March 24, 2007
Lake Buena Vista, FL – As the sun sets on the Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex, Florida State’s men’s and women’s track and field teams head back to Tallahassee with almost two dozen regional qualifying marks and a handful of personal bests.
The final day of the Disney Track and Field Invitational added 13 more regional qualifying marks to the 11 the Seminoles picked up on Thursday and Friday. In total, 16 individuals in 12 events and three relays regionally qualified this weekend.
“I am pleasantly surprised at the intensity our athletes brought to this meet,” Head coach Bob Braman said. “It wasn’t the best collegiate competition, but the weather conditions were good and I am really pleased with how we performed.”
For the women’s squad, the Williams sisters each add another qualifying mark in the triple jump for Alyce and the 400m dash for Alycia. Alyce jumped 41’10.5″/12.76m to finish first and Alycia ran 23.70 to place fifth. The Palm Coast, Fla. natives have each regionally qualified in two events so far this season.
Senior Kamilah Salaam (Wilmington, DE/Penn State) just made the regional qualifying mark after running 13.92 to finish fourth in the 100m hurdle finals.
In the women’s shot put, senior Sarah Reed (Port Charlotte, FL/Illinois) and freshman Allyn Laughlin (Ambridge, PA/Center Area) each earned regional qualifying marks. Laughlin’s throw of 50’4.50″/15.35m was good enough for first place while Reed was the runner-up with her throw of 50 feet even.
The women’s 4x100m relay team and the 4x400m relay team were both the meet champions finishing in 45.51 and 3:37.25, respectively. Running on the 4x100m was Kamilah Salaam, Alyce Williams, freshman Cinnamon Johnson (Tallahassee, FL/Florida High), and Alycia Williams. On the 4x400m was sophomore Hshkeni Richemond (Suffern, NY/Suffern), senior India Pettus (Cleveland, OH/Trinity), junior Kandia Batchelor (Hillsborough, FL/Hillsborough), and Alycia Williams.
The Seminole men had an equally successful day with five individuals and the 4x100m relay regionally qualifying.
In the men’s 200m finals, freshman Charles Clark (Virginia Beach, VA/Bayside) and senior Greg Bolden (Morrow, GA/Albany State) each regionally qualified. Clark ran a personal best and national leading time of 20.57 to take home the gold while Bolden was the runner-up finishing in a personal best 20.88.
Senior John Fallone (Rochester, NY/Virginia Tech) grabbed his second regional qualifying mark in the shot put with a first-place and season best throw of 57’11.25″/17.66m. Fallone previously threw 56’8.50″ at the FSU Snowbird Invitational on March 3.
Junior Drew Brunson (Snellville, GA/Tennessee) and sophomore Javier Garcia-Tunon (Miami, FL/Belen Jesuit) each posted regionally qualifying marks in the 110m hurdle finals. Brunson finished second in 13.94 and Garcia-Tunon placed fifth in 14.25.
The men’s 4x100m relay took home the gold and grabbed a regional qualifying mark after running the national-leading time of 39.55. Running in the race was Bolden, junior Walter Dix (Coral Springs, FL/Coral Springs), Clark, and senior Cedric Nabe (Geneva, Switzerland/Lycee St. Joseph).
“As a team, I think we did a great job this weekend,” Braman said. “We are fortunate that we are very healthy right now, which is not always the case coming out of indoor track. We had a lot of lifetime bests and a lot of regional marks. I didn’t think that coming to a meet like this that they would really go for it like they did, so I am really impressed with how intense the men and women competed.”