May 12, 2016 - by
Friday Live Blog: ACC Track and Field Championships

Friday Blog

The 2016 ACC Outdoor Championships are underway and redshirt freshman Brandon Tirado got things started for the Seminoles. Competing in the first flight of the men’s hammer, Tirado registered a top mark of 55.66 meters (182-7), just off his season-best, and finished 14th overall out of a field of 20.

Tirado came into the competition as the No. 15 seed.

Virginia freshman Hilmar Orn Jonsson won with a new facility record throw of 71.52 meters (234-8), unseating three-time champion Tomas Kruzliak of Virginia Tech on his sixth and final attempt.

Keep up to speed throughout the ACC Championships on the progress of your Seminoles right here at our daily blogs.


Senior Katja Vangsnes could not have put together a better performance in her home finale, capturing her first ACC title. The No. 3 seed entering the competition, Vangsnes eclipsed her previous SB on all five of her legal throws, including the title-clincher of 62.51 meters (205-1).

Not only was it the winning mark, but it broke Vangsnes’ own school record by more than a full meter.

She is FSU’s first ACC champion in the women’s hammer since Lakeisha Mose won her second of back-to-back titles in 2000.


Redshirt freshman D’Mitry Charlton came tantalizingly close to grabbing a spot in the final, but had to settle for a season-best time of 53.29 in the preliminary heats. Charlton’s time is a season-best as he finished fourth in heat three and ended up tied for the ninth-best time in the field, with the top eight advancing to Sunday’s final. Charlton came into the meet with a season-best of 53.60 and was seeded 14th.

WOMEN’S & MEN’S 200 Prelims

Competing well with a second-place heat finish, senior Jande Pierce came up short of qualifying for the finals in 24.11…Jamal Pitts (21.23) advanced to the finals – sort – after placing second in his heat. Pitts actually tied for the final qualifying spot with Miami’s Jaalen Jones, and the two will run-off for the final spot Saturday at 8:25 p.m. … Darryl Haraway (21.45) and Stephen Sutherland (21.63) failed to advance.

WOMEN’S 1500

A year ago Georgia Peel faltered shy of the finish line in the 1500m prelims. Friday night she made sure that history didn’t repeat itself in her final race at home. The senior not only won her heat to automatically advance to the final, she did it with the top time (4:21.15). Teammate Bridget Blake grabbed an automatic berth in the final as well, placing third in the same heat in 4:26.67.

MEN’S 1500

Zak Seddon and Michael Hall worked together in a tightly packed third heat and it paid off as the senior and redshirt freshman advanced to finals in 3:48.24 and 3:48.38. Seddon grabbed the automatic berth by placing third in the heat, while Hall nabbed a qualifying mark on time by hanging with the group.


100m Hurdles: Junior Melissa-Maree Farrington posted a lifetime-best time of 13.40 and leads all 14 competitors with 1,065 points after the opening event. Teammate Grete Sadeiko was fourth-fastet over at 14.03, good for 974 points.

High Jump: Farrington and Sadeiko each clear 1.70m (5-7) for 855 points and stand 1-2 in the overall standings thru two events with 1,920 and 1,829 points, respectively.

Shot Put: Sadeiko posted a season-best of 12.23 meters (40-1.50) – second-best in the field -which was good for 676 points. Farrington added her own season-best (11.16/36-7.50) for 606 points.

Farrington is second with 2,526 points, and Sadeiko third with 2505 heading into the final event of the day – the 200. They trail Notre Dame’s Carly Loeffel (2580).

200: Farrington and Sadeiko closed out day one running 24.88 and 25.20, respectively, in the 200-meter dash. It was a collegiate-best mark for Farrington, who will be day two of the the competition in second place with 3,424 points, just 28 behind the leader – Notre Dame’s Carly Loeffel (3,452).

Sadeiko heads into the second day of competition – historically her strongest – in third place with 3,374 points.

Day two will include the long jump, javelin and 800-meter run and get started at 10 a.m.


100m Dash: Freshman Dante Newberg matched his lifetime-best in the 100-meter dash, opening the decathlon with an 11.03, which was third-fastest among 13 competitors. Newberg, the No. 10 seed with a career-best total of 5,979 points, picked up 858 in the first of 10 events.

Long Jump: Newberg betters his previous season-best on all three attempts and counts a leap of 6.74m (22-1.50) for 753 points and a two-event total of 1,611 points. The freshman is in third place overall heading into the shot put.

Shot Put: Make it three consecutive personal-bests for Newberg, whose shot put of 11.67m (38-3.50) was good for 586 points. Through three events the Tampa, Fla. native is fourth with 2,197 points, heading into the high jump.

High Jump: With a clearance of 1.80m (5-10.75), Newberg picked up 627 points to push his total four-event total to 2,824 points and stands sixth overall entering the 400-meter dash.

400m Dash: Newberg closed his personal-best first day of competition by running 54.37 for 627 points. The freshman will begin Saturday’s competition in ninth place with 3,448 points, just 42 points out of the eighth and final scoring spot.

Saturday’s competition will include the 110 hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin and 1500m run. They will get started at 11:15 a.m.



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