June 12, 2009
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The women’s 4x100m relay’s second-place finish highlighted Florida State’s day three of the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Championships at the John McDonnell Field. The Seminole women ended the day holding strong in a three-way tie for third place with 20 points while the men are in 15th place with 11 points. Saturday’s final day of competition will begin at 11 a.m.
“The women’s 4×100 was excellent,” FSU head coach Bob Braman said. “They did a great job and ran a lifetime best. It was a light day for us but we got done what we had to get done. We almost hit the home run with Javi and we had some good fortune go our way.”
After qualifying for the final round on Friday with a time of 43.79, the women’s 4x100m relay group composed of Nicole Marcus, Candyce McGrone, Danielle Jeffrey and Teona Rodgers opened the track events early Friday night with an impressive sprint of 43.33 to earn second place. The quartet’s time is the Seminoles fastest relay time of the season and now sits as FSU’s third-best performance in school history. The second-place finish contributed eight points for the women.
The 2009 NCAA Long Jump Champion, Kim Williams, kicked-off the field events for the Garnet and Gold in the triple jump preliminary round where the sophomore finished in second place with a mark of 13.71m. Williams’ mark automatically qualifies her to battle in the final round Saturday at 1 p.m.
The men’s 400m dash was a sight to see as the Borlee brothers represented only one of two ACC schools on the track. Jonathan Borlee raced in the first heat of the semifinals where the Seminole blew away his previous collegiate-record time with a first-place overall finish time of 45.25. Brother Kevin Borlee quickly followed in the second heat taking third place, sixth overall, with a time of 45.85. Both men qualified for the final round on Saturday at 1:12 p.m.
Senior Javier Garcia-Tunon battled in the 400 hurdles and finished in eighth place to give the men’s team one point.
“My heart goes out to Javi,” Braman said. “He was running the race of his life. He’s fourth by a couple of bodies at the 10th hurdle and he just got off on his and it broke all of his momentum.”
Closing out the meet was Matt Leeder in the 5000m time as the Seminole crossed the finish line in 14:23.19.
Keep up with Florida State as all the championship info can be found on www.ncaa.com.
Quoting the Seminole scorers….
Teona Rodgers (4x100m relay):
“Actually, I would consider it as more than we thought it would be. Of course, we all knew we were going up against the top schools in the nation and we had one thing on our mind and that was to go out there and win it and if not win, get close to it. Florida State women’s track and field has been on the dodge for a long time so for us to come out here and get second in the nation proves that we do have what it takes.”
“I know it makes me feel good to know that I am part of Florida State history and I know that this 4x100m for go down in Florida State history as the team that got second at the NCAA Championships.”
Nicole Marcus (4x100m relay):
“It has been really intense. This is my last year and I ended it on a great note as an All-American and it’s all I’ve ever wanted.”
“The race didn’t exactly go my way but I’m glad to be here, I’m glad to be in the top eight. That’s always been a goal of mine as far as college so I am happy I reached my goal. I would have liked to be top five but I guess it wasn’t in my legs today.”
“I was a member of the first national championship team and the third and I never got to contribute points and that’s something I always regretted. I always wanted to score some points before I left so I was glad to do that.”
“My career was pretty successful. I came a long way, battled some injuries. I think I did a pretty good job and I feel like I contributed to the team in a lot of meets. I love FSU track and field.”
Women’s Triple Jump Semifinal:
2. Kim Williams 13.71m/44-11.75 Q
Women’s 4x100m Relay Final:
2. Florida State 43.33
Men’s 400m Dash Semifinal:
1. Jonathan Borlee 45.25 Q
6. Kevin Borlee 45.85 Q
Men’s 400m Hurdles Final:
8. Javier Garcia-Tunon 50.40
Men’s 5000m Run Final:
16. Matt Leeder 14:23.19