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Gator Athletics program ranked fourth in the nation

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Florida’s third straight NCAA outdoor men’s track and field title led to 11 team finishes in the top five as the Gators track and field program finished fourth in the 2023-24 LEARFIELD Directors’ Cup standings.

Florida is the only program to finish in the top 10 in the country in each of the last 40 national rankings for all sports.

Annual Review 2023-2024 Note 1

Florida’s Top 5 Finishes:
The Gators’ third straight NCAA title in men’s outdoor track and field led to 11 top-five team finishes in 2023-24. The 11 teams finishing in the top five include a national top nine in the top three.


This is the 15th full season in a row with a Gators team to win a national team title. Florida is one of two programs to have won a national title every full season since the 2008-09 season. UF has won 27 championships in that span.


In 2023-2024, eleven Gators teams placed in the nation’s final top five, including nine in the top three. This is the 22NL consecutive full season 10 or more Gators teams were among the top 10 in the country.

 

  • No. 1 Outdoor athletics for men
  • No. 2 women’s indoor athletics
  • No. 2 Outdoor athletics for women
  • No. 3 Men’s swimming and diving
  • No. 3 Women’s swimming
  • No. 3 men’s indoor athletics
  • No. T3 Baseball
  • No. T-3 Lacrosse
  • No. T-3 Softball
  • No. 4 Gymnastics
  • No. 5 Women’s Cross Country

Annual overview 2023-2024 Note 2















LEARFIELD Directors’ Cup 2023-2024 Standings
Rank School Points
1. Texas 1377.00
2. Stanford 1317.75
3. Tennessee 1217.00
4. FLORIDA 1189.00
5. Virginia 1066.25
6. Texas A&M 1059.25
7. North Carolina 1035.75
8. Michigan 1030.00
9. Alabama 1028.40
10. UCLA 1017.50

LEARFIELD Board Cup

The LEARFIELD Directors’ Cup, presented annually by the nation’s athletic directors, recognizes the schools with the best overall athletic performance in an academic year. The scoring system uses finishes in NCAA Division I men’s and women’s basketball, baseball and women’s volleyball championships. In addition, a program can receive points in up to 15 other sports toward the final score. Texas claimed its third Directors’ Cup this season.

Over the past fifteen seasons, fifteen different programs have appeared in the top five of the Directors’ Cup finals. Only Florida and Stanford have appeared in every top five since 2008-09, with Michigan (7), Ohio State and Southern California (6) having the second-highest number of top five finishes during that period.

UF Athletic Director Scott Stricklin says:
“Another NCAA title in men’s outdoor track and field was one of many celebratory moments for the Gators this season. Eleven top-five finishes in Florida include a national high nine in the top three. So much effort and training goes into preparing to compete on the national stage, so we applaud the competitive spirit of our student-athletes, coaches and staff.” – UF Athletic Director Scott Stricklin

Annual Review 2023-2024 Note 3

2023-2024 Individual NCAA Champions for the Gators:
Eleven Gators claimed a whopping 15 individual NCAA titles in five sports in the 2023-2024 season.

 















2023-24 NCAA Individual National Champions
Sport Name Event
Women’s cross country Parker Valby Winner of the race


Gymnastics Leanne Wong Uneven bars


Men’s swimming Josh Liendo 50 & 100 freestyle; 100 butterfly

Josh Liendo, Adam Chaney, Julian Smith, Macguire McDuff 200 freestyle relay

Adam Chaney, Julian Smith, Josh Liendo, Macguire McDuff 200 medley relay



Women’s Swimming Bella Simms 200 & 500 freestyle

Bella Sims, Isabel Ivey, Emma Weyant, Micayla Cronk 800 freestyle relay


Athletics (indoor) Parker Valby 3000 & 5000 meters


Athletics (outdoor) Grace Stark 100 meters hurdles

Parker Valby 5,000 and 10,000 meters


Other Gators successes:
Four Southeastern Conference titles (women’s cross country, gymnastics, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, volleyball) gave the Gators a total of 265 all-time titles in the league. Lacrosse won its last American Athletic Conference title in 2024, as the team moves to the Big 12 for the 2025 season.

Two Gator teams won conference tournament titles in 2024. Softball won its sixth SEC Tournament title, which ties for the most wins in the event’s history. Lacrosse won its 10th straight conference tournament title and 11th overall in Nashville, Tenn., at the 2024 AAC Tournament.

National Athlete of the Year honors went to three Gators in 2023-2024:

  • Jac Caglianon John Olerud College Baseball Foundation Two-Way Player of the Year

    • Perfect Game Two-Way Player of the Year

  • Jocelyn Erickson TUCCI/NFCA Division I Player of the Year Award
  • Parker Valby Honda Award (cross country and track and field)

    • USTFCCCA Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Runner of the Year

Seven Gators earned nine conference athlete of the year awards in 2023-2024. This is the 47e Consecutive seasons at least one Gator claimed Athlete of the Year honors.

  • Leilani Correa SEC Women’s Basketball 6e Woman of the Year
  • Jocelyn Erickson SEC Softball Player of the Year
  • Elyse Finnelle AAC Goalkeeper of the Year
  • Maggi Hall AAC forward of the year
  • Josh Liendo SEC Swimmer of the Year
  • Bella Sims SEC Swimmer of the Year
  • Parker Valby SEC Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Runner of the Year

Gators in numbers
The NCAA men’s outdoor track and field team crown marks the 15th All season long, a Gator team won a national team title. Florida won 27 national team titles since the 2008–09 season.
11 top five national team finishes. 22NL consecutive full season 10 or more Gator teams in the final top 10. Includes a national top nine in the top three.
5 the Gators’ conference titles in 2023-24 – women’s cross country, gymnastics, lacrosse, men’s and women’s swimming and diving.
95 percent Graduation Success Rate, as reported last fall in the 2023 NCAA Federal Graduation Rate Date, set UF’s all-time high.
3,325 grade point average of Gator student-athletes in the 2023-2024 academic year – an all-time high. A recording 433 Gators earned 2023-24 SEC Academic Honor Roll recognition.
1 named NCAA Elite 90 recipient as student-athlete with highest GPA at NCAA Lacrosse Championships – Emily Lortz.
3 College Sports Communicators Academic All-Americans – Jake Mitchell (swimming), Korbe Otis (softball) and Emma Weyant (swimming) – more possible.
3 Picked up 4 conference coach of the year award, mark 29e At least one UF coach was recognized consecutive season. Third consecutive national coach of the year Michael Holloway (USTFCCCA Men’s National Outdoor Coach of the Year).