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Florida State Heads Home To Prepare For NCAA Indoor Nationals

March 7, 2009

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State track and field teams (Men- No. 3/Women-No. 4) will head home to prepare for the NCAA Indoor National Meet after a busy day of competing all over the country. In their final chance to qualify for nationals, the Seminoles spilt up to battle for an NCAA automatic or provisional mark in “last chance” meets including the Iowa State, Alex Wilson and Virginia Tech Invitationals.  

Earning the lone NCAA automatic mark of the day for Florida State at the Iowa State Invitational was the men’s 4x400m relay group in which freshmen Jonathan and Kevin Borlee (Brussels, Belgium) made their Seminole debut. The Borlee twins teamed up with sophomore Kevin Williams (Miami, Fla.) and newcomer Brandon O’Conner (Miami, Fla.) to captured the relay title with 3:05.48 that now stands as not only the top performance in the nation, but also the school record.

“It was a great day for the 4×400 group,” assistant coach Ken Harnden said. “For three freshmen and a sophomore to get the fastest time in the nation is impressive. Kevin Williams really gave us a great start. I am very proud of Jonathon and Kevin Borlee for stepping up as well.” 

Earning a provisional time in the 3000m run at the Alex Wilson Invitational in Notre Dame was sophomore Matt Leeder (Brockville, Ontario) with his second-place finish of 7:57.06. Leeder’s time, which sits as the 13th best time in the country and a personal record, makes him a prime athlete to compete at nationals.

“I am very proud of Matt’s effort,” head coach Bob Braman said. “I am very excited because that was a huge step up for him.

As for the outdoor season kicking off in Jacksonville, Fla., the Seminoles found themselves setting a good foundation as four athletes earned regional marks with their first place finishes in their respective events: Nicole Marcus (100m-11.75), Travis Whitfield (hammer throw-57.86m), Michael Putnam (discus throw-55.85) and Javier Garcia-Tunon (400m hurdles-51.63).


Men Mile Run:

14. Justin Harbor 4:05.78

Men 3000m Run:

2. Matt Leeder 7:57.06

14. Daniel Roberts 8:13.22


Women Shot Put:

2. Kamorean Hayes 15.82m/51-11.00


Women Long Jump:

Amy Harris 6.17m/20-03.00

Women’s Pole Vault: 

Lizbeth Mabry 4.02m


Men High Jump:

Tim Reen 2.04m


Men’s Hammer Throw:

1. Travis Whitfield 57.86m


Men’s Discus Throw:

1. Michael Putnam 55.85m


Men’s 400m Hurdles:

1. Javier Garcia-Tunon 51.63


Women 60m Dash:                                                                        

1 Danielle Jeffrey    7.39       
2 Candyce McGrone 7.41
4X400m Relay:
1. Florida State 3:05.48

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