Jan. 14, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State opened its 2012 Indoor Track & Field season Saturday in the Crimson Tide Indoor Opener at the new CrossPlex in Birmingham, Ala., where 11 Seminoles competed exclusively in field events.
Senior triple jumper Michelle Jenije opened her final season of competition by bounding to victory in 12.83m (42-1 ¼). It was the lone event win of the day for the FSU contingent, which produced four top-six performances among a field that included host Alabama, Auburn, Florida, LSU, Mississippi and Mississippi State, among others.
“We’re very excited to get the season started,” said FSU associate head coach Harlis Meaders. “It was nice to see some people in different uniforms. Michelle (Jenije) had an excellent early-season performance and some of the freshmen had solid performances in their first competition.”
One of those freshmen, Desmonae Gray, posted a fifth-place finish in the triple jump (12.42m, 40-9), just one inch shy off her career best as a standout at Western Branch High School in Chesapeake, Va.
Sophomore Chelsea Whalen finished fifth in the shot put (14.17m, 46-6), two places in front of redshirt freshmen Lakitta Johnson (12.68m, 41-7 ¼), who made her collegiate debut Saturday. Johnson also finished 11th in the weight throw (16.02m, 52-6 ¾).
The top finish among Florida State men was turned in by sophomore Phillip Young, who placed sixth in the triple jump (14.69m, 48-2 ½). Paul Madzivire tied for 10th in the long jump (6.87m, 22-6 ½), while Andrew Lahaye tied for 11th in the pole vault (3.90m, 16-0 ¾).
FSU will return to the CrossPlex next weekend for the Auburn Invitational.
“We’re looking forward to next week and bringing the full team out,” said Meaders, noting that at least 60 athletes will compete in a full complement of events. “That will be the starting point as we build toward the ACC and NCAA Championships.”