May 27, 2010
GREENSBORO, NC– The Florida State track and field teams opened the first day of the NCAA East Regional Championships Thursday, May 27 at the Irwin Belk Track on the campus of North Carolina A & T. The Seminoles advanced eight student-athletes to the next round, including three to the final site of the NCAA Championships. The second day of regionals will begin at 10 a.m. with the men’s javelin.
“Most of our top athletes have had season bests today or have done really well under these conditions,” FSU head coach Bob Braman said. “We have had a good day. The long jumpers did a great job. Pasca did an unbelievable job in the 10000m to move on to the next round. The 1500m kids did a good job. Maurice ran his best legal-wind race of the year. Marecia was the number one qualifier in the 100m. Britany St. Louis did a great job too. For the most part we competed well.”
As the only Seminoles on the men’s front to surpass the first round and punch their tickets to the final site of the championships, long jumpers Brian Chibudu and Marlon Woods leaped qualifying marks in the event and will make their first trip out to compete in the long jump in two weeks. Chibudu led FSU with a season-best mark of 7.76m that earned fourth place, while Woods posted a jump of 7.62m to take seventh place.
Highlighting the day for the women was Pasca Cheruiyot in the 10000m run. The newcomer entered the competition with the 23rd best time in the country, but smashed her previous personal record in the event today with a new time of 34:42.83 to take second place. With the qualifying time, Cheruiyot will represent the Garnet and Gold for the first time at the final site.
“I’ve been trying to tell Pasca since cross country season that she is a great track runner and tonight she proved it,” FSU assistant coach Karen Harvey said. “She belongs with the top girls in the country. She ran really focused and near the front. This really looks good for NCAA’s. We’ve got to rest her now and then let’s go to Eugene.”
Advancing to the quarterfinals of the 1500m was David Forrester for the men and Pilar McShine on the women’s side. In his first regional race as a ‘Nole, Forrester clocked in a time of 3:48.76 to finish in 13th place, while McShine battled to finish in the top 10 with a time of 4:22.24. Both Seminoles will race in the second round on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. for the men and 6:45 p.m. for the women.
Maurice Mitchell started his busy weekend in the 100m where he posted a time of 10.23 to finish in fourth place and move on to the next round on Friday at 6 p.m.
Matching her personal best 100m time while also dominating the event was newcomer Marecia Pemberton as the ‘Nole crossed the line in 11.12 to qualify for the next round on Friday at 6:15 p.m.
The 400m competitors took care of business on the track as both Kevin Borlee and Britany St. Louis qualified for the next round on Friday. Borlee governed the track with a first place time of 45.31. St. Louis ran her season best in the event with a time of 53.06 to finish in sixth place.
Keep up with the meet as live stats and video are available on www.ncaa.com. Follow the Seminoles on the Florida State track and field fan page on Facebook.
Women’s Long Jump Final
45. Amy Harris 5.65m/18-6.50
Women’s Shot Put Final
33. Allyn Laughlin 14.41m/47-3.50
10. Pilar McShine 4:22.24 Q
25. Amanda Winslow 4:25.71
1. Marecia Pemberton 11.12 Q
6. Britany St. Louis 53.06 Q
Women 10000m Final
2. Pasca Cheruiyot 34:42.83 Q
34. Andrea Palen 36:50.03
Men’s Hammer Throw Final
25. Travis Whitfield 57.78m/ 189-7
Men Long Jump Final
4. Brian Chibudu 7.76m/25-5.50 Q
7. Marlon Woods 7.62m/25-0 Q
13. David Forrester 3:48.76 Q
37. Justin Harbor 3:53.17
4. Maurice Mitchell 10.23 Q
23. David Ambler 10.43
1. Kevin Borlee 45.31
22. Nathan Duby 1:49.71
31. Darrin Gibson 1:50.31