May 10, 2013
ATLANTA, Ga. – Florida State junior Chelsea Whalen continued her breakout season Friday night at the Georgia Tech Invitational with career-best marks in both the shot put and javelin.
For the third consecutive meet Whalen improved her own school record in the shot put with a mark of 16.45 meters (53-11.75), which was good for a second place finish. The Nova Scotia, Canada native followed up with a huge personal-best in the javelin (48.85m/160-3), which was good for the win.
“I’m beat down because we’ve been training so hard,” Whalen said. “To still be able to throw my best means I’m starting to trust my technique. It feels natural.”
Whalen ranks tied for seventh among shot putters in the NCAA East Preliminary and jumped from 16th to ninth in the javelin.
On the final weekend of the track & field regular season, the Seminoles advanced three athletes to Saturday’s finals at the George C. Griffin Track.
Dentarius Locke advanced as the top qualifier in the 100-meter dash in 10.29. Marecia Pemberton qualified seventh in the women’s 100 in 11.95, while Tremaine Grant grabbed the eighth and final qualifying spot in the 110-meter hurdles in 14.32.
Stefan Brits was the runner-up in the long jump with a mark of 7.49m (24-7).
“Chelsea had a great night,” FSU associate head coach Ken Harnden said. “And we didn’t run badly in the prelims.”
Several other Seminoles turned in solid performances as well. Stacey Alvarez was the runner-up to Whalen in the javelin with a season-best mark of 42.54 (139-7). Der’Renae Freeman placed sixth in the long jump with a leap of 6.04m (19-9.75).
While the FSU sprinters, jumpers and throwers wrap up the Georgia Tech Invitational on Saturday, the Seminole distance runners will compete Saturday night at the Virginia Challenge in Charlottesville.
Former track standout getting NFL look
Horatio Williams, who earned All-American honors in both the 200 and on FSU’s school-record 4×100 relay team last year, is participating in rookie orientation with the Green Bay Packers. Williams, who played wide receiver for two seasons at Hinds (Miss.) Community College, joined the Seminoles in January 2012 after transferring from LSU.