May 16, 2009
ATLANTA, Ga. – The Florida State track and field teams (Men and Women-No. 3) closed out the first day of the Georgia Tech Invitational late Friday night setting a good foundation in the last stint of the regular season before heading to the NCAA Regionals in Greensboro, N.C., in two weeks. The Seminoles earned eight additional regional qualifying marks/times while also setting three personal records on the George C. Griffin Track.
“We had some good performances,” FSU head coach Bob Braman said. “We got some people in the finals today. We need to get some good marks, but more than anything we need to get some good momentum. We need to have a good day on Saturday and get some momentum leading into regionals which is only two weeks away.”
Opening up the day for the Seminoles were the throwers in the hammer throw. Junior Travis Whitfield was the lone Seminole to compete for the men where the Jay, Fla. native earned his fifth regional mark in the event with a personal-best throw of 58.79m/192-10.00. The mark is not only the best hammer throw of the season on the team, but also now sits as the fourth best performance in program history.
Up next for the men was Bryan Howard in the javelin. The senior earned his fourth regional mark in the event with a throw of 63.10m/207-00.00 to finish in third place. Crossing the finish line as the first collegiate student-athlete in the 100m dash was Maurice Mitchell (Kansas City, Mo.). The freshman set a new collegiate personal record and earned his second regional qualifying time in the event with 10.45. Mitchell will compete in the finals on Saturday at 4:00 p.m.
The third Seminole setting a new personal record was Matt Leeder (Brockville, Ontario) in the 1500m. The sophomore regionally qualified with a time of 3:44.09 which earned him third place.
On the women’s front, sophomore Teona Rodgers (Tampa, Fla.) earned the first regional mark for the squad in the 100m hurdles with a time of 13.76. The All-American will hit the track Saturday afternoon at 2:40 p.m. for the finals.
Another notable performance was in Amy Harris’ long jump where the freshman notched her third regional mark in the event with a fourth place jump of 6.04m/19-09.75.
Closing out the day for the women was the 100m dash where Danielle Jeffrey qualified herself for the finals later this afternoon with a time of 11.66. Nicole Marcus came in shortly after her teammate as she crossed the line in 11.67. Both Seminoles earned regional qualifications.
Men’s Hammer Throw
6. Travis Whitfield 58.79m/192-10.00 PR, RQ
3. Bryan Howard 63.10m/207-00.00 RQ
Men’s 110m Hurdles Prelims
21. Justin Byrd 14.97
27. Michael Fingado 16.96 (0.1 wind)
Men 100m Dash Prelims
2. Maurice Mitchell 10.45 RQ, PR
Men 1500m Run
3. Matt Leeder 3:44.09 RQ, PR
16. Justin Harbor 3:52.31
23. Trey Andrews 3:54.68
Women 100m Hurdles Prelims
9. Teona Rodgers 13.76 (1.5) RQ
Women 1500m Run
25. Lydia Willemse 4:33.99
27. Amanda Quick 4:41.72
Women’s Long Jump
4. Amy Harris 6.04m/19-09.75 RQ
15. Heather Leblanc 5.65m/18-06.50
Women 100m Dash Prelims
8. Danielle Jeffrey 11.66 RQ
9. Nicole Marcus 11.67 RQ
PR- Personal Record