March 27, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State track and field teams wrapped up the FSU Relays Saturday afternoon at the Mike Long Track. In the last day of its first home meet of the season, FSU was able to post seven top three finishes including the men’s 4x400m relay squad who set the NCAA’s best time this season with a mark of 3:06.93.
“It was a terrific end to a great FSU Relays,” FSU Associate Head Coach Harlis Meaders said. “Marecia Pemberton debuted for FSU in the 100m and it was a terrific start for her. Teona Rodgers in the 200m did an excellent job. Amy Harris and Michelle Jenije did well in the jumps. Allyn Laughlin improved her performance in the shot put. The women’s 4x400m ran a solid time. Overall it was a terrific day for the women. It was a great way to wrap up the FSU Relays.”
Leading the women were the 100m sprinters in Marcia Pemberton and Danielle Jeffrey. In her debut as a Seminole, Pemberton ran the NCAA’s second fastest time with 11.41 to earn first place, while Jeffrey posted the nation’s fourth fastest time with 11.62 to take second place.
Junior Teona Rodgers kicked-off her season in the 200m where the ‘Nole captured first place with an impressive time of 24.06. The time stands as 15th in the nation.
Senior Allyn Laughlin represented the Seminole throwers well in the shot put as she dominated the field with a toss of 15.55m to take first place.
Newcomer Michelle Jenije led FSU in the triple jump with a second-place mark of 12.53m that is noted as the NCAA’s sixth best performance of the season, while Amy Harris followed in fifth place with a leap of 12.29m which is the 17th farthest jump in the nation this season.
“On the men’s side I have to start with the men’s 4x400m,” Coach Meaders said. “They ran the fastest time in the country. They all put in a good effort against the professional team that came in front of them. We are really happy with the progress of the relays.”
Highlighting the day for the men was the 4x400m foursome of Pablo Navarrete, Maurice Mitchell, Charles Clark and Brandon Byram who were the first collegiate team to cross the finish line with a blistering time of 3:06.93 that leads the nation this season.
Darrin Gibson took care of business in the 800m as the freshman dominated with a first-place finish with a time of 1:51.29. Gibson’s personal-record time is noted as the 11th best time in the country.
“Darrin Gibson competed really well today,” Coach Meaders said. “He had a terrific indoor season. Aaron Steele has also been a team contributor through our conference titles and he did great.”
Junior Aaron Steele marked the ACC’s second best triple jump as he earned third place with a mark of 14.78m.
“Overall it was a great meet,” Coach Meaders said. “The fans were great. We had a lot of participation and a lot of hype. It was a wonderful meet.”
Florida State will be back in action as they split up between the Florida and Texas Relays on April 1-3.
Men’s Discus Throw
7. Sharif Small 44.31m/145-04
1. Darrin Gibson 1:51.29
Men’s Triple Jump
3. Aaron Steele 14.78m/48-06.00
6. Matthew Huckaby 3:59.68
1. Teona Rodgers 24.06
1. Marecia Pemberton 11.41
2. Danielle Jeffrey 11.62
Women Shot Put
1. Allyn Laughlin 15.55m/51-00.25
5. Andrea Palen 4:43.67
19. Christina Woytalewicz 4:51.12
21. Lyndsey Spragins 4:51.58
24. Katherine McMeekin 4:53.90
Women Triple Jump
2. Michelle Jenije 12.53m/41-01.50
5. Amy Harris 12.29m/40-04.00