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FSU Kicks Off Outdoor Season At UNF Spring Break Open

March 5, 2010

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Florida State track and field teams (Men-No. 14/Women-No. 17) opened the first day of the outdoor season at the UNF Spring Break Open Invitational that saw seven `Noles posting top 5 finishes. FSU will hit the Hodges Stadium Saturday, March 6, for the final day of competition beginning at 12 p.m.

“We kicked off the outdoor season pretty well by posting some life time best record,” FSU Head Coach Bob Braman said. “Duby, Whitfield, Putman and Maedel were really spectacular today for the men. Later Davis also posted a life time record in the 400m so that was great. Valerie and Logan did a great job of making the finals in their events. We have some marks that may end up being regional qualifying.”

The men opened its first day of the meet with several strong performances.

On the field, throwers Travis Whitfield and Trevor Andrews dominated the hammer throw as Whitfield’s mark of 58.69m captured first place and Andrews’ 46.49m mark took third.

Michael Putman also governed the field in the discus throw as he took first place with a throw of 55.88m/ 183-04.

Mid-distance runner Nathan Duby crushed the opposition in the 800m with a time of 1:52.01 that earned first place.

The Seminoles also controlled the track in the 5000m run as Nicholas Maedel set a new personal record with a first-place finish with a time of 14:34.96.

Sprinter Logan Brafford had a good showing in the 100m prelims as the `Nole finished in personal-record time of 10.75 to earn a spot in the finals.

Pole vaulter Charles Janson took fourth place with a mark of 4.20m, while Andrew LaHaye finished in sixth place with a mark of 3.95m.

As for the women, thrower Caila Coleman led the squad with a hammer toss of 47.29m/ 155-02 that took first place honors.

Joining Coleman on the field was Amber Cornell and Erin Simmons in the javelin. Cornell led with a mark of 35.20m to take third place, while Simmons followed in fifth place with a mark of 34.70m.

Valerie Flournoy dominated the 100m hurdle prelims with a time of 14.19 to earn a spot in the finals. Joining her tomorrow on the track will be Sarah Mackey as her prelim time of 15.34 earned her a spot in the finals.Mackey also turned in a good performance in the long jump where she finished in fifth place with a mark of 5.18m.

Qualifying for the 100m finals was LaSonya Rodgers as she posted a first-place time of 12.55 in the prelims.

Sprinter Later Davis opened her season with a personal record in the 400m dash with a third place finish time of 56.92.

“We had a good kick off and are looking forward to tomorrow with all the finals,” Coach Braman said. “Hopefully we will get some things done tomorrow as well.”


Men Pole Vault

4. Charles Janson 4.20m/13-09.25

6. Andrew LaHaye 3.95m/12-11.50

Men Discus

1. Michael Putman 55.88m/183-04

7. Sharif Small 44.49m/145-11

9. Mark Brown 43.40m/142-01

Men Hammer Throw

1. Travis Whitfield 58.69m/192-07

3. Trevor Andrews 46.49m/152-06

Men 100m dash Prelim

5. Logan Brafford 10.75 q

Men 400m

10. Jair Francis 50.50

34. Lucas Stowers 58.23

Men 800m

1. Nathan Duby 1:52.01

Men 5000m run

1. Nicholas Maedel 14:34.96

10. Jacob Brooks 15:21.42

Women Long Jump

5. Sarah Mackey 5.18m/ 17-00.00

Women Javelin

4. Amber Cornell 35.20m/115-06

5. Erin Simmons 34.70m/ 113-10

17. Lauren Giffin 23.29m/ 76-05

Women Hammer Throw

2. Caila Coleman 47.29m/155-02

7. Amber Cornell 39.93m/131-00

Women 100m Hurdles Prelim

1. Valerie Flournoy 14.19 q

8. Sarah Mackey 15.34 q

Women 100m dash Prelim

7. LaSonya Rodgers 12.55 q

Women 400m dash

3. Latera Davis 56.92

8. Cinnamon Johnson 58.62

14. Destini Foster 1:00.56

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