April 28, 2007
Tallahassee, FL – The Seminole men made history once again at the 112th running of the Penn Relays on Saturday as the 4x200m relay team won the second Championship of America title in two days.
Senior Greg Bolden, junior Walter Dix, freshman Charles Clark, and junior Ricardo Chambers added the second Championship of America title in Florida State history for the men’s program after winning the 4x200m in 1:21.73.
“I am really pleased with the men’s performance today,” head coach Bob Braman said. “We are going home with two relay titles and just missed a third, but the bulk of our team will be back next year so we have a chance to come back and pick them up.”
The title the men just missed was in the 4x100m relay Championship of America. The Seminoles were the runners-up to the No. 2 ranked team in the nation, LSU. The team of Bolden, Dix, Clark, and senior Ronald Wright finished the race in 39.78, just five tenths of a second behind the Tigers.
FSU led the race for all four legs before Wright suffered a strained hamstring on the anchor leg.
“Ronald Wright made a great effort in the 4×100 today,” Braman said. “He has been running very well all season and we are relieved that it was a strain rather than a pulled hamstring.”
Also competing for the men on Saturday was junior Drew Brunson who finished the 110-meter hurdles in 13.81, good for fourth. Brunson beat Auburn’s Dominic Berger who is currently ranked as the No. 2 110m hurdler in the nation.
Rounding out the competition for the men on the final day was sophomore Bryan Howard who finished sixth in the javelin with a throw of 203’9″ (62.10m).
Saturday was a quiet day for the women who only competed in the 4x400m relay Championship of America and finished seventh.
“We closed out the Penn Relays nicely today,” Braman said. “The men grabbing not only the first championship in school history but also the second the very next day is huge. Alyce Williams did a great job in the triple jump on Friday and overall both teams had a nice meet given the less than ideal weather conditions.”
The Seminoles take two weeks off before heading to the Georgia Tech Invitational on May 11 and 12 in Atlanta, GA.