Feb. 9, 2008
New York City – Florida State topped off two days of competition at the New Balance Invitational with two career-best, first-place performances from Jamaican natives Kimberly Williams and Ray Taylor in the triple jump. In all the Seminoles notched two automatic and three provisional qualifying marks at the Armory Track in New York City.
Two weeks after freshman Williams launched herself to the top of the national triple jump standings in Gainesville, she bested her own mark with a distance of 45′ 0.25″. The outstanding leap gave Williams first place in the event as well as an automatic qualifying mark. It also earned her the all-time FSU indoor triple jump record.
All-American transfer Taylor also picked up an automatic qualifying mark in his first jump of the season, notching his best indoor triple jump to date with a 53′ 2.75″. Taylor, the 2007 NCAA Outdoor Triple Jump Champion, now holds the fourth-best mark in the nation as well as the fourth-best mark in FSU history.
In addition to its success in the field, Florida State had a great showing on the track as well, posting three provisional marks for the NCAA Indoor Championships next month. All-American junior Michael Ray Garvin provisionally qualified in the 60m dash with a fourth-place time of 6.70. Fellow All-American junior Tywayne Buchanan picked up a fourth-place qualifying time of 47.32 in the 400m dash. Freshman Brandon Byram picked up his first provisional mark in the 200m with a seventh-place time of 21.44.
The Seminole women’s 4x400m relay team also had a successful day , posting a fourth-place, 3:42.55 performance. Freshman Ngoni Makusha leapt to a second-place victory in the long jump with a 25’4.5″ mark.
Florida State will head to Arkansas next week for the Tyson Invitational, which will be the team’s final meet before heading to ACC Indoors in Chapel Hill, N.C. on Feb. 29.