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Cunningham, relay teams excel at NCAA Preliminary

The Florida State men’s track and field team put together some phenomenal performances on their final day of competition at the NCAA East Preliminary in Bloomington, Ind. A total of eight Noles and two relay teams will be headed to Eugene, Ore. for the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

“I was really pleased with our performances today,” FSU coach Bob Braman said. “The 4x100m relay got us off to a great start with a really good time on a wet track on a cold night, and we had some guys gut it out to punch their ticket to nationals.. We have set ourselves up really well to compete for a title in Eugene.”

The 4x100m relay started the night off with a bang as Taylor Banks, Amir Willis, Don’dre Swint and Jo’Vaughn Martin combined to run 38.51 on a cold and wet night. That time is No. 2 in the NCAA this season, was a meet record and also put the group No. 2 of FSU’s all-time list.

Trey Cunningham put together one of the most special performances in 110m hurdle history. Cunningham reclaimed the fastest time in the world with a new personal best 13.07 into 1.5m/s headwind. According to the USTFCCCA, only five athletes in world history have run the 110m hurdles faster into a headwind, and Cunningham’s time was the third-fastest in world history into a headwind of 1.5m/s or stronger. Cunningham now has the fifth-fastest time in NCAA history.

In the triple jump, Jeremiah Davis and Jacore Irving solidified their spots at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Davis jumped 15.99m while Irving posted a season-best mark of 15.84m.

In the 100m dash, Banks and Martin ran 10.17 and 10.18, respectively to move on to the semifinals in Eugene in the event.

The Noles ended the night with the 5000m run and the 4x400m relay and will have representatives at Hayward Field in both events. Adriaan Wildschutt (13:39.33) finished fifth overall, and Ahmed Muhumed (13:44.42) finished 12th to become the first pair in school history to advance to the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 5000m run.

In the 4x400m relay, Sean Watkins Jr., Willis, James Rivera and DaeQwan Butler combined to run 3:05.33 to finish third in their heat and secure and automatic spot into the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

Heaven, Odiong, relay team going to NCAA Outdoors

Amani Heaven, Edidiong Odiong and the women’s 4x100m relay each punched their tickets to the NCAA Outdoor Championships on the final day of competition of the NCAA East Preliminary in Bloomington, Ind.

After missing a ticket to the NCAA Championships by just 0.16m in the shot put on Wednesday, Heaven bounced back in the discus with a mark of 52.78m. Heaven was in the second of three flights and held on for a ninth-place finish en route to her first-ever NCAA Outdoor Championship appearance.

The women’s 4x100m relay of Odiong, Savy’on Toombs, Ka’Tia Seymour and Ashley Seymour continue to scorch the track with a time of 43.46, the sixth-best time of the day.

Odiong continued her dominant season in the 100m and 200m dashes. Odiong advanced to Eugene in both events with times of 11.25 and 22.72, respectively. This is the first time Odiong has advanced to the NCAA Outdoor Championships as an individual. Odiong was a member of the 4x100m relay team that finished fifth in the nation last season.

In total, the Noles will have 17 total entries (13 men’s entries, 4 women’s entries) at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore., June 8-11.