TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State track and field team wrapped up its first weekend of outdoor competition on Saturday afternoon at the Tiger Track Classic in Auburn, Ala. and the Hurricane Invitational in Miami, Fla.
“The goal for a season-opening meet is always to compete well and get a qualifying mark for regionals if possible. We competed well across the board this weekend, and that sets us up well for FSU Relays next week,” Head Coach Bob Braman said.
In Miami, Sean Watkins Jr. led the way for the men’s sprinters as he took home the top spot in the 400m dash with a time of 47.28.
Alex Collier and Amir Willis each ran personal bests in their respective events. Collier finished third in the 200m dash with a solid time of 20.95. Willis had a good showing in the 100m dash as he finished third, clocking in at 10.25.
Over in Auburn, the Noles got off to a good start with Jacore Irving (15.15m) and Jeremiah Davis (15.06m) took the top two spots in the men’s triple jump.
Sukeil Foucha got his first career win in the 800m run with a time of 1:51.86 to give the Noles their second win of the day at the Tiger Track Classic.
The Noles had a great showing in the 3000m run on both the men’s and women’s side. Riley Bahr ran a personal best time of 9:59.03 to win the event.
On the men’s side, Luke Reid won his first ever outdoor track and field race with a time 8:28.68 in the 3000m run. FSU held the top six spots in the event thanks to solid performances from Andy Martinez (8:36.81), Matthew Owens (8:37.42), Lucas Bouquot (8:43.94), Coleman Cronk (8:54.45) and Harrison Martingayle (8:58.30).
Amani Heaven had a great day in the shot put and the discus. Heaven finished third in the shot put with a toss of 14.79m. Heaven finished second in the discus with a mark of 52.04m.
The Noles will be back in action next Thursday and Friday at the FSU Relays at the Mike Long Track. The distance runners will be heading to Raleigh, N.C., for the Raleigh Relays.
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