Feb. 27, 2009
BLACKSBURG, Va. – Continuing the fight to make program history in winning its first Atlantic Coast Conference Indoor Championship was the sixth-ranked Florida State women’s track and field team. The Seminoles will persist through warpath tomorrow, February 28, as they currently are in third place with 33 points.
“This is the best first day of any conference meet I have been to,” said head coach Bob Braman. “We had as good of a first day that you could ask for. We achieved 90% or more of what we had hoped for. The great thing is that this was not only a successful conference meet, but also had many national achievements with Kim and Amy in the long jump.”
Sophomore jumper Kim Williams (Kingston, Jamaica) once again notched a medal as she placed second, set a new personal record and earned the second best performance in the ACC this season with her long jump of 21-02.75/6.47m. Freshman Amy Harris (Birmingham, England) took Williams lead and came in third with 20-03.50/6.18m. Harris’ jump is the third best in the conference for this season.
Women’s distance runners all prevailed past the preliminary round and will compete at the final round of the mile run as sophomore and NCAA All-American Pilar McShine (Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago) led the Seminoles in fourth place with a time of 4:57.30. ACC Champion Susan Kuijken (Nijmegen, Netherlands) came in a close fifth in 5:00.12 and Amanda Quick (Tampa, Fla.) finished in 10th place in 4:57.55 to be the last runner to qualify for the final event. Senior Christina Woytalewicz (Brandon, Fla.) also contributed points as she placed fifth in the 5000M run with her finish time of 16:59.69.
Junior Caila Coleman (Tallahassee, Fla.) represented the Seminoles well with her weight throw of 17.73m/58-02.00. Coleman’s throw reset her personal record and places sixth in the best weight throw performance in the league.
The Seminole sprinters had a great showing today as several athletes moved past preliminaries and will compete in the finals. Sophomore and NCAA All-American Teona Rodgers (Tampa, Fla.) had a successful day as she took second in both the 60M hurdles in 8.22 and 200M dash with 23.51. Also qualifying for finals in the 200M were Britany St. Louis (Arima, Trinidad and Tobago) in fourth (23.81) and newcomer Candyce McGrone (Indianapolis, Ind.) finishing in fifth place in 24.13. In her first conference meet, Christal Washington (Hollywood, Fla.) qualified for the 800M final with her time of 2:11.41.
The woman’s distance medley concluded the day and gave Florida State its last 10 points as they captured first place in 11:12.96. Junior Linzi Snow (Epping, England), senior Keyla Smith (Daytona Beach, Fla.) and seniors Lydia Willemse (Forest, Ontario) and Kuijken now hold the second fastest relay time of the season in the league.
Women’s Long Jump:
2. Kim Williams 21-02.75/6.51m
3. Amy Harris 20-03.50/6.18m
Women’s Mile Run Prelim:
5. Pilar McShine 4:57.30 Q
6. Susan Kuijken 5:00.12 Q
10. Amanda Quick 4:57.55 Q
Women’s Weight Throw:
4. Caila Coleman 17.73/58-02.00, 5 points
Women’s 60M Hurdle Prelims:
2. Teona Rodgers 8.22 Q
Women’s 400M Prelims:
10. Hskeni “Kay Kay” Richemond 56.09
19. Auja Pughsley 57.41
Women’s 60M Dash Prelims:
2. Danielle Jeffrey 7.41 Q
5. Candyce McGrone 7.45 Q
9. Nicole Marcus 7.52
Women’s 800M Run Prelims:
8. Christal Washington 2:11.41 Q
Women’s 200M Dash Prelims:
2. Teona Rodgers 23.51 Q
4. Britany St. Louis 23.81 Q
7. Candyce McGrone 24.13 Q
22. Nicole Marcus 24.91
26. Stephanie Simpson 25.31
Women 5000M run:
5. Christina Woytalewicz 16:59.69, 4 points
Women’s Distance Medley:
1 Florida State 11:12.96, 10 points
1) Linzi Snow 2) Keyla Smith
3) Lydia Willemse 4) Susan Kuijken
Women’s High Jump:
11. Tiara Swanagan 5-07.00/1.70m
19. Danielle Jeffrey 5-03.00/1.60m