April 14, 2007
Tallahassee, FL – The last home meet of the 2007 outdoor track and field season was one of the most successful for Florida State. Battling hot and humid temperatures paired with strong winds and a period of rain, the Seminoles were able to tally over a dozen personal and collegiate bests as well as regional qualifying marks.
Nine on the women’s squad had their best performances on Saturday. Staring off in the women’s hammer throw, Sarah Reed threw a personal best 176’2″ and finished first in the event. The senior from Port Charlotte, Fla. also threw a PR in the shot put, 51’5.75″, also a regional mark and good for first. Also in the shot put, freshman Allyn Laughlin threw a regional qualifying and collegiate best 50’10” for a second-place finish.
Rounding out the bests in the field events was another freshman, Gainesville, Fla. native Tiara Swanagan, whose 41’2.50″ leap in the triple jump set a new collegiate best. The freshman was three-time high school state champion in the triple jump and her 42’8.75″ distance is still the high school state record.
In the women’s sprints, seniors Dana Massiah and India Pettus each had personal best and regional qualifying times in the 400 meter dash. Massiah ran 53.66 for first place and Pettus was the runner-up in 54.55. Freshman Keyla Smith dropped down from the 800 meters to run a personal best 54.92 and just miss regionally qualifying in the 400 meters.
For the women’s distance events, junior Debbie Huss’ first-pace time of 9:41.62 and senior Jessica Crate’s third-place 9:52.01 in the 3,000 meters set new personal records for both.
Barbara Parker had a prosperous day in the 1500 meters. The senior won the race and finished with a personal best and regionally qualifying 4:18.86 clock.
For the men’s sprints, senior Ronald Wright had a strong showing after coming off an injury. The Baltimore, MD native posted a personal best 21.08 in the 200 meter dash which was also a regional mark.
Freshman Stephen Wilson shaved over three seconds off his 800 meter time this season to regionally qualify by one one-hundredth of a second (1:50.39) and place first in the event.
In the men’s field events, sophomore transfer Bryan Howard improved his best in the javelin by four feet with a regional qualifying 207’3″ throw. Freshman Sean Conrecode and sophomore Tommy Beltz also had collegiate best throws of 172’7″ and 150’2″, respectively.
Newcomer to the team, Travis Whitfield, had an outstanding day in the hammer and discus throws. The freshman from Jay, Fla. threw a personal best 184’2″ in the hammer, also a regional mark, and his 139’5″ throw in the discus was also a PR.
“We got a lot done today,” head coach Bob Braman said. “One of the bright spots was Ronald Wright coming off an injury and performing so well in both the 100 and 200 meters. I feel he is two good starts away from being a potential national scorer.”
“The outcome from this low-key meet was a little unexpected, much like the Disney meet last month. But I am really pleased with everything and both the men and women did a really good job today.”
The next stop for the Seminoles is the ACC Championship next weekend, April 19-21, in College Park, MD.