May 10, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Friday began with Katja Vangsnes smashing her own school record in the hammer, with Dentarius Locke and Anne Zagre blistering their way to victories in the 100-meter dash and 100-meter hurdles.
In short, the Seminole Twilight meet was just about exactly what the Florida State track & field teams needed as they prepare for the fast-approaching NCAA postseason.
“Other than the relays I was really happy with the day,” FSU associate head coach Ken Harnden said. “The kids did a great job.”
It took Harnden more than a minute to rattle off the list of accomplishments the Seminoles amassed in their final meet of the season at Mike Long Track. FSU athletes came away with victories in 15 events, and even more secured or improved their standing in the NCAA East Preliminary rankings, which was the primary goal of the meet.
Vangsnes got things going by bettering her school record with a winning hammer toss of 60.86 meters (199-8), while Markindey Sineus won the men’s hammer (58.00m/190-3). Garrett Singletary improved to No. 9 on FSU’s all-time list in the javelin with a winning throw of 61.67m (202-4).
The success continued with the action moving between the lane lines. Zagre ran away with the 100-meter hurdle victory in a wind-aided time of 12.87, which is the fourth-fastest time in the nation this season.
Locke, competing in the 100 for just the second time this season, did not waste the opportunity, dropping down a winning 10.06 which stands No. 3 nationally. Freshman teammate Cejhae Greene was third in a legal personal-best 10.32, which is well within NCAA East qualifying standards.
Senior Marecia Pemberton was second across the finish line in the women’s 100, but the 11.38 she put down was her fastest time of the year. Zagre was third in 11.44.
In one of the most anticipated events of the meet, senior James Harris’ 400-meter dash season debut ended in victory in 45.65; the fastest season-opening time of his career. Alonzo Russell was third in a season-best 46.31.
FSU’s middle-distance and distance women did their part as well, with Jess Butler claiming the 1500 (4:34.67) and Sydnee Over notching a personal-best in the 800 (2:09.54) for second place.
Back within the infield confines, Kellion Knibb scored another discus victory with an opening throw of 53.73 meters (176-3). Competing in her final home meet, senior Chelsea Whalen won the shot put (16.12m/52-10.75). On the men’s side, freshman Austin Droogsmalikely earned an NCAA East berth with a third place and career-best throw of 17.44m (57-2.75).
Chadrick DaCosta and Droogsma finished 2-3 in the discus. DaCosta nearly matched his season-best (54.46/178-8), while Droogsma came through with a three-meter PR (50.70/166-4).
Der’Renae Freeman led a 1-4 finish by the Seminoles in the long jump, winning in 6.10 meters (20-0.25), followed by Grete Sadeiko (5.99/19-8), Maryke Brits (5.91/19-4.75) and Alejandra Martinez (5.56/18-3).
With the night winding down, Chelsi Woodruff delivered the final win on the track, beating UNF’s Elle Baker off the final water barrier to take the 3000 steeplechase in a lifetime best time of 10:28.31, which moved more comfortably within an NCAA East qualifying spot.
Paul Madzivire closed it out by soaring a career-best 7.87 meters (25-10) on his sixth and final attempt to win the long jump and improve his ranking to No. 7 nationally.
“That puts him in the chatter for an All-American spot and if he can do that at the (NCAA) meet he’s going to score,” Harnden said.