Feb. 15, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – As encore performances go, Florida State’s Colleen Quigley and Linden Hall were outstanding Saturday in the invitational mile section of the Husky Classic on the University of Washington campus.
Less than 24 hours after helping the FSU women’s distance medley relay team post a meet-record and NCAA Championship-worthy performance (11:01.59), Quigley and Hall posted career-best marks against a field of touted collegians and professionals. Their performances were all the more impressive because they came out of the second – and allegedly slower – of two invitational heats, without the benefit of pace-setter.
Quigley won the heat in 4:35.38, more than two seconds faster than her previous best, and finished second overall on time as the fastest collegian in the field. The sophomore’s time in the fourth-fastest in FSU history indoors and currently the No. 3 time in NCAA Division I. Hall pared more than four seconds off her previous-best time, placing ninth overall in 4:38.50. She was the fifth among collegians in the field.
“We were supposed to have a pacer from Oregon up until three minutes before the gun was supposed to go off,” Quigley said. “She didn’t end up running, so Linden and Vicky Fouhy from Virginia got out quick.
“Linden did a lot of the work. I was really grateful for her. Linden led up until about a lap to go. I could feel some people chasing me, like they were on my back, and I could see them up on me on the Jumbotron.”
Still, she held on for the win, with Hall in close pursuit.
In the men’s 3000-meter invitational, senior Jakub Zivec made his first competitive appearance since cross country season, and registered a respectable rust-busting time of 8:16.62.
While the distance crew was out west, the balance of the Seminoles were competing at the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark.
Junior transfer Jonathan Reid turned in the highlight performance of the day, soaring to a career-best triple jump mark of 16.32 meters (53-6.50). While the effort was good for only third place against a stacked field, Reid maintained his standing as the No. 2 performer in Division I this season.
The Florida State men’s 4×400 relay team, despite the precautionary absence of freshman standout Michael Cherry, put together its fastest time of the season with a 3:07.26. James Harris’ third leg split of 44.98 – the fastest of the day by any athlete – keyed the comeback from a shaky start.
There were a number of other solid performances by the Seminoles, including new personal-best marks in the shot put by junior Lakitta Johnson (14.90m/48-10.75), which moved her to No. 7 all-time at FSU. Harris was the runner-up in the high jump, clearing 2.24 (7-4.25).
All in all, it was a solid performance by the Seminoles, many of whom were forced to bus to Arkansas due to flight cancellations.
The Seminoles will now turn their attention to the ACC Indoor Championships, set for Feb. 26-March 1 at Clemson.