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FSU women’s track and field takes 14th place

The Florida State women’s track and field team placed 14th at the 2021 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday, finishing with a total of 18 team points on Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.

“Women kept grinding and managed to score a 14th place national finish,” said head coach Bob Braman. “We were just two points out of a top-10 finish. Proud of this squad, we will make an even louder noise next year.”

Shanice Love wrapped her Florida State career placing fourth overall in the discus, falling just short of a podium finish. The Kingston, Jamaica, native earned First Team All-American accolade with a final collegiate throw of 58.50. Freshman Caisa-Marie Lindfors also competed in the discus, placing 18th with a mark of 52.86m.

The first event of the day was the 4×100 meter relay, which scored early points for the Noles. Shian Hyde, Jayla Kirkland, Ka’Tia Seymour and Edidiong Odiong moved the baton around the track in a time of 43.06 in one of their best races of the season.

In the 1,500 meters, Maudie Skyring battled her way to a 12th-place finish. Despite having her foot stepped on with a lap to go, forcing her to stop running, she still clocked a time of 4:21.04.

In the last track event of the day, Kirkland contested the 100-meter final. She quickly surged to the front and was looking at a top-three finish when she tweaked her hamstring with about 20 meters left to go. The Birmingham, Ala., native managed to finish in sixth place in a time of 11.22.

Ruta Lasmane capped off her incredible freshman season with a fifth-place finish in the triple jump. She leaped 13.91 meters, earning her first-team All-American status. Alonie Sutton placed 13th with a mark of 13.26 meters in the triple jump.