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Florida State Continues Improvements At Disney Invitational.

March 20, 2009

ORLANDO, Fla. – The Florida State track and field teams concluded its third day of the Walt Disney World Invitational earlier this afternoon. With one of their athletes almost running the top time in the 200m dash and four others qualifying for finals, the Seminoles continued the consistency with another great showing at the meet. The Seminoles will finish the final day of competition at the Wide World Sports Complex tomorrow.

“The Seminoles have continued to show improvement,” associate head coach Harlis Meaders said. “Candyce McGrone highlighted the day. We will be busier tomorrow. Overall we have been very consistent and steady with our athletes continuing to show improvement.”

Highlighting the day for the Seminoles was newcomer Candyce McGrone (Indianapolis, Ind.) in her 200m dash of 23.17. Her first place performance would have not only been recorded as the best run of the outdoor season up to date, but also would have been a regional mark if not for the wind. McGrone will still move on to the final event along with junior Auja Pughsley (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) who took second place with a time of 24.17. Other Seminoles qualifying for their final events were Hshkeni “Kay Kay” Richemond (Sufferin, N.Y.) in the 400m dash with a first place preliminary time of 55.16 as well as team captain Keyla Smith (Daytona Beach, Fla.) with her 56.95 time that earned her third place. Capturing first place with her discus throw of 129-11/39.60m was junior thrower Allyn Laughlin (Ambridge, Pa.).

The men’s team also had a good outing again as two Seminole throwers earned the first two spots in the discus throw with sophomore Michael Putnam’s (Miami, Fla.) first place mark of 180-04/54.96m and veteran Shariff Small’s (Kingston, Jamaica) second place finish with a mark of 145-06/44.34m. Senior Aaron Steele (Newburgh, N.Y.) finished in the top three with his triple jump mark of 48-03.25/14.71m, while sophomore Jair Francis (Manchester, Jamaica) qualified himself for the 400m dash final with his time of 49.85.

Florida State will compete in the last day of the Disney Invitational tomorrow beginning at 9 a.m.


Women’s 200m Dash Prelims:

1. Candyce McGrone 23.17 Q

2. Auja Pughsley 24.17 Q

Women 800m Run:

6. Jen Hillis 2:31.93

9. Briana Walker 2:37.68

10. Arica Halila 2:40.06

11. Nicole Kenna 2:40.45

Women’s 400m Dash Prelims:

1. “Kay Kay” Richemond 55.16 Q

3. Keyla Smith 56.95 Q

Women’s Discus Final:

1. Allyn Laughlin 129-11/39.60m

Men’s Triple Jump:

2. Aaron Steele 48-03.25/14.71m

Men’s 400m Dash Prelims:

9. Jair Francis 49.85 Q

Men’s Discus Final:

1. Michael Putnam 180-04/54.96m

2. Shariff Small 145-06/44.34m

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