April 2, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Members of both the Florida State track and field teams are set to compete at the Texas Relays, in Austin, Texas, and the Florida Relays in Gainesville this weekend. Competition for the Seminoles gets underway Friday at both meets.
“Texas Relays is the biggest meet of the regular season for our sprinters and jumpers,” FSU head coach Bob Braman said. “Every athlete and relay team should earn Regional qualifying marks. Florida Relays is the oldest track and field meet in the South and will be a great meet for our throwers and distance runners.”
The 2009 82nd Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, which began April 1st, is comprised of four days of events and concludes on Saturday, April 4th. The majority of events Florida State is participating in occur on Friday and Saturday with the running events beginning at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Mike A. Myers Stadium. The Florida Relays, which will take place at the Percy Beard Track Facility, begins Friday at 11:30 a.m. with the running events.
Headlining the group of Seminoles on the men’s side at the Texas Relays is reigning ACC co-Performer of the Week, senior Javier Garcia-Tunon (Miami, Fla.), who is expected to compete in the 400m hurdles and freshman Maurice Mitchell (Kansas City, Mo.) in the 100m dash. The Borlee twins, Jonathan and Kevin, who hail from Brussels, Belgium, junior Charles Clark (Virginia Beach, Va.), Brandon Byram (Gallatin, Tenn.), sophomore Kevin Williams (Kingston, Jamaica) and freshman Brandon O’Conner (Miami, Fla.) will help make up the men’s relay teams as FSU is scheduled to compete in the 4x100m, 4x200m and 4x400m relays. Senior Tim Reen (Jupiter, Fla.) and junior Andrew Bachelor (Pompano Beach, Fla.) will have their sights set on the high jump.
For the women, sophomore hurdler Teona Rodgers (Tampa, Fla.) will take center stage at the Texas Relays, competing in the 100m hurdles while freshman Danielle Jeffrey (Kingston, Jamaica), freshman Candyce McGrone (Indianapolis, Ind.), senior Nicole Marcus (Tallahassee, Fla.) and junior Auja Pughsley (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) will compete in the 100m dash. Junior Liz Mabry (Gulf Breeze, Fla.) and sophomore Callie Giffin (Tyler, Tex.) are listed among the participants in the pole vault and freshman Amy Harris (Birmingham, England) in the long jump. FSU is also scheduled to participate in several relays.
Florida State’s participation in the Florida Relays will have a strong emphasis on the throws including senior Matt Wernke (Tallahassee, Fla.) and junior Travis Whitfield (Jay, Fla.) in the hammer and junior Allyn Laughlin (Ambridge, Pa.) and sophomore Kamorean Hayes (Charlotte, N.C.) competing in both the women’s shot put and discus. Sophomore Michael Putman (Miami, Fla.) is scheduled to participate in the men’s shot put and discus along with senior Bryan Howard (Warminster, Pa.) and junior Sean Conrecode (Naples, Fla.) in the javelin.
Headlining the running events will be seniors Hshkeni Richemond (Sufferin, N.Y.) and Keyla Smith (Daytona Beach, Fla.) and sophomore Brittany St. Louis (Trinidad & Tobago) in the 400m and juniors Irayiza Andrews (Tampa, Fla.) and Valerie Flournoy (Gainesville, Fla.) in the 100m hurdles.