February 13, 2016 - by
Indoor Teams Build Momentum With Strong Weekend

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Saturday’s performances by the Florida State indoor track & field teams didn’t quite produce the fireworks from a day earlier, but nonetheless kept the Seminoles moving in the right direction with the ACC Championships just two weeks away.

Closing out the second day of competition at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational in Boston, and the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., the Noles capped off an impressive overall weekend.

A composite glance at the highlights of from the two-day meets reveals the establishment of eight new top-10 school marks, highlighted by Chelsea Jarvis’ school-record 800 (2:04.45) on Friday, seven personal-best performances and six additional season-best marks.

At the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., sprinters Jande Pierce and Shauna Helps recorded season-best times in the 200-meter dash, finishing in 24.21 and 24.27, respectively. Junior Kellion Knibb shook off the rust in the shot put with a season-opening top mark of 15.36 meters (50-4.75). The top finish of the day, however, belonged to redshirt junior Grete Sadeiko, who cleared a season-best 1.71 meters (5-7.25) for a share of second place in the high jump.

“The women’s sprinters did a really nice job in the 200 today,” Braman said. “I was especially pleased to see freshman Shauna Helps have a good one. She has so much talent.”

Junior shot putter Chad DaCosta unleashed his all-time best – indoors or outdoors – on his opening throw of the competition and the 17.60-meter (57-9) stood up for a fifth-place finish against a solid field. The mark also moved DaCosta up one spot to No. 9 on FSU’s all-time indoor top-10 list.

It was the lone addition of the day to FSU’s top-10 list from either venue.

FSU’s day began on shaky footing at Boston University when a lap-two pile-up of athletes in the fast heat of the 800-meter run knocked Seminole junior and defending ACC champion Jake Burton and two others out of the race. Somehow, teammate Otniel Teixeira managed to hurdle the carnage and close out a season-best 1:49.65 for fourth place overall. Teixeira was the second-fastest collegian in the field.

Three 800 heats later, Matt Magee recorded a new personal-best – one of four on the day by the Seminole distance crew – of 1:52.99.

Joining the personal-best club were freshman Andrew Coscoran in the mile (4:10.55), junior Harry Mulenga in the 3000-meter run (8:14.99), and junior Grant Nykaza, who closed out the night by finishing sixth in the fast heat of the 5000 in 14:28.40.

Overall, Braman came away from the weekend encouraged by the direction of the team based on the number of strong individual efforts.

“Grete continues to set up her pentathlon with good individual events, like today’s high jump,’ Braman said. “Chad and Grant have worked as hard as anyone on our squad, so it was great to see those two hit lifetime-bests.

“Harry has been our leader in every workout, so I know he has a big race coming. I probably over-trained him. We’ll get him ready for ACC’s.”

Mulenga and Teixeira were joined by Zak Seddon and Alistair Moona on Friday as the Noles finished second in the distance medley relay with the No. 4 time (9:48.37) in program history. Other new top-10 school performances from Friday included:

·         Nicole Setterington’s No. 6 all-time 60-meter hurdle performance (8.37);

·         Jogaile Petrokaite’s No. 8 long jump mark (6.34m/20-9.75), which won the open division;

·         Christine Griggs checking in with the No. 8 5000-meter performance (16:53.10) in FSU history;

·         Bridget Blake shredding 11 seconds off her previous-best mile (4:39.93) to check in at No. 10, and;

·         Freshman Peta-Gay Williams’ career-best of 8.46 in the 60-meter hurdles, which is also No. 10.

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