Feb. 16, 2008
Fayetteville, Ark. – In day two of competition at the Tyson Invitational, the Florida State track and field squad took another step closer to NCAA competition with one automatic and five provisional marks in addition to a new school records.
Freshman Kamorean Hayes shattered the Florida State all-time shot put record with a 53’05.50″ mark, enough for a provisional bid to the national championships. In the 200m, senior Walter Dix posted an automatic qualifying time while junior Michael Ray Garvin picked up a provisional mark with his career-best indoor performance. Senior Drew Brunson posted a career-best provisional time in the finals for the 60m hurdles while Teona Rodgers notched her first career provisional mark in the same event.
“Outstanding performance from Kameron [Hayes],” said head coach Bob Braman. “She probably punched her ticket to nationals with that one. In the sprints, getting Michael Ray [Garvin] back has been great–that really is important to us as we get ready for nationals. Teona Rodgers had a big race, her time in the 200m will probably put her in the top five at conference. Tim [Reen] did a great job, he tied his lifetime best and that puts him in the top three or four at conference, as well.”
The Seminole men’s sprinters dominated the oval in the 200m, winning all three heats they competed in. All-Americans Dix and Garvin were the only two competitors to crack the 21-second mark as Dix finished first in heat one with a 20.77 and Garvin clocked a 20.94 in the second heat. Freshman Brandon Byram met his personal-best mark in heat three with a 21.44, while sophomore Charles Clark finished 12th overall with a 21.48.
“Everything was on point,” said Dix. “I got that automatic qualifying time and I’m glad that’s out of the way.”
In the hurdles, Brunson came within four-hundredths of a second of an automatic bid to NCAAs, posting his career-best in the 60m hurdle finals with a time of 7.74. Brunson now holds the sixth-fastest 60mh mark in the country this season.
Also in the 60m hurdles, Rodgers posted a career-best time of 8.40, giving the newcomer her first NCAA provisional mark as well as one of the top ten times in the ACC. Earlier in the day, Rodgers won her heat in the 200m preliminaries with a time of 24.14 to finish 18th overall.
Junior Tim Reen put forth his career-best performance, clearing the bar at 6’10.75″ to win the men’s high jump competition.
Just a few hours after their teammates wrapped competition in Arkansas, a small group of Florida State’s top distance runners made history in Seattle, Wash. at the Husky Invite.
Junior All-America Susan Kuijken shattered the women’s 3000m record at Florida State with a career-best, first-place time of 9:08.75, earning her an automatic bid to next month’s NCAA Championships. Sophomore Hannah England also picked up a provisional qualifying mark in the event with a third-place time of 9:19.25.
In the men’s 3000m, seniors Luke Gunn and Mark Buckingham both broke the men’s school record as well. Gunn posted a lifetime-best, automatic qualifying time of 7:53.97 while Buckingham recorded his career-best as well with a provisional qualifying time of 7:55.98.
Senior Andrew Krummins also earned a provisional bid to the championships with his lifetime-best time of 1:49.66 in the 800m.
“Big, big weekend for Florida State,” said head coach Bob Braman. “We’ve got a month to go until the national championships and we’re really starting to put the pieces together that can win the national championship for the men and make the women potentially a top-ten team.”
Florida State now holds six automatic qualifying marks and 13 provisional marks for the NCAA Championships next month in Chapel Hill, N.C.