March 28, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State track and field teams concluded the last day of competition at the Mike Long Track. Despite severe weather conditions that caused the 30th annual FSU Relays to be changed throughout the four day meet, the Seminoles were able to prevail past the distractions and have a fantastic showing.
“It was a fantastic day for both the men’s and women’s team,” associate head coach Harlis Meaders said. “We got a lot of things accomplished. The weather held off and the event management crew did a fantastic job. We are recruiting the right people as most of our freshmen dominated the meet. Those athletes are getting acclimated to the college environment and they are starting to find their groove. Expect big things to happen in the future for Florida State track and field.”
Sophomore Michael Putnam (Miami, Fla.) is looking to be one of the most consistent Seminoles as he continued his reign on the field. Putnam opened up the day for FSU in the men’s discus throw as he captured first place and earned another regional mark with his throw of 54.25m/178-00. Junior Shariff Small (Kingston, Jamaica) had a good showing in the discus as he placed third with a mark of 45.76m/ 150-01.
Men’s relay squads dominated the opposition in the 4x100m relay. The men’s quartet made up of Michael Ray Garvin (Upper Saddle River, N.J.), Brandon Byram (Gallatin, Tenn.), Maurice Mitchell (Kansas City, Mo.) and Charles Clark (Virginia Beach, Va.) blew past the competition with their first-place time of 39.56. The time now stands as the top performance in the nation.
“On the track, the men’s 4×100 team made their debut,” Meaders said. “They ran the fastest time in the country thus far.”
Finishing off the day for the men were the distance runners in newcomer Nathan Duby (Winter Springs, Fla.) and Daniel Silva (Miami, Fla.). Duby had a great run as he finished the run in 3:58.59 to earn first place. His nearest competitor was over 14 seconds behind him. Silva took fifth place with a time of 4:18.46.
The women’s relay squad consisting of Tallahassee native Nicole Marcus, Candyce McGrone (Indianapolis, Ind.), Danielle Jeffrey (Kingston, Jamaica) and Teona Rodgers (Tampa, Fla.) dictated the 4x100m relay as the foursome finished the race in 44.19, over two seconds ahead of the next opponent, to earn first place.
“The women’s 4×100 had an excellent performance,” Meaders said. “Newcomers Danielle Williams and Danielle Jeffrey had really good performances.”
Jeffrey and Marcus dominated the 100m dash to lead the Seminole sprinters and earn their ticket to regionals with their qualifying marks. Jeffrey notched first place with her finish time of 11.61 with Marcus coming in a close second with 11.67.
Women’s distance runners gave good effort in the 800m and 1500m run. Posting a finish time of 2:21.76 to lead the Seminoles’ mid-distance group in the 800m run was freshmen Emily Ness (Tallahassee, Fla.) taking third place. Newcomer Keesha Danso (Mississauga, Ontario) finished off the top 10 finishers for FSU as her time of 2:22.47 earned her sixth place. Next up was the 1500m run with Ness and Danso again earning top 10 finishes. Ness’ time of 5:07.30 took fifth place while Danso crossed the line in 5:09.14 to earn sixth place.
Other notable women having good showings in the last day of competition were juniors Valerie Flournoy (14.27: Gainesville, Fla.) and Irayize Andrews (14.57: Tampa, Fla.) in the 100m hurdles with their third and fifth place finishes. Danielle Williams (Pensacola, Fla.) took the title in the high jump with her first-place mark of 1.70m/5-07.00.
Setting two lifetime best records at the Stanford Invitational with Head Coach Bob Braman’s guidance was senior Steve Gabart (Miami, Fla.) and sophomore Justin Harbor (Bunnell, Fla.). Gabart earned a provisional mark for nationals with a 10,000m finish time of 29:18.03 while Harbor hit the track for the 5,000m run where he finished in 14:21.77.
“We came to Stanford to set personal records and that’s exactly what we did,” Braman said. “Steeve earned a provisional mark and will now wait to see if he gets in to nationals with his time.”
Men’s Discus Throw
1. Michael Putnam 54.25m/178-00 RQ
2. Shariff Small 45.76m/150-01
Men 110m Hurdles
5. Justin Byrd 14.49
Men’s 4x100m Relay
Men 1500m Run
1. Nathan Duby 3:58.59
5. Daniel Silva 4:18.46
Men’s Pole Vault
3. Warren Harper 4.45m/14-07.25
Women 100m Hurdles
3. Valerie Flournoy 14.27
5. Irayize Andrews 14.57
Women Discus Throw
3. Kamorean Hayes 44.30m/145-04
4. Allyn Laughlin 39.06m/128-02
Women 800m Run
4. Emily Ness 2:21.76
6. Keesha Danso 2:22.47
11. Jen Hillis 2:34.45
12. Briana Walker 2:36.06
15. Arica Halila 2:40.31
16. Nicole Kenna 2:40.37
Women High Jump
1. Danielle Williams 1.70m/ 5-07.00
7. Michelle Cullum 1.50m/ 4-11.00
7. Heather Leblanc 1.50m/ 4-11.00
Women 1500m Run
2. Emily Ness 5:07.30
3. Keesha Danso 5:09.14
13. Arica Halila 5:37.13
14. Nicole Kenna 5:41.87
16. Briana Walker 5:56.11
Women 100m Dash
1. Danielle Jeffrey 11.61 RQ
2. Nicole Marcus 11.67 RQ
16. Irayize Andrews 12.43
19. Valerie Flournoy 12.78
Women 4x100m Relay
1. Florida State 44.19
Women 4x400m Relay
2. Florida State 3:46.45