April 25, 2009
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Florida State showcased its speed in impressive fashion Saturday with a first place effort in the College Men’s 4×400 Championship at the 2009 Penn Relays in a time of 3:01.54 – one of the best collegiate times ever in Penn Relays history. The time also shattered the previous FSU record of 3:03.78 set back in 1986.
“Just really pleased … it was just a great, great moment for us,” Florida State head coach Bob Braman said. “They call the relays the Championship of America so we’re the relay champs of America.”
In a team comprised of a sophomore in Kevin Williams (Miami, Fla.) and three freshmen, Brandon O’Connor (Miami, Fla.) and Kevin and Jonathan Borlee (Brussels, Belgium), the Seminoles recorded a 4x400m relay regional qualifying time that leads the nation in 2009 and ranks third in Penn Relays history.
Florida State (Michael Ray Garvin, Brandon Byram, Maurice Mitchell, Charles Clark) finished second to Texas A&M by just three-one hundredths of a second in the College Men’s 4×100 Championship of America in a time of 38.82. The Aggies recorded a time of 38.79 in the race but the Seminoles still hold this season’s best time in the country with a time of 38.75, set earlier this month at the Texas Relays.
“Our 4×100 relay ran a great race,” Braman said. “That’s also one of the fastest collegiate times ever (4th best) at Penn Relays. It was an incredible effort. I don’t know if any team has ever run that fast from lane one.
“On Penn’s track, it was only a five-lane track and they couldn’t move the wall back to expand it to nine lanes so lanes one through four are inside of lane one.” Braman explained. “So we were in lane five but it’s the circumference of lane one and to run 38.82 from there has probably never been done before in college, so if we would have gotten a better qualifying time, it would have made a difference.”
Mitchell, who runs a leg on the 4×100 for the Seminoles, ran a 10.57 in the College Men’s 100m dash Championship, good for sixth place. He ran a regional qualifying time of 10.55 in Friday’s prelims.
Florida State women also fared well in Saturday’s relay action. In the College Women’s 4×400 Championship of America, the Seminoles’ senior Hshkeni Richemond (Sufferin, N.Y.), Brittany St. Louis (Trinidad & Tobago), Keyla Smith (Daytona Beach, Fla.) and Christal Washington (Hollywood, Fla.) placed fourth with a time of 3:34.00. Jamaica’s University of Technology finished first in a time of 3:30.61, followed by TCU (3:33.63) and LSU (3:33.96).
“The ladies did well,” Braman said. “They were fourth, but third U.S. in college. They had their best time of the year and rank among the top five or six in the country so that bodes well for them with their 4×1 sitting at No. 2 in the country. So they’re doing a good job.”
FSU’s mark ranks first in the ACC and fifth in the nation.
College Men’s 4×100 Championship of America
2. Florida State 38.82
College Men’s 100m dash Championship
6. Maurice Mitchell 10.57
College Men’s 4×400 Championship of America
1. Florida State 3:01.54
College Women’s 4×400 Championship of America
4. Florida State 3:34.00
8. Bryan Howard (20) 58.96 (193-5)