GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Florida State track and field team had a solid first day at the Pepsi Florida Relays in Gainesville, Florida. Several athletes posted personal bests to put themselves in prime position to qualify for the NCAA East Preliminary meet in May.
“The goal this time of the year is to get those regional qualifying marks,” Head Coach Bob Braman said. “We had some really good performances throughout the day and finished strong with some really good races from our distance crew.”
The Noles saved the best for last, as both Matt Owens and Luke Reid picked up wins in the final two events of the day. Owens climbed his way to No. 6 on the FSU all-time 3000m steeplechase list with a convincing victory. Owens clocked in at 8:53.22.
In the 5000m run, Reid used a strong final lap to take the win in his outdoor debut with the Noles. The freshman crossed the line at 14:23.83 to take the individual title.
Edidiong Odiong once again put together a strong showing for the Noles posting a personal best time of 23.15 to take fifth in the 200m dash. Odiong’s time is the top time in the ACC to date. Ashley Seymour also posted a personal best in the event with a time of 23.45 to finish 12th.
Kelechi Nwanaga and Sara Zabarino had another solid outing in the javelin throw, as Nwanaga placed third with a mark of 51.77 while Zabarino finished sixth (46.87).
Jennifer Lima broke her personal best in the 1500m run by a full two seconds, as she finished sixth in the event with a time of 4:18.86.
Sam Field had a great day in the 1500m run with a season-best time of 3:43.71 to finish third. Humberto Freire joined Field with another solid run, as he placed seventh with a time of 3:45.32.
In the men’s long jump, Jeremiah Davis finished fifth with a mark of 7.55m.
Amir Willis continued his strong outdoor campaign with another solid time of 20.77 in his outdoor 200m dash debut with the Noles.
The Noles will be back in action tomorrow at the Pepsi Florida Relays with action starting at 9 a.m. For updates and exclusive content, follow the Noles on Twitter (FSU_Track), Instagram (fsu_track) and Facebook (Florida State Track and Field).