW Women’s Track and Field Championships. (the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women had responsibility of women’s athletics early on – it would not be until 1982 before the NCAA took over responsibility for women’s collegiate sports). Every one of us placed in our respective events and the UF women finished fourth in the nation.

In 1976 the nationals were held at Kansas State University. That year we placed fourth again with everyone making it to the finals in their events … and Heidi Hertz won the Heptathlon … UF had its first women’s national track champion.

In the fall of 1976, Lacey O’Neal (former Olympian) became the women’s coach. The program still had a small budget so we only had two scholarships available, and those went to a hurdler and a discus thrower, both from out of state. After a successful indoor season, I was looking forward to the outdoor season. Unfortunately, I broke my ankle during a hurdle drill and ended up needing surgery. In those days, after surgery, they put you in a full leg cast and forgot about you – not really – but the healing was long. Six weeks out of the cast and I broke my ankle AGAIN. A divergence of philosophies between me and the coach … and my track and field days at UF were over.

I went on to help start the women’s rugby team at UF my senior year and played rugby at the elite level for the next twelve years. My days as a runner at UF prepared me for my success in rugby. After I hung up my rugby cleats I took up sculling and have enjoyed that sport ever since.



CL_Browning
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32 years old

Calvin
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Male
47 years old
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Calvin Smith II
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32 years old
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Candace Sparkle Cabey-Lewis
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Female
34 years old

Carlos "Loso" Phillips
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33 years old
About Me

C/O 2005-2010. 800m / 400m / 4x400. Graduate of the College of Journalism spring 2010, and now a Graphic Designer at UCF Athletics, as well as a freelance graphic artist and web designer. 

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Proud to be part of this section of the Gator Nation. #Track Phi Track

Coached by Ethan Tussing, Coach Holloway, and Coach Morgan.

Incoming squad-mates, Dennis Martin, Kallinka Pitt, Ethan Philpot, Chris Thomas, Gene Martin, Afolabi Aromire, Nene Kemate; Career 800 squad-mates Lamarr Davis, Eric Alberter, Willie Calloway, Sean Obinwa, John Mitchell, Derek Whehunt, Ethan Philpot, Chris Thomas, Allen Jackson, Shane Stroup; Number 4 indoor and outdoor on all-time 800m list, right next to the Great Moise Joseph (as of 2011).



Championship Relay squd-mates Shane Stroup, Chris Gilchrist, Justin Taylor (ind. SEC DMR, '06); Bernard Middleton, Calvin Smith, Eric Alberter (4x400, '07, '08 ); RJ Anderson, Lamarr  Davis, Calvin Smith (4x400, '09); Christian Taylor, RJ Anderson, Calvin Smith (ind. SEC 4x400, '09).

Coached in High School by Rene Plesencia (Colonial HS, Orlando), Mike Hill (Winter Park HS, Winter Park) and my uncle Lamar Fowler from Winter Park (Florida Track & Field '92 - '95).

Thank You Florida Track & Field, and Cross Country for all the fun times, and Coach Mouse for giving me the the opportunity to compete as a Gator.




Cecilia Muldoon
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Female
57 years old

Chris Carswell
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Male
40 years old
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Chris Wilson
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Male
47 years old

Christopher Floyd
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Male
47 years old

Colt Little
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Male
40 years old

Cory Presnick
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Male
37 years old

Courtney "BOB" Chambers
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Craig Hoover
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Male
50 years old
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