RALEIGH, N.C. – The Florida State men are in sixth place and the Seminole women are in 10th place after the first day of the 2021 ACC Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the Paul Derr Track and Field Facility at NC State. Isaac Grimes was a winner on the men’s side as he was victorious in the long jump competition.
“The men had a solid day one,” said head coach Bob Braman. “We qualified well in the 200m with two of the top four times for Jo’Vaughn (Martin) and Kasaun (James), and Kasey (Knevelbaard) was an easy heat winner in the 1500m. Riley (Ott) had a good first day in the decathlon and is second place going to the final day tomorrow. We were perhaps three points better than projected – our first and fourth places in the long jump were key. Grimes kept his ACC undefeated streak alive and Jacore Irving was fourth placed which was better than projected.
“We’ll need to qualify well tomorrow and get our field event points if we’re going to be able to win another ACC Championship.”
Grimes won the men’s long jump competition with a jump of 7.75 meters. For Grimes, four of his five jumps were landed at 7.5 meters or better. Jacore Irving earned points for the Seminoles as he finished in fourth place in the event with a jump of 7.39 meters. Florida State was the only team with two performers in the top-10 of the final standings of the men’s long jump.
Riley Ott is in second place after five events in the men’s decathlon competition. He finished first in the 100 and 400 meter runs along with the long jump. He finished third in the high jump competition. With five events left to be contested in the event, Ott is only 154 points behind Duke’s Evan Lee.
“The ladies had a good day one with three qualifiers in the 200m and two in the 1500m,” said Braman. “Ruta Lasmane’s lifetime best in the long jump got us three critical points as well.”
Led by Jayla Kirkland, Edidong Odiong and Ka’Tia Seymour, the Seminole women will look to score well in Saturday’s 200M final. Kirkland finished second in the Thursday’s prelim (23.13), Odiong finished fourth in a personal best time of 23.30 and Seymour qualified for the finals in a time of 23.49.
Lasmane finished in sixth place in the long jump with a personal best jump of 6.17 meters. She totaled three or her five jumps at 6.0 meters or better.
Friday’s events begin with the men’s decathlon 110M hurdles at 11:30 a.m. while the women continue competition at 12:30 p.m. with the heptathlon long jump. The championship runs through Saturday night when men’s and women’s champions will be crowned.
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