July 6, 2014
EUGENE, Ore. – Trentavis Friday and Kendall Williams began their Sunday assault at the USATF Junior Championships by running away from the field in their respective 200-meter qualifying heats.
They finished it side-by-side on the podium at Historic Hayward Field doing the “Chop” after finishing 1-2 in the finals, assuring the incoming Florida State teammates will be wearing red, white and blue of the USA at the IAAF World Junior Championships later this month.
Friday put the disappointment of Saturday’s false start in the 100-meter finals behind him – along with everyone else – by blasting out a wind-aided 20.03 performance in the final. Williams, who led until the final 60 meters, secured his second consecutive runner-up finish of the meet in 20.46.
“Amazing day,” FSU associate head coach Ken Harnden said. “Any time you have two `Noles on top of the podium doing the chop you have to be excited. Huge performances by both. The future of Seminole sprints is in good hands.”
While the duo will return to Tallahassee for class this week, they will be back in Eugene for the World Juniors, July 22-27. There they will be joined by FSU teammate Michael Cherry.
Cherry did not come away from Oregon with the result he had hoped for, but he will be putting on Team USA singlet for the IAAF World Junior Championships as a member of the 4×400 relay team.
Taking the pace out strong in the 400 meter final, Cherry appeared well positioned through 300 meters, but could not finish his bid to finish either first or second. His third-place time of 46.12 was just .01 off second place Ohio State’s Lamar Bruton (46.11), while the win went to Eastern Michigan’s Tyler Brown (45.74).
“It was a rough day for Mike,” said Harnden. “He is coming off a hamstring injury and just was not race-sharp. It’s very unfortunate, but no excuses. He will get to wear the USA uniform at World Juniors and represent his country.”
Florida State freshman Sydnee Over was the eighth and final qualifier on time for the 800-meter finals, with her top collegiate time of the season (2:08.53) on Saturday. In Sunday’s final, Over put herself in contending position by running in the top three through 500 meters, then brought it home with a fifth-place finish in 2:08.69.
“I’m very happy with Sydnee,” Harnden said. “She competed well and finished fifth in a race where she was not seeded to make the final. It’s a great platform to work off for next year.”