April 26, 2007
Tallahassee, FL – The Penn Relays is in its 112th running this season at Franklin Field in Philadelphia, Penn. and this year looks to be one of the biggest and best in the last decade. The meet, which began on Tuesday, runs through Saturday, April 28, and has brought in over 20,000 entries this season and hopes to see over 100,000 spectators over the five-day period.
The Seminoles have competed at the Penn Relays for over 25 years and the women’s team has taken four Championships in the relays while the men look to claim their first this season. The national-leading 4x100m relay team of Greg Bolden, Walter Dix, Michael Ray Garvin, and Charles Clark are up for the challenge as they head to Philadelphia on Thursday.
Starting off the meet for Florida State was the women’s 4×100 meter relay in which seniors Alyce Williams, Kamilah Salaam, India Pettus, and Alycia Williams competed in heat one. The women battled a less than ideal climate to finish fourth in their heat with a time of 46.61.
Later in the day, the women’s 4×400 relay took on teams from LSU, Texas A&M, and ACC Champion Virginia Tech, to name a few. The ladies of FSU finished third in 3:40.88 and were able to secure the eighth spot in the Championship of America finals at 5:35 pm on Saturday.
Closing out the evening for the track events was the women’s Championship 3,000 and 5,000 meter runs.
Junior Debbie Huss finished fifth in the 3,000 with a lifetime best time of 9:39.23. Fellow junior Audrey Hand’s time of 9:51.61, also a lifetime best, was good for ninth and sophomore Lydia Willemse finished in the top 15 with her mark of 9:58.33.
Running solo in the 5,000 meters was junior Laura Bowerman who posted a season-best 17:12.02, just shy of a regional qualifying mark.
“Debbie Huss and Audrey Hand’s performances tonight were really solid,” head coach Bob Braman said. “They both posted lifetime bests which is always good at a meet like the Penn Relays. Laura Bowerman’s season-best time in the 5,000 meters and of course the 4×400 team advancing to the Championship of America finals was also a highlight for us today.”
The Seminoles jump back into competition at the Penn Relays on Friday with the men’s 400 meter hurdles as the first event on the track at 9:00 am. For complete event information, visit ThePennRelays.com and for updated results, log onto FlashResults.com.