April 3, 2021
Kirkland Highlights Final Day of Florida Relays


GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Florida State Track and Field teams wrapped up the final day of Florida Relays at Percy Beard Track at James G. Pressly Stadium.

Senior Jayla Kirkland was the highlight of the day making her outdoor season debut in the women’s 100-meters. Kirkland finished third and her time of 11.15 ranks as the second-best time in program history.

“Jayla Kirkland was the star of the day for the Seminoles,” said Head Coach Bob Braman. “She ran an Olympic trial qualifying time and ran a fantastic leg on the women’s 4x100m relay. Big day for Kirkland, great to have her back at full health leading our women’s sprint squad. On the men’s side, DaeQwan Butler got a half second personal best for a quality fourth place finish in a national class 400-meter race. He was the highlight for the men today.”

Kirkland teamed up with Ka’Tia Seymour, Ashley Seymour and Edidiong Odiong in the 4x100m relay to take third place with a time of 43.80. Their time also cracks into the Florida State all-time list at No. 10.

The men’s sprinters also saw success in the 400-meters with DaeQwan Butler taking fourth with a personal best time of 45.89. The Noles had two more competing in the very talented field as Damarre Martin finished 11th (47.16) and Alex Collier took 13th (47.23).

FSU then took to the 110m hurdles where Trey Cunningham won the prelim to advance to the finals with a time of 13.64. He went on to finish third overall in 13.67.

Kayla Easterly led the Seminole pack in the women’s 3,000 meters clocking in at 9:45.81 to continue the third place trend. Rebecca Bergnes followed in seventh with 9:56.83, Riley Bahr took ninth at 10:07.73 and rounding it out was Abby Schrobilgen at 14th in a time of 10:28.91.

The field events had a slow final day in Gainesville with Milton Ingraham taking fifth in the men’s discus throw with a mark of 54.20m (177-10). Freshman Caisa-Marie Lindfors highlighted the day on the women’s side in the shot put going 15.28m (50-01.75).

“Overall, we got a lot of work done this weekend and we have to keep getting better and better each weekend,” said Braman. “We need to have more breakout performances if we’re going to be a top-5 or even a top-10 national team. Two weeks from now we go back to Florida for the Tom Jones Invitational with some really great teams and that will be a great opportunity for us to start that march towards nationals.”

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