Cory Poole helps Univ. of Florida indoor track team to repeat NCAA Division 1 national title

Cory Poole competes in the hurdles last spring for the University of Florida, Photo courtesy of Danny Parker/UAA Communications

Sophomore Cory Poole was part of the University of Florida men’s indoor track and field team that captured the NCAA Division 1 indoor national championship for the second year in a row, March 7-9, at the Birmingham CrossPlex in Birmingham, Ala.

Poole, a 2017 East Orange Campus High School graduate, participated in the 60-meter hurdles preliminaries in which he placed 13th overall in 7.85, though he did not advance to the final.

According to a report posted on floridagators.com, this is Florida’s fifth men’s team title at the NCAA Indoor Championships since 2010, two more than any other Division 1 program in that span. Their five national titles also breaks a tie with Oregon for the third-most titles in the event’s history, trailing UTEP (seven) and Arkansas (20), according to the report. The program also has won four Outdoor National titles since 2010, four more than any other program has won since 2003, cited by the website report.

Poole was one of the most decorated track & field athletes in state high school history. He won back-to-back titles in both the 110-meter hurdles and 400-meter hurdles at the state outdoor Meet of Champions in his junior and senior years. He won the indoor 55 hurdles at the state indoor MOC in his senior year. Poole also still holds the state high school outdoor records in the 110 hurdles (13.46) and 400 hurdles (50.14).

Poole took a silver medal in the 400 hurdles at the USATF Outdoor Junior National Championships in 2017 and took silver in the 400 hurdles at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals in both 2016 and 2017.

Poole participated in the International Association of Athletics Federation U20 Track & Field World Championships in Finland last July in which he finished in sixth place in the 110 hurdles finals.

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