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JAYLA KIRKLAND - Women's Track & Field - Florida State Seminoles

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Birmingham, Ala.
high school



Enters junior season having already collected six All-American honors, four of which came in 2019…affixed near top of FSU’s all-time lists indoors and outdoors…No. 4 in the 60- and No. 2 in the 200-meter dash indoors; No. 2 in the 100 and No. 8 in the 200 outdoors…also a part of three top-10 4×100 relay teams (Nos. 2, 5 and 8) and the No. 10 4×400 indoor relay team.





Indoor: Was off the best season of her career when it was cut short by injury at the ACC Championships for the second consecutive year…opened season with the No. 2 60-meter dash (7.17) in program history, winning the Orange & Purple Elite…that time stood up as an NCAA qualifying mark…was the top qualifier in the 60 at the Bob Pollock Invitational but did not run in the final…ran 23.38 200 to finish fifth at the Texas Tech Invitational…season came to a halt due to injury despite qualifying for the finals in the 60 and 200 at the ACC Championships.


Indoor: Closed the season as the Noles’ only two-event NCAA Indoor Championships qualifier, placing 10th in the 60 and 15th in the 200 for a pair of second-team All-American honors…competed at NCAAs after suffering injury two weeks earlier at ACC Indoor Championships, forcing her to withdraw from competition after 60-meter prelims…ran 200 PB (23.00) at Texas Tech Matador Qualifier to finish fourth and earn NCAA qualifying mark…that time ranks No. 2 indoors in FSU history…ran 7.25 in back-to-back 60-meter dash round at Clemson Tiger Paw Invitational, just off her PB (7.24), and finished third…won the 60-meter dash title at the Dr. Sander Columbia Challenge in 7.28 after winning the 200 in 23.76 at the Armory in New York City. Outdoor: turned in an outstanding NCAA Outdoor Championships appearance…claimed first-team All-American honors handling second leg on the 4×100 relay team, which placed seventh in an ACC record time of 43.13; second-fastest in FSU history…also earned second-team All-American honors in the 100-meter dash after posting semifinal round PB of 11.20, which was 10th overall and stands tied for second in FSU history…came within .02 seconds of also qualifying for the 200 at the championship meet after placing 14th at the NCAA East Prelims…helped the Noles to the ACC Outdoor title, placing second in the 200, fourth in the 100 and anchoring the runner-up 4×100 relay.


Indoor: Finished first season with the Noles at the NCAA Indoor Championships, earning second-team All-American honors by placing 11th in the 60-meter dash (7.25)…won ACC Indoor Championships 60-meter dash title in a personal-best time 7.24, which ties teammate and classmate Ka’Tia Seymour for No. 3 on FSU’s all-time list…helped the Seminoles to the team title…competed in only five meets as she returned from injury suffered during her senior season in high school. Outdoor: Competed in seven meets during the collegiate season, highlighted by first-team All-American honors as the leadoff leg on the eighth-place NCAA Outdoor Championships 4×100 relay…that group advanced to the finals with the No. 3 time in FSU history (43.33)…came within .01 seconds and one position of qualifying for the NCAA Championships in the 100, placing 13th in 11.24-w…posted a personal-best (11.34) in the 100m first round at the NCAA East Preliminary, which is tied for No. 9 on FSU’s all-time list…finished fourth in the 100, sixth in the 200 and was member of the runner-up 4×100 relay at the ACC Outdoor Championships…finished her competitive season by placing second at the USTAF U20 Championships in the 200, with a personal-best 22.93 – No. 8 all-time among Noles – in the prelims…was also third in the 100 (11.37)…silver medal finish earned her a trip to IAAF World U20 Championships in the 200 as well as a member of the 4×100 relay…advanced to the IAAF World U20 Championships 200-meter finals in Finland.


One of the most decorated prep sprinters to ever sign with the Noles…a 16-time Alabama high school state champion with 12 individual titles from 60-400 meters…won the 2017 New Balance Indoor national title at 60 meters, the 2016 New Balance Outdoor 200 title and the 2015 New Balance Outdoor national titles in the 100 and 200…was the bronze medalist in the 100 at the 2015 IAAF World Youth Championships in Cali, Colombia representing Team USA…owns high school lifetime-bests of 7.27 (60m), 11.41 (100m), 23.15 (200m, outdoor), 23.88 (200, indoor), 38.16 (300, indoor), 54.43 (400m, indoor) and 55.58 (400, outdoor)…was the 2014 Alabama Gatorade Athlete of the Year…won the first of her 12 Alabama state individual event titles as a freshman in the 60-meter dash…attended Woodlawn High School, the same alma mater as Florida State Hall of Fame football coach Bobby Bowden…senior outdoor season was limited by injury on the track…also played two years of varsity basketball in high school…a member of the National Honor Society…daughter of Tameka Forbes…born Feb. 13, 1999.