May 29, 2010
GREENSBORO, NC– The Florida State track and field teams closed out the last day of the NCAA East Regional Championships on a high note as 11 Seminoles earned qualifying marks to earn a spot at the final site in Eugene, Oregon. FSU advanced a total of 18 athletes throughout the weekend for the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Championships beginning June 9-12.
“The last two days have been incredible,” FSU head coach Bob Braman said. “We took advantage of every point we could get. We really had a great meet. The first day we had a couple of people compete really well and had a few not make it, but really we had almost everyone we could get through and a few extras. The kids who got through weren’t in seventh or eighth place, but they were automatic qualifiers who finished in first, second or third. We overcame an unbelievably bad lane draw in the 4x100m and ran the second-fastest time in the meet. Then you have Kim jump over 14 feet which not a lot of people have done in the history of the meet. I just couldn’t be any happier right now.”
Highlighting the day for the women was Kim Williams in the triple jump. The Seminole dominated the event as she shattered her previous season-best mark with a leap of 14.03m to win first place. The impressive jump is noted as the worlds’ 10th best performance this year.
Both the men’s and women’s 4x100m relay squads earned qualifying spots in the first round of the event to advance to the final site.
After a lineup change that incorporated long jumper Amy Harris as the third leg, the women’s foursome of Candyce McGrone, Marecia Pemberton and Teona Rodgers clocked in a time of 44.04 to finish in fourth place.
Mitchell continued his wave of success as the ‘Nole sped through the 200m quarterfinals in a personal record time of 20.24 that won first place. The performance is the world’s seventh best time this season. As the only Seminole that will compete in three events, Mitchell is slated to battle in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m at the final site.
Byram followed Mitchell’s lead as he also posted a personal record in the 200m with a time of 20.40 that earned third place and qualified him for the final site.
Breaking her personal best in the 200m was McGrone as the ‘Nole governed the track with a time of 22.84 that captured first place, while Rodgers finished in third place with a time of 23.08. McGrone’s time is noted as the world’s 12th best performance this season.
Michael Putman punched his second ticket to nationals as he threw a mark of 53.70m in the discus to finish in ninth place. Putman will now compete in both the shot put and the discus in Eugene.
Mid-distance runners Pilar McShine and David Forrester will battle at the final site as both Seminoles earned qualifying marks in the 1500m. McShine had a good showing with a time of 4:18.19 to earn second place, while Forrester came in 13th place with a time of 3:51.70.
Despite being delayed a day due to weather conditions Friday night, Jennifer Dunn ran a notable time of 10:31.74 in the 3000m steeplechase Saturday morning to finish in the top 10 and qualify for the final site.
Men’s Discus Final
9. Michael Putman 53.70m/176-2 Q
Men’s 4x100m Final
3. FSU (Ambler, Byram, Mitchell, Chibudu) 39.33 Q
Men’s 1500m Final
13. David Forrester 3:51.70 Q
Men’s 200m Final
1. Maurice Mitchell 20.24 Q
3. Brandon Byram 20.40 Q
Men’s 5000m Final
26. Matt Leeder 14:26.72
30.Mike Fout 14:31.27
Men’s Triple Jump Final
30. Aaron Steele 15.08m/49-5.75
Men’s 110m hurdles Final
24. Gonzalo Barroilhet 14.30
Women’s Triple Jump
1. Kim Williams 14.03m/ 46-0.50 Q
Women’s Steeplechase Final
10. Jennifer Dunn 10:31.74 Q
47. Amanda Quick 11:30.58
Women’s 4x100m Final
4. FSU (McGrone, Pemberton, Harris, Rodgers) 44.04 Q
Women’s 1500m Final
2. Pilar McShine 4:18.19 Q
Women’s 200m Final
1. Candyce McGrone 22.84 Q
3. Teona Rodgers 23.08 Q