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FSU men’s 4×100 relay takes third place at NCAA Outdoors

The Florida State men’s track & field men concluded the 2021 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., with 23.5 points. Five men closed the meet with first-team All-America honors and the Seminoles finished 10th in the team standings.

“Gutsy effort by the men,” coach Bob Braman said. “We left it all out there, we just got to find a way to stay healthy in the final meet. Top 10 finish at the National Championship is something to be proud of. Proud of the work of everyone, our coaches and support staff. Climbing back to the Top 10 is progress made.”

FSU opened the day with a third-place podium finish in the 4x100m relay. Taylor Banks, Kasaun James, Don’drea Swint and Jo’Vaughn Martin recorded a season-best time (38.60) to secure their bronze medals at the NCAA Championships. The quartet were also the first Noles to receive first-team All-America honors on the day.

After the relay, Martin had a quick break before he was back on the track in the 100 meters. Alongside Martin was Banks, as he was competing in his first outdoor national meet individual final. Despite the slow start Martin surged to the front to record a 10.12 fourth-place finish and second first-team All-American honor. Banks suffered an injury to his hamstring halfway through the race but pushed through to finish eighth (10.35) and first-team All-American.

Jordan Wesner was competing in the high jump. In his final national meet, the senior logged a mark of 2.20 meters for an eighth-place finish and first-team All-America honors.

Back on the track, Martin was lining up for his third and final event of the day in the 200 meters. The Houston native clocked a time of 20.96 to place seventh, earning his third First Team All-America accolade.

Saturday updates

Freshman Ruta Lasmane took fifth place in the triple jump. The 4×100 relay team of Shian Hyde, Jayla Kirkland, Ka’Tia Seymour and Edidiong Odiong finished in fourth (43.06). Jayla Kirkland placed sixth in the 100 meters (11.22). Alonie Sutton took 13th in the triple jump. Maudie Skyring placed 12th in the 1,500 meters (4:21.04).