FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – In one of the most competitive meets in the country, the Florida State track and field team recorded nine top five finishes along with eight athletes earning personal bests on the final day of the Tyson Invitational inside Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, Ark.
In his indoor track debut, Adriaan Wildschutt put on a record breaking performance in the 5,000 meters turning in a time of 13:39.43. He crushed the school record by seven seconds ranking that time at No. 6 in the NCAA. In the women’s 5,000 meter run, Rebecca Clark collected a personal best of 16:02.47 and was closely followed by Alyson Churchill (16:08.27) en route to a two-three finish in the event. Clark now owns the fourth best time in FSU history that ranks No. 12 in the NCAA this season.
The distance crew didn’t just stop there, Maudie Skyring led the way with a personal best in the women’s mile of 4:34.98 to finish fifth with the fifth fastest time in the NCAA. She was followed by Yasmine Abbes and Jennifer Lima. Abbes clocked a PR of 4:44.22 whilst Lima finished in a time of 4:56.50.
In the men’s 800 meter Joab Francois and Amari Douglas both collected personal bests. Francois took 15th in the 800m with a time of 1:52.46. Douglas finished in 18th with a time of 1:55.43.
“Just a phenomenal weekend for Maudie,” said Florida State head coach Bob Braman. “She had a killer anchor leg on that ACC Record Distance Medley last night and comes back and runs the fifth fastest Mile in the Country.”
Kasaun James took third in the men’s 200 meters with a blistering time of 20.68. Followed by Cameron Leiba who registered a personal best of 21.27.
Edidiong Odiong was the top women’s finisher in the 200 meters. She PR’d with a time of 23.59 to place fifth; teammate Ka’tia Seymour followed her with a time of 24.13 for 24th and Ashley Seymour 24.88 to finish 33rd.
“Edidiong had a great weekend,” said Braman. “She ran a key leg in the school-record Distance Medley last night and came back to run a lifetime best today. Her 23.59 200 meter time is No. 2 in the ACC rankings.”
In the field action, Ruta Lasmane continued to impress in the triple jump with a personal best of 13.83m to take the win. This mark also puts her at No. 2 in FSU history along with No. 2 in the NCAA. Alonie Sutton jumped a distance of 13.24m to take fourth. On the men’s side Jacore Irving registered a fifth place showing in the triple jump with a season best of 15.68m
“Ruta continues to defeat the best jumpers in the NCAA,” said Braman. “She’s going to be tough to beat at Nationals. Jacore did a really nice job in the triple jump. His 15.68m is his second best indoor jump ever. He’s now 4th in the ACC and knocking on the door of Nationals.”
The Noles closed out the day with shot put as Milton Ingraham recorded a personal best of 18.38m to take fourth. Amani Heaven took 3rd in the women’s shot put with a throw of 15.37m.
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