April 6, 2007
Tallahassee, FL – The Florida State track and field teams are stretched out across the nation this weekend, competing at the Texas Relays in Austin and the Florida Relays in Gainesville. After three days of competition in Texas, six individuals and two relay teams have met regional marks for the Seminoles.
The unstoppable 4×100 meter relay team of senior Greg Bolden (Morrow, GA/Albany State), junior Walter Dix (Coral Springs, FL/Coral Springs), sophomore Michael Ray Garvin (Upper Saddle River, NJ/Don Bosco Prep), and freshman Charles Clark (Virginia Beach, VA) ran a national-leading 39.24 in the prelims, improving on their regional qualifying time of 39.55 which was set at the Disney Track and Field Invite on March 24.
Dix, Bolden and Garvin were the top three finishers in the 100 meter dash prelims, each posting regional marks. Dix recorded an incredible national-leading time of 10.11 in his first 100 meter race this season. In second was Bolden who ran 10.30 and in third was Garvin, making his outdoor debut, finishing in 10.35.
“We had a very good couple of days so far in Texas,” associate head coach Harlis Meaders said. “We had three out of four men advance to the finals in the 100 meters and the men’s 4×100 relay had an excellent performance today and will compete in the finals on Saturday.”
Another notable performance was junior Drew Brunson (Snellville, GA/Tennessee) in the men’s 110 meter hurdle prelims. Brunson ran a regional qualifying and season-best 13.86 to finish second overall in the prelims.
Senior Matt Hurley (Tallahassee, FL/Chiles) had a good day on Thursday as he reached 17-feet 0.75-inches in section B of the men’s pole vault.
“For the final day, we are looking forward to the women’s 4×400 meter relay,” Meaders said. “We also have the finals in the men’s 100 meter dash and 4×100 meter relay as well as the men’s 4×400 and 4×200.”
At the Florida Relays on Friday three on the women’s side ran lifetime bests. In the 400 meter hurdles, Gainesville native sophomore Shannon Stuckman ran a lifetime best 1:01.41 and just missed the regional mark. In the 400 meters freshman Kayann Chambers (Pompano Beach, FL/Pompano Beach) ran her best race in 55.43 and junior Keyla Smith (Daytona Beach, FL/Mainland) tied her lifetime best of 2:13.85 in the 800 meters.
On the men’s side, senior Kenny Jesensky (Orlando, FL/Coastal Carolina) missed regionally qualifying in the 800 meters by one second after finishing seventh in 1:51.40.
“Shannon and Kenny both did a great job today and just missed those regional marks,” Braman said.
“Our team had a pretty good day in Gainesville today. We had a lot of athletes pretty much punch their ticket to the conference championships and we are really pleased with their performances.”
Saturday is the final day for both meets with competition kicking off at 10:00 a.m. EST in Gainesville and at 11:00 a.m. EST in Texas. Complete results from Texas can be found at www.TexasSports.com and for Florida you can log onto www.HalfMileTiming.com.