January 22, 2010 - by
Nole Sprinters Make Debut

Jan. 22, 2010


Sophomore Candyce McGrone opened her 2010 season in impressive fashion Friday night at the Hokie Invitational hosted by Virginia Tech.

McGrone posted her first NCAA provisional mark of the season in the 60m as she posted a second place finish with a time of 7.44. McGrone opened the day with a heat win while posting a time of 7.53 earning her a trip to the final.

“It was a great race as an opener for Candyce,” head coach Bob Braman said. “For both Candyce and Teona (Rodgers) to make the final on their first day of competition is great.”

Fellow sprinter Teona Rodgers also qualified in the 60m with a time of 7.59 but did not run the final.

Amy Harris turned in another top three performance in the triple jump on Friday when she cleared 41-3.25 which was good for third place.

Harris led a trio of Seminoles in the triple jump as Michelle Jenije (5th, 40-11.5) and Tiara Swanagan (6th, 40-0.75) both cleared 40 feet as well. Jenije’s mark set a new personal best for the sophomore.

Marlon Woods in his FSU debut cleared 49-7 in the men’s triple jump and will continue his weekend on Saturday in the long jump.

Lauren Giffin and Brittany Janson both participated in the unseeded pole vault competition as Giffin cleared 10 feet and posted a top jump of 10-6, while Janson recorded a mark of 9-10.

Travis Whitfield nearly reached the top 10 in the weight throw as he posted a new personal best with a top throw of 57-5.75. Meanwhile, in the women’s weight throw Caila Coleman earned a top five finish with a mark of 54-10.75.

“This is a really great meet with good competition and we have a lot of student-athletes competing tomorrow in what should be a good day,” Braman said.

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