February 25, 2023


Florida State’s men’s indoor track and field team finished second and the women sixth at the 2023 ACC Indoor Championships that finished Saturday in Louisville, Ky.  Jeremiah Davis’ wins in both the men’s long and triple jump led the team’s performances over the three-day meet.

“Our men competed really well,” FSU Head Coach Bob Braman said.  “We scored a few more points than last year at the ACC Indoors where we also finished as runner-up.

“A year ago, we followed this meet with a 50-point win at the ACC Outdoor Championships which is an ACC record.  Let’s hope history repeats itself.”

Davis set a facility record in winning the men’s triple jump with a leap of 16.36 meters, passing a pair of All-Americans to do so.  Xavion Lockwood was also outstanding finishing fifth with a leap of 15.49 meters which is over a foot further than his previous best.  Kyvon Tatham’s best jump of 13.52 meters was good for 14th place.

Coming off a slow start, FSU senior Ismael Kone turned it on to come from behind and win the ACC Championship in the men’s 60-meter dash with a time of 6.57.  Amir Willis clocked in at 6.602 to finish third and Taylor Banks was sixth at 6.66.

Willis would later earn another trip to the podium and All-ACC honors with a second-place finish in the 200 meters with a personal best time of 20.51.

The men’s 60-meter dash produced 19 critical points for the Seminole team.  DaeQwan Butler’s time of 46.45 was good for second place and gives him another national top-six mark.  Both Alex Collier and Sean Watkins earned second team All-ACC honors with Collier finishing fifth with a time of 47.07, and Sean Watkins sixth clocking in at 47.11.

Dajaz DeFrand finished her outstanding meet with a second place finish in the women’s 60-meter dash that saw her and the winner post the same time before analysis showed her camera time was 7.187.   The time is the 10th best in the country this year and her personal best.  The freshman also just missed winning the 200 meter dash finishing second with a time of 23.10.

“The standard for Florida State is to compete for titles, so I’m not satisfied with a tie for sixth place for the women, but we competed really well given the injuries we’ve had to overcome,” Braman said.

“We love outdoor track and field and we’ll be chasing that title in May for sure.”

Senior Faith Banks ran a personal best and facility record of 5.288 in the women’s 400-meter winning her section and finishing second overall.  Her time is the third-best in FSU history.

Amani Heaven finished second in the shot put posting a throw of 16.54 meters, which is nearly three feet better than her previous high.  Caisa-Marie Lindfors’ throw of 15.61 meters was good for eighth place with Riley Simmons finishing 16th with a top throw of 13.77 meters.

A pair of Seminoles finished among the top six in the women’s 60-meter hurdle.  Finishing third with a time of 8.26 was Alexandra Watson with Tyra Wilson finishing sixth at 8.31.

Freshman Victoria Josse overcame some bad luck in the finals of the women’s triple jump.  Injured during the event, she kept competing finishing third with a leap of 12.70 meters.

Yasmine Abbes led four Seminoles in the women’s 3,000 meters with a time of 9:21.22 which was good for 14th place.  Alyson Churchill was 18th clocking in a 9:23.31 one place ahead of teammate Emmy Van Den Berg whose time was 9:24.40.  Agnes McTighe’s time of 9:42.69 put her in 33rd.

David Mullarkey was the top finisher among the FSU men in the 3,000 meters with a time of 8:02.05 placing him 11th.  Patrick Donnelly was 45th at 8:23.02

The 4x400m relay was the last event at the championships.  The men’s team finished third with a time of 3:09.14, while the women’s team was fifth with a time of 3:39.15.

Seminole athletes who qualify for the NCAA National Championship meet will compete March 10-11 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.





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