JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Florida State Track and Field men’s squad kicked off the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds at The University of North Florida’s Hodges Stadium on Wednesday. Isaac Grimes and Adriaan Wildschutt advanced to the NCAA Championships and an additional four Seminoles qualified for the second round on Friday.
“It was a really good day,” said head coach Bob Braman. “Our stars were stars and are ready to close things out on Friday.”
Florida State started and ended the day with a punched ticket. Isaac Grimes was the first student-athlete to earn his spot at the national meet after finishing third in the men’s long jump with a mark of 8.02m.
Ending the day on a high note was Adriaan Wildschutt in the 10,000-meters. He clocked in an impressive time of 28:37.77 to finish second at the East Prelims and cruised his way to Eugene, Oregon.
“Awesome race for Adriaan,” said Braman. “Perfectly executed. He pushed the race to break the competition and then cruised it in. The bigger race is in Oregon. Ticket #2 is punched.”
In the men’s 100 meters, Kasaun James, Jo’Vaughn Martin and Taylor Banks qualified for the quarterfinals. Martin finished runner-up overall with a time of 10.03. James finished third with a season-best time of 10.06 and Banks qualified with a time of 10.30.
Martin and James both came back to qualify for the 200 meters quarterfinal as well. James put on a personal-best performance, winning heat four with a time of 20.28. Martin also got the win in the sixth heat to advance to Friday’s competition in a time of 20.49.
“Kasaun (James) and Jo-Jo (Jo’Vaughn Martin) completely dominated their heats today,” said Braman. “Really pleased with how they executed their race plans. Great position for the finals on Friday.”
DaeQwan Butler was the final sprinter of the day in the 400-meters. He ran four men down in the final 100 meters to take the third auto qualifier spot in a time of 46.06.
“Ladies are up tomorrow and we’ve got lots of star-power going to battle,” said Braman. “Excited for the Ladies- build off the men’s momentum.”
The women’s team will take the stage on Thursday starting at 1:30 p.m. with the javelin. Heat sheets and competition times can be found HERE.
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