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Floreal leaving UK to become new track and field coach at Texas

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WDKY) - Edrick Floreal is leaving UK to become the new track and field head coach at Texas.

Floreal spent the past six seasons at Kentucky, where he transformed the Wildcats into one of the premier track and field programs in the country. When he took over at UK, the Wildcats were coming off an eighth-place finish by the men and 12th by the women at the SEC Outdoor Championships.

Under Floreal, the UK women finished in the top four three out of the last four years, including a runner-up in 2015. He also led the UK women to a school-best third-place finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships in 2018 and led the women to eight total top-five finishes at the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships. On the men’s side, UK was 16th at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in 2018 and among the top 22 in the nation six times in indoor and outdoor.

During his tenure at Kentucky, Floreal’s athletes won 12 NCAA event championships, earned 142 All-America honors and 37 individual SEC Championships.

Floreal coached Keni Harrison, who captured gold at the 2018 World Indoor Championships in the 60m hurdles in Birmingham, England. Harrison broke the 28-year old world record in the 100m hurdles (12.20) at the 2016 London Anniversary Games. Harrison is the fastest combination hurdler in history.

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