MIRAMAR, Fla. – Ten months ago Trentorria Green arrived at Florida State as a walk-on from nearby Quincy, Fla. There was little fanfare surrounding her arrival.
That all changed Saturday at the USATF U20 Championships, where she won the triple jump and earned the right to represent the United States at the 2019 Pan American U20 Championships in San Jose, Costa Rica next month.
The Gadsden County High graduate extended her breakthrough freshman season in style, posting a personal-best mark on her first attempt – 12.77 meters (41-10.75) – which stood up as the winner against a field of 15 athletes at the Ansin Sports Complex.
“It’s definitely amazing,” Green said, while taking a brief break from all of the official business that goes along with landing a spot on a USA international team. “I’ve never been out of the country before.”
It’s been quite a ride to this point for Green, whose most notable high school achievement on the track was a fourth-place finish in the triple jump at the 2018 Florida 2A state championships with a personal-best mark of 11.66 meters (38-3).
That seems like a long time ago, given Green’s progress over the course of the season.
FSU second-year jumps coach Keith Herston saw promise in Green as a high schooler, extending the invitation to join the program. Demonstrating the same drive that led to her standing as the Senior Class president and National Honor Society student at Gadsden County High, where she was a three-year member of the basketball and track & field teams, Green rewarded her coach and herself with a breakthrough outdoor season.
Since registering her first 40-foot jump (12.24m/40-2) at the Crimson Tide Invitational on April 12, Green has been on an upward trajectory. Not only did she reach the triple jump finals at the ACC Outdoor Championships as the No. 14 seed, she contributed a sixth-place finish to the Noles’ championship cause. Her all-conditions best mark of 12.88 meters (42-3.25) also earned her a spot in the NCAA East Preliminary field, where she finished 29th overall.
As an encore, she more than held her own Saturday against some of the nation’s top triple jumpers under the age of 20. Her six-jump series included three of her top four wind-legal marks.
“I wouldn’t say I’m shocked, because I work hard every day,” Green said. “I knew I just had to come in and trust my coach.”
Still, as she was preparing to be fitted for her Team USA gear, the suddenness of her arrival on the national stage among her peer group began to set in.
“I’ve never imagined doing it this early [in her career],” Green confessed. “It’s like a big shock that I have a chance to do it now and not later.”
Ewers Makes Good On Second Chance
Senior Andre Ewers’ first appearance at the Jamaican Senior Nationals didn’t quite get off to the start that he had hoped. On Saturday, he took a big step toward landing a spot on the national team for the first time at IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar.
Ewers advanced to the finals of the 200-meter dash, placing second to 100-meter champion and veteran Olympic star Yohan Blake in the second of three semifinal heats. Blake, running out of lane 4, won in 20.42, while Ewers chased him home from lane 5 in 20.60.
With the fifth-fastest time among qualifiers, Ewers will have some work to do out of a less-than-preferred lane on Sunday. Still, it’s much better result than Friday, when he failed to advance to the 100-meter final, running 10.35 in his semifinal.
Saturday began with a comfortable preliminary heat victory of 21.16, to reach the semifinal.
The top-ranked Jamaican on the strength of his 20.14 at the NCAA East Preliminary, Ewers already owns a World Championship qualifying mark.
Linton Posts US Olympic Marathon Qualifying Mark
Former Seminoles cross country standout Stan Linton has spent much of his running career defying the odds, so it should come as no surprise that the Wakulla High graduate, who is stationed in Des Moines, Iowa with the Navy, did it again Saturday.
Linton qualified for the 2020 USA Olympic Marathon trials, placing 24th (out of 6,356) at Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, Minn. in 2 hours, 18 minutes and 43 seconds. By breaking the 2:19.0 qualifying standard, Linton will be in the field for the Olympic Trials on Feb. 29, 2020 in Atlanta, Ga.
He’s come a long way from the days of trying to make the FSU team as a walk-on, a process which took nearly two years, before he got the thumbs up from coach Bob Braman. An All-ACC and two-time All-South Region cross country performer, the Crawfordville native last competed for the Noles at the 2018 NCAA East Preliminary in the 10,000-meter run. He did so while stationed at Camp Dodge outside Des Moines and as an online graduate school student.