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Florida State Finishes On A High Note At FSU Relays

March 31, 2007



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Tallahassee, FL – The FSU Relays was just another successful meet for Florida State’s men’s and women’s track and field teams. Regional qualifying marks and personal bests were earned on Saturday, March 31, the final day of competition.

From the men’s team, senior pole vaulter Matt Hurley (Tallahassee, FL/Chiles) set a new personal record of 17’2.75″ to win the event. That height is eight inches higher then his previous personal best and is makes Hurley a regional qualifier.

“It is big for anyone to get a regional mark at this point of the training phase we are going through,” head coach Bob Braman said. “Matt Hurley did phenomenal in the pole vault. To regionally qualify and earn a personal best is just huge.”

Also improving his performance today was sophomore Javier Garcia-Tunon (Miami, FL/Belen Jesuit) who ran a regional qualifying time of 52.23 in the 400 meter hurdles, bettering his time of 52.32 at the Disney Track and Field Invitational last weekend.

In the 4×400 meter relay, juniors Hubert Mitchell (West Palm Beach, FL/Palm beach lakes) and Ricardo Chambers (Palm Beach Gardens, FL/Dwyer), sophomore Tywayne Buchanan (Greater Portmore, Jamaica/Wolmer’s Boys’ School), and freshman standout Charles Clark (Virginia Beach, VA/Bayside) finished the race in first with a regional qualifying time of 3:09.74.

In women’s action, senior thrower Sarah Reed (Port Charlotte, FL/Illinois) bettered her regional qualifying mark in the shot put and recorded a new personal best throw of 51 feet even. Reed had already met the regional standard at the FSU Snowbird Invitational on March 2.

Senior Alyce Williams (Palm Coast, FL/George Mason) improved on her regional time of 11.71 in the 100 meter dash today after she finished in 11.69 just behind former Seminole Cynthia Niako.

“We had a good weekend and accomplished what we wanted to,” Braman said. “I think we had quite a few athletes looking ahead to the Texas Relays next weekend because it is the elite meet of the regular season for us.”


“The relays this weekend was overall a great meet, it ran very smoothly. Something new to come out of it is that we have formed a high school coaches’ committee to promote, organize, and execute the high school side of the FSU Relays in the future. That way they can run the high school portion in the way they feel is best. This is an exciting development and the local coaches are really looking forward to being a part of it. Right now, FSU Relays is a good meet and it can be a great meet and that is what we are focused on now.”

In other Florida State track and field action, out in California at the Stanford Invitational, junior Debbie Huss (Wyomissing, PA/Vanderbilt) ran an impressive 33:56.38 in the 10,000 meter run to finish third overall. This is first time she has run the 10K and that time is an NCAA provisional mark.

“Debbie’s time of 33:56.38 has never failed to make it to nationals so that is a huge breakthrough for her in her debut 10K race,” Braman said. “Also performing well in the 10K was Laura Bowerman who ran 35:24.08 which is her second best time ever.”

For the men out at Stanford, sophomore Javier Cruz (Miami, FL/Belen Jesuit) ran 29:56.46 to finish fifth in his heat of the men’s 10,000 meter run. Finishing just behind him was newcomer and fellow Miami native Steeve Gabart in seventh place with a time of 30:08.56.

“Javier and Steeve ran very strong out in California,” Braman said. “They ran some top conference times in the 10K. So at this point the Stanford meet has gone really well for both our men and women.”

The Seminoles finish-up competition at Stanford tonight with more distance events including the men’s and women’s 3,000 meter steeplechase and the 5,000 meter run.

The next meet on Florida State’s calendar will be the Texas Relays in Austin, TX and the Florida Relays in Gainesville, FL next weekend, April 5 through the 6.

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