Feb. 2, 2007
Florida State comes out with three of the five fastest 60m men in the nation as the first day of competition at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational comes to end.
Senior Greg Bolden (Morrow, GA) matched his national leading time with a finish of 6.62 in the prelims of the 60m dash while juniorWalter Dix (Coral Springs, FL) posts the third fastest time with 6.63 and sophomore Michael Ray Garvin (Upper Saddle River, NJ) the fifth spot with 6.66. All three advance to the finals tomorrow while senior Cedric Nabe (Geneva, Switzerland) moves onto the consolation finals with his time of 6.77.
In the 60m hurdles, junior Drew Brunson (Snellville, GA) qualified for the finals in eight seconds flat. On their way to the men’s 400m finals are junior Ricardo Chambers (Palm Beach Gardens, FL) who ran the fastest prelim time with 46.91 while freshman Charles Clark (Virginia Beach, VA) finished ninth overall with his time of 47.66.
In the field events, senior Charlie Cotton (Gainesville, FL) matched his personal best of 16’0.75″ to place second overall in the pole vault finals.
On the women’s side it was a big day for the freshman. Tiara Swanagan (Orange Park, FL) started her collegiate career off strong as she finished first in the high jump with her height of 5’6.0″. Allyn Laughlin (Ambridge, PA) placed second overall in the women’s shot put with her throw of 46’11.75″ and Valerie Flournoy (Gainesville, FL) advances to the finals of the 60m hurdles with her time of 8.66.
“Overall it was a big day,” head Coach Bob Braman said. “We’re excited about our 60m guys after day one. One, three and five in the country is huge and of course having Charles Clark with us helps. Michael Ray Garvin’s time of 6.66 has never failed to make it to nationals so that virtually assures him a spot. On the women’s side we’re really excited that’s some of our newcomers, Tiara, Allyn and Valerie, did so well.”
“Ultimately that’s what we come here for, to run these lead marks and get people qualified for nationals.”
Tomorrow will be the debut of Tom Lancashire (Bolton, England) and Andrew Lemoncello (St. Andrews, Scotland) in the 3K as well as Barbara Parker (Norfolk, England) who will be running in the elite women’s mile. Also on the agenda will be the finals for the sprints and hurdles as well as the men’s 4x400m showdown with LSU who are the defending national champions in the relay.
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