April 2, 2011
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The two-day Florida Relays may have taken place in Gator Country but it was a Seminole Uprising in the men’s 200m dash invite, the women’s 5000m run and the women’s shot put for the top-10 Florida State men’s and women’s track and field teams.
Junior Maurice Mitchell achieved a gold-medal finish in the 200m as his 20.36 time carried him to victory. Mitchell’s blazing race was good enough to give him the fastest time in the entire world.
Senior Brandon Byram then snagged a silver medal with his time of 20.56.
Senior Charles Clark raced to a 15th –place finish on a time of 21.30 in what was his first 200m dash of the season and just his second race of the year.
While the FSU men’s sprinters were looking good in the quick events, some of the top women’s distance runners were performing equally as impressive.
In the women’s 5000m run, senior Hannah Brooks set a blazing new personal record in her first-place finish. Brooks finished the race well in front of all her competitors with a time of 16:09.81. And not too far off that pace was her teammate, Jessica Parry, who finished in second place and also set a personal record with a 16:12.70 clip.
As if a one-two finish and two personal records weren’t enough for the ’Noles in the event, junior Astrid Leutert came across the finish line in fourth place. Her time of16:37.18 was – you guessed it – also a personal record.
“That was a really good race for those three,” FSU head coach Bob Braman said. “Maurice and Brandon had terrific performances in the 200. Overall, we were very pleased.”
Like the 500m run, the women’s hammer shot put saw some Florida State domination.
In ninth place was freshman Chelsea Whalen with a 44-09.75.
Junior Michael Putman’s toss of 57.31 meters in the men’s discus throw would warrant a third-place finish. The talented thrower then followed up that performance with a second-place finish in the men’s shot put on a personal-record toss of 61-02.25.
“Mike was the top collegian in the men’s throws,” Braman said. “He really performed well against some great competition.”
The men’s 4×100 team finished as the top overall collegiate squad with a time of 38.87, which edged the heralded group from the University of Florida.
Sophomore Marecia Pemberton then dashed to a fourth-place mark in the women’s 100m. Pemberton crossed the finish line in 11.60.
In an event that featured a great deal of elite talent, Andrew Lehaye established a third-place finish in the men’s pole vault with a jump of 16-11.05.
Senior Teona Rodgers opened the two-day relays for the Seminoles with a 24th-place finish in the 100m hurdles on a time of 14.17. Later in the day she would post a 12th-place finish in the women’s 200m dash with a time of 23.90.
While Rodgers was the lone FSU athlete to compete in the women’s 100m hurdles, two men took part in the men’s version. Junior Tremaine Grant finished 17th and sophomore Justin Byrd came in 30th. Grant ran a 14.43 and Byrd a 14.79 in the 100m hurdles. Grant would later finish 11th in the men’s 400m hurdles.
Next on Friday’s schedule of events was a men’s 400m event that saw sophomore Brandon O’Connor post a time of 46.58 for a seventh-place finish.
Callie Giffin performed well in the women’s pole vault. The junior from Tyler, Texas finished fifth with a vault of 3.67 meters. Senior Lizbeth Mabry earned a 13th place mark with a height of 3.47 meters and Giffin’s sister, Lauren Giffin, vaulted 3.47 meters as well.
The men’s 100m dash featured a 15th-place finish for sophomore David Ambler, who accrued a time of 10.64 in the race. Sophomore Brandon O’Connor then sprinted to a time of 46.58 in the men’s 400m dash for a final spot of seventh place.
In the men’s 1500m run, senior Alex Smyth followed up his dominating performance at Stanford last weekend with a sixh-place finish thanks to a time of 3:46.73.
Saturday saw Whalen finish eighth in the women’s javelin throw with a hurl of 139-07. Fellow freshman Phillip Young placed 16th in the triple jump with a distance of 14.79m.
Florida State has a busy weekend coming up now. Many of the student-athletes will be competing at the Texas Relays while several others will be in action at home for the Seminole Invitational, which takes place April 8-9.
On April 9, the team will sport pink ribbons as they host Paint it Pink. T-shirts will be available on site on Saturday with a minimum $10 donation and all donations will benefit the Sharon Ewing Walker Breast Health Center and Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.