April 10, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State track and field teams kicked off its second home meet of the season earlier today with the Seminole Invitational. The two-day meet offers the last weekend of preparation before the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships next week in Miami, Fla. The Seminoles closed out the first day with several good performances on the track and field including four regional qualifying marks/times.
“We had a good day today with getting some personal bests,” FSU head coach Bob Braman said. “It’s a great night to compete and a good way to kick-off the meet with four regional marks and several personal records set. We will get a little more done tomorrow with more events. We’re hoping it won’t be so windy so it doesn’t affect our performances. It was a good day particularly for the field events.”
The Seminole jumpers launched the first event of the meet with the high jump. Sophomore Tiara Swanagan (Orange Park, Fla.) and freshman Danielle Williams (Pensacola, Fla.) led the way for the women with their second-place mark of 1.65m/5-05.00. Posting a third-place mark of 1.55m/5-01.00 was Michelle Cullum (Stuart, Fla.) while Heather Leblanc (Live Oak, Fla.) took ninth with the same mark.
Next up for the women were the Seminole throwers. Earning second place with a mark of 39.78m/ 130-06 was junior Allyn Laughlin (Ambridge, Pa.) in the women’s discus throw. Other notable throwers were Amber Cornell (36.03m/118-02) and Erin Simmons (34.96m/114-08: Argyle, Texas) placing fifth and sixth in the javelin throw, respectively.
Closing out the day for the women on the track were the Seminole distance runners with help from assistant coach Karen Harvey. Leading the warpath was Amanda Quick (Tampa, Fla.) in the 3,000m run earning first place with a personal-best time of 10:06.05. Coming in next for FSU was freshman Kacey Gibson (New Castle, Pa.) in third place with a finish time of 10:19.64. After coaching her athletes through the 3,000m run, Harvey went on to compete in the final women’s event of the day unattached, the 5,000m run, where she placed third in 18:31.57. Crossing the line as the fourth collegiate athlete was Meredith Kelly (Clermont, Fla.) in 20:06.68.
Dominating the men’s high jump with a first place regional mark of 2.10m/6-10.75 was senior Tim Reen (Jupiter, Fla.). Coming in at second place was junior Andrew Bachelor (Pompano Beach, Fla.) with a mark of 2.05m/6-08.75.
Continuing the reign on the field was sophomore Michael Putman (Miami, Fla.) in the discus throw. Putnam not only earned first place with his mark of 56.90m, but also produced another regional qualification and set a new personal record. Junior Shariff Small (Kingston, Jamaica) placed fourth with a throw of 46.09m.
The men’s distance squad concluded the track competition for the first day. Junior Jason Lakritz (New Windsor, N.Y.) highlighted the 3,000m run with a personal-best time of 8:38.79 that earned him third place. Closing out the top ten finishes for the Seminoles was Nick Sunseri (Raleigh, N.C.) in ninth place with a time of 9:05.10.
Producing the last two regional qualifications of the day and setting new lifetime records were newcomer Pelle Rietveld (Zoetermeer, Netherlands) and senior Bryan Howard (Warminster, Pa.) in the javelin throw. Howard ruled the field with his first place mark of 62.73m/205-10 while Rietveld earned second place with a throw of 61.80m/202-09.
Florida State hits the track tomorrow for the final day of competition begining at 10 a.m. Also remember to come join in the festivities as former Seminole Walter Dix will be running in the 100m dash and signing autographs.
Women’s High Jump
2. Tiara Swanagan 1.65m/5-05.00
2. Danielle Williams 1.65m/5-05.00
7. Michelle Cullum 1.55m/5-01.00
9. Heather Leblanc 1.55m/5-01.00
2. Allyn Laughlin 39.78m/130-06
5. Amber Cornell 36.03m/118-02
6. Erin Simmons 34.96m/114-08
1. Amanda Quick 10:06.05
3. Kacey Gibson 10:19.64
5 Jennifer Dunn 10:36.85
7. Meredith Kelly 20:06.68
9. Amanda Skillen 20:32.86
11. Ashley Calhoun 21:27.63
Men’s High Jump
1. Tim Reen 2.10m/6-10.75 RQ
2. Andrew Bachelor 2.05m/6-08.75
10. Andrew Cleland 1.90m/6-02.75
14. Pelle Rietveld 1.85m/6-00.75
1. Michael Putman 56.90m/186-08 RQ
4. Shariff Small 46.09m/151-02
10. Pelle Rietveld 37.16m/ 121-11
1. Bryan Howard 62.73m/205-10 PR, RQ
2. Pelle Rietveld 61.80m/202-09 PR, RQ
3. Sean Conrecode 58.95m/193-05 Men’s 3,000m
3. Jason Lakritz 8:38.79 9. Nick Sunseri 9:05.10