Dec. 3, 2005
CLEMSON, S.C. – For the first meet of the 2005-06 season, and the last meet of the calendar year, the Florida State track and field team took a small group to the Clemson Opener taking place at the Clemson Indoor Facility from Friday, December 2 to Saturday, December 3, 2005.
Sophomore hurdler Naikeya Heath (Killeen, Tex./Killeen) started her 2005 campaign with a 60m clip of 7.87 in the preliminary race. The time was the third fastest among ACC runners and 14th overall in the event.
Classmate Heather Leblanc (Live Oak, Fla./Suwannee) had good performances in the 60m hurdles and the long jump. The heptathlete recorded the league’s fifth-best 60m hurdle time in tying for 12th place overall with Georgia Southern’s Amber Wilson, running 9.18 in the opening race. She also long jumped 17’4″ (5.28m) for 14th place and finished as the top league finisher in the event.
Redshirt freshman Javier Garcia-Tunon (Miami, Fla./Belen Jesuit) had the sixth fastest time in his heat with a mark of 8.47 in the 60m hurdles. Sophomore Matt Frith (Jacksonville, Fla./Bolles) was right behind him in 8.98 finishing second in the sixth heat.
Junior Matt Hurley (Tallahassee, Fla./Chiles), the Seminoles’ top pole vaulter, changed things up competing with Frith in the long jump. Hurley hit a distance of 19’00.50″ (5.80m) while Frith, FSU’s leading heptathlete, posted a distance of 17’11.50″ (5.47m).
Debuting in the weight throw for the season were redshirt sophomore Travis Dane (Naples, Fla./Barron-Collier) and true sophomore Matt Wernike (Tallahassee, Fla./Chiles) who finished among the Top 15 throwers at the meet. Dane, who improved on his 2004 performance by over two feet, took 12th place with a distance of 50’2.75″ (15.31m) while Wernike finished 15th with a mark of 49’0.75″ (14.95m).
FSU heads to the site of the 2006 Atlantic Coast Conference Championships as the Seminoles are scheduled to participate in the Virginia Tech Invitational from January 13-14 in Blacksburg, Va.