April 10, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Junior Kimberly Williams opened her outdoor season in impressive fashion Saturday afternoon as she set the nation’s top triple jump mark as she cleared 44-4.25 at the Seminole Invite.
“We didn’t have a ton of athletes going today but we got some good work in and I think we are ready for next weekend,” head coach Bob Braman said.
Williams cleared 44-2 in her opening jump before setting the nation’s top mark in her sixth and final attempt. Joining Williams in the triple jump was Latera Davis who cleared 39-8.5 to claim fourth place.
Michael Putman turned in a stellar throw in the shot put as he earned a personal best and the second-longest throw of the outdoor season in the country with a mark of 60-11.25. Of Putman’s six throws four cleared 60 feet something that only five athletes in the country have done this season.
Putman also turned in a top 10 regional performance in the discus throw as the Miami, Fla., native cleared 178-4 to earn the win.
“Kimmy and Michael were the highlight of the meet,” Braman said. “Kimmy continues to impress and Michael continues to improve week in and week out.”
Maurice Mitchell opened his day in the 100m with a top 20 performance in the country as his 10.42 set a personal best and equaled the 19th-fastest time in the 100m this season.
Mitchell faced some stiff competition later in the day in the 200m as two-time Olympic bronze medalist Walter Dix paced the 200m field with a 20.44, while Mitchell garnered second place in 20.83, the ninth-fastest time in the country this season.
The men’s 800m saw a trio of runners post top 50 regional times led by Nathan Duby who crossed the line in 1:50.95 for the win. David Forrester (1:51.46) and Darrin Gibson (1:51.81) finished 3-4 in the race
A women’s 1500m field littered with Seminoles saw Jennifer Dunn set a personal best in the event as she ran a 4:30.11 to claim the event ahead of Bree-Arne McArdle who finished in a time of 4:35.21. Rounding out the top three was Amanda Quick with her time of 4:37.80.
The duo of Teona Rodgers and Valerie Flournoy both turned in top 48 times in the region in the 100m hurdles as Rodgers clocked a 13.69 and Flournoy a 13.76 in the prelims before Flournoy captured the finals in 13.94.
The Seminoles will return to action on Thursday, April 15 at the ACC Outdoor Championships in Clemson, S.C.