March 26, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State senior Marlon Woods spent late Friday afternoon jogging back and forth between the high jump pad and the long jump pit at Mike Long Track. More impressively, he had great hang time in both areas when he arrived.
Woods posted a pair of second-place finishes while competing in the two events simultaneously on the second full day of the FSU Relays.
“Marlon had a fantastic day,” said FSU associate head coach Harlis Meaders. “He finished second in the high jump after a series of jump-offs clearing 6-10 ½ and jumping 26-2 ¾ in the long jump was a fantastic effort.”
Woods, a transfer from Norfolk State, posted a personal-best in the long jump (7.99m) and settled for second place by .02 meters. His high jump of 2.10m was also a season best.
The Seminoles were even better in the 4×100 meter relays, winning both the men’s and women’s events, despite a couple well-known substitutions outside their specialty areas.
National champion long jump and triple jumper Kimberly Williams filled in for Candyce McGrone on the women’s 4×100, joining Marecia Pemberton, Danielle Jeffrey and Teona Rodgers in a runaway victory over Tennessee in 44.59.
“Both of the relay times were among the top 10 (nationally),” said Meaders. “With the women’s relay running Kimberly Williams – running a very good time – when Candyce McGrone is added back into that, you think that becomes one of the leading teams in the country that can improve on last year’s second-place finish (at nationals).
The FSU Relays will close with a full day of action Saturday, beginning with the first high school race at 8 a.m. and culminating with the 4×400 relay at 6 p.m.
“Hopefully it will be more of the same; very good early season performances,” Meaders said of the Florida State contingent. “There won’t be a lot of individual marks because most of the kids will be competing on the relays. In the field events you will see Lynn Laughlin and Michael Putman in the shot put. Aaron Steele and Michelle Jenije will compete in the triple jump.
“It will be another opportunity for the kids to improve on their national rankings and hopefully qualify for the first round of the NCAA Championship in Greensboro, NC.”
Long Jump 2. Marlon Woods 7.99m/26-2.75
High Jump 2. Marlon Woods 2.10m/6-10.75
Javelin 4. Bryan Howard 61.43m/201-6
400 4. Pablo Navarette 47.91
1500 4. Nathan Duby 3:51.78
Long Jump T8. Michelle Jenije 5.44/17-10.25
100 Hurdles 5. Valerie Flournoy 14.03
800 8. Lyndsey Spragins 2:19.60
400 8. Latera Davis 57.10
5000 4. Emily Ness 17:34.43 6. Bree-Arne McArdle 17:42.63
Heptathlon 6. Sarah Mackey 4,238 points