Jan. 14, 2007
Gainesville – The men’s and women’s track and field teams competed in The Swamp at the UF Intercollegiate Meet on Saturday, January 13. This is the first meet of the indoor season for the Seminoles and both teams were healthy and came out looking strong.
Last season, three Seminoles provisionally and one automatically qualified in their respective events at the UF Intercollegiates. This year five were provisional qualifiers and one automatic.
In the finals of the men’s 55 m dash, the Seminoles dominated the top four spots. Leading the way was automatic qualifier Greg Bolden, followed by Walter Dix (6.19), Michael Ray Garvin (6.23), and Cedric Nabe (6.24) who all provisionally qualified. Bolden’s winning time of 6.14 was not only a personal best for the senior from Morrow, GA but it also made him the fastest indoor 55m runner in the nation.
“Overall, I felt that this is the best position our men’s team has been in this early,” Coach Bob Braman said. “Usually after the holidays you have to get back and shake a lot of rust off. We really looked as good as we ever did in this early meet. I’m really pleased with that, they had a great meet.”
Garvin, a sophomore from Upper Saddle River, NJ, ran the 2oom with a time of 21.50, just shy of provisional qualifying standard. Junior thrower Matt Wernke had a personal best in the weight throw with a distance of 58’10.0″.
The women’s team had only one provisional qualifier and that was senior co-captain Alyce Williams in the triple jump with 41’8.5″. Newcomer Chalencia Seay nabbed a personal best in the women’s weight throw with a 54’1/25″ throw.
“Both of our high hurdlers, Kamilah Salaam & Valerie Flournoy, ran lifetime bests and PR’d, so that’s really good,” Braman said. “Dana Massiah did a good job in the 200m, Alyce did a good job in the triple jump, and Chalencia’s PR in the weight throw is great for her.”
Flournoy and Salaam ran personal bests in the 55m hurdles with their times of 8.17 and 8.28, respectively, and Massiah finished the 200 meters in the third spot with her time of 24.93.
“I have to say good job all around,” Braman said. “We’re way ahead of where I thought we’d be so obviously they did their homework over the holidays and that’s what all the coaches were concerned about. We didn’t have to shake too much rust off so that’s good.”
Staying healthy is always the number one priority for Florida State as they look forward into the season. With the rust apparently dusted off, the Seminoles prepare for the Clemson Multi Meet on January 26 and 27.