Jan. 17, 2009
BLACKSBURG, Va. – In day two of competition at the VT Hokie Invitational at Rector Fieldhouse in Blacksburg, Va., the Florida State track and field teams continued to improve with solid performances in the field from senior Tim Reen (Jupiter, Fla.) in the high jump (6-10.75), junior Liz Mabry (Gulf Breeze, Fla.), who set an indoor personal record in the women’s pole vault (12-06.00) and sophomore Kamorean Hayes (Charlotte, N.C.) in the women’s shot put (49-04.50). On the track, sophomore Teona Rodgers (Tampa, Fla.) had a strong showing in the 200m (24.34) placing third at the meet.
“Overall, we are really pleased how we performed at our first meet of the season,” Associate Head Coach Harlis Meaders said. “We had some kids that were in uniform for the first time and we’re a little nervous and that’s how first meets go, but these kids now have a meet under their belt and will be more prepared the next time around. The veterans stepped up and really got us off to a good start.”
According to Meaders, Reen’s high jump mark of 6-10.75 (2.10m) was a really good attempt at the NCAA provisional mark (2.14m). The mark, which tied Reen’s indoor personal best, ranked tied for first among all the competitors at the meet.
Clearing 12-06.00, Mabry improved her personal best in the indoor pole vault by two feet. She tied for second at the meet with the mark.
After redshirting the 2008 outdoor season, Hayes’ placed tied for second at the meet with her shot put mark of 49-04.50 which the FSU coaching staff felt was a good throw for the first meet of the year.
Meaders noted other solid efforts by the women’s mile relay (6th, 3:51.54) and by freshman Maurice Mitchell (Kansas City, Mo.) who placed third in the 200m (21.62).
“We didn’t have as many athletes perform today and we did Friday but we are pleased with what we are seeing,” Meaders said.
Florida State is scheduled to compete at the Tom Jones Memorial Invitational next Saturday in Gainesville, Fla.