JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Florida State track and field teams concluded action at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds at The University of North Florida’s Hodges Stadium on Saturday, punching seven more tickets to the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore.
“We didn’t get all the qualifiers that we wanted but we are bringing a large group of Ladies to Nationals and have the athletes we need to be Top 5,” said head coach Bob Braman. “12 Ladies with 9 scoring opportunities.”
The FSU women racked up four qualifiers in the first two events of the day, beginning with the discus throw. Shanice Love showed everyone why she is the queen of discus as she went a season-best 61.22m on her very first throw to take first place overall. Freshman Caisa-Marie Lindfors took notes from the veteran and threw a personal-best mark of 58.66m to take second overall.
The next two qualifiers came from the triple jump duo of Ruta Lasmane and Alonie Sutton. Lasmane crushed the field by over 40-centimeters to place first overall with her jump of 14.15m. Sutton turned in an equally impressive performance with a sixth-place overall finish, recording a personal-best mark of 13.37m.
The 4x100m squad of Shian Hyde, Jayla Kirkland, Ka’Tia Seymour and Edidiong Odiong were next up for the Noles to continue the trend of qualifying for the NCAA Championships. The quartet finished first in heat one in 42.99 to secure an automatic qualification to Eugene. That time ranks No. 2 in FSU history.
Maudie Skyring also had an incredible day as she punched her first ever NCAA Outdoor Championships ticket in the 1,500m. With a push on the final lap, Skyring clocked in at 4:13.72 to finish second in her heat as an automatic qualifier.
The final ticket secured for Florida State came from Kirkland in the 100m. Running in a headwind, Kirkland won her heat with the time of 11.17. She will be competing in both the 100 meter and on the 4x100m relay team for FSU in Eugene, Oregon.
Florida State will have a total of 21 entries (12 men, 9 women) at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. The Seminoles will now set their eyes on Eugene, Oregon as Nationals takes place June 9-12.
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