March 13, 2010
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. –
Kim Williams proved why she is one of the top triple jumpers in the country Saturday night as she became just the fifth woman in NCAA history to win back-to-back indoor triple jump crowns.
Williams’ top jump reached 45-9.25 as the Kingston, Jamaica, native earned her fourth career national title and her seventh All-American honor in her two and a half year career.
Williams hit the mark in her third and final jump of the opening round to move on to the three-jump final where she was unable to surpass her previous mark but still claimed the top spot and her second straight indoor national title.
“What a great honor for Kim to win another national title in the triple jump,” head coach Bob Braman said. “She was outstanding this indoor season and has been a huge part of our team’s success.”
Pilar McShine earned her third All-American honor and second straight in the mile run as she claimed third place in a time of 4:37.20.
Florida’s Charlotte Browning led most of the race and McShine made a move with less than two laps left to move into second place. McShine was unable to hold off Washington’s Katie Follett down the final stretch finishing in third place.
McShine improved on her finish from a year ago as the Port-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, native finished fourth in the mile at the 2009 NCAA Indoor Championships.
Maurice Mitchell made it two for two in All-American honors as the junior placed seventh in the 60m dash in a time of 6.67 just a hundredth of a second slower than his prelim time. Mitchell also claimed All-American honors on Friday with a fifth place finish in the 200m dash.
Matt Leeder turned in a top 10 finish in the men’s 3000m run as he ran an 8:17.44. Leeder was in the middle of the pack the majority of the race but was unable to move into scoring territory for the Seminoles.
Andrew Bachelor cleared seven feet in the high jump for the third time this season as he finished in a tie for 15th place. Bachelor cleared 6-10.25 on two attempts before reaching 7-0.25 on his third and final attempt in the second round. The Pompano Beach, Fla., native was unable to clear 7-2.25 in the third round.
“We battled a number of injuries during the indoor season but we have always been an outdoor team and that is what we are gearing up for now,” Braman said.
On the women’s side the Seminoles finished in the top 10 for the third straight season with 20 team point, while the University of Oregon claimed the national title with a total of 61 points.
Meanwhile on the men’s side, the Seminoles finished in the top 20 for the 12th consecutive national meet with a tie for 12th place. FSU posted 16 team points as the University of Florida won the title with 57 team points.
The Seminoles will continue the outdoor season next Friday as they will head to Tampa for the Bulls Invitational hosted by USF.