April 3, 2009
Florida State track and field teams turned in some impressive performances in competition at both the Texas Relays and Florida Relays on Friday including first-place finishes in the men’s 4x100m Relay, the men’s long jump, the women’s 5000m Run and the men’s 400m hurdles (on Thursday) and six regional qualifying marks.
Senior Javier Garcia-Tunon (Miami, Fla.) set the tone for Florida State at the Texas Relays with a first-place finish in the 400m hurdles prelims with a season-best and qualifying time of 50.90. The reigning ACC co-Performer of the Week holds the best time in the event in the ACC this season.
“Javi did a great job,” Florida State Assistant Coach Ken Harnden said. “I think it was the second or third fastest time of his career and he did it in very, very difficult conditions. Earlier in the day there was upwards of 40 mile per hour winds on the track and they actually stopped the decathlon at one point, so in those conditions, to run one of your top times ever, was really good and he did a great job against good competition.”
Both the men’s and women’s 4x100m relays teams had good showings in the prelims at the Texas Relays. The men, comprised of Michael Ray Garvin, Brandon Byram, Maurice Mitchell and Charles Clark, placed first in a regional qualifying time of 39.51 which bettered their ACC-leading mark of 39.56 set last week at the FSU Relays. The women’s relay team of Nicole Marcus, Candyce McGrone, Danielle Jeffrey and Teona Rodgers, placed second with a time of 44.39, its second regional qualifying mark in as many weeks as well.
“The ladies did a great job and got to stick around in a pretty good time,” Harnden said. “It’s one of those events where you have to have everything go right and there are so many things that can go wrong. They did a really great job. Texas A&M is probably the favorite to win the event at nationals and they didn’t get to stick around the track so the women’s did a really good job. The men did a bang up job as well. We messed up the third exchange pretty bad but managed to have the fastest qualifying time so that was impressive, particularly that early in the morning.”
Other highlights at the Texas Relays included a first-place finish and qualifying score by sophomore Brian Chibudu (Harare, Zimbabwe) in Section B of the men’s long jump with an outdoor personal best mark of 24-04.25.
“It was a good day all around,” Harnden said. “The jumpers did well. Brian Chibudu won the B section of the long jump. In fact he had two big fouls and they were 26-foot fouls so there’s some good stuff in there. He’s been injured since the indoor conference meet and has only jumped once in practice since so for him to win the section was really good. Amy Harris had a rough day and didn’t look great on the runway but got some things down and did a decent job and Callie Giffin had a couple of good attempts at the regional mark so not bad for two of our younger kids.”
At the Florida Relays, senior Lydia Willemse bettered her personal best in the 5000m run by nearly 10 seconds with a first-place finish in a regional qualifying time of 16:45.55. The time is Florida State’s best this season in the event and ranks third in the ACC.
“Lydia’s win was big,” Florida State head coach Bob Braman said. “Brittany St. Louis and Kay Kay Richemond both regionally qualified in the 400m dash, which I would consider another highlight of the day. Michael Putman was third in the discus which was a good finish and a regional mark but not a personal best.
“We don’t have that many men here as most of our people are in Texas but we are going to run a 4x400m relay tomorrow and try to get a regional mark.”
For St. Louis (Arima, Trinidad & Tobago), Friday’s race was the first time this season she has competed in the 400m and the time of 54:00 is the top mark in the ACC. Richemond’s (Sufferin, N.Y.) time of 54:57 was a season-best for the senior and ranks third in the ACC this season. Putman’s (Miami, Fla.) discus mark of 54.61m (179-02) is the sophomore’s third best effort of the season but would still rank first in the ACC.
100m Dash (prelims)
67 Pughsley, Auja (6th in heat) 12.41 (wind 2.2)
100m Hurdles (prelims)
16 Rodgers, Teona 13.94 (wind 1.3)
4x100m Relay (prelims)
2 Florida St. 44.39q
3) Jeffrey, Danielle FR 4) Rodgers, Teona SO
11 Giffin, Callie 3.70m (12-01.50)
10 Harris, Amy 5.95m (wind 0.7) 19-06.25
400m Hurdles (prelims)
1 Garcia-Tunon, Javier 50.90q
4x100m Relay (prelims)
1 Florida St. 39.51q
Long Jump (finals)B Section
1 Chibudu, Brian 7.42mR (wind 0.3) 24-04.25q
30 Andrews, Irayiza 14.44 (wind 0.4)
34 Flournoy, Valerie 14.71 (wind 0.4)
20 Stuckman, Shannon 1:02.67
29 Ness, Emily 4:56.97
12 St. Louis, Brittany 54.00
14 Richemond, Hshkeni 54.57
18 Smith, Keyla 55.39
16 Washington, Crystal 2:12.70
3000 Meter Steeplechase
4 Quick, Amanda 10:58.06
5000 Meter Run Invite
1 Willemse, Lydia 16:45.55q
10 Woytalewicz, Christine 17:39.55
12 Gibson, Kacey 17:58.67
12 Williams, Danielle 1.65m(5-05.00)
27 Duby, Nathan 1:54.47
32 Silva, Daniel 1:56.37
23 Jacobs, Andrew 54.21
34 Fingado, Michael 55.37
40 Lomagistro, Collin 55.85
3 Putman, Michael 54.61m (179-02)q