May 17, 2008
Atlanta -With two weeks remaining until the NCAA East Regional Championships, Florida State capped the regular outdoor season off with a big showing at the Georgia Tech Invitational. The Seminoles picked up a new regional mark from senior Walter Dix and bested or repeated 21 more in Atlanta at the two-day competition.
In his first race since injuring his hamstring at the Seminole Invitational, Dix set his second regional mark of the season–his first in the 200m dash. Dix was the top collegiate finisher in the event with a third-place 20.90 mark.
“We had some good things today,” said head coach Bob Braman. “We’re starting to put the pieces together.”
Along with the new marks from this weekend, the Seminoles locked in their participants for the regional championships set for May 30-31 in Tallahassee, Fla. at 33 for the men and 19 for the women.
Freshman Gonzalo Barroilhet went 2-for-2 in the pole vault and the 110m hurdles. Barroilhet qualified in both for the second time this season with a 17’00.25″ mark in the pole vault and a 14.25 in the hurdles.
Also in the 110m hurdles, senior Drew Brunson qualified once more with a first-place time of 13.73 in the prelims. Barroilhet took third in the prelims and second in the finals.
Senior Elliott Wood took fifth-place in the 400m hurdles with a regional time of 50.91, a few hundredths of a second better than his previous regional mark of the season. Fellow senior Javier Garcia-Tunon also regionally qualified in the event with a 51.83.
In the distance events, senior Luke Gunn finished sixth in the 1500m race with a 3:45.14, his lifetime best.
On the sprints side, junior Michael Ray Garvin posted a first-place regional mark of 10.34 in the 100m dash, which is just a second off his previous regional time. In the 400m, sophomore Charles Clark set his second mark of the season with a second-place time of 45.42 as did freshman Kevin Williams with a 12th-place 46.83 mark.
In the field, senior Matt Wernke posted a 189′ distance in the hammer throw, notching his second regional mark of the season as well. Fellow senior Rayon Taylor took seventh in the triple jump with a leap of 50’08.75″.
On the women’s side, sophomore Hannah England finished second in the 800m run with a 2:02.48 regional mark, her career best and the current best time in the nation. Sophomore Pilar McShine qualified as well with a 2:07.93 in the event.
In the 3000m steeplechase, Florida State posted two more regional marks as junior Lydia Willemse took second with her career-best time of 10:18.94 and senior Kirsten Hagen finished fourth with a 10:44.48. Willemse’s time was a four-second improvement off her previous mark while Hagen dropped a few hundredths of a second off her time.
Senior Dana Massiah regionally qualified in the 400m dash with a 53.46.
In the field, sophomore Tiara Swanagan set her second regional mark of the season in the triple jump with a fifth-place leap of 41’03.75″.
“We took our individual shots here and there and got some things done where we wanted to get them done,” said Braman. “That was our goal. We just wanted to set up pretty well for the regional and national championships.”
Florida State is hosting the NCAA East Regional Championships for the first time in school history. More than 100 schools are expected to travel to Tallahassee in two weeks for the gateway event to the NCAA Championships. The top five in each event will advance to the national meet in Des Moines, Iowa in June.
Fans can purchase tickets online at Seminoles.com or at Mike Long Track on May 30-31.