June 11, 2010
EUGENE, Ore. – Sophomore Kevin Borlee provided the Florida State men’s track & field team with two points after a seventh-place finish in the 400 meters Friday at the NCAA Championship meet.
Borlee, who drew lane eight with the seventh-fastest time in Wednesday’s semifinal, could not move up against a stout field that raced the backstretch into a stiff wind. A fourth-place finisher in last year’s championship, Borlee finished in 45.80 among a group of three runners bunched at the line, earning All-American honors for a second consecutive year..
“He did a great job,” said FSU assistant coach Ken Harnden. “I think this will go down in history as one of the greatest groups of athletes you’ll ever see. The time doesn’t dictate that, but the weather is not great here. That group that’s out there is about as good as it gets.”
It was a light day of activity for the Seminoles at historic Hayward Field, with Borlee and junior high jumper Andrew Bachelor the lone competitors. Bachelor failed to place in the day’s first individual event, despite clearing the first two heights on his first attempts. He went out with three misses at 7-0.25 (2.14m), narrowly clipping the crossbar with his back heel on descent in his final attempt.
The Seminoles will send a more formidable contingent into Saturday’s finale. On the men’s side, the 4×100 relay team of David Ambler, Brandon Byram, Maurice Mitchell and Brian Chibudu will start from lane 3 with the sixth-fastest qualifying time at 39.30, but bring relatively fresh legs to the track.
Chibudu actually will kick off the day in the long jump finals, along with Marlon Woods. Mike Putman, a surprise sixth-place finisher in the discus, will try and double up on All-American honors when he competes in the shot put, which is his best event. Byram will also race out of lane 1 in the 200 meter finals.
“We just need to finish strong,” said FSU coach Bob Braman. “We started and had a good first day, other than Maurice’s calf cramp. The second day put us in hole we’re trying to dig out of.”
The Florida State men at tied for 32nd with five points, but will welcome an expected break in the weather, with the forecast for warmer temperatures and little to no wind.
“Now we get a little more of our weather,” Braman added. “There’s no team pressure; no podium pressure.”
The FSU women’s team will hang its improvement on assistant coach Karen Harvey’s distance tandem of senior Pilar McShine in the 1,500 final and sophomore Jennifer Dunn in the 3,000 meter steeplechase. They look to join Pasca Cheruiyot, who placed fifth in the 10,000 meters on the opening day.
“Coach Harvey has had an outstanding meet and her girls will go out there and compete,” said Braman, whose women’s team is tied for 25th with nine points entering the final day.
9:40 a.m. – Men’s Shot Put: Michael Putman
10:11 a.m. – Men’s 4x100m: FSU (Ambler, Byram, Mitchell, Chibudu)
10:18 a.m. – Women’s 1500m: Pilar McShine
10:49 a. m. – Men’s 200m: Brandon Byram
10:54 a.m. – Women’s 3000m Steeplechase: Jennifer Dunn
Men’s 400m Final
7. Kevin Borlee 45.80
Men’s High Jump Final
13. Andrew Bachelor 2.10m/6-10.75