June 8, 2007
Sacramento, Calif. – It was a day of many ups and a few downs for Florida State at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships hosted by Sacramento State. The men saw two runners advance to the finals of the 200 meters, while the women advanced to the finals in the 4x400m relay and 1,500m.
All three Seminoles advanced to the semifinals of the 200m on Thursday afternoon. The 2006 National Champion in the 200m, Walter Dix (Coral Springs, Fla.), and Michael Ray Garvin (Upper Saddle River, NJ) move on from heat two after running 20.91 and 20.97, respectively. Freshman, and indoor 200m scorer, Charles Clark (Virginia Beach, Va.) ran 20.85 to qualify in heat three.
The semifinal of the 200m took to the track a few hours later, with Dix and Garvin in the first heat and Clark in heat two. In this round, the top four finishers from each heat plus the next best time advances to the finals on Saturday.
Dix, who ran the 200m collegiate record of 19.69 at the regional meet in May, won his heat in 20.48 and will move on to the finals. In the same heat, Garvin crossed the line in the fifth-spot but missed qualifying with his time of 20.81. Clark ran the fastest qualifying time of the day, 20.38, to win his heat..
“The 200 was a good race,” head coach Bob Braman said. “It was disappointing to not get Michael Ray through, but Charles running the fastest qualifying time more than made up for that.
“Now we’re focused on scoring at least 30 points between the 100 and 200 meters. I feel good about our guys in the 100, I feel good about the 4×100 relay and I feel good about Ricardo [Chambers] in the 400. I also feel good about Andrew Lemoncello in the steeplechase and if Luke Gunn can add anything, it’ll be a huge bonus.”
The women had their turn on the track in the 1,500m semifinals featuring sophomore Susan Kuijken (Nijmejor, Netherlands). Kuijken ran a strong race and not only won her heat but also broke the Florida State school record with her clock of 4:15.68.
“Susan was unbelievable,” Braman said. “She ran a two-second personal record. It was a prelim and I told her to ease up. She had no idea how fats she ran, she asked me what her time was and she was pretty shocked. The pace was solid and she ran smart and stayed out of trouble. I’m really, really pleased with her; it was a great effort.”
The final track event for the women was the semifinal round of the 4x100m relay. The winners of the four heats plus the next four best times advance to the finals.
The Seminole team of Keyla Smith (Daytona Beach, Fla.), India Pettus (Cleveland, Oh.), Kandia Batchelor (Tampa, Fla.), and Alycia Williams (Palm Coast, Fla.) ran in heat two of four against Louisiana State, Arizona State, Western Michigan, and Oklahoma.
The team ran 3:32.55, the seventh-fastest time of the night, earning an at-large spot for the finals on Saturday afternoon.
The only field event on Thursday was the women’s shot put prelims with senior Sarah Reed (Punta Gorda, Fla.) representing the garnet and gold. Reed threw 47’2.50″ (14.39m) to place 27th, but will not advance to the finals.
The final event of the evening was the women’s 10,000m finals featuring junior Debbie Huss (Wyomissing, Pa.) running solo for the Seminoles. Huss, who earned a provisional qualifying mark of 33:56.38 at the Stanford Invitational, ran 33:41.52 to finish 26th.
Competition resumes for Florida State on Friday with the 4x100m finals at 4:30pm PST. The men look to score the first points as they challenge Tennessee and LSU for the gold. CSTV will broadcast the meet from 5:30pm to 8:30pm PST and live results can be found by following the link posted at Seminoles.com.
Florida State – Thursday Results
Women’s 1,500m semifinals:
1) Susan Kuijken – 4:15.68q
Women’s 4x400m semifinals:
7) FSU (Smith, Pettus, Batchelor, Alycia Williams) – 3:32.55q
Women’s shot put qualifying:
27) Sarah Reed – 47’2.50″ (14.39m)
Women’s 10,000m finals:
26) Debbie Huss – 35:41.52
q – moving on to the finals