GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Junior Chad DaCosta posted a runner-up finish in the college section of the shot put and Florida State’s 4×100 men’s and women’s relay teams finished in the top 10 among collegiate teams, highlighting Saturday’s action at the Pepsi Florida Relays. “Today was a light day, but we really needed to get our relay repetitions in,” FSU coach Bob Braman said.
“No season bests, but our efforts were good. I thought Chad competed well in the shot put.”
DaCosta’s top mark of 17.43 meters (57-2.25) came on his fourth throw and temporarily gave the Seminole the lead. Troy’s Zach Douglas countered with a 17.94 (57-10.25) to take the title. FSU’s Ben Bonhurst placed fifth (16.71m/54-10).
Earlier in the day Da Costa finished 12th in the invitational men’s discus (51.07m/167-7).
The Florida State quartet of Raheem Robinson, Darryl Haraway, Edward Clarke and Alistair Moona, which came into the meet ranked third nationally following last week’s 39.41 at the FSU Relays, was unable to duplicate that number.
The Seminoles placed third among all college teams in 39.92, behind St. Augustine’s (39.52) and South Carolina (39.75). FSU was eighth overall in the field of 41 finishing teams, which included a number of post-collegiate programs.
On the women’s side, Peta-Gay Williams, Shauna Helps, Jande Pierce and Der’Renae Freeman finished 10th among colleges – 14th overall – in the 4×100 relay, posting a time of 39.92.
A disqualification spoiled a potentially outstanding performance by the women’s shuttle hurdle relay team.
“Unfortunately, we had to scratch our 4×200 relays,” Braman said. “We just couldn’t risk injury just to get hard work in.”
The Seminoles will now turn their attention to Saturday’s Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational at UCLA.
“We’re excited to head to UCLA next weekend and compete against one of the storied programs in the country,” Braman said.
Griggs Finishes Up Stanford Meet
Senior Christine Griggs, competing in the Stanford Invitational 10,000-meter run well after midnight eastern time, narrowly missed posting a top 10 performance in FSU history. Griggs finished the 25-lap race in 35:07.00, which was a new lifetime-best.