May 30, 2009
GREENSBORO, N.C. - The Florida State track and field teams (Men-No. 5/Women-No. 3) closed out the last day of the 2009 NCAA East Regional Championship nationally qualifying a two-day total of 14 Seminoles for next month's NCAA Outdoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. In addition to qualifying several athletes, Kim Williams highlighted the day with an excellent triple jump that reset several records and bettered her mark that sat as FSU's best performance in program history to help the women earn the regional crown with 71 points. The FSU men earned fourth place with 51 points.
"The women had a fantastic day," FSU head coach Bob Braman said. "With the 4x100m squad and Teona battling for first, Susan, Pilar and Kim Williams taking first place was great. They really battle today. Unfortunately we did have two injuries on their side with Tiara and Lydia. I felt bad for Lydia because she set herself up to me ranked nationally in her senior year and then she gets injured from not landing right. However, the women were great.
"As for the men, because of injuries, we had to put a 4x100 team that had never run together in the season. We got through the first round and the second round we tried to win the race. However, sometimes you try to win the race and get to excited rather than just qualify. It was a typical 4x100m. We just didn't make the exchange from two to three. If you don't finish the event you don't qualify."
Opening up the day for the women were throwers Allyn Laughlin and Kamorean Hayes. Both Seminoles were set to compete in the shot put, but it was Laughlin who would be the lone Seminole to prevail past preliminaries and move on to the finals. In the finals, the Ambridge, Pa., native threw a personal-best throw of 16.06m/52-08.25 to finish in second place.
Earning the second ticket to nationals for the women was the 4x100m relay squad of Nicole Marcus, Candyce McGrone, Danielle Jeffrey and Teona Rodgers. The foursome started off the relay in third place, but when the baton was handed to Rodgers, the anchor leg, the sophomore quickly changed the pace as she battled against South Carolina for first place and came out successful with a first-place finish time of 43.64.
Up next on the track was NCAA Champion and six-time All-American Susan Kuijken in the 1500m run final. The Nijmegen, Netherlands native eased into first place again with a finish time of 4:22.53 to earn the regional title as well as earn a ticket to nationals.
Dominating the field and taking home the title for the second consecutive year in the triple jump was sophomore Kim Williams (Kingston, Jamaica). The three-time All-American jumped a personal-best 13.98m/45-10.50 to earn first place. The NCAA Champion set a new facility and regional record and now owns the best season performance in the nation.
Mid-distance runner Pilar McShine (Port-of-Spain, Trinidad &Tobago) controlled the 800m run with her first-place finish time of 2:06.55 to earn the women's fifth national qualifying spot.
The 3,000m steeplechase was up next for the women to conquer as senior Lydia Willemse and junior Amanda Quick were up for the challenge. Flight two featured Quick crushing her previous personal record and setting a new lifetime-best record with 10:33.27 to cross the line first in her flight. Willemse, a team co-captain, lead the third flight until the Forest, Ontario native encountered an unfortunate injury and dropped out of the race. Quick's time earned her ninth place overall.
Closing out the meet for the women was the 4x400m relay foursome of Hshkeni Richemond, Brittany St. Louis, Keyla Smith and Christal Washington. The quartet took fourth place with a time of 3:35.28 and earned the last automatic national qualification.
On the men's front, the brother twosome of Kevin and Jonathan Borlee (Brussels, Belgium) hit the ground running in the men's 400m dash. In their first regional meet, the duo nationally qualified with their third and fourth place finishes as K. Borlee was the first Seminole to cross at 45.54 and J. Borlee quickly followed in 45.58.
The other Seminole sprinters in Charles Clark and Maurice Mitchell turned their attention to the 200m dash where Clark's blistering time of 20.60 earned him the first-place crown and a ticket to nationals, while Mitchell took sixth place with a finish time of 21.00.
Finishing up the day for the team was the men's 4x400m squad. Teammates Kevin Williams, Clark and the Borlee brothers grouped together to set a new facility record with their first place relay time of 3:04.53. The men helped FSU finish in fourth place.
Men's Hammer Throw:
19. Travis Whitfield 54.20m/177-10
21. Matt Wernke 53.18m/174-06
12. Michael Putman 50.33m/165-01
Men's 400m Dash:
3. Kevin Borlee 45.54 N
4. Jonathan Borlee 45.58 N
Men's 400m Hurdles:
6. Javier Garcia-Tunon 50.26
Men's 200m Dash:
1. Charles Clark 20.60 N
6. Maurice Mitchell 21.00
Men's 3000m Steeplechase:
7. Trey Andrews 9:26.73
Men's 4x400m Relay:
Women's Triple Jump:
1. Kim Williams 13.98m/45-10.50 PR, N
6. Tiara Swanagan 12.97m/42-06.75
Women's Shot Put:
2. Allyn Laughlin 16.06m/52-08.25 PR, N
12. Kamorean Hayes 14.61m/47-11.25
Women's 4x100m Relay:
1. Florida State 43.64 N
Women's 1500m Run:
1. Susan Kuijken 4:22.53 N
Women's 100m Hurdles
7. Teona Rodgers 13.63
Women's 800m Run:
1. Pilar McShine 2:06.55 N
Women's 3000m Steeplechase:
9. Amanda Quick 10:33.27 PR
Women's 4x400m Relay:
4. Florida State 3:35.28 N