March 28, 2014
AUSTIN, Texas– A challenging day at the 87th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, which included a severe weather delay, ended on a high note Friday at Mike A. Myers Stadium.
After qualifying for the finals in sixth and seventh place, Whalen and Johnson unleashed their best throws of the night in the fifth of six rounds. Johnson eclipsed her lifetime-best outdoors by 4 ½ feet, posting a throw of 16.04 meters (53-9.75). The Ocala, Fla. native became just the fourth shot putter in FSU history to eclipse 16 meters outdoors and jumped from No. 8 to No. 4 on the all-time list.
Whalen, throwing immediately after Johnson, followed with her best mark since breaking her own outdoor school-record throw on May 11 of last year at the Georgia Tech Invitational. With a throw of 16.40 meters (52-7.50), she climbed from sixth to second in the 15-athlete A section of the competition.
On a day when the highlights were few and far between, Whalen was responsible for two of them. She opened the day with a fourth-place finish in the A section of the javelin, on the strength of a throw of 50.73 meters (166-5).
The highest place secured by a Seminole Friday belonged to sophomore Hannah Acton. Competing in the B section of the pole vault, Acton cleared her first three bars on the first attempts, with a best of 4.00 meters (13-1.50). The Bloomington, Indiana native settled for a share of second place following a five-athlete jump-off.
Long jumpers Paul Madzivire (7.27m/23-10.25) and Der’Renae Freeman (5.96m/19-6.75) placed eighth and ninth, respectively, in the A sections of the men’s and women’s long jump.
The Seminoles failed to get a single runner or relay team into the finals in track events. Freshman Cejhae Greene’s outdoor debut in the 100-meter dash (10.52) was the most promising by an FSU runner.
Only one Seminole, senior transfer Darius King, will compete in Saturday’s final day of competition. King is entered in the A section of the men’s high jump.