TALLAHASSEE – Florida State junior Shanice Love has been competing in the discus at the Jamaican National Senior Championships since her sophomore year of high school. On Friday she returned to Kingston’s National Stadium for her sixth appearance at the championship meet, and promptly turned in her finest effort yet.
Love, who led the competition after the three-throw preliminary rounds, grabbed the silver medal with a top mark of 59.05 meters (193-8). Despite her longest competitive throw on her home turf, the NCAA runner-up could not knock off Jamaican national record holder Shadae Lawrence for the second time in two weeks.
Lawrence took the lead in the fourth round with her throw of 61.14 meters (200-7) and held on for the victory.
As consolation prizes go, Love’s silver is worth a trip to the 2019 IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar for the Sept. 28-Oct. 6 meet, where she will be joined by Lawrence. Love earned her place on the team by meeting the IAAF World Championships standard (61.20 meters) with her NCAA runner-up finish mark of 62.69 meters (205-8) in Austin, Texas, out-distancing Lawrence by a sizeable margin.
Friday’s performance was a breakthrough for Love, who finished third at the Jamaican National Senior Championships a year ago with a throw of 56.92 meters. She had not finished higher than sixth in her five previous performances.
The news wasn’t all good for Noles competing at National Stadium as senior Andre Ewers faded badly over the final 70 meters of the 100-meter dash semifinals and failed to advance, posting a time of 10.35.
Two other Noles, Paul Stafford and Matthew Newland, competed at the USATF U20 Championships in Miramar, Fla. Friday night, hopeful of landing a Team USA spots in the 10,000-meter run for the Pan American Championships in Costa Rica later this month.
Stafford was positioned to advance with eight of 24 laps remaining, but faded badly; a victim of a heat index well into the 90s. FSU’s rising sophomore placed sixth in 32:50.09, while his fellow classmate, Newland, finished eighth (33:42.62).
“Paul went all in for the top-two finish but ran into heat troubles the last two miles,” FSU coach Bob Braman said. “I’m proud of the effort. He gave it a shot.
“Matt missed too much time with a hip injury, but I really wanted him to get this experience and in that way, it served its purpose.”
Saturday’s action in Miramar will see rising sophomore Trentorria Green compete in the triple jump (2:30 p.m.). The sixth-place finisher at the ACC Outdoor Championships, she is the No. 2 seed in the field of 15 with a wind-aided season best of 12.88 meters (42-3.25).
A top-two finish by the Quincy, Fla. native will earn her a spot on Team USA at the Pan American Championships, July 19-21 in San Jose, Costa Rica.
Ewers will have an opportunity to make amends for Friday’s disappointment when he competes in the opening round of the 200-meter dash in Kingston, Jamaica on Saturday. He enters the meet as the top-ranked Jamaican with a personal-best time of 20.14, which meets the IAAF World Championships qualifying standard of 20.40. The finals are set for Sunday.