Jan. 30, 2010
LEXINGTON, Ky. –
Brandon Byram turned in one of the best performances of the season on Saturday at the Rod McCravy Memorial Meet hosted by the University of Kentucky as he earned an NCAA provisional time in the 200m with a time of 21.03.
Byram’s time is currently one of the top five times in the country as he finished third overall on Saturday, behind a pair of 2009 All-Americans in Kentucky’s Rondel Sorrillo and Tennessee’s Evander Wells.
“We had a pretty good meet,” head coach Bob Braman said. “Both teams competed much better today and we continue to move forward.”
Pilar McShine opened her 2010 indoor season with an NCAA provisional time in the mile run when she ran a 4:45.67 to finish in third place, her time was one of the top times in the country to date. McShine also turned in a strong performance in 3000m as she took the top spot in 9:34.04.
“It was a great double for Pilar earning a provisional in the mile and coming back and winning the 3000m,” Braman said.
The Seminole women’s distance runners dominated the 3000m and mile as FSU placed a combined six runners in the top 10 of each event. Freshman Amanda Winslow was not far behind McShine as she claimed fourth in the mile in a time of 4:51.84. Amanda Quick also claimed top 10 honors with a seventh-place finish in 4:56.21.
Mike Fout also finished in the top five as he ran an 8:14.51. Jared Bell finished seventh in the mile as the transfer ran a 4:09.57 for the men.
Danielle Jeffrey qualified for the 60m finals with the second-fastest time of the entrants with a mark of 7.52 before producing an identical 7.52 in the final for the fourth-place finish. Jeffrey also competed in the 200m where she finished 17th overall in a time of 25.27.
In the women’s 800m Christal Washington clocked a 2:14.77 to earn another Seminole top five finish as she finished in fourth-place on the day. Meanwhile on the men’s side, Darrin Gibson finished seventh in the 800m as he ran a 1:53.62, ahead of teammate Pablo Navarrete (15th, 1:56.08).
Navarrete teamed up with Brandon Byram, Jair Francis and Brian Chibudu in the 4x400m relay as the quartet claimed third place in 3:13.31. Chibudu was the difference maker for the Seminoles as he closed the gap in the final leg to give FSU the top three finish.
Avis Commack opened the season with an impressive performance in the 60m hurdles as he qualified for the final in a time of 8.15 before running an 8.19 in the finals. Commack finished fifth overall in the event.
In the field events Allyn Laughlin advanced to the finals and finished seventh in the shot put with a top throw of 48-11.75, while in the men’s shot put Michael Putman also turned in a top 10 finish with a fifth-place showing as his top throw reached 56-0.5.
On Friday Travis Whitfield set a new personal record in the weight throw with a mark of 59-01.25.
A number of Seminoles will be in action on Sunday at the Jimmy Carnes meet in Gainesville, Fla.