GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Shanice Love and Ka’Tia Seymour continued their winning ways Friday at the Pepsi Florida Relays, while their Florida State track & field teammates stacked up four runner-up finishes and a third under less than ideal conditions.
Unfazed by the rainfall throughout the day at Florida’s Percy Beard Stadium, Love won her third discus title – with her third personal-best of the season – in as many meets to claim in the invitational section. Seymour, a freshman raced to victory in the 200-meter invitational section.
“I’ve just been working on technique and trying to get things right,” said Love, a sophomore who moved to No. 2 on FSU’s all-time list with her winning mark of 57.39 meters (188-3). “The competition today brought a good bit out of me. It pushed me to go after it.”
By posting the No. 4 mark collegiately this season, Love was able to hold off runner-up Laulauga Tausaga of Iowa, who finished six centimeters back. And as has been the case all season, teammates Ieva Zarankaite (53.59m/175-10) and Gleneve Grange (49.22/161-6) joined her in the finals. Zarankaite finished third.
Seymour ran down the field off the final turn to win the 200-meter dash in 22.96, while teammate Shauna Helps finished fifth.
It was another freshman, 110-meter hurdler Trey Cunningham, who began the days’ parade of runner-up finishes. The Winfield, Ala. native was second to defending NCAA champion Grant Holloway of Florida in 13.70.
The Seminoles advanced three men to the finals of the invitational long jump and senior Corion Knight emerged with the top mark of the trio, placing second in a certain NCAA postseason-qualifying mark of 7.64 meters (25-0.75). Senior Keniel Grant finished fourth in a season-best 7.45m (24-5.5), while indoor All-American Kenneth Fisher (7.36) was seventh.
Sophomore transfer Noah Agwu placed second in the college section of the men’s discus with a top mark of 51.43 meters (168-9).
In the final field event of the night, redshirt freshman Lauri Paredes strung together a solid javelin series, topped out by her second-place mark of 52.38 meters (171-10).
Late Thursday, junior Brandon Tirado came through with a new personal-best in the men’s hammer, placing fourth in the college section with a mark of 61.58 meters (202-2).
Friday’s foul weather led to the postponement of several events until Saturday morning, including the men’s invitational high jump (Corion Knight) and the women’s pole vault (Nicole Breske).
Saturday’s action will feature senior Austin Droogsma in the invitational section of the discus, followed by a title defense in the invitational shot put. Armani Wallace, Montel Nevers and Ashton Butler will make their outdoor season debuts in the triple jump, while Grange and Zarankate will compete in the women’s invitational shot put.
Ewers advances to 100-meter final at Texas Relays
Junior transfer Andre Ewers’ outdoor debut in the 100-meter dash produced a slightly wind-aided time of 10.18, which qualified him fourth-fastest out of 97 athletes for Saturday’s finals at the 91st Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays.
Ewers will race out of lane 7 in the final set for 4:18 p.m. (ET).
Earlier in the day Friday, the Seminoles’ 4×100 relay team of Edward Clarke, Ewers, Darryl Gay and Darryl Haraway came up one-hundredth of the second shy of advancing to Saturday’s nine-team final. Sloppy exchanges and a tough headwind on the home stretch led the FSU quartet 10th overall in 40.20, just behind ninth-place Sam Houston State (40.19), which was one of four teams out of the fifth and final section to advance.
Trio of 1500-meter ladies shine at Raleigh Relays
Sophomore Maudie Skyring paced a strong trio of Seminole women in Friday’s 1500-meter run at the Raleigh Relays, placing 15th overall with her collegiate-best time of 4:24.47; just off the Australia native’s personal-best set last summer.
Emily Edwards (4:27.34) and Madison Harris (4:29.29) registered lifetime-bests in the event.
“Madi races smart, went out at a solid pace stayed in the 3-4 position the whole time,” FSU women’s distance coach Kelly Phillips said. “She finished strong the last 200, placing second in her heat. She looked very strong with a new PR.
“Maudie probably went out a bit quick and then settled a little too much on second lap. She finished very strong over the last 200 and was catching people. Emily was fighting a bit of a stomach bug over the past week, so we weren’t sure how today would play out, but she ran tough and while feeling a little miserable still ran a PB.”
Mircheva shines in Stanford 10k
Junior Militsa Mircheva left quite an impression in her collegiate 10,000-meter debut Friday night. Racing against an elite field the standout from Bulgaria ran 33:33.70 to finish 13th overall and eighth among collegians.
Mircheva’s time is fifth-fastest in program history, secures her NCAA postseason appearance and continues her progression throughout the 2017-18 season.
Redshirt junior Michael Hall produced a rock-solid 14:07.77 in his 5000-meter debut Friday night at the Stanford Invitational. The miler-turned-steeplechaser closed with a 59-second final lap to place sixth in section three. David Barney ran near the front most of the way but came home 11th in 14:17.45.
Steven Cross (29:53.78) and Stanley Linton (PB 29:56.34) closed the night/early morning in the final section of the 10,000 meters.