GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Sophomore Brandon Tirado wasted no time redeeming himself for a sub-par performance in the men’s hammer at last week’s FSU Relays.
His first throw of Friday evening’s Pepsi Florida Relays competition carried more than a meter further than his previous personal-best and secured a second-place finish for the former Naples High shot put and discus thrower.
Tirado’s opening throw of 61.03 meters (200-3) was the first of his career over 60 meters, and also the first of three on the night.
“I’m very pleased,” FSU throws coach Dorian Scott said of the second-year Seminole. “He was more calm in the circle and didn’t force it. His warm-ups were 63-64 [meters], so he still rushed it a bit in competition, but that’s part of his journey.”
Tirado came into the competition ranked fourth all-time among Seminoles with a personal-best of 59.54 meters (195-4), and while he didn’t quite overtake No. 3 Andrew Diakos [61.07m], he did become just the fourth Nole to eclipse 200 feet, or 16 meters.
More importantly, Tirado edged closer to earning his first postseason appearance as a throw of 61 meters would have qualified him for the NCAA East Preliminary meet in four of the last five years.
Two of FSU’s three entries in the women’s 5000-meter run, Tara Rooney and Marianne Aguilar, recorded major breakthroughs with lifetime-best efforts. Rooney’s 17:36.75 marked a 15-second improvement off her previous best, while Aguilar dipped under 18 minutes for the first time in 17:52.26; a 27-second improvement. They were 21st and 29th in a field of 50.
On pace to join the duo, Fatema Jaffer finished in 18:19.30.
“All three ladies came to run,” women’s distance coach Kelly Phillips said. “It was really exciting to see them just get in there and expect to run fast, rather than hoping to run fast.”
Redshirt freshman Christian Aman closed out the night in the men’s 5000 with his own personal best, a 14-second improvement to 15:04.72.
The Seminoles will return to action Friday, at both Percy Beard Stadium as well as the Texas Relays and Stanford Invitational.