April 13, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.– A school record and a dozen personal-best performances on the final day of the Seminole Invitational provided the Florida State men’s and women’s track & field teams with momentum heading into next week’s ACC Championship meet.
“The thing that we look for the week before the conference meet is that the athletes are locked-in, zoned-in, competing hard and ready to get to that meet,” Florida State coach Bob Braman said. “They’re ready. I think our mental focus was really good.”
Junior Chelsea Whalen’s quest for the school record in the shot put ended with a breakthrough mark Saturday at Mike Long Track, when she uncorked a throw of 16.23 meters (53-3). The winning throw pushed her past Allyn Laughlin’s four-year-old school standard (16.17m/53-0.75) and came one week after she moved into a tie for second place on FSU’s all-time list with a throw of 16.15 at the Florida Relays.
The Seminoles accomplished quite a few of their goals over the two-day meet. The men’s 4×100 and 4×400 relay teams put together performances worthy of getting into the fast heats at next week’s ACC Championship meet in Raleigh, N.C., winning in 40.14 and 3:08.24, respectively.
As an added bonus, the FSU women’s 4×400 team capped the day with what the coaching staff believes is the fastest time by a Seminole quartet in four seasons, winning in 3:38.42.
Individually, there was no shortage of highlights. Freshman Georgia Peel and sophomore Colleen Quigley rolled to a 1-2 finish in the 1500-meter run in 4:14.40 and 4:15.65. Those marks not only rank seventh and eighth in school history, but currently rank second and third, nationally. Sophomore Linden Hall was fifth in a lifetime-best 4:21.68., which should stand as an NCAA East Preliminary qualifying mark.
Saturday opened with sophomore Markindey Sineus registering the best hammer throw of his career – 59.07 meters (193-9) – which moved him into fifth on FSU’s all-time list and gave the Seminoles the first of 10 wins on the day.
Junior Marecia Pemberton continued her comeback season with a season-best winning time of 11.64 in the 100-meter dash.
Tallahassee native and FSU junior Elizabeth Ichite led a 1-2 finish by the Seminoles in the 400-meter dash, winning in a career-best time of 53.14. FSU freshman Sage Watson chased her across the finish line with a season-best time of 53.54. Ichite and Watson also teamed with Sarah Chandler and anchor Marsha Ariol on the winning 4×400 relay.
On the men’s side, freshman Zak Seddon pulled away on the final lap to capture the 1500-meter run in a solid time of 3:48.03. The men’s makeshift 4×100 relay team of David Ambler, Dentarius Locke, Andrew Lahaye and James Harris secured the `Noles a spot in the fast heat of the ACC Championship meet with a winning time of 40.14. It marked the first time in three attempts this season that FSU was able to get the stick around the track this season.
A pair of Seminoles competing as unattached athletes – Josh Mance and Jake Burton – added to the victory total. Mance was the runaway winning in the 400-meter dash in a season-best 45.43, while Burton claimed the 800 in a lifetime-best mark of 1:50.07.
Beyond the wins, the `Noles also received season-best marks from a pair of freshman women. Hannah Acton was the runner-up in the pole vault (3.90m/12-9.50), while Kellion Knibb placed third in the shot put with a lifetime-best (15.10m/49-6.50).
“Whalen was big. Georgia Peel had the No. 3 or No. 4 performance in the country,” Braman said. “That was big-time for Markindey. I want to give him a shout-out. The 4×400 ran 3:08 low and the 4×100 got in the fast heat at the ACC meet. The women’s 4×400 ran 3:38. And Elizabeth (Ichite) was big-time. She almost cracked into 52s. …
“Yesterday the field events were big. Today, the running events – that middle distance group from 400-800-1500 – was on fire. It was a good day. This Monday looks a lot brighter than last Monday.”