Feb. 2, 2008
LINCOLN, Neb. –
Two more Florida State men’s track and field runners put their names down on the NCAA Indoor Championship provisional list to highlight two days of competition by both teams at the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational.
Senior Drew Brunson (Snellville, Ga.) posted a pair of provisional times in the 60 meter hurdles. On Friday, he ran a 7.78 in the prelims, only to come back in Saturday’s final and shave a hundredth off for a second-place, career-best time of 7.77 that is tied for the fourth-fastest in the NCAA.
Sophomore Charles Clark (Virginia Beach, Va.) moved up two spots in the finals of the 400-meter dash with his provisional and career-best time of 47.03 to take second place. Clark’s time is the seventh-fastest in the country and tops in the ACC.
“We had a pretty good weekend,” FSU head coach Bob Braman said. “For Drew to run the fourth-best time in the country was big. The 400 is not Charles’ main event and he beat two All-Americans. He really held his own for running out of his event.”
The women’s team had several strong performances, particularly in the distance events. Headlining the two-day affair was junior Lydia Willemse (Forest, Ontario) as she won a pair of events. Her first victory came in the mile run where her winning 4:51.14 led the FSU contingency that took the first four spots. She was followed by Pilar McShine (Port-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago) at 4:54.02, a 4:56.30 by Audrey Hand (Virginia Beach, Va.) and Kirsten Hagen (Blacksburg, Va.) with a 5:00.69.
“Lydia Williams had a great double in the 3000m and mile,” Braman added. “I thought Brittany St. Louis did a nice job as a freshman and the women in the 400 ran solid races for this time of the year that were close to their indoor bests.”
Later in the afternoon, Williemse came back to win the 3000m run by three seconds with a top time of 9:39.03. Also cracking the top five of the event was McShine with a mark of 9:51.59. In the men’s 3000m, sophomore Daniel Roberts (Vicksburg, Mich.) took second with a time of 8:12.96 while rookie Matt Leeder (Brookville, Ontario) was two spots back at 8:13.30. Rounding out the solid distance performances was senior Andrew Krumins (Melbourne, Australia) with a second-place time 2:25.32 in the 1000m run that set the Australian National Indoor Record in the event.
“This was a good learning experience for a lot of people because it was their first indoor meet on a banked track,” Braman noted. “We’ve got a long way to go to be in a position to win a national championship but we’re making some good progress.”
The 200m dash was very fruitful for both teams. Rookie Brittany St. Louis (Arima, Trinidad & Tobago) ran a 24.15 in the finals of the women’s meet for a third-place finish. Classmate Brandon Byram (Gallatin, Tenn.) was third in the prelims then took fifth in the finals with a time of 21.49. Also posting a top-five finish in the sprints was Keyla Smith (Daytona Beach, Fla.) as she crossed the line in 55.36 in the 400m dash.
Up next for the Seminoles is a trip to New York City for the New Balance Collegiate Invitational on February 8-9.