May 28, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (Seminoles.com) – The opening round of the NCAA Track & Field Championships came to a close Saturday night in Bloomington, Ind. with Florida State qualifying seven more for the final site in Des Moines, Iowa.
With Saturday’s outcome, FSU managed to qualify a grand total of 19 over the course of the three days on Indiana’s campus; 13 for the men and six for the women.
“We had a really good day today,” FSU head coach Bob Braman said. “We put ourselves in a very good position on the men’s side and the women are still in contention for an overall top-10 finish.”
The women kicked off the final day with a bang, taking fourth place in the 4x100m relay with a final-site qualifying time of 44.25. Featured in that race were Marecia Pemberton, Stephanie Simpson, Brittany St. Louis and Amy Harris, who replaced Teona Rodgers.
Following their female counterparts’ lead, the Seminole men edged out Florida and took the overall top time in the 4x100m relay. Maurice Mitchell, Kemar Hyman, Ngoni Makusha and Paul Madzivire combined to post a 39.17 national-qualifying time.
FSU then earned its second women’s-event qualifier of the day as Hannah Brooks pushed her way to a 4:17.21 in the 1500m run to take second place in the second of two heats.
In the men’s 200m dash, Brandon Byram came on strong in the final 100 meters to win the second heat on a qualifying time of 21.05 despite a -2.3 wind. Competing in his second event of the day, Mitchell then took the third heat with a top overall time of 20.66 to make it two more garnet and gold final-site qualifiers.
The men’s 5000m then saw Ciaran O’Lionaird place second with a time of 14:06.26 to punch his ticket to the NCAA Championships. A little while later, Michael Putman tossed the discus 56.4m to qualify for the men as well.
“Ciaran O’Lionaird looked really, really good,” Braman said. “The women’s 4×100 really came together and they should get better moving forward. Hannah Brooks getting through was really good. Overall it was just a nice day for us.”
The men’s 4x400m relay team, Kamorean Hayes (women’s discus throw), Amanda Winslow (women’s 1500m run), Jessica Parry (women’s 1500m run), Nicholas Maedel (men’s 5000m run) and David Forrester (men’s 5000m run) failed to qualify in Saturday events.
FSU 2011 NCAA Championships Qualifiers:
Ngoni Makusha – 100m dash, long jump
Maurice Mitchell – 100m dash, 200m dash
Michael Putman – shot put, discus throw
Ciaran O’Lionaird – 10000m run, 5000m run
Mike Fout – 10000m run
Andrew Lahaye – pole vault
Brandon O’Connor – 400m dash
Brandon Byram – 200m dash
4x100m relay team
Kim Williams – triple jump, long jump
Amy Harris – long jump
Michelle Jenije – triple jump
Hannah Brooks – 1500m run
4x100m relay team