CLEMSON, S.C. – The Florida State track and field team opened the 2021 ACC Indoor Championships with several performances qualifying for the finals and multiple personal bests.
Highlighting the day was sprinter Jo’Vaughn Martin who dropped a No. 9 national mark in the 200m prelims with a time of 20.72. Martin, who has battled many setbacks and injuries thus far this season, competed for the first time in the Garnet and Gold on Thursday night. His opening meet performance earned him a spot in the FSU history books at No. 7.
“The biggest performance for the Men was Jo’Vaughn Martin’s 200m race,” said Head Coach Bob Braman. “He ran a top 10 national time and qualified 2nd fastest for the ACC final.”
The women also saw success in the 200m with two athletes qualifying for the finals on Saturday. Edidiong Odiong ran a 23.83 to finish fourth overall in the prelims. Joining her in the finals is Ka’Tia Seymour who recorded a season best of 24.05.
“Ka’Tia and Edidiong both made the final of the 200m,” said Braman. “They are in position to contend for the ACC Title going into the final two days.”
Notable Individual Performances
Riley Ott started the day off competing in the first four events of the heptathlon. Highlighting his day was his long jump mark of 6.88m. As a true freshman competing in his first ACC’s, Ott stands seventh in the field of 17 competitors.
“Freshman Riley Ott did a great job and is in position to score tomorrow in the Heptathlon. That was an unexpected boost for us,” Braman said.
Both the men and the women saw personal best performances in thee 800m. Amari Douglas with a 1:52.59 and Yasmine Abbes with a time of 2:08.65.
In the 5000-meter run, the men competed hard resulting in two personal best performances. Caleb Pottoroff finished third overall in his heat with a time of 14:18.21. Teammate Ahmed Muhumed followed closely behind also earning a personal best clocking in at 14:20.19.
The distance squad continued to have success as the women’s distance medley relay as the team of three freshman Caitlin Wilkey, Alyson Churchill, Ava Klein joined by senior Jodie Judd finished fifth overall with a time of 11:26.96.
“The ladies had a good day one,” Braman said. “We pulled out an unexpected fifth place in the DMR with three freshmen.”
In the field action, Genesis Leggett recorded a personal best mark of 17.03m in the women’s weight throw.
The Noels will return to day two action of the ACC Indoor Championships tomorrow at 11 a.m. in the men’s long jump where NCAA leader Isaac Grimes will take the runway for the first time this weekend.
Tomorrow’s competition will be broadcasted on ACCNX starting at 9:30 a.m. You can find the live stream and all relevant information for the rest of this weekend’s competition HERE.
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