GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Andre Ewers’ outdoor opening 200-meter dash won’t go into the record books, but it will move him to the No. 1 spot in the collegiate rankings and serve notice to the rest of the nation that he’s ready to improve on his first indoor campaign at Florida State.
Ewers dropped a wind-aided 20.05 bomb Friday at the Tom Jones Memorial, besting a field of 38 runners heavily laden with post-collegiate athletes. The gusty 3.1 wind in the junior college transfer’s heat three performance prevented him from moving into the No. 2 spot on FSU’s all-time list, behind collegiate record-holder Walter Dix.
Still, for his first 200 since placing eighth at the NCAA Indoor Championships, it seems to be a sign of more to come.
“I looked forward to it some, but not a lot, because Coach Argro put a load on me this week and my strength coach had me lifting heavy,” Ewers said. “But I had faith in God that he was going to guide me through the race…Coach said, to execute and that’s what I did. The goal was 20.6, but God had other plans for me.”
Ewers left the field behind as he powered off the curve, executing to near-perfection.
“When I run the 200 my plan is to execute the curve and damage the straight; just keep lifting and applying the force. That’s what I did. I’m happy because right now the sky’s the limit for me, once coach has me doing peak performance training.”
The Noles also received a win from sophomore Conor McClain in the javelin (56.50 meters/185-8) as well as a handful of other promising performances from the scaled back group competing at the University of Florida.
In all there were nine personal-best efforts turned in, including sophomore Noah Agwu’s third-place discus throw of 53.20 meters (174-6). Junior Sarah Candiano was the runner-up in the 3000-meter steeplechase in her lifetime-best (11:01.01), while freshman Elizabeth Jenkins’ personal-best 2:15.18 was good for eighth in the 800.
Jennifer Lima (10:41.58) and Micaela Torres (10:43.17) led six FSU women with new bests in the 3000-meter run.
The men’s sprint team received an ACC qualifying mark from Darryl Gay in the 100-meter dash (10.58) and posted a respectable 39.82 in the 4×100 relay to finish fourth against a strong field. Equally important, junior Darryl Haraway passed his first significant racing test coming off a leg injury, following up his leg on the 4×100 with an ACC qualifying mark in the 200 (21.29).
Two wins, six PB’s highlight Day 1 at Tiger Track Classic
Corion Knight and Hailey Hendry delivered victories and the FSU men and women combined for six personal-best performances on the first of two days of Tiger Track Classic competition, Friday at Auburn University.
Knight won the long jump with a leap of 7.68 meters (25-2.5) – the best outdoor mark of the senior transfers’ career – and teammate Kenneth Fisher was second in 7.59 meters (24-11) as the Noles got off to a strong start. Freshman Jacore Irving also checked in with a long jump personal-best (7.10m/23-3.5).
Hendry, a sophomore distance runner, crushed her previous 5000-meter personal-best by eight seconds, collecting her first collegiate victory in 17:22.80. The Tennessee native was joined on the personal-best campaign by redshirt junior Forever Young finished eighth in 17:44.38.
Redshirt sophomore Kayla Maczuga continued the personal-best campaigns with a massive four-meter improvement in the javelin. Maczuga finished sixth in 44.32 meters (145-5).
In addition to Fisher the Noles received runner-up performances from Nicole Breske in the women’s pole vault (4.00m/13-1.5), Michael Hall in the 1500 (3:45.04). David Barney was fifth in the 1500 (3:46.27) with junior transfer Toby Hardwick (4:46.33) at his hells as he delivered a personal-best mark.
Forever Young was the sixth-place finisher in the women’s 5000, also with a lifetime-best (17:44.38.
The meet continues Saturday with Knight and Dante Newberg starting things up in the men’s high jump at 12:30 p.m. (ET).
Among the highlighted events involving Noles are the men’s triple jump, Trey Cunningham in the 110-meter hurdles and the 400-meter duo of Kyle Fearrington and Calvin Golson. Cunningham and Fearrington will also race in the 200.
Madison Harris, Ginelle DeMone and Maude Skyring will chase NCAA East marks in the 800 along with Bert Freire.