GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Florida State track and field team had one of their best outings of the season on Friday at the Tom Jones Memorial in Gainesville, Fla. The Noles tallied several personal bests on the track while having great success in the field events.
“I was really pleased with our group today. That was probably the best we’ve competed all season, and we need to keep that momentum for tomorrow and the rest of the season,” Head Coach Bob Braman said.
The return of Isaac Grimes gave the Noles a jolt in the long jump, as he and teammate Jeremiah Davis each jumped 7.92m for the top spot in the event in a stacked field. Those marks are tied for the eighth-best marks in the nation. Jacore Irving also posted an outdoor personal best in the event with a mark of 7.65m to finish eighth.
The first win of the day came from Dani Thompson in the 5000m run. Thompson picked up her first collegiate victory with a time of 17:47.57. Evie McIver finished right behind her in second with a time of 17:54.59.
In the 400m hurdles, James Rivera had the best outing of his career with a time of 50.21 to finish third among collegian and sixth overall. Rivera’s personal best time puts him at No. 7 on the FSU all-time list.
Matthew Newland had a great showing for the Noles in the men’s 5000m run, as he shattered his personal best by 18 seconds and finished as the first collegian in the event with a time of 14:19.35.
Jacob Holmes posted a personal best as well in the 1500m run with a time of 3:46.28 to finish fifth.
In the sprints, Alex Collier (20.88) and Sean Watkins Jr. (21.07) each posted personal bests in the 200m dash.
In the field events, Kelechi Nwanaga finished fifth in the javelin with a mark of 51.98m. Milton Ingraham (54.67m) and Amani Heaven (52.17) each took sixth in the discus.
The Noles will be back in action tomorrow at 10 a.m. with the women’s hammer.
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