JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Kelechi Nwanaga and Sara Zabarino earned spots at the 2021 NCAA Track and Field Championships and six other Noles advanced to the next round to highlight day two at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds at The University of North Florida’s Hodges Stadium.
“Really great day for the Ladies!” said head coach Bob Braman. “Well positioned to put a bunch of Nationals scorers on the plane. Fantastic Job by the lady speedsters in the 100-meter and 200-meter. Easy qualifier for Maudie, smooth and in control. The Javelin ladies were clutch again, looking for some fireworks in Eugene for these two.”
On their first javelin throw of the day, Nwanaga and Zabarino punched their tickets to the National meet. Nwanaga qualified with the mark of 53.33m and Zabarino with 52.35m.
On the track, Maudie Skyring was the first Seminole of the day to advance to the next round. As an automatic qualifier in the 1,500 meters out of heat four, she clocked in a time of 4:19.65.
Every Florida State sprinter that competed today advanced to the quarterfinals. Jayla Kirkland led the way in the 100-meter with a time of 11.17. Ka’Tia Seymour clocked the second-fastest time for FSU at 11.23 Followed by Shian Hyde with 11.48 and Ashley Seymour with a personal-best time of 11.50.
In the 200-meters, the Seminole sprinters once again cruised into the next round with three automatic qualifying performances. Kirkland had the fastest time out of the group with a 22.85. Edidiong Odiong advanced to the final on Saturday with a personal-best time of 23.26 and K. Seymour with a time of 23.43.
The men’s team is back in action on Friday for the quarterfinals of the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds starting at 1:00 p.m. with the high jump. Heat Sheets and competition times can be found HERE.
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