April 16, 2010 - by
Long Jump Pushes Noles To Top

April 16, 2010


Florida State turned Friday into moving day at the 2010 ACC Outdoor Championships as the men jumped into the lead on the back of a pair of long jumpers and the women moved into second place thanks to a record-setting performance in the steeplechase.

“On the guy’s side I think we had a really great day,” head coach Bob Braman said. “We fought really, really well all day and the ladies are fighting hard.”

Brian Chibudu and Marlon Woods had impressive showings in the men’s long jump as the duo finished 1-2 with Chibudu taking the top spot with a jump of 24-11.75. The newcomer Woods was the only other competitor to clear 24 feet as he earned his first All-ACC honor with a second place showing of 24-7.75.

Chibudu, the ACC indoor champion, advanced to the final on his final jump of the qualifying round as he cleared 24-11.75 and passed on two of his final three attempts to claim the win.

In just her second-ever attempt at the steeplechase Jennifer Dunn broke the Rock Norman Track record as she ran 10:26.03 to take the championship and earn 10 points for the Seminoles. Amanda Quick made a push at the end of the race to move into fifth overall with her time of 10:35.60 and grab four more team points.

In the women’s long jump Amy Harris garnered her first All-ACC honor with a third-place showing with a top jump of 20-5.25. Harris reached the finals on her third and final jump of the opening round with a mark of 19-7.5 before hitting the winning mark on her sixth and final jump of the competition.

Joining Harris as a point-scorer for the Seminoles was Kim Williams who cleared 19-5.25 which was good for seventh place and two team points.

Allyn Laughlin eclipsed the 50-foot mark in the shot put for the fifth time in the outdoor season as the junior threw the shot 50-1.75, which was good for third place and her third overall All-ACC honor.

Michael Putman made it back-to-back All-ACC honors in the shot put as the sophomore claimed second place with a top throw of 59-2.25 in his final throw of the opening round. Putman finished second a year ago at the ACC Outdoor Championships.

The track events opened up Friday and 15 Seminoles advanced to Saturday’s finals, including six athletes who will enter Saturday with the top qualifying times.

On the men’s side, the Seminoles swept the top spot in the sprint qualifying as Maurice Mitchell ran a wind-aided 10.12 in the 100m to claim his heat, while David Ambler ran the second-fastest time in qualifying at 10.37.

Mitchell and teammate Brandon Byram went 1-2 in the 200m qualifying round as Byram ran the second heat in 20.52, while Mitchell posted a 20.75 winning the opening heat.

The Noles had just one representative in the men’s 400m dash but it was All-American Kevin Borlee who was making his 2010 debut and cruised to the win in the second heat as the Belgium native posted a time of 46.69.

Nathan Duby’s time of 1:52.73 in the 800m was good enough to land him a spot in Saturday’s final by less than 0.25 seconds Also making an appearance in a final on Saturday will be Andrew Jacobs who clocked a 53:37 in the 400m hurdles.

On the women’s side, Marecia Pemberton and Teona Rodgers claimed the top qualifying times in the 100m and 200m with Pemberton running a wind-aided 11.21 in the 100m and Rodgers running a wind-aided 23:36 in the 200m. Rodgers will join Pemberton in the 100m final as the Tampa, Fla., native won her heat in 11.54. Danielle Jeffrey narrowly missed out on being the third Nole in the 100m as she ran an 11.73 falling just shy of eighth place.

Candyce McGrone opened the 200m qualifying with an easy win as the sophomore ran a 23.45 to punch her ticket for the final. In the 400m dash, Britany St. Louis entered the weekend with the top time in the event and was able to claim her heat in 54.37.

Amanda Winslow continued her stellar freshman campaign on Friday as she was able to post the top time in the 1500m with her time of 4:29.86, while fellow Seminole Pilar McShine also grabbed a spot in the final with a time of 4:31.62. Winslow’s time was the fastest of any Seminole this season

“I’m proud of their efforts and maybe a few more breaks and we can do something special tomorrow,” Braman added.

Action will get under way at 11 a.m. on Saturday with the women’s pole vault followed by the men’s high jump, hammer throw and women’s triple jump at 12 noon. Track action will continue at 3 p.m. with the men’s 4x100m relay.

The men will be looking for their sixth consecutive title on Saturday and lead North Carolina by three points, while Virginia trails by four followed by Duke (11) and Wake Forest (12). On the women’s side, host Clemson holds a 27-point advantage over the Noles with a two-day total of 65. FSU is in second place with 38 points followed by Virginia (34), Duke (26) and NC State and Georgia Tech (21).

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