March 12, 2010
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. –
Brandon Byram turned in one of the finest performances at the NCAA Indoor Championships Friday in Fayetteville, Ark. in the 200m final as the junior ran the second fastest time in the world this season to claim second place in front of a crowd of 3,233 in the Randal Tyson Track Center.
Byram and teammate Maurice Mitchell were in the first of two heats in the final round and both turned in tremendous performances. Byram’s 20.46 earned him second place while Mitchell wasn’t far behind in setting a personal best of his own with a time of 20.62
The pair of Seminoles advanced to the final in the 200m dash as Byram cruised to a win in his heat with a time of 20.79, while Mitchell ran the opening heat in a then personal-best 20.73 finishing second in the heat and fifth in the qualifying round. Charles Clark entered as the nation’s leader in the 200m but his 21.00 in the second heat of qualifying was not enough to earn him a shot at the NCAA crown as the senior was battling a foot injury leading up to the National Championships.
In the women’s 200m, Candyce McGrone set a new personal best as she narrowly missed reaching the final with her time of 23.45. McGrone’s time was 0.01 shy of advancing to the final but the sophomore did pick up her second All-American honor as she was one of the top eight Americans.
In the men’s long jump Brian Chibudu earned his first indoor and second overall All-American honor as he placed seventh in the event as he equaled his second-best mark of the season with a jump of 25-7.5. Chibudu’s seventh place finish garnered the Seminoles two team points.
“What a gutsy performance by Brian to battle his hamstring injury to earn All-American honors,” Braman said.
Junior standout Kim Williams earned her sixth All-America honor as she finished in fifth place with a top jump of 21-2.5. Williams was one of seven athletes to clear the 21-foot mark on the day. Amy Harris missed All-American honors by half an inch as her top jump reached 20-8.5. Williams will look for her third straight national title in the triple jump on Saturday as she wraps up her indoor season.
“Kim is Kim and she showed why she is one of the best in the country,” Braman said. “But what a performance by Amy Harris, she did a great job in barely missing to score.”
In the women’s mile Pilar McShine delivered a top four finish to punch her ticket for Saturday night’s final. McShine ran her second-fastest mile time of the year Friday evening as she ran a 4:44.23 to finish third in her heat.
“Pilar looked real good and made it look easy as she qualified for tomorrow’s final,” Braman said.
Freshman Amanada Winslow also competed in the mile on Friday but after battling an illness most of the week she was unable to advance to the final as she posted a time of 4:52.99. Winslow finished seventh in her heat and 15th overall.
Maurice Mitchell will join McShine in competition on Saturday as the sophomore finished fourth in his heat and seventh overall in the qualifying round of the 60m dash. Mitchell ran a 6.66, equaling his second-best mark of the indoor season.
The men are in third place after the opening day with 14 points, while the women are tied for 21st with four points.