TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Rising sophomore Shaquania Dorsett qualified for the semifinals of the 400-meter dash at the IAAF World U20 Championships Tuesday, advancing on time in 54.55 at Zawisza Stadium in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
Representing the Bahamas, Dorsett finished fourth in the first of six preliminary heats out of lane two. Her time was 17th-fastest overall from a field of 40 and second-fastest among those who did not finish in the top three of the preliminary heats.
“Shaquania did a great job of simply advancing safely out of round one,” said Brandon Hon, FSU’s director of sprints, hurdles and relays. “Managing three rounds of a 400 after such a long flight is a skill in itself at championship meets. Tomorrow is the real test of how well she has bounced back from injury.”
Dorsett missed a large chunk of this past outdoor season with a leg injury, which she suffered after posting a silver medal finish at the March 26 Carfita Games in a personal-best 52.50. She had not competed in an open 400-meter race since mid-April when she placed third at the Bahamas Senior National Championships on June 25, when she ran 53.97 to secure a spot at the U20 World Championships.
She will have another opportunity to advance out of lane two in Wednesday’s semifinals, which are set for 1:55 p.m. (ET). Dorsett will compete in the second of three heats, with the top two finishers in each heat plus the next two fastest times advancing to Thursday’s final.
Armani Wallace, another member of FSU’s freshman class in 2016, will compete in Wednesday’s triple jump qualification round. The Orlando, Fla. native matched his career-best with a leap of 16.12 meters (52-10.75) at the US U20 Championships and is seeded 14th in the field of 38.
Scheduled to compete in Group A at 5:35 a.m. (ET), Wallace will need an auto qualifying mark of 16.10 meters, or a top -12 finish to advance to Thursday’s final.
Incoming Florida State freshman Shanice Love competed in Tuesday’s discus competition. The Jamaican junior national record-holder and No. 4 seed in the field was unable to land a legal mark from her qualifying group and did not advance.