Feb. 18, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State junior Colleen Quigley has been selected as the Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Indoor Track & Field Performer of the Week, after a breakthrough weekend at the Husky Classic on the University of Washington campus.
Quigley anchored the Seminoles’ winning distance medley relay to victory on Friday, and followed on Saturday with a second-place finish in the Invitational Mile with a new personal best on the Dempsey Track.
Carrying the baton on the 1600-meter anchor leg of the relay, Quigley covered the metric equivalent of the mile in 4:36, as the Seminole recorded the nation’s No. 6 time (11:01.59), which is also the fastest time in the ACC this season. She teamed with Linden Hall (1200), Elizabeth Ichite (400) and Georgia Peel (800) as FSU defeated the second-place team by 40 seconds in the nine-team race. The quartet’s winning time is also the third-fastest in program history.
The St. Louis. Mo. native was even better Saturday. Running in the second – and allegedly slower – of two invitational heats of the mile, Quigley won in a personal-best time of 4:35.38, which was good for a second-place finish overall against a field of 31 athletes which included a host of professionals. Not only was she the first collegiate finisher, she did so without the benefit of a pacer, which was not the case in the first heat. Her time ranks No. 3 overall in NCAA Division I and No. 1 in the ACC this season, and is also the fourth-fastest indoor mile in FSU history.
She is the first member of the FSU’s women’s team to be honored by the ACC this season.
Women vault to No. 16 in rankings; men at No. 7
One week after slipping out of the USTFCCCA National Computer Rankings, the Florida State women’s indoor track & field team rocketed 11 spots to No. 16 overall. The rapid ascent had a lot to do with the performance of the distance runners as the Husky Classic, as well as a handful of strong showings at the Tyson Invitational over the past weekend.
It is also the highest ranking by an FSU women’s indoor team since the `Noles checked in at No. 12 midway through the 2012 season.
After a three-week run at No. 6, the Florida State men slipped a notch to No. 7 in this week’s computer rankings.
Aside from the men’s 4×400 relay team, which will compete this weekend at Notre Dame, the balance of the men’s and women’s rosters will take the weekend off from competition in preparation for the ACC Indoor Championships, set for Feb. 27-March 1 at Clemson.