Feb. 3, 2007
Florida State track and field closes out the New Balance Invite on Saturday night with more provisional qualifiers and a few personal bests. Greg Bolden (Morrow, GA) holds onto his title of fastest 60m runner in the nation while Ricardo Chambers (Palm Beach County, FL) becomes the fastest 400m runner.
“The point of this meet for us was to continue that march to nationals,” Coach Bob Braman said. “So we did a lot of that in the 60m on Friday by getting the three guys qualified for nationals. That was big.”
In men’s action, senior Greg Bolden (Morrow, GA) once again finished on top in the 60m finals with his new personal best time of 6.61. A false start kept Walter Dix (Coral Springs, FL) from finishing and a sudden case of the flu prevented Michael Ray Garvin (Upper Saddle River, NJ) from competing today, but they still remain the third and fifth fastest 60m runners with their provisional times from Friday. Senior Cedric Nabe (Geneva, Switzerland) was able to finish in the 60m with a time of 6.80 for seventh place.
Walter Dix also competed in the 200m where his time of 21.13 not only gave him a first place finish in the prelims but also provisionally qualified him for nationals.
In the men’s 400m, junior Ricardo Chambers (Palm Beach County, FL) provisionally qualified with his first place time of 46.23, also making him the fastest in the nation. Also running in the 400m finals was freshman Charles Clark (Virginia Beach, VA) who placed ninth with a 48.20 clock.
In the distance events, seniors Andrew Lemoncello (St. Andrew’s, Scotland) and Tom Lancashire (Bolton, England) both set new school records in the 3,000m with their times of 8:00.09 and 8:00.95, respectively. Andrew finished second just behind Abraham Ng’eitch of Iona while Tom placed fifth. Also finishing in the top twenty was junior Mark Buckingham (Huddersfield, England) in sixteenth in 8:15.99.
On the women’s side, junior Abi Wilshire (Saltford, England) won the collegiate women’s 3,000m with her collegiate best mark of 9:42.47.
Senior Barbara Parker (Norfolk, England) ran against some of the best runners in the country to place second overall in the championship mile with her collegiate best time of 4:46.69.
Sophomore Tori Allen (Indianapolis, IN) won her division in the pole vault with a height of 12’1.50″.
Also competing for the women in the weight throw were the freshman three-some of Caila Coleman (Tallahassee, FL), Chalencia Seay (Polk County, FL), and Allyn Laughlin (Ambridge, PA). Coleman threw for 53’0.25″, Chalencia had a 48’8.75″ throw and Allyn finished just shy with a distance of 48’7.25″. Freshman Valerie Flournoy (Gainesville, FL) ran in the 60m hurdle finals and placed 15th with a clock of 8.69.
“We’re starting to come together but there are still a lot of things that need to be done in the next four weeks,” Braman said. “There are only four qualifying weeks left. Next week at Arkansas and at Washington for some of the distance guys and then at the conference meet, which is a hard meet to qualify at, and then of course there’s the Last Chance Meet.”
“We didn’t focus too much on the team score because we had to pull some people out and we rested others. So it was like any other meet for us, we’re just trying to get qualifiers and things like that.”
“Overall I think we did a good job. I’m pleased with the trip and now we know what we’ve got to do to be ready for the conference meet.”
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