April 11, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.– Accepting the challenge issued by the coaching staff just two days earlier, the Florida State track & field teams turned in a strong opening performance Friday in the Seminole Invitational at Mike Long Track.
With five Seminoles registering top 10 all-time FSU standards, and wins in seven of 11 contested events, it was a needed lift with the Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Championships looming next week.
“It was a pretty good day,” Florida State coach Bob Braman said. “The focus was there and that’s what we asked for. We’re going to need it tomorrow, because we’re sure as heck going to need it next week.”
The Seminoles didn’t waste any time getting started as freshman Chadrick DaCosta won the discus with a mark of 54.15 meters (177-8), which is the eighth-best throw in school history. Fellow freshman Austin Droogsma opened up his outdoor season with a second-place showing (47.38/155-5).
FSU’s women were even better in the discus. School record holder, sophomore Kellion Knibb, capped a solid series with a winning mark of 54.22 (177-10). Redshirt freshman Victoria Reiman finished fourth overall with the No. 6 throw in Seminole history (46.97m/154-1), while junior BreeAnne Campbell placed fifth with a mark of 45.87 (150-6), which ranks No. 9 in all-time.
Junior Garrett Singletary used a career-best throw of 60.39 meters (198-1) in the javelin to not only score the win, but move into the No. 10 spot on FSU’s all-time list. Teammate Travis Michaud placed second (52.53m/172-4).
“We had two big field event improvements with Garrett Singletaryand Chad DaCosta,” Braman said. “Those are two big, helpful step-ups, because every point is going to count. Those are guys who put themselves in higher scoring position in the ACC.
“Our field event guys did a nice job of setting the table. And you’d say ditto on the women’s side. … That was a nice return to excellence for Kellion Knibb. We had nice PRs for our second and third-best discus throwers who put themselves in the top 10 of the conference rankings.”
Senior Chelsea Whalen also delivered the `Noles a win in the javelin with throw of 48.92 meters (160-6).
The highlights did not end there. Redshirt freshman Grete Sadeiko established a new lifetime best to win the high jump at 1.74 meters (5-8.50), which is the eighth-best mark in school history. On the men’s side, Cristobal Hurtado-Arteagawon the high jump in 2.03 meters (6-8).
Redshirt freshman Stanley Lintonmade the most of his Florida State debut, winning the night-ending 5000-meter run in a career-best time of 14:56.02.
The Seminole Invitational continues Saturday, beginning with the hammer, which is contested off campus at Innovation Park. The action begins on the track at 12 noon with the women’s triple jump, followed by the women’s 100-meter hurdles.
Much of the Seminoles’ focus on Saturday will be on the 200-meter dash, with All-Americans Dentarius Locke and James Harris competing in their first individual running events of the season. Otniel Teixeira and Jake Burton headline what could be a hot 800-meter run, while women’s hurdle standouts Anne Zagre and Nicole Setterington are anticipating their season-best marks leading up to the ACC Championships.
Admission to the meet is free and you can also follow the action via Twitter @FSU_Track or keep up with live stats at http://www.halfmiletiming.com/Datafiles/Spring2014/FSU/Seminole/Results/
A full recap of the meet will follow at the conclusion of the competition on Seminoles.com.