April 8, 2022 - by

Irving, Davis and 4x100m Relay Team Take Titles at USF

TAMPA, Fla. – The Florida State track and field team had a solid performance at the South Florida Invitational Friday afternoon. The Noles picked up two individual titles and one relay title during Friday’s action.

“The 4x100m relay team had a really nice opener. They got their region mark in the books with a really good time under windy conditions,” Head Coach Bob Braman said. “A good day for our jumpers, but unfortunately, the wind was too strong for those marks to earn them a qualifying spot.”

The 4x100m relay team of Taylor Banks, Amir Willis, Don’dre Swint and Jo’Vaughn Martin shined, as they ran away with the race in the final 200 meters. The four athletes combined to for a time of 39.26, which is the ninth-fastest time this season in the country and will put the Noles in good position to qualify for the NCAA East Region Preliminaries.

The Noles had two jumpers take home individual titles with Jeremiah Davis (long jump) and Jacore Irving (triple jump) each picking up titles. Davis posted a season-best mark of 7.81m, but unfortunately for Davis, the wind read at 4.2m/s which is over the legal limit for a qualifying mark. Irving posted a mark of 15.43m in the triple jump, but the wind was also illegal for his jump.

In the sprints, the Noles had solid showings in the 100m, 200m and 400m dashes. In the 100m, Taylor Banks finished second with a time of 10.27 (+3.5 m/s) in his season debut in the event. Bryand Rincher finished sixth in the event with a time of 10.54.

In the 200m dash, Willis ran a 20.81 to finish second, just .04 off his season best, which he set last weekend at the Florida Relays.

In the 400m dash, DaeQwan Buter (46.81) and Alex Collier (47.09) finished second and third while Sean Watkins Jr. (47.74) finished fifth. Collier’s time was an outdoor personal best.

The Noles will be back in action next weekend at the Tom Jones Memorial in Gainesville, Fla. Competition will take place on Friday and Saturday.

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