ACC title win puts FSU men’s track team in NCAA regionals

By Tim Hofmann

DURHAM, N.C. – The Florida State men’s track and field team put together one of the most dominant performances in ACC history in route to their second-straight ACC Outdoor Track and Field Championship.

The Noles advanced to the NCAA East preliminaries in Bloomington, Ind., on May 25-28. The top 48 athletes in each event from the east region will qualify for the preliminaries.

FSU scored 149 points, the most since the league expanded to 15 teams, and won by 56 points, the largest margin of victory since league expansion. The women’s team finished third with 99 points. Jeremiah Davis (men’s field) and Edidiong Odiong (women’s track) were each named Most Valuable Performers which is given the athlete who scored the most points throughout the championship.

“It takes everyone to accomplish something like this. Coaches, support staff, trainers, massage therapists and administration, everyone is a part of this,” said head coach Bob Braman. “We didn’t miss much. We had a great meet. I’m so proud of both our men and women of how they competed.”

The Noles crowned seven individual ACC champions on the final day of competition Saturday, along with a women’s 4×100-meter relay title. Trey Cunningham (110-meter hurdles), DaeQwan Butler (400-meter dash), Edidiong Odiong (100-meter dash; 200-meter cash), Jo’Vaughn Martin (100-meter dash), Ruby Stauber (800-meter run) and James Rivera (400-meter hurdles) each captured individual titles.

All but Cunningham picked up their first ACC outdoor titles of their career. The women’s 4×100-meter relay team made up of Odiong, Savy’on Toombs, Ka’Tia Seymour and Ashley Seymour combined to post a meet record 43.16 in the 4×100-meter race to start the championship onslaught for the Noles.

The Noles best event of the day came in the 100-meter dash where they went first, third, fourth and fifth in the event led by Martin, Amir Willis, Don’dre Swint and Taylor Banks.

Adriaan Wildschutt finished second in the 5000-meter run with an outdoor personal best time of 13:28.03.

Maudie Skyring tied her personal best of 4:09.83 in the 1500-meter run to finish second in the event.

Sean Watkins Jr. ran another personal best in the 400-meter dash to finish third with a time of 45.74.

In Saturday’s field events, Amani Heaven (54.41-meters) posted a personal best in the discus to finish second while Milton Ingraham posted a season-best mark of 58.47 meters to finish fourth.


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