AUSTIN, Texas – Competing like a team every bit as good as its No. 3 national ranking, the Florida State women’s track & field team opened its NCAA Championships competition Thursday by setting two school records and adding four other personal- or season-best performances.
While the Noles only managed four points – a career-best, fifth-place long jump finish from Rougui Sow -
they set themselves up for a big finish.
Sophomore Ka’Tia Seymour qualified for Saturday’s 100- and 200-meter dash finals, and anchored the 4x100 relay to a second consecutive trip to the finals. Junior Cortney Jones, a Rockdale County alum, also advanced to the 100-meter hurdles finals for the second consecutive year.
Before the 100-meter dash, Jones climbed into the blocks for her 100-meter hurdle semifinal, determined to get back to the final for a second consecutive year after placing third in 2018. Overcoming a slow start, she closed with a fury, finishing second in the third heat (12.76) to qualify automatically.
“Cortney was clutch as always,” Braman said. “She got out slow and ran past people. She’ll have something special for the final.”
ESPN will carry the action live beginning at 8:30 p.m.