“He ran fantastic,” Braman said of Cross, who was competing in the first indoor meet of his life. “That’s nearly 30 seconds faster than he ran in high school. It’s a really incredible improvement. I haven’t seen a Florida high schooler, as a freshman, run like this since [former FSU star] Herb Wills. It shows you how great he’s going to be…He has chance to score at ACCs in the best distance conference in the country.”
Fellow freshman Humberto Freire continued his impressive progression in the 800, placing second in a personal-best 1:51.81. On the women’s side, Madison Harris (2:12.34), Emily Edwards (2:13.07) and Ginelle DeMone (2:13.70) registered season-, personal- and collegiate-best marks, respectively, in the 800.
“The middle distance groups, men and women, continue to compete well, they just need some fast-paced races,” Braman said.
Militsa Mircheva’s heady approach to the women’s 3000-meter run produced a strong fourth-place showing in 9:43.45, just three seconds off her personal-best and nearly 20 seconds faster than last week.
The FSU men’s 4×400 relay closed out the competition with a fifth-place finish in a season-best 3:15.77 as Kyle Fearrington, D’Mitry Charlton, Kenny Lane and Steven Simpkins whacked five seconds off their time from a week earlier.
The Seminoles will carry some momentum into next week’s break from competition after closing the Pollock Invitational with six event wins, 40 personal-best marks and five new additions to the FSU all-time top 10 list. They will return to action Feb. 10-11 with the sprinters, jumpers and throwers heading to the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., while the distance groups travel to Boston University’s David Hemery Invitational.