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Florida Women’s Track and Field Closes Out 2023 Recruiting Class with Four Impact Athletes

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Florida Women’s Track and Field program, National Champions in both the indoor and outdoor seasons in 2022, has added four athletes to round out a strong 2023 recruiting class coming to Gainesville this fall.

head-coach mike holloway and the Gators will welcome Jayla Hollis (Arkansas/Sprints and Hurdles), Jasmine Montgomery (Oregon/Sprints), Kathryn Nohilly (George Washington/Distance) and Laila Owens (Texas A&M/Sprints) to the Florida Track and Field program.

“We are very excited to welcome this elite group of women to our program,” Holloway said. “They are all very successful and will play a critical role in our program.”

This quartet of athletes will join a team that won three team titles in 2022 including a sweep of the national titles both indoors and outdoors.

The 2023 roster also includes the addition of 10 high school athletes across the distance, throws and sprint event groups.

Hollis spent parts of two seasons at Arkansas where she ran the 60m, 100m, 200m, 60mH and the 4×100 and 4×400 relays.

The Lancaster, Texas native ran in the 60mH, 200m and 4×400 at the 2022 NCAA Indoor Championships.

She owns personal bests of 8.08 (60mH), 22.99 (200m) and 12.99 (100mH). During her high school career at DeSoto High School, she ran a second leg on a 4×100 team that twice broke the prep national record.

Montgomery spent her true freshman season in Eugene in 2022, playing a big role for the Ducks in the outdoor season.

The San Antonio, Texas native held anchor duties on the Oregon 4×100 team that finished third at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

She was also a qualifier to the 2022 NCAA Outdoor Championships in both the 100 meters and 200 meters where she competed in the semifinal rounds.

Montgomery owns personal bests of 7.35 (60m), 11.35 (100m) and 23.12 (200m). She was also the 2020-2021 Texas Gatorade Player of the Year for Women’s Track and Field.

Nohilly will spend her final collegiate season in the Orange and Blue. Primarily a participant in the 3000-meter steeplechase, Nohilly will also run Cross Country and be eligible to run indoors for the Gators.

The Golden Bridge, NY native spent five seasons at George Washington where she set four school records in her time with the Colonels.

She was the 2022 Atlantic 10 Champion in the Steeplechase, crossing the line at 10:33.01. She owns a personal best in the event with a time of 10:21.58.

Her father, Tommy, was the NCAA Champion in the Steeplechase for the Gators in 1989.

Owens spent two seasons in College Station after graduating from George Bush High School in Richmond, Texas.

She is a four-time All-American, running the opening leg for the 4×400 team that finished 10th at the NCAA Indoor Championships. She was also a NCAA finalist across 200 meters during the 2022 indoor season.

The Richmond, Texas native owns a personal best of 22.57 (200m). She has also spent time on Texas A&M’s 4×100 and 4×400 relays.

Each athlete will be eligible for the 2022-2023 Track and Field season.

Summer Additions:

Women:

Jayla Hollis | Lancaster, Texas/DeSoto/Arkansas | Sprints/hurdles

  • Ran Second Leg of NCAA Indoor Collegiate Record 4×400 Team
  • NCAA Qualifier (60mH, 100mH, 200m, 4×100, 4×400)
  • 2022 NCAA Indoor Gold Medalist (4×400)
  • 2021 SEC Bronze Medalist (4×100)
  • Personal Bests: 60mH (8.08), 200m (22.99), 100mH (12.99)

Jasmin Montgomery | San Antonio, Texas/Reagan/Oregon | sprints

  • 2022 NCAA Outdoor Qualifier (100m, 200m, 4×100)
  • Point Scorer in 100m, 200m and 4×100 at 2022 Pac-12 Championships
  • Third Place in 4×100 Relay at NCAA Outdoor Championships
  • Personal Bests: 60m (7.35), 100m (11.35), 200m (23.12)

Kathyrn Nohilly | Golden Bridge, NY/John Jay/George Washington | Distance

  • 2022 Atlantic 10 Champion (3000mS)
  • 2022 Atlantic 10 Runner Up (DMR, Anchor Leg)
  • 2021 Atlantic 10 Fifth Place (Cross Country)
  • Personal Bests: 3000mS (10:21.58)

Laila Owens | Richmond, Texas/George Bush/Texas A&M | sprints

  • 2022 NCAA Outdoor 4th Place (4×400)
  • 2022 SEC Outdoor 4th Place (200m)
  • 2022 NCAA/SEC Indoor Finalist (200m)
  • Personal Bests: 200m (22.57), 400m (52.40)

Additional Newcomers to the 2023 Women’s Track and Field Roster:
*Announced Previously*

Caroline Bauer (Williamsburg, Va./Distance)
Kayla Davis (Charlotte, NC/Sprints)
Ramiah Elliott (Indianapolis, Ind./Sprints)
Akari Isaac (Tampa, Fla./Throws)
Da’Moni Kelly (Jacksonville, Fla./Throws)
Angelina Perez (Ringwood, NJ/Distance)
Lucinda Rourke (Melbourne, Australia/Distance)
Breanna Stuart (Canyon, Texas/Distance)
Imani Washington (Alpharetta, Ga./Throws)
Leia Williams (Midway, Ga./Throws)

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