ATLANTA, Ga. – Florida State redshirt freshman Steven Cross won his outdoor debut for the Noles, capturing the 5000-meter title at the Yellow Jacket Invitational Friday night.
Finishing with a 56-second last lap around Georgia Tech’s George C. Griffin track, Cross won in 14:28.04, just off his previous personal-best (14:21.33) set last season while competing unattached at the Seminole Twilight.
“He ran great and looked like the Steven who won Junior Nationals last year,” FSU coach Bob Braman said.
Grad transfer David Barney (14:43.89) finished fifth in his track debut with the Noles and was followed by Michael Callegari (seventh, 14:48.53), Tyson Murray (12th, 15:08.53) and Thomas Hogarty (19th, 15:19.52) in the 42-man field.
FSU women’s distance coach Kelly Phillips sent nine runners to the starting line in the 5000-meter run, including six competing on the track at that distance for the first time. One of those newbies was freshman Addi Coggins, pacing the Noles crew with a third-place finish in 17:22.67.
Veteran Mackenzie Landa was on Coggins’ heels, finishing fourth in 17:23.18, while sophomore Hailey Hendry’s 78-second personal-best (17:30.88) was good for fifth overall. Redshirt junior Forever Young picked up where she left off in cross country, placing seventh (17:44.70). Freshman Jen Lima was 21st (18:12.81).
Junior Fatema Jaffer (18:21.21) guided freshmen Sarah Myers (18:46.53), Micaela Torres (18:48.45) and Kate Bernicke (19:05.61) to the finish.
The Noles distance crew will continue competition Saturday.
Field events take center stage at UCF Black & Gold
ORLANDO, Fla. – Orlando area native Nicole Breske’s second-place pole vault finish led a solid showing by FSU field event athletes Friday at the UCF Black & Gold Challenge.
Breske, a sophomore from Winter Park High School, celebrated her homecoming with an outdoor opening clearance of 3.80 meters (12-5.5). Fellow sophomore and Orlando native Summer Schafers was seventh (3.65m/11-11.75) and redshirt freshman Oliva Ogles (3.50m/11-5.75) was 14th.
Brandon Tirado opened his junior season with a fifth-place finish in the hammer (58.01m/190-4).
Redshirt sophomore Kayla Maczuga registered the lone personal-best of the day, placing seventh in the javelin (39.95m/131-1).
Sophomore Conor McClain’s season-opening javelin best of 56.87 meters (186-7) was good enough to reach the finals and place ninth. Dante Newberg (47.28m/155-1) and Conner Flynn (45.80m/150-3) rounded out the competitors.
Saturday’s action begins with Gleneve Grange, Shanice Love and Ieva Zarankaite competing in the discus for the first time since the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Championships.