March 26, 2009
Mother Nature didn’t do the 2009 FSU Track & Field Relays any favors Thursday as the first day of the three-day event at Florida State’s Mike Long Track saw lightning delays. Despite the uncooperative weather, the scheduled events were completed and Florida State is hoping for better weather the rest of the weekend.
“We expect we’ll have to deal with inclement weather again tomorrow,” Florida State Track & Field Associate Head Coach Harlis Meaders said, “but we’re committed to getting this meet in so we’ll just have to work around the bad weather.”
Thursday’s competition saw day one of both the decathlon and heptathlon, the men’s and women’s hammer throw and the 3000m run. Thursday’s 5000m run was cancelled earlier in the day. Florida State competed only in the hammer and had success.
Senior Matt Wernke (Tallahassee, Fla.) had the highlight for the with a first-place finish in the hammer with a regional-qualifying mark of 189-08.00. Junior Travis Whitfield (Jay, Fla.), who holds the best mark in the ACC this season at 191-00.00, placed second in Thursday’s competition with a throw of 183-05.00.
Junior Caila Coleman (Tallahassee, Fla.) placed second in the women’s hammer throw with a season-best 151-05.00.
“Matt (Wernke) did not have personal best but it is his third regional qualifying mark this season and improves upon his performance at the Disney Meet,” Meadors said. “Caila (Coleman) improved upon her performance at Disney as well.”
Day two of the 2009 FSU Relays gets underway Friday at 10 a.m. with day two of the decathlon. Day two of the heptathlon was moved up an hour and will get underway at 11 a.m. The college field events also get underway at 10 a.m. with the men’s high jump.