April 7, 2005
Tallahassee, Fla. – Three members of the Florida State track and field team hit regional qualifying standards at the prestigious Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in Austin, Texas on Thursday, April 7, 2005. Junior Andrew Diakos (Naples, Fla./Barron-Collier), sophomore Matt Hurley (Tallahassee, Fla./Lawton Chiles) and freshman Elliot Wood (Sydney, Australia/Narrabean Sports) posted regional marks at the meet.
Hurley vaulted a career-best 16’6.75″ (5.05m) in finishing sixth in the event. The Tallahassee, Fla., native moved into ninth place all-time in the event listing, tying with the 2004 ACC Indoor Pole Vault Champion Patrick Gerberich. Hurley’s vault moves him into a tie for third place on the ACC Top Performances list.
Diakos finished in eighth place overall with his mark of 188’10” (57.57m) in the hammer throw. His distance was the third farthest he has thrown this season and marks the fifth time DIakos has hit the regional qualifying standard of 177’8″ (54.15).
Wood ran his third regional qualifying mark in the 400m hurdles (52.49) to finish first in his heat and 11th overall in the prelims of the university section of the event. Senior Greg Johnson (Miami, Fla./FIU) took fifth in his heat in the 400m hurdles prelims, running a time of 54.03.
The Seminoles return to action tomorrow in Austin for the second day of the meet while the Seminole Invitational begins at home with running and field events at 4:00 p.m.