FSU’s field event athletes wrapped up the meet with strong efforts. Sophomore Armani Wallace finished fourth in the triple jump with his best collegiate mark – indoors or outdoors – since last May. The Orlando, Fla. native posted a second-round leap of 15.92 meters (52-2.75), which stood up as the second-best among collegians in the field behind Florida’s KeAndre Bates (16.31m/53-6.25).
Bates now leads the nation, while Wallace sits third nationally.
“Armani found his stride and had several good jumps,” Braman said.
Emmanuel Onyia continued his strong senior season, and while he was unable to keep his streak of personal-bests alive, he did register two more marks of 56 meters including his eighth-place throw of 56.46 (185-3) in the men’s invitational discus competition.
“Onyia probably has more 56-meter discus throws than anyone in FSU history,” Braman said. “He’s as consistent as it gets. Now we’re looking for that next big jump.”
Gleneve Grange narrowly missed the finals of the women’s invitational shot put, posting a 10th-place finish with a best of 15.75 meters (51-8.25).
Down at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, sophomore Edward Clarke finished seventh in the 100-meter dash final in 10.54.
In the early hours of Saturday morning on the east coast, Seminole junior Mackenzie Landa raced to a lifetime-best 10,000-meter run of 35:03.53, which will likely qualify the Fresno State transfer for the NCAA East Preliminary meet. Her time ranks 11th-best in FSU history.
Collectively, the Seminoles piled up 14 new personal-best marks on the weekend between three meets.
The Seminoles will be back on the road next week when they travel to Knoxville, Tenn. In the team-scored Tennessee Relays.