Jacksonville, Fla. – The Florida State women’s track and field team began competing at the 2023 NCAA East Regional Championships at Hodges Stadium on Thursday.
The Seminoles started the day with a big performance from Stella Weinberg in the women’s javelin, where she qualified for the NCAA Championships, which will be held in Austin, Texas, June 7-10.
On her third and final attempt, she threw a personal best of 51.16 to finish in sixth place, improving on her 19th-place seed (49.35m). Weinberg’s mark of 51.16 now ranks sixth in FSU history.
Florida State will have three athletes competing in quarterfinal events on Saturday, where the top 12 in each event will join Weinberg at the NCAA Championships.
Dajaz DeFrand advanced in the 100m, after finishing 12th at 11.22. She later placed 16th in the 200m with a time of 23.01.
Faith Banks moved on to the quarterfinals of the 400m, placing 22nd at 53.47.
Alexandra Webster clocked her best time in the 100m hurdles, placing 11th with a time of 13.00, which is the fifth-fastest time in Florida State history. Webster later made the cut by placing 21st in the 400m hurdles, clocking 58.32.
“It was a fantastic day for the ladies,” FSU head coach Bob Braman said. “Stella kicked it off for us and both Alexis and Daja qualified for Saturday in two events and Faith ran well to move on. Saturday will be big for us with the discus, triple jump, 5,000 meters and 4×100 relay to add to today’s successful crew.”
The men’s team will be back in action on Friday, starting at 1 p.m. with Milton Ingram II in the men’s discus.
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1:00 p.m M. Discus First Round Milton Ingraham II
5:00 p.m. M.4×100 Relay Quarterfinals Banks, Kone, Willis, Feagin, Martin, Alex Collier
6:00 p.m. M.Triple Jump First Round Jeremiah Davis: Kyvon Tatham
6:35 p.m. M. 100m Quarterfinals Amir Willis, Taylor Banks
6:50 p.m. M. 400 Quarterfinals James Rivera
7:25 p.m. M. 400 H Quarterfinals DaeQwan Butler
7:50 p.m. M. 200m Quarterfinals Amir Willis, Ismael Kone
8:10 p.m. M. 5,000m Semifinals David Mullarkey
1:00 p.m. W. Discus First Round Amani Heaven; Caisa-Marie Lindfors
5:00 p.m. W4x100 Relay Quarterfinals Webster, DeFrand, Banks, Johnson, Wilson
6:00 p.m. Triple Jump Quarterfinals Kayla Pinkard
6:15 p.m. W. 100 H Quarterfinals Alexandra Webster
6:35 p.m. W. 100m Quarterfinals Dajaz DeFrand
6:50 p.m. W. 400m Quarterfinals Faith Banks
7:25 p.m. W. 400 H Quarterfinals Alexandra Webster
8:10 p.m. W 5,000 M Semifinals Emmy Van den Berg, Alyson Churchill