Feb. 27, 2014
CLEMSON, S.C.– The Florida State women’s track & field team didn’t get off to the start it hoped for on the opening day of the Atlantic Coast Conference Indoor Championship, managing just four points following the completion of the pentathlon and distance medley relay.
A shuffle of the distance medley relay lineup, in an effort to maximize points later in the meet, failed to yield a single point despite an eighth-place finish in the fast heat (11:36.45). FSU’s quartet of Georgia Peel, Elizabeth Ichite, Sydnee Over and Hannah Walker was bumped to ninth place by Boston College, which won the first section and ultimately finished sixth.
While the Seminole men won’t get their competition started until Friday, the women will begin day two of the three-day affair tied for seventh. Duke leads with 23 points, followed by North Carolina (12), Maryland (10) and Notre Dame (8) with 15 events remaining.
“We left some points out there in the last hour,” Florida State coach Bob Braman said. “For as hard as we competed but didn’t get the result we wanted, I feel like it sent a message: `Bring your best or you’re not going to get points.’
“This conference is tough. This is probably the best message to our women’s team. `Hey, I don’t care what the scoreboard says, we’re going to have to come in here and fight to beat Notre Dame, Carolina, Duke and who knows who.’ This is not a meet anymore – with 15 teams – that somebody’s points are in the bag.”
Entering the final event of the women’s heptathlon, Sadeiko and Alejandra Martinez were sitting in third and eighth place, respectively, and positioned to contribute seven team points to the cause. The 800-meter final, however, dramatically altered the final standings as North Carolina’s Emily Godwin and Wake Forest’s Alyssa Thompson used strong performances to push past Sadeiko, while Virginia’s Anna Finger rode a fourth-place overall finish to climb from 11th to eight place, edging Martinez for the final scoring spot.
Martinez finished with a career-best 3,528, which ranks third in FSU history, after posting personal-best performances in four of five events.
The pentathlon competition at the Clemson Indoor Track & Field Facility began with the 60-meter hurdles, where both Sadeiko (8.74) and Martinez (9.02) posted collegiate-best times. Sadeiko’s time was second-fastest in the field of 22, trailing only eventual champion Thea LaFond of Maryland. Martinez followed up with a new personal-best in the high jump (1.55m/5-1).
Sadeiko moved into the bronze medal position with a 600-point shot put performance (11.08m/36-4.25), and held that spot with the fifth-best long jump in the field (5.54m/18-2.25). Martinez was right behind her teammate after an all-time best mark of 5.53m (18-1.75) moved her from 13th to eighth-place overall, entering the 800-meter finale.
With a narrow two-point lead over Wake Forest’s Erika Martin for the final spot, Martinez kicked past the Demon Deacon over the final 50 meters to post a career-best time of 2:28.63, seemingly enough to earn the eighth-place point. Sadeiko, who had finished no worse than fifth overall in any of the previous four events, came home 13th in the 800.
“Our pentathletes did a good job, with two PRs,” Braman said. “I thought Grete could be top-five and she ended up fifth. Alejandra was seeded 11th and not expected to score and finished ninth with four personal-bests.
“I kind of felt like we could be third or fourth in the distance medley because we didn’t run our top two legs [Linden Hall and Colleen Quigley].”
The Seminoles will get Friday’s competition going at 12:30 p.m. when defending ACC champion and meet record-holder James Harris leads a four-man FSU contingent in the high jump. Sadeiko will also compete in the women’s high jump. The first action on the track will be the women’s qualifying heats of the mile run, with top-seeded Colleen Quigley joined by Linden Hall and Peel.
Beginning at 4 p.m. the meet will be streamed on ESPN3 http://es.pn/1mCZJ3J. You can follow along the meet schedule http://bit.ly/1htIyfB and through live stats at http://www.theacc.com/#!/page/championship_c-itrack_livestats.
FSU fans can also monitor the action via Twitter @FSU_Track while following #Noles and #ACCITF. A complete recap of Friday’s action will also be posted at the conclusion of the competition on Seminoles.com.