March 12, 2011
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (Seminoles.com) – Florida State senior track star Kim Williams put an exclamation point on her indoor track career with another NCAA championship Saturday.
Competing in her final indoor event as a collegian, the Kingston, Jamaica native earned the triple jump title at the final day of the Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships in College Station, Texas.
Williams’ jump of 45-9 ¾ was a foot-and-a-half further than her closest competitor. The result marked the third indoor triple jump championship of her career.
While Williams and junior Michelle Jenije (13th place, 41-9 3/4) were representing the Seminole women in the triple jump, junior Maurice Mitchell was doing the same for the men on the track.
Fresh of an All-American performance in the 200-meter dash on Friday, Mitchell earned another All-America nod Saturday. Mitchell placed third in the 60-meter dash for the ‘Noles.
As a team, the FSU men finished fifth and the women earned a ninth-place mark.
“This was just an incredible weekend for both the men and women,” FSU head coach Kim Williams for continuing to be such an amazing competitor and champion. The men had a tremendous meet. Maurice Mitchell had a great two days for us.”
For the women, senior Pasca Cheruiyot concluded her fantastic Florida State career by placing 15th in the 3000-meter run. Fellow distance runner Amanda Winslow netted a fifth-place finish in the women’s one-mile run on her lifetime-best time of 4:35.16.
The final event of the day saw the men’s 4×400-meter relay team jump out to a lead but eventually fade down the stretch. The foursome of Brandon Byram, who earned All-American honors a day before the in the 200-meter dash, Brandon O’Conner, Phillip Young and Brian Chibudu place ninth.
Ngonidzashe Makusha won the NCAA long jump title on Friday.
“Two top-10 finishes is really outstanding,” Braman said. “We built a lot of momentum heading into the outdoor season.”