ORLANDO, Fla. – Serving notice that she has made great strides in just one year, Florida State’s Shanice Love opened her sophomore season with a lifetime-best discus mark, securing the victory Saturday at the UCF Black & Gold Invitational.
Love eclipsed her previous best on three of five legal throws, including a fourth-round best of 56.38 meters (185-0) for the win. It moved Love from No. 5 to No. 3 on FSU’s all-time list, and also led a 1-2-3 finish by Noles on the day.
Love’s throw ranks third nationally in the early going.
Graduate transfer Ieva Zarankaite (54.00m/177-2) placed second in her outdoor debut with the Noles, while Gleneve Grange was third (51.92m/170-4). All three were well above the 2017 NCAA East Preliminary qualifying standards.
Just a week after Austin Droogsma finished fourth at the NCAA Indoor Championships in the shot put, the redshirt senior opened his final outdoor season with a personal-best in the discus (57.13m/187-5) for the win. Sophomore transfer Noah Agwu finished fifth with a personal-best of 52.32 meters (171-8).
Among the other highlights in the season-opening weekend in Orlando was freshman Tye Dickens’ fourth-place finish in the 110-meter hurdles (14.36) and Kayla Maczuga’s sixth-place high jump performance (1.68m/5-6).
Mooney, Skyring post Yellow Jackets Invite wins
ATLANTA, Ga. – Sophomore Megan Mooney narrowly missed a personal-best in her outdoor season opener in Atlanta, capturing the 1500-meter title at Yellow Jacket Invitational in 4:33.46. Sophomore transfer Maudie Skyring duplicated those winning ways in the 800 with a new personal-best (2:08.87).
Mooney and Skyring paced an outstanding weekend for the Noles women.
In addition to Mooney, junior Althea Hewitt finished fifth in a lifetime-best 4:37.62. In the 800, sophomore Ginelle DeMone’s collegiate-best 2:09.73 was good for third. She was followed by redshirt junior Madison Harris’ outdoor personal-best (2:09.88) in fourth and senior Emily Edwards’ 2:11.88, who posted the fastest 800 opener of her career.
On the men’s side, redshirt freshman Bert Freire’s 3:53.23 season-opening performance in the 1500-meter run was good for third overall.
Florida State returns to action Friday at home in the seven-team FSU Relays, which includes Florida, Auburn, Liberty, Southern Miss, Dartmouth and Georgia Tech.