TALLAHASSEE – Florida State senior Andre Ewers will make his international debut for Jamaica at the IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar, following his third-place finish in the 200-meter dash finals Sunday evening at National Stadium in Kingston.
Running out of lane 8, Ewers finished in 20.48, trailing Rasheed Dwyer (20.23) and Yohan Blake (20.27), both of whom met the World Championship qualifying standard of 20.40. Ewers came into the three-day Jamaican Senior National meet as the top seed, having met the World standard with his 20.14 at the NCAA East Preliminary meet on May 25.
The third-place finish was sweet redemption for Ewers, who failed to reach the 100-meter dash finals, but qualified fifth-fastest in Saturday’s 200-meter semifinals in 20.60, finishing second to Blake in his heat.
Ewers was competing in his first Jamaican Senior National meet. Born in St. Elizabeth, Jamaica, he moved to the United States in 2007 and starred at Piper High School before earning junior college All-American honors at both South Plains and Butler. In two seasons with the Noles he earned six All-American honors, was a two-time ACC Championships Track MVP and established FSU records in the 60-meter dash and the 4×100 relay.
He will join FSU teammate Shanice Love in Doha. Love was the runner-up in the discus on Friday in Kingston, and will make her first appearance on the senior national team.
Former Seminole triple jump star Kimberly Williams will be making her sixth IAAF Outdoor World Championships appearance after finishing second to Shanieka Ricketts on Sunday with a season-best mark of 14.39 meters (47-2.5) in just her second meet of the season.
Williams is no stranger to the World stage. A two-time Olympic and World Championship finalist in the triple jump, she owns silver and bronze medals from the IAAF World Indoor Championships and is also a two-time Commonwealth Games gold medalist.
The World Championships will be contested Sept. 28-Oct. 6.
A number of current and former Noles, including Armani Wallace, Trey Cunningham and Colleen Quigley, will compete in the Toyota USATF Championships in late July at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa in an effort to expand the FSU contingent in Doha.