May 28, 2010
GREENSBORO, NC– The Florida State track and field teams were able to wrap up a successful second day at the NCAA East Regional Championships before inclement weather hit Greensboro and caused the men’s and women’s steeplechase to be delayed until Saturday. The Seminoles had a near perfect day by qualifying 11 athletes for the next round, six of which who earned a spot at the final site in Eugene.
“We had an almost perfect day,” FSU head coach Bob Braman said. “Andrew Bachelor being one of the finalists in the high jump is great. The sprinters, men and women, were just fantastic. The 100m, 200m and 400m did a great job. The nice thing is that every one of them got in with an automatic place. Marecia Pemberton just keeps going on and on. I’m glad Michael Putman put last year’s demons to rest and made it through. It’s been as good of a day as we’ve ever had at regionals.”
Kevin Borlee continued his momentum from Thursday as the sophomore surpassed the second round of the 400m dash. The Seminole matched his collegiate best time of 45.28 to finish in fifth place and will make his second-consecutive trip out to the final site to compete in the event.
Brittany St. Louis joins Borlee on the list of 400m qualifiers as she crossed the finish line in 53.37 to move on to the final site.
Maurice Mitchell shattered his previous personal record of 10.11 in the 100m as he captured second place with a blistering time of 10.04 to proceed to the final site of the NCAA Championships. Mitchell’s time is noted as the second-fastest time in program history.
In the quick turnaround, Mitchell joined Brandon Byram in the 200m where both men qualified for the next round on Saturday at 7:35 p.m. Mitchell led the twosome in the event with a time of 20.53 to capture first place with Byram quickly following in second place with a time of 20.69.
Marecia Pemberton also had a successful day in the 100m as the newcomer ran a time of 11.29 in the quarterfinals to finish in fifth place and advance to the final site for the first time.
As the only thrower to punch his ticket to Eugene, Michael Putman battled in both rounds of the shot put Friday and tossed a mark of 18.32m to finish in fifth place and earn his first trip out to the final site.
Leaping a season-best mark of 2.11m in the high jump to earn a spot at the final site for the second consecutive year was Andrew Bachelor as he rounded off the top 12.
Gonzalo Barroilhet qualified for the next round in the 110m hurdles as the ‘Nole clocked in a season-best time of 14.09 to finish in 13th place. Barroilhet will hit the track for the quarterfinals at 7 p.m. on Saturday.
Sprinters Candyce McGrone and Teona Rodgers posted qualifying times in the 200m to move on to the quarterfinals on Saturday at 7:50 p.m. McGrone led the ‘Noles with a sixth place finish as she crossed the line in 23.25, while Rodgers ran her fastest legal-wind time in her career with 23.27 to finish in seventh place.
The men’s and women’s steeplechase will begin on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. and 10 a.m., respectively. For all information regarding the championships including live video and stats, go to www.ncaa.com.
Men’s Javelin Final
30. Bryan Howard 60.53m/198-7
Men’s Shot Put Final
5. Michael Putman 18.32m/60-1.25 Q
Men’s High Jump Final
12. Andrew Bachelor 2.11m/6-11 Q
Men’s 110m Hurdles
13. Gonzalo Barroilhet 14.09 Q
Men’s 400m Final
5. Kevin Borlee 45.28 Q
Men’s 100m Final
2. Maurice Mitchell 10.04 Q
1. Maurice Mitchell 20.53 Q
2. Brandon Byram 20.69 Q
Women’s Pole Vault Final
16. Callie Giffin 3.75m/12-3.50
Women’s 100m Hurdles
40. Valerie Flournoy 13.97
Women’s 400m Final
12. Brittany St. Louis 53.37 Q
Women’s 100m Final
4. Marecia Pemberton 11.29 Q
6. Candyce McGrone 23.25 Q
7. Teona Rodgers 23.27 Q