JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Florida State men’s track and field dominated on day three of the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds at The University of North Florida’s Hodges Stadium. The Seminoles punched in 10 additional tickets to the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore.
“Our men had one of our best Region meets ever,” said head coach Bob Braman. “We competed beyond our expectations. The men hit on 10 of 12 National qualifying opportunities today, that’s unheard of! We’re in a really good spot for a trophy finish (Top 4) at Nationals. And you never know when things break your way and something amazing happens. Proud of all of them!”
The sprint’s squad put on a show, punching 7 of the 10 tickets on Friday. The 4x100m relay squad of Taylor Banks, Kasaun James, Don’drea Swint, and Jo’Vaughn Martin was the first ticket punched on the track. Their time of 38.67 is the No. 4 time in FSU history and No. 4 in the nation.
Martin, James, and Banks combined to produce a stellar 100-meter performance in the quarterfinal round. Martin finished first overall, following his 9.97 in the opening heat which marks the second time this season that he has ran sub 10:00. In the third heat, season best times for both James (10.04) and Banks (10.10) was enough to advance to the NCAA Championships.
Martin and James contested in their third event of the day in the 200-meter. Both student athletes were automatic qualifiers as James ran a season-best time if 20.16 while Martin ran a 20.33.
The 4x400m relay group of Alex Collier, Ari Cogdell, Damarre Martin and DaeQwan Butler punched their tickets to Nationals after a very unique race. During the first baton exchange, all of the lights at Hodges Stadium were abruptly shut off, causing the remainder of the event to take place in the dark. Despite the circumstances and having phone flashlights guide them to the finish line the group became automatic qualifiers with a time of 3:06.96.
The Florida State field events also had a remarkable day sending all three competitors to the National meet. Jordan Wesner got the day started by contesting the high jump as the first event of the day. He took care of business early clearing 2.16m to punch his ticket.
Earning his first trip to the NCAA Championship meet in the discus was Milton Ingraham. He recorded a new personal-best of 59.26m on his first through which was enough to send him through to Eugene.
Jacore Irving was the third field event qualifier for the Noles in the triple jump. Amid a strong East Region field, on the last jump he had a personal-best mark of 15.98m earning him a bid to Nationals.
The 2021 NCAA East Region Prelims will conclude on Saturday with the women’s team returning to the track in search of additional entries to the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Competition is set to begin with the discus at 1:30 p.m. Heat Sheets and competition times can be found HERE.
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