April 4, 2009
Florida State is the best in the nation in both the men’s and women’s 4x100m relays and the Seminoles proved it, running the best times in the nation Saturday at the prestigious 2009 82nd Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in front of some 40,000 at the Mike A. Myers Stadium. The men ran a 38.75, just shy of a school record (38.60) while the women’s time of 43.62 ranks fourth in Seminole history.
“The Texas Relays, which is really the biggest relay event of the year and both the men and women won with both setting the nation’s best time and that’s huge,” Florida State head coach Bob Braman said. “That was the highlight – two nation-leading 4×100 champions. That’s national news, that’s going to be all over the country that Tallahassee is a peak-city now.
“We are proud of it because Walter Dix leaves and people wonder what are you going to do for an encore? Well how about 38.75, the nation’s leading time and we beat Texas A&M who had the leading time coming in (women) and that’s pretty impressive and we’re excited about that, of course.”
The same talented foursome who ran in the prelims (Michael Ray Garvin, Brandon Byram, Maurice Mitchell, Charles Clark) excelled in the finals for the Seminoles. The women’s relay team of Nicole Marcus, Candyce McGrone, Danielle Jeffrey and Teona Rodgers, which had placed second with a time of 44.39 in the prelims, earned its third straight qualifying mark.
Florida State also had success in relay events at the Florida Relays with a first-place finish in the college division of the 4x400m Relay. Kay Kay Hshkeni, Keyla Smith, Christal Washington and Brittany St. Louis ran a 3:36.12, shaving 10 seconds off last week’s time (3:46.45) at the FSU Relays. The time ranks first in the ACC this season and is a regional qualifying time.
“The women’s 4x400m relay won the college division at the Florida Relays,” Braman said. “They were fourth in the race but three Olympic all-star teams ahead of them that don’t count so we won that.”
Javier Garcia-Tunon placed second overall in the 400m hurdles finals with yet another qualifying mark (50.96) while Garvin also competed in the 100m Dash Invitational at the Texas Relays, taking third place with a regional-qualifying time of 10.19, good for first in the ACC.
Florida State will host the Seminole Invitational April 10th and 11th and Mike Long Track.
1 Florida St. 38.75R
1) Garvin, Michael Ray SR 2) Byram, Brandon SO
3) Mitchell, Maurice FR 4) Clark, Charles JR
6 Reen, Timothy 2.05m 6-08.75
7 Bachelor, Andrew 2.05m 6-08.75
2 Garcia-Tunon, Javier 50.96R
100M Dash Invitational
3 Garvin, Michael Ray 10.19R (wind 1.6)
8 Florida St. 1:25.21
1) Williams, Kevin SO 2) O'Connor, Brandon FR
3) Chibudu, Brian JR 4) Buchanan, Tywayne SR
1 Florida St. 43.62R
1) Marcus, Nicole FR 2) McGrone, Candyce FR
3) Jeffery, Danielle FR 4) Rodgers, Teona SO
7 Mabry, Liz 3.85m 12-07.50
10 Swanagan, Tiara 12.77m (wind 3.1) 41-10.75
12 Howard, Bryan 58.73m 192-08
8 Wernke, Matt 56.59m 185-08
12 Whitfield, Travis 53.28m 174-10
Men Triple Jump
8 Steele, Aaron 14.79m (wind -2.2) 48-06.25
5 Putman, Michael 17.69m 58-00.50
15 Hayes, Kamorean 41.88m 137-05
8 Hayes, Kamorean 14.93m 48-11.75
10 Laughlin, Allyn 14.39m 47-02.50
4 Florida State 'A' 3:36.12
3) Washington, Crystal 4) St. Louis, Brittany
24 Florida State 'B' 3:47.49