March 19, 2010
TAMPA, Fla. –
A pair of Seminole sprinters stole the show at the Bulls Invitational in Tampa, Fla. Friday night as Danielle Jeffrey on the women’s side and David Ambler on the men’s side both set the nation’s top time in the 100m dash.
“What a great way to start the outdoor season for both Danielle (Jeffrey) and David (Ambler),” head coach Bob Braman said.
On the track Danielle Jeffrey turned in the nation’s top time in the 100m dash as the Kingston, Jamaica native, ran an 11.71 to take first place. LaSonya Rodgers also posted a sub-13 time in the 100m as she ran a 12.46 to post a top-20 finish.
Jeffrey also turned in the third-best 200m mark in the region later in the day as the sophomore crossed the line in 24.20 for second place.
David Ambler turned in a similar nation-leading performance on the men’s side as the freshman ran 10.37 to take the top spot and put himself in good position to make the regional very early in the season. Ambler also claimed a top five finish in the 200m with a time of 21.46 which was good for fourth.
In the men’s hammer Travis Whitfield set a personal best and the third-best mark in the region this outdoor season with a top throw of 194-8 to claim the Bulls Invitational title. Trevor Andrews joined Whitfield in the top 10 as he threw the hammer 159-3 to earn seventh place.
Lizbeth Mabry cleared 12-9.5 in the pole vault to claim the overall title as she also posted the top mark in the region early in the outdoor season. Joining Mabry in the top five was Callie Giffin who cleared 11-11.75, while Abby Sutton posted a mark of 10-11.75 to tie for 10th along with Lauren Giffin.
Meanwhile on the men’s side, Gonzalo Barroilhet earned second place in the pole vault with a top vault of 16-00.75. Andrew LaHaye cleared 15-7 to earn a fourth place finish on the day.
Michelle Jenije opened with a jump of 17-10.75 in the long jump in her very first jump but was unable to build on the strong start and finished in sixth place on the day.
William Steele garnered a third place finish in the long jump with a top jump of 22-0.75, which ranks in the top 20 in the region heading into the week. Marlon Woods joined Steele in the top 10 in the triple jump as Woods cleared 47-5.75 for a third place finish.
Caila Coleman also posted a top 10 regional mark in the hammer throw as the Tallahassee native recorded a top throw of 166-6 to earn third place in the meet.
Bryan Howard claimed the javelin throw with a top toss of 208-5 falling just three feet shy of a personal best.
The region’s leader in the shot put posted another 50-foot toss on Friday as Allyn Laughlin threw the shot 50-2.5 to claim the individual title.
Valerie Fluornoy improved on her region-leading time in the 100m hurdles as she ran a 13.85 to take second place in the event.
Bree-Arne McArdle and Emily Ness posted top 10 finishes in the 1500m with times of 4:33.84 and 4:39.39, while McArdle’s mark set a new personal best.
“We need to keep building on today’s performance and get ready for the FSU Relays and really get rolling in the coming weeks,” Braman said.
The Seminoles will return home next week to host the FSU Relays set to run Thursday, March 25-27.