Men's Track, 1980-83
A six-time All-America performer in the hammer throw and the 35-pound weight throw, Gillard continues to hold school records in both the indoor weight throw (60-2) and the outdoor hammer throw (200-11). The two-time (1981 & 1983) FSU Most Valuable Performer Award recipient later captured fifth-place at the 1988 Olympic Tryouts in Indianapolis, falling one spot short of an Olympic berth in the hammer throw. In 1980, Gillard placed fifth at the NAIA Outdoor Championships in the hammer throw and was sixth at the NCAA-II Outdoor Championships in the same event, becoming the school's first All-America performer in a men's weight event. He finished second in the hammer throw at the 1981 NAIA Outdoor Championships and third at the 1981 NCAA-II Outdoor Championships. Gillard registered a second-place hammer throw finish in 1983 at the NCAA-II Championships. He also took fifth place in the 35-pound weight throw at the 1981 NAIA Indoor Championships. Gillard was a four-time GLIAC Champion, winning two league indoor titles in the weight throw and two outdoor titles in the hammer throw. In his junior indoor campaign (1980-81), Gillard helped lead FSU to a third-place finish at both the GLIAC and NAIA District 23 Championships. The Muskegon Mona Shores graduate was the school's first athlete to ever qualify to take part in the NCAA Division I Championships. Gillard later posted what was then the 11th-farthest toss (234-4) in U.S. Track and Field hammer throw history at a national Olympic tune-up meet. Gillard and his family make their residence in Morgan Hill, Calif.