Senior Isaac Grimes capped off his collegiate career Wednesday with a national runner-up title in the long jump as Florida State collected nine total team points and advanced in three events on the first day of the 2021 Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.
Grimes secured his podium finish with a jump of 8.05 meters. He matches his NCAA Indoor Championships finish after taking second as well with a leap of 8.35 meters.
FSU’s 4x100m relay squad — Taylor Banks, Kasaun James, Don’drea Swint, and Jo’Vaughn Martin — opened up the day for the Seminoles, advancing to the finals with a time of 38.75.
Martin continued that momentum to advance in both the 100 and 200 meters. In the 100, he logged a time of 10.12 to win his heat and earn an automatic qualifier into the final. Martin later returned to the track in the 200, crossing in 20.30 to compete in the finals on Friday.
Banks will also run for a championship in the 100 meters. He came in second in his heat with the time of 10.18, earning him a spot in the Friday final.
FSU’s women advanced all three entries and collected a team point during the second day of competition.
“Really strong Day one for Ladies,” said coach Bob Braman. “Everyone competed hard and positioned us well for a run at a Top 5 finish Saturday.”
FSU’s 4×100 meter relay — Shian Hyde, Jayla Kirkland, Ka’Tia Seymour and Edidiong Odiong — earned the Seminoles’ first qualification of the day. The quartet advanced to the finals with a time of 43.38.
Maudie Skyring, the ACC runner-up in 1,500 meters, earned a chance to compete for a national title after advancing to the finals with a time of 4:09.83.
In the 100-meter, Kirkland closed out the day on the track, winning her heat with a time of 11.30 (an automatic qualification into the Saturday finals).
Kelechi Nwanaga finished eighth in the javelin throw. She earned First Team All-American honors with a mark of 54.19 meters.
Sara Zabarino also competed in the javelin, where she came up just one spot short from making it to the final heat. She finished 10th overall and logged a mark of 53.51 meters. She adds Second Team All-American to her impressive freshman year.
The women’s final round will take place on Saturday. The men will be back in action Friday for their final day of competition. Jo’Vaughn Martin will compete in the 100 and 200 meters while being joined by Taylor Banks, Kasaun James and Don’drea Swint to make a run for a title in the 4×100 meter relay.
NCAA Outdoors on TV
Friday: 3 p.m. on ESPN3 and 8 p.m. on ESPN2
Saturday: 2 p.m. on ESPN3 and at 6 p.m. on ESPNU.