GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Florida State Track and Field teams are off to a strong start at the Florida Relays. The first day featured three individual wins as well as four top-three finishes and more than 10 personal and season bests on Friday at Percy Beard Track at James G. Pressly Stadium.
“I was pleased with today’s results,” said Head Coach Bob Braman. “Our mantra is building momentum from meet to meet, and I believe almost everyone competing today accomplished that. Tomorrow will be another opportunity to improve and hopefully earn some Region qualifying marks.”
The Seminoles went one and two in the women’s discus throw to start the day. Shanice Love led the way winning the event with a throw of 58.79m (192-10). Caisa-Marie Lindfors soon followed as she finished second with a mark of 55.86m (183-03).
Love wasn’t the only one to take first in a field event, Isaac Grimes took home first place in the men’s long jump. Not only was this his FSU career outdoor debut but his jump of 7.94m is a personal best mark that puts him at No. 6 on the all-time list.
Competing for just his second time as a Nole, Jordan Wesner earns third place in the men’s high jump with a season best jump of 2.20m (7-02.50).
Rounding out the day one field events was the women’s javelin throw. Kelechi Nwanaga threw out a big final throw for a season best mark of 54.43m (178-07.00) to finish second. She now moves to No. 2 on the FSU all-time list. Freshman Sara Zabarino also had a strong showing, finishing fifth with a throw of 49.66m (162-11.25).
On the track, the 1,500-meters squad got things rolling. For the women, Jodie Judd finished eighth clocking in at 4:27.00. Kate Tugman ran a personal best to finish 17th with a time of 4:40.15. On the men’s side, Sam Field led the pack finishing fourth with a 3 second personal best time of 3:46.28. Connor Phillips finished next placing 13th in a time of 3:53.02, followed by Tyler Dau in 19th (3:55.13) and Humberto Freire in 22nd (3:56.51).
Ka’Tia Seymour came out strong in the women’s 200 meters taking fourth with a season best time of 23.38. Teammate Ashley Seymour, also with a season best time, placed ninth in 23.68.
Cameron Leiba was the lone Seminole competing in the men’s 200 meters. He recorded his fastest outdoor season opener and a season best time of 21.36 to finish 16th.
The day ended with the men’s 5,000 meters where Jacob Holmes went on to win the event clocking in a time of 14:16.21. Following closely to take third was Paul Stafford in 14:29.18. Freshman Gabriel Curtis placed sixth with a time of 14:33.99 and Steven Cross took seventh with 14:43.19.
The meet will conclude Saturday with field events starting at 10 a.m. and track events starting at noon. You can find the complete meet schedule HERE and stay up to date with all the live results HERE.
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