Sophomore Shaquania Dorsett lowered her personal-best in the 400-meter dash to 54.44; good for an eighth-place finish in an event that also produced a new best for freshman Kimmie Cunningham (57.62).
On the men’s side, freshman Kyle Fearrington celebrated a major breakthrough in the 400, lowering his previous best by more than a full second as he finished in 47.93.
Veronika Kanuchova overcame a pair of early fouls in the weight throw to make the final on her third attempt, then jumped a spot to finish eighth overall with a new personal-best of 17.63 meters (57-10.25).
The Seminoles will return to action Saturday at 12 noon (ET) when Nicole Breske opens competition in the pole vault. Among the Noles competing in featured events will be Eleonora Omoregie (women’s high jump), Ed’Ricus Williams (men’s high jump), Gleneve Grange (shot put) and men’s triple jumpers Armani Wallace and Montel Nevers.
Women’s distance group impressive at Boston
Sophomore Carmela Cardama Baez trimmed 13 seconds off her previous best in the 3,000-meter run to join a list of all-time Seminole greats. The Spaniard finished third overall in 9:18.20 – the seventh-fastest time in program history – at Boston University’s David Hemery Invitational.
She took her place on FSU’s top 10 list ahead of 2016 Olympians Linden Hall and Violah Lagat, among others.
Overall, it was a productive performance by the Seminole women’s distance runners.
“Everyone came to race and executed their plans,” FSU women’s distance coach Kelly Phillips said. “Most of them had personal best and it was definitely worth the trip. I was really happy with everyone’s performances.”
The day began with redshirt sophomore Madison Harris and freshman Ginelle DeMone recording personal-bests of 2:10.26 and 2:12.67 in the 800.
Junior Bridget Blake finished third in her heat of the mile with a season-best of 4:45.14, with recent transfer Emily Edwards (4:48.61) lowering her previous personal-best by a whopping eight seconds.
“Emily and Carmela both had pretty big PR’s but both had been training at those times, so I was happy but not surprised. Both of them are capable of running faster and after today, I think they know it too. Bridget just needs to get in a fast race and she will hit a big time as well.”
Catherine Blaney and Mackenzie Landa closed the night with new season-bests in the 5000, finishing in 17:19.34 and 17:28.85.
While the women will head home, the men’s distance team will take over the action Saturday at Boston University.