RALEIGH, N.C. – The Florida State women are in third place and the Seminole men are in fourth place after two days of the ACC Track and Field Championships at the Paul Derr Track and Field Facility at NC State University. The Seminole women begin Saturday’s final day of competition only three points out of the team lead while the men have some ground to make up in order to win the team championship.
The women’s squad moved from 10th place in the team standings to third heading into the final day of competition. With 37 points, the Noles trail first-place Notre Dame by two points and second place Virginia Tech by just one point. The men moved from sixth place into fourth place and are only one point out of third place. Virginia Tech holds a commanding lead in the men’s competition with Notre Dame in second place.
“On the women’s side, Miami is having a great meet and appears to be 10-12 point favorite but we have a chance for the upset if we can win some head-to-head battles in the 100m, 200m, 4×100 relay and the discus,” said head coach Bob Braman.
“On the men’s side, we definitely maximized our opportunities today.”
The most outstanding performance of the day for FSU came on the women’s side when Ruta Lasmane won the triple jump with the No. 2 jump in Florida State history of 14.20m. Not only was her jump the second best in the history of the Seminole program, but is also counted as an ACC Championships record and a record in the Paul Derr Track and Field Facility. Lasmane’s winning jump of 14.20m bettered the second-place jump by Bria Matthews of Georgia Tech. Matthews’ recorded a jump of 13.61m.
“The highlight for our women was the 1-2 sweep in the javelin,” said Braman. “They beat their entry seeds and kicked the day off strong. Ruta’s meet record in the triple jump led the way to three scorers and a plus four points for the event (versus our projection). We qualified three for the 100m final which is key for tomorrow’s title chase.”
Also earning gold for the Seminole women was Kelechi Nwanaga in the javelin with a personal-best throw of 54.93m. Nwanaga’s first-place winning throw came on her first attempt of the competition. Teammate Sara Zabarino finished second in the event with a personal-best throw of 54.48m.
“The men qualified four of the top six spots in the 100m – that was certainly the highlight of the day for the men. But Riley Ott’s second place (in the decathlon) and Jacore Irving’s third place (in the triple jump) were key as well. Trey (Cunningham) dominated as expected, and DeaQwan (Butler) and Damarre (Martin) gave us two qualifiers for the 400m final.”
Ott finished in second place in the men’s decathlon with 6,674 points. He placed first in three of the 10 events contested – the 100m, 400m, and the long jump. He placed in the top four in nine of the 10 events and finished no lower than sixth in any competition in the two-day event.
Cunningham finished first in the second heat of the 110m hurdles preliminaries and is the top seed in Saturday’s finals. He finished with a time of 13.67 – just ahead of Clemson’s Devon Brooks who ran a time of 13.84. The championship final in the event is scheduled for 5:50 p.m. on Saturday.
Butler is seeded fourth and Martin (sixth) in Saturday’s championship final of the 400m. He ran a time of 46.52, winning his heat in the preliminaries. The event final is scheduled for 6:10 p.m. on Saturday.
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