March 22, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The opening events of the 33rd FSU Relays are in the books with Thursday’s completion of the decathlon and heptathlon.
Florida State’s Daniel Salgado and Chris Snow, the only competitors in the 10-event decathlon, finished 1-2 over the two-day competition with each posting new career-bests. Buoyed by his 848-point performance in the 110-meter hurdles (15.01) on the final day, Salgado established a career-best with 6,054 points. Snow also posted a new career-best with 5,666 points, on the strength of consistency throughout the two-day affair.
USF senior Rachel Etienne captured the heptathlon title with an outstanding final day. Etienne won two of three events on the final day, scoring 747 points in the long jump (5.66m/18-7), then wrapping up the eight-event affair with 767 points in the 800-meter finale (2:24.19)
Etienne amassed 4,733 points, edging sophomore USF teammate Rachel Klinger (4,474). Robert Morris freshman Tara Van Schie finished third (4,403).
The pace quickens Friday as more than 100 high school s join the 19 collegiate teams in the first full day of action, which begins at Mike Long Track at 11 a.m. with the boys pole vault, followed by the college women’s long jump and javelin at 12 noon.
The first running event – the collegiate 4×100-meter relay – kicks things off at 1 p.m., with action on the track continuing through the 4×100 high school relays, which should wrap up around 4:40 p.m. After a brief break, the 3000-meter steeplechase opens the evening Distance Showcase at 6 p.m., with the last races – the 10,000-meters – beginning at 9:05 p.m.
In addition to the competition, the Florida State will also put on the first TrackFest, which will include food vendors, a Nike booth, face-painting and games, that will run throughout the competition Friday and Saturday.
Former Florida State All-Americans Hannah England and Ciaran O’Lionaird, who are preparing for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, will sign autographs for fans in the TrackFest area from 3:30-5:30 p.m. England was the silver medalist in the 1500m at the 2011 World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, where O’Lionaird also reached the finals.
There is no admission charge to the FSU Relays or the TrackFest.
You can follow the action via Twitter @FSU_Track with complete coverage available at the conclusion of each day at Seminoles.com.