TAMPA, Fla. – Grete Sadeiko opened her redshirt junior outdoor track & field campaign with a victory in the javelin on Thursday, one of six top 10 finishes by Florida State athletes on the first day of competition at the Bulls Invitational.
Sadeiko’s fourth of six throws carried 42.43 meters (139-2) under less than ideal conditions, good enough to claim the event win by nearly five feet.
The Seminoles also received a third-place from senior Cristobal Huratdo-Arteaga in the men’s high jump with a mark of 1.99 meters (6-6.25), while classmate Nick Medich was sixth (1.94).
Freshman Armani Wallace made his lone mark of the day in the men’s long jump count, covering a career-best distance of 7.10 meters (23-3.50) to place seventh overall.
Courteney West led a group of 10 Seminole women in the 5000-meter race with an eighth-place finish in 18:15.49.
Elizabeth Eversole, a transfer to FSU from Ball State competing unattached, placed sixth in the pole vault with a mark of 3.55 meters (11-7.75).
“Grete won the javelin with a solid 42 meters plus, into a headwind, which is probably worth 45 meters if there’s no wind,” said FSU coach Bob Braman. “That was encouraging.
“Armani had a personal-best in the long jump and Cristobal had some nice jumps and looks to zero in on a personal-best next week. We had several ladies set lifetime best in the 5,000 as well. All in all we competed well and this will be a nice set-up for FSU Relays next week.”
The two-day event on the USF campus continues Friday with a full slate of action.
Heptathletes Melissa-Maree Farrington and Sadeiko will kick off the ambitious schedule by competing in the 100 hurdles and high jump, joined in the later even by Hannah Acton, Hannah Welsh and Kiara Wright. Decathlete Dante Newberg, meanwhile, will tackle the 110 hurdles and shot put.
Cayman Ellis and Clayton Washburn are entered in the men’s pole vault on Friday, while Kayla Thomas will make her outdoor debut in the 1500-meter run.Fans can monitor the action through live results at: http://www.halfmiletiming.com/live-results/2016/3.17.16usfbull/results/
Periodic Twitter updates @FSU_Track will also be provided throughout the two-day meet, as well as complete daily recaps at Seminoles.com.