Two of Williams’ classmates, Jamaican Shauna Helps and Bahamian Shaquania Dorsett, delivered victories in the 200 and 400, respectively. Dorsett won the 400 outright in 54.01, dispatching seven professionals and post-collegians, as well as the college competitors. Helps was the top collegiate finisher in the 200 (24.33) and third overall in a pro-heavy event. Setterington was second in a personal-best 24.70.
Those weren’t the only wins for the Seminole women. Senior Katja Vangsnes began the day by claiming the collegiate hammer competition in a season-best 59.76 meters (196-0). Fellow senior Der’Renae Freeman nipped teammate Jogaile Petrokaite in the long jump on her final attempt, 6.08m (19-11.50) to 6.05 (19-10.25), for the win.
Redshirt sophomore Bridget Blake was the top collegian in the 1500, finishing third overall in a personal-best 4:26.33. The only other win on the women’s side came from the 4×100 relay team of Jean, Helps, Jande Pierce and Freeman, which placed third overall in a driving rain (45.79) behind teams led by Olympic gold medalists Carmelita Jeter and Allyson Felix.
Beyond Brits’ long jump win, and teammate Keniel Grant’s runner-up finish in a season-best 7.45m (24-5.50), the Seminole men received quite a productive day from their freshmen as well.
Armani Wallace made it a clean sweep of the horizontal jumps, using his collegiate-best leap of 15.54 meters (51-0) to get the job done in the triple jump. Redshirt freshman Brandon Tirado posted a winning mark of 55.77m (182-11) in the men’s hammer. In both instances, they were collegiate winners for the first time
Out on the track, the freshmen duo of Darryl Haraway and Edward Clarke kept their season-long 1-2 punch going in the 100-meter dash, leaving the field behind in 10.43 and 10.66, respectively. They also teamed with freshman Raheem Robinson and Grant, a junior, to deliver a win in the 4×100 relay (40.49).
FSU’s sprint prowess continued in the 200, where junior Jamal Pitts led the field to the finish in 21.28, which was not only a lifetime-best but also delivered the first collegiate win of his Seminole career. Stephen Sutherland was second in a season-best 21.52.
Rounding out the victors among the Noles men was junior Jake Burton, who charged from behind out of the final turn to win the 800 in 1:50.39.
“For our kids to win a meet against good people is a real positive,” Braman said. “The biggest thing is I think the kids started to see the team concept; everybody is inter-dependent. How many points did you get here? How many points did you get there?”
By Braman’s account, the three days of team-building and competition was a positive step as the program’s attention begins to sharpen toward the postseason as the second half of the outdoor campaign begins.
“We got a lot out of it and are going the right way,” Braman said. “It would have been wonderful if it had been typical California dry weather, which we didn’t get…At some point it’s got to stop raining. Hopefully that will be this weekend coming home.”
Florida State will jump right back into the action Friday and Saturday at home as hosts of the Seminole Invitational at Mike Long Track, where Tennessee, South Carolina and Rutgers will be among the top visiting programs.