February 7, 2009 - by
Florida State Tops Charts In Final Day Of New Balance Collegiate Invitational

Feb. 7, 2009




New York, NY. – In just his first performance of the season, junior Charles Clark (Virginia Beach, Va.) showed his garnet and gold to the nation by running the fastest time in the country in a banked track for his 200m time of 20.83 (second best time overall). Clark wasn’t the only Seminole on the warpath at the final day in New York though. Armory Track and Field Center made way for several provisional marks and records set by Florida State over the two-day competition.

“We had a really big day,” sad head coach Bob Braman. “Although we didn’t have a lot of people competing, we had a really good day.”

Although she has had great showings over the past couple of weeks, sophomore Teona Rodgers (Tampa, Fla.) is continuing the path of success as she took third in the 200m dash with 23.57 and set her self up to hold one of the top-seven times in the country. Rodgers’ time earned her an NCAA provisional mark. Also making an NCAA provisional mark and resetting her personal record was junior Pilar McShine’s (Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago) first place finish in the mile run championship with 4:40.8. McShine’s time also goes down as one of the top-five time in Florida State history. Among the other top showings for the Seminoles were sophomore Britany St. Louis (Arima, Trinidad and Tobago) finishing the 200m dash in 23.68 (NCAA provisional mark) and junior Linzi Snow (Epping, England) with her 4:46 mile run that also gave her a personal record and NCAA provisional mark.

“The women’s 200-meter went really well,” said Braman. “We had a pretty big day.”

Aside from Clark’s outstanding run, men’s distance runners also had record setting times. Coming in at fourth in the mile run and setting a personal record was junior Daniel Roberts (Vicksburg, Mich.) with 4:03.62. Coming in at an extremely close fifth was sophomore Matt Leeder (Brockville, Ontario) with 4:03.65. Finishing off for the Seminoles in the top 10 and setting a new personal record was sophomore Justin Harbor (Bunnell, Fla.) coming in at ninth 4:07.44. Roberts’, Leeder’s and Harbor’s time were all noted as NCAA provisional marks.

Florida State will head home now to prepare for the Tyson Invitational next weekend in Arkansas.

Track Results:

Women 1 Mile Run:

1 Willemse, Lydia Florida State 4:50.79

7 Quick, Amanda Florida State 4:59.44

Linzi Snow Florida State 4:46

Women 1 Mile Run Championship:

1 McShine, Pilar Florida State 4:40.80

Men 1 Mile Championship:

4 Roberts, Daniel Florida State 4:03.62

5 Leeder, Matthew Florida State 4:03.65

9 Harbor, Justin Florida State 4:07.44

Women 200M Dash Prelims:

7 Rodgers, Teona Florida State 23.84q

9 St. Louis, Brittany Florida State 24.03q

57 Pughsley, Auja Florida State 25.27

65 Marcus, Nicole Florida State 25.50

Women’s 200M Dash Finals:

3 Rodgers, Teona Florida State 23.57

8 St. Louis, Brittany Florida State 23.68

Men’s 200 M Dash Prelims:

1 Clark, Charles Florida State 21.15q

4 Byram, Brandon Florida State 21.31q

Men’s 200M Dash Finals:

1 Clark, Charles Florida State 20.83

9 Byram, Brandon Florida State 21.50

Women 800M Run Final:

18 Washington, Crystal Florida State 2:13.90

Men’s Triple Jump Final:

6 Steele, Aaron Florida State 15.00m 49-02.50

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