April 24, 2009
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The Florida State track and field teams (Men-No. 5/Women-No. 12) concluded the second day of the 115th Penn Relays on a good note, earning seven regional marks and qualifying for four final events. The Seminoles will be back in action at the Franklin Field House Saturday, April 25 beginning at 1:20 p.m.
Kicking off the meet was a small group of athletes late Thursday night. Qualifying for the women’s 4x400m relay finals on Saturday at 5:10 p.m. were the Seminole sprinters in Hshkeni “Kay Kay” Richemond, Britany St. Louis, Keyla Smith and Christal Washington with a third-place time of 3:37.94. The squad currently holds the seventh-best performance in the nation with their Atlantic Coast Conference Championship time of 3:34.75.
Next up for Florida State was senior Steeve Gabart in the 5,000m run. The Miami, Fla. native went into the event vying for a ticket to regionals and reached his goal with his eighth-place finish time of 14:05.92.
Finishing up the first day for the group was FSU thrower Allyn Laughlin (Ambridge, Pa.) in the shot put where the junior threw 15.34m/50-4 to earn her second regional mark.
“It was a good first day,” FSU head coach Bob Braman said. “The 4x400m women’s relay group qualified the third fastest time in the meet for the finals on Saturday. Steeve Gabart got his regional mark in the 5,000 which was great. Allyn had a nice showing as well with another regional mark.”
Opening up the second day of competition was freshman Michael Putnam in the shot put. Putnam, from Miami, Fla., took third place with a throw of 18.26m/ 59-11, earning him his fourth shout put regional qualification mark. Putnam then went on to compete in the discus throw where he set a new personal record with his throw of 57.20m/187-7. The mark earned him second place and regional qualifications.
“Michael had a great meet,” Braman added. “He would have taken first in the discus, but the thrower from Virginia beat him the last throw. His shot put throw was his second-best performance.”
Making the way for the women was ACC Women’s Field Performer of the Year, Kim Williams (Kingston, Jamaica). The ACC Champion once again crushed the competition with her first place triple jump of 13.66m/44-9.75. Williams jump is her best performance of the season.
Garvin (Upper Saddle River, N.J.) and Mitchell (Kansas City, Mo.) also competed went on to compete in the 100m dash where both Seminoles qualified for finals with their finishes. Although just a freshmen, Mitchell led the way for FSU with his fourth-place finish of 10.55 that also earned him regional qualifications with Garvin finishing in 10.76 to take seventh place. This is the third time Mitchell has regionally qualified in an individual event as the newcomer has qualified with the relay teams.
Closing out the day for the Seminoles was the men’s 4x400m relay group in Jonathan and Kevin Borlee, Kevin Williams and Brandon O’Conner. The foursome controlled the track as they cruised into first place with a time of 3:05.83 to earn a spot in the finals and notch regional qualifications. The time is FSU’s second-best performance of the season and currently sits as the seventh-fastest performance in the nation.
7. Trey Andrews 9:15.93
8. Steeve Gabart 14:05.92 R
3. Michael Putnam 18.26m/ 59-11 R
4x100m Men’s Relay Prelims
5. Florida State 40.10
4x400mMen’s Relay Prelims
1. Florida State 3:05.83 R
Men’s Discus Throw
2. Michael Putnam 57.20m/ 187-7 R
Men’s 100m Dash Prelims
4. Maurice Mitchell 10.55 R
7. Michael Ray Garvin 10.76
4x400m Women’s Relay Prelims
3. Florida State 3:37.94
1. Kim Williams 13.66m/44-9.75 R
Women’s 100m Dash Prelims
Danielle Jeffrey 12.01
Women’s Shot Put
4. Allyn Laughlin 15.43m/50-4 R