June 11, 2009
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.- The first day of the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships proved to be successful for the Florida State Seminoles with next round qualification in nine events. FSU turned in five Top 5 finishes in Wednesday’s competition at John McDonnell Field on the campus of the University of Arkansas.
Setting the tone early for the Seminole squads was long jumper Ngoni Makusha. The Mandedza, Zimbabwe, native earned fourth place in his first jump with a mark of 7.87m. Makusha hits the field Thursday for the finals at 5:45 p.m.
As the lone thrower to represent the women on the field, Allyn Laughlin showed her Garnet and Gold as she qualified for the finals with her shot put mark of 16.00m. The junior will hit the field Thursday at 4:45 p.m. as the only ACC competitor in the event.
Mid-distance runner Pilar McShine qualified for the next round in the 800m run with a finish time of 2:05.09 that earned the junior third place and ranks third in the conference this season. She will compete Thursday at 8:15 p.m. in the semifinals.
The Seminole women took care of business on the track as the 4x100m relay foursome of Nicole Marcus, Candyce McGrone, Danielle Jeffrey and Teona Rodgers placed third with a time of 43.79. The squad will hit the track Friday at 7:05 p.m. for the final round of the relay and will be the lone ACC school competing.
Seminole hurdler Javier Garcia-Tunon also found success on the track as he finished the 400m hurdles with a time of 50.61 and qualified for the semifinals Thursday at 8:00 p.m.
After the meet was forced to take a three hour break due to inclement weather, the dynamic brother twosome of Jonathan and Kevin Borlee opened back up the action for the Seminoles in the 400m dash. Kevin cruised into first place in the first heat with a time of 45.88 which went on to place him second overall right behind his brother, Jonathan, who closed out the event in heat five with a blistering time of 45.50 that earned him the top spot overall in the race. The semifinals of the men’s 400m will be Friday at 8:25 p.m.
Closing out the day for the women was sophomore Kim Williams in the long jump. The South Region Field Performer of the Year leaped a qualifying mark of 6.35m to earn a spot in the final round Thursday at 5:45 p.m.
Matt Leeder also advanced with a 14th place finish in the 5000m run in a time of 14:02.57. He will compete in the final for the 5K race Friday at 9:40 p.m.
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Men’s Long Jump:
5. Ngoni Makusha 7.87m/25-10.00 Q
Men’s 400m Hurdles:
16. Javier Garcia-Tunon 50.61 Q
Men’s 400m Dash:
1. Jonathan Borlee 45.50 Q
2. Kevin Borlee 45.88 Q
20. Bryan Howard 63.10m/207-00
Men’s 5000m Run:
14. Matt Leeder 14:02.57 Q
Men’s High Jump:
Women’s Shot Put:
11. Allyn Laughlin 16.00m/52-06.00 Q
Women’s 800m Run:
3. Pilar McShine 2:05.09 Q
Women’s 4x100m Relay:
3. Florida State 43.79 Q
Women’s Long Jump:
7. Kim Williams 6.35m/20-10.00 Q
Q=Qualified for next round