PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Sasha-Ann Lebert is getting the hang of building momentum over the course of her only season as a standout thrower for the Florida State track & field team. By posting a lifetime-best discus mark for the second consecutive meet, Lebert was celebrating as the champion of the college section of the women’s event Thursday at the Penn Relays.
Climbing from third to first on her final attempt of the competition, the graduate transfer from Florida A&M was celebrating victory in style following her lifetime-best mark of 51.44 meters (168-9). It was easily the highlight – to this point – of her lone outdoor season competing for the Seminoles.
“I’m so proud of Sasha-Ann,” FSU coach Bob Braman said. “That was a real gut-check victory. She is a whale of a competitor.”
It was also the third-best mark in program history.
Following Lebert’s win at the 122nd Penn Relays, future Seminole Shanice Love was equally impressive, establishing a new meet record in the high school girl’s discus. Just two weeks after signing with the Seminoles, the Excelsior High star from Kingston, Jamaica improved her own Jamaican Junior National record with winning mark of 54.72 meters (179-6). In the process she broke the meet record held by her future FSU teammate – Gleneve Grange – who won the 2013 Penn Relays title with a throw of 54.29m (178-1), while representing Jamaica’s Holmwood Tech.
In action on the track, FSU senior Christine Griggs turned in the 10th-fastest time in program history, setting a new personal-best under the lights on a cool night in 35:02.72 for 10,000 meters. Her late-night performance was good for sixth place in the college division of the event.
Seminole junior Courteney West, competing in the 5000-meter championship, pared more than a minute off her previous personal-best at that distance to finish in 17:12.79, placing 35th in a field of 63 runners Thursday night.
FSU athletes will be returning to action Friday at the Penn Relays. Meme Jean and Peta-Gay Williams will compete in the preliminary round of the 100-meter hurdles, but only after representing the Seminoles in the shuttle hurdle relay, where they are expected to contend for the title.
Kellion Knibb is attempting to duplicate her 2014 Penn Relays victory in the college women’s championship section of the discus. Chad DaCosta and Ben Bonhurst will be competing in the college section of the men’s shot put.
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