GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Florida State Track and Field team put on a show during day two of this year’s Tom Jones Memorial Invitational, which was highlighted by performances from Jo’Vaughn Martin and Trey Cunningham inside Percy Beard Track at James G. Pressly Stadium.
“We had an unbelievable day today at the Tom Jones meet!” said Head Coach Bob Braman. “I’m so proud of how they dealt with 2 days of rain delays and kept their composure. And to then do so many things on the National level is incredible.”
The most newsworthy of the Seminoles performances was Martin’s astonishing time of 9.94 in the men’s 100 meters. The Houston, Texas native not only recorded a personal best but also his time is currently the world lead, NCAA lead, ACC lead and No. 3 on FSU’s All-Time Top 10 list.
Cunningham also shined on the final day in Gainesville earning a 110-meter hurdles personal best time of 13.28. The Winfield, Alabama native took second overall but first collegiately as Olympian Grant Holloway won the event with the fastest time in the world so far with a 13.07. Cunningham’s time is still impressive as he moves up in the Florida State record books as the second-fasted 110-meter hurdles performance in school history.
Martin wasn’t the only one who recorded a personal best in the 100 meters as the Noles also recorded two other top-10 performances. Taylor Banks finished fourth with his personal best time of 10.23 and Darryl Gay made his outdoor season debut with a personal best time in 10.41 to finish ninth.
The women also success in the 100 meters with Jayla Kirkland taking first place with the personal best time of 11.13. She beat out her own time to remain No. 2 on the FSU All-Time list and she also ranks No. 4 in the NCAA.
The sprinters continued their spectacular day of competition as the Seminoles relay teams put together huge PR’s. First, in the women’s 4×100, Kirkland teamed up with Shian Hyde, Ka’Tia Seymour and Edidiong Odiong to take first clocking in at 43.70, That time ranks seventh in the nation and it’s the ninth-fastest in program history.
Also, in the 4×100, the relay team of Banks, Jhevaughn Matherson, Don’drea Swint and Martin put together a second place finish in the collegiate division with a time of 39.67. This regional qualifying time currently ranks No. 7 in the region.
Closing out the day on the track was the men’s 4×400 relay squad of Alex Collier, Ari Cogdell, Damarre Martin and DaeQwan Butler who finished with the time of 3:04.27. While competing against the pro division the relay team finished third overall and took home the first place finish in the collegiate division. Once again, this performance ranks in FSU’s All-Time Top-10 list at No. 5 and is also No. 7 in the NCAA.
Jumper Ruta Lasmane added to the Seminoles top performances in her outdoor season debut. Finishing first in the triple jump with the fourth-best mark in the nation this year with a leap of 13.81m. She now sits behind Seminole great Kimberly Williams as the second-best mark in school history. Alonie Sutton also had a notable performance in the triple jump with her best jump of 13.17m to take third.
“Our coaches have stayed with their plan all along and now have them coming into form in the heat of the Outdoor Track season,” said Braman. “We knew that revving up too much for indoor season would limit our results outdoors and the athletes bought in. Now we go back to work to prepare for the ACC Championships in a month.”
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