TAMPA, Fla. – Florida State’s track & field teams closed out the Bulls Invitational Saturday with five more victories – four from the women – capping a successful opening weekend of the outdoor track & field season. Combined, the Seminoles authored three new top-10 all-time marks among seven new personal-best performances on the final day of competition at USF.
Gleneve Grange made her outdoor debut for the Seminoles memorable, winning the discus on her sixth and final throw with a personal-best of 56.16 meters (184-3) to edge teammate and Jamaican national record-holder Kellion Knibb (55.65m/182-7). Freshman Shanice Love added a personal-best of 50.26m (164-11) to finish fifth.
Grange zoomed to No. 2 all-time at FSU, behind Knibb, while Love climbed from seventh to fifth all-time in her second meet of the season.
The Seminole women piled up three more wins on the track, all coming from underclassmen. Freshman Cortney Jones’ outdoor debut was a winner as she defeated teammate Melissa-Maree Farrington in the 100-meter hurdles in the 13.36, good for ninth on the FSU top 10 list.
Defending ACC champion Shauna Helps won her season-opening 100-meter dash in 11.69, just off her personal-best despite running into a slight headwind. Fellow sophomore Shaquania Dorsett stepped up to compete in her first collegiate 800 and was also victorious (2:16.57).
Graduate student Jamal Pitts ran the first open 400 of his FSU career and produced a winning time of 47.73 out of the second heat; the lone victory of the day for the men.
Decathlete Dante Newberg capped a three event weekend perfect in the personal-best department, following up Friday’s high jump best (1.90m), with third-place finishes in the javelin (57.17m/187-7) and 110-meter hurdles (14.93).
The Seminoles will return to action Friday at home when they host Alabama, Auburn, Georgia Tech, Liberty and Southern Miss in the FSU Relays. Competition will begin at 9 a.m. with the hammer throw and continue throughout the day.
The two-day meet will include the full college schedule on Friday, interspersed with four high school events. Saturday’s schedule is exclusively for the high schoolers.