Florida State is off to a fast start at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. School-record fast.
Bryand Rincher, Jhevaughn Matherson, Michael Timpson Jr. and Andre Ewers smashed the 4×100 school-record with Wednesday’s heat 2 victory in 38.43, easily advancing to Friday’s final.
The old record – 38.57 – was set by Kemar Hyman, Horatio Williams, Maurice Mitchell and Stephen Newbold in a runner-up finish at the 2012 NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.
FSU’s time was third-fastest time from Wednesday’s three semifinal heats, trailing Florida (38.35) and LSU (38.37), setting up what figures to be one of the fastest finals in NCAA history. The slowest of the eight finalists, North Carolina A&T, ran 39.0.
“I feel like we’ve been training for it, so it’s good to know that our hard work is finally getting the results that we’re looking for,” said Timpson, a senior. “It’s a good feeling.”
It’s worth noting that the previous record-holding quarter featured three future Olympians – Hyman, Mitchell and Newbold.
“We’ve had several 4×100 champions with multiple Olympians on those relays,” FSU coach Bob Braman said. “Coach [Rick] Argro really had them ready to go.”
Rincher then advanced to the 100-meter finals with a time of 10.02.
Coming up today: The third-ranked Florida State women will hit the ground running, jumping and throwing Thursday, with 10 of their 11 qualifiers scheduled to compete.
The Noles will have scoring opportunities in four events on the opening day, beginning with Veronika Kanuchova in the hammer at 5:30 p.m. (ET). The javelin final, with returning bronze medalist Lauri Paredes in the field, is set for 9:15, while Jogaile Petrokaite and Rougui Sow take part in the long jump final at 9:30. Militsa Mircheva puts a wrap on the scoring opportunities with the 10,000-meter final at 10:38 p.m.
In addition to the finals the Noles will have five semifinal entries, beginning with the 4×100 relay at 8:02 p.m. Cortney Jones (100 hurdles), Jayla Kirkland (100 dash) and Ka’Tia Seymour (100 and 200) will all be vying for spots in Saturday’s final.
How to watch: Live television coverage begins at 9 p.m. on ESPN2 and all of the field events will be streamed live on ESPN3.
Portions courtesy of FSU sports information