WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – While the balance of the Florida State indoor track & field teams spent the weekend making final preparations for next week’s Atlantic Coast Conference Championships, the men’s distance medley team clinched a spot in the fast heat of Friday night’s title race at Notre Dame.
The FSU team of Harry Mulenga, Steven Simpkins, Humberto Freire and Michael Hall posted the 10th fastest time in program history, placing fourth overall at the UCS Invitational in 9:52.66.
Racing out of the slow heat the Noles went wire-to-wire for the win in the seven-team heat, and also finished ahead of Clemson and Virginia from the fast heat. Benefitting from the conversion from the JDL Fast Track’s 200-meter flat surface, FSU was credited with a time of 9:44.72, which stands as fourth-fastest in the ACC this season and 26th nationally.
“I thought the guys did a fantastic job and we were basically chasing air after the first 400…If you convert this like the NCAA does this is our third-best distance medley ever. I’m real proud of these guys. This tells us we can be top-three at the ACC if we have a good day.”
The Seminoles finished behind Ole Miss, Arkansas and Villanova, whose converted times rank first, fifth and sixth nationally, respectively.
The ACC Indoor Championships will be contested Feb. 23-25 inside the Loftus Center on the Notre Dame campus.