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Seminoles Head To ACC Track & Field Championships

April 14, 2009


Florida State will head south to Miami for the 2009 ACC Track and Field Championships, April 16-18, at Cobb Stadium on the campus of the University of Miami. 


The Seminole men will be attempting to win its fifth straight outdoor title and seventh overall.  The women, who won their first ACC indoor title in February, will be looking for their second outdoor title and first since 2000.


“The women’s is going to be as tough as or tougher than indoors,” FSU head coach Bob Braman said. “A lot of the really strong teams will get back some of their injured athletes from indoors. North Carolina is a well suited team for outdoors. Host Miami has always been good and they have one of their top All-Americans back from indoors. Everyone got a little stronger. I think we also got a little stronger. You are looking at four teams that can battle. It’s going to be a great women’s championship. We are really excited about that. That’s going to be a challenge to try and get the triple crown.”


This season has been a banner year for the Florida State women who have won the ACC championship in cross country and in indoor track.  The men, who have dominated the ACC track scene in recent years, will be looking to stay on top in the league.


 “On the men’s side, we have to be careful not to hurt our elite athletes and make them run three or four events,” Braman said. “We need to also respect the conference and know Virginia is right there as well as Virginia Tech. A lot of teams can beat us if we don’t outsmart ourselves like last year. We need to understand winning the conference is this week’s mission. Winning nationals is June’s edition. I am going to send that message. We want to keep our streak going. We have four in a row so this would be our fifth. We don’t want to look back and say that one got away from us.”





Florida State Outdoor Track and Field 2009 – NOTES


FSU Dominating the 4x100M Relay

In quite a dominant showing, the Seminoles posted the best 4x100M relay times in the ACC with both their men’s and women’s teams this past weekend at the Texas Relays. The men’s relay team (consisting of Michael Ray Garvin, Brandon Byram, Maurice Mitchell, and Charles Clark) posted what would be the best time in the nation with their run of 38.75, better than the next best ACC score by almost seven-tenths of a second and just shy of a school record. The women’s team (composed of Nicole Marcus, Candyce McGrone, Danielle Jeffrey, and Teona Rodgers) also impressed with their time of 43.62, which is almost two entire seconds better than the next best ACC mark, and is good for the second best time in the country.


Florida State’s ACC Performers of the Week

Florida State’s men’s program has earned ACC Performer of the Week honors twice in the three weeks the honor has been awarded which is more than any other school.  Javier Garcia-Tunon (400m Hurdles) and FSU’s 4x100m Relay Team of Michael Ray Garvin, Brandon Byram, Maurice Mitchell and Charles Clark received the honor in back-to-back weeks.  On the women’s side, FSU’s Teona Rodgers (100m Hurdles) earned the honor in the first week while Pilar McShine’s league-leading 800m at the Seminole Invitational earned the junior Performer of the Week honors on April 14th. 


Florida State’s ACC Leaders

The Seminoles’ outdoor track and field team has been sensational so far this season. The men have the most top performances so far this year with five, while the women have the most top performances in the league with eight. Check out the top performances so far this year by Seminole track and field athletes:


100 Meters – Michael Ray Garvin                       10.19

10,000 Meters – Steeve Gabart                           29:18.03

4x100M Relay – Florida State     .                       38.75

4x400M Relay – Florida State                             3:04.02

400M Hurdles – Javier Garcia-Tunon                   50.90


100 Meters – Teona Rodgers                              11.55

200 Meters – Candyce McGrone                         23.17

800 Meters – Pilar McShine                                2:05.48

100M Hurdles – Teona Rodgers                          13.01

4x100M Relay – Florida State                             43.62

Long Jump – Kim Williams                                 6.42m               21-00.75

Triple Jump – Tiara Swanagan                            12.77m             41-10.75

Pole Vault – Lizbeth Mabry                                 4.00m               13-01.50


Seminoles with Qualifying Marks

The Seminoles are producing top times at a great pace this season, setting qualifying marks early and often. The men’s team has produced 16 qualifying marks (15 regional and one provisional), while the women’s team has produced 15 regional qualifying marks (with four coming in 100 Meters). Here’s a list of the athletes and their qualifying marks:


Men’s Provisional:

10,000 Meters                          

Steeve Gabart — 29:18.03


Men’s Regional:

100 Meters                                4x100M Relay                           400M Hurdles

Michael Ray Garvin – 10.19        Florida State – 38.75                  Javier Garcia-Tunon – 50.90


High Jump                               Long Jump                              Discus Throw

Andrew Bachelor – 06-10.75       Brian Chibudu – 24-04.25           Michael Putman — 186-08.00

Tim Reen – 06-10.75


Hammer Throw                                    Shot Put                                   4x400M Relay

Travis Whitfield – 191-00.00        Michael Putman – 59-04.00        Florida State – 3:04.02

Matt Wernke — 189-08.00


Javelin                                     400 Meters

Bryan Howard – 205-10.00         Kevin Williams – 46.94

Pelle Rietveld – 202-09.00          Brandon O’Connor – 47.08


            Women’s Regional:

            100 Meters                                400 Meters                                800 Meters

            Teona Rodgers – 11.55              Brittany St. Louis – 54.00           Pilar McShine – 2:05.48

            Danielle Jeffrey — 11.61             Hshkeni Richemond – 54.57

            Candyce McGrone – 11.64

            Nicole Marcus – 11.67


            5000 Meters                              100M Hurdles                           4x100M Relay

            Lydia Willemse – 16:45.55          Teona Rodgers – 13.01              Florida State – 43.62


            Triple Jump                             Shot Put                                   Pole Vault

            Tiara Swanagan – 41-10.75        Kamorean Hayes – 50-00.50       Lizbeth Mabry – 12-07.50

                                                            Allyn Laughlin – 48-10.75

            Long Jump

            Kim Williams – 21-00.75


The Seminoles Since Joining the ACC

Florida State has been arguably the most consistently successful program in the ACC since joining the league in 1992. The men’s outdoor track and field team has won the conference title a total of six times, including the last four years. Their six conference titles are tied for most in the league since 1992 with Clemson. The women’s team has also enjoyed success, winning the conference in 2000, finishing runner-up multiple times, and never taking worse than 4th. Take a look at the men’s and women’s ACC Outdoor Championships finishes since 1992:


           Men:                                                              Women:

1992:    3rd                                         2001:    2nd                    1992:    4th                   2001:    3rd

1993:    4th                                        2002:    1st                     1993:    4th                     2002:    2nd

1994:    2nd                                       2003:    1st                     1994:    3rd                    2003:    2nd 

1995:    4th                                      2004:    2nd                    1995:    4th                     2004:    3rd

1996:    4th                                       2005:    1st                     1996:    2nd                    2005:    4th

1997:    4th                                      2006:        1st                  1997:    2nd                   2006:        2nd

1998:    4th                                       2007:    1st                     1998:    3rd                    2007:    3rd

1999:    5th                                       2008:    1st                     1999:    2nd                    2008:    4th 

2000:    2nd                                                                                2000:    1st


Individual Florida State ACC Records

Since entering into the ACC in 1992, Florida State has always had record setting performances by their athletes. Seminole athletes have a knack for setting conference records, as made clear by their league-leading six men’s individual ACC records, and their four women’s conference records (tied for most with North Carolina). From Jeff Bray’s ACC record pole vault in the Seminoles’ first year in the league, to Hannah England’s recent league best 1,500 meter run, here’s a look at Florida States’ conference records:


                      Men:                                                                               Women:

200 Meters – Walter Dix………………..……..19.69 (2007)                  100 Meters – Tonya Carter……………11.30 (2000)

10,000 Meters – Andrew Lemoncello..…..28:28.04 (2007)                       1,500 Meters – Hannah England…..4:06.19 (2008)

400M Relay – Florida State……………….….38.60 (2007)             3,000 SC – Barbara Parker…………9:48.82 (

200ole Vault – Jeff Bray……………………..18-06.50 (1992)             Pole Vault – Lacy Johnson……..…15-00.25 (2006)

Long Jump – Ngoni Makusha…………….27-02.75 (2008)             

Shot Put – Garrett Johnson……………….68-04.50 (2006)                          


In The National Rankings


Name                               Event               Pl         Mark           Date

Michael Ray Garvin           100m Dash       3rd        10.19          April 4, 2009


4x100M Relay                                           1st         38.75          April 4, 2009

4x400M Relay                                           3rd        3:04.02       April 11, 2009



Michael Putman                 Discus              11th       56.90m       April 10, 2009


Pilar McShine                    800m Run         6th         2:05.48       April 11, 2009


Teona Rodgers                  100m Hurdles    2nd        13.01          March 20, 2009


4x100M Relay                                           3rd        43.62          April 4, 2009


Kim Williams                     Long Jump        4th         6.42m         April 11, 2009


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