CLEMSON, S.C. – The Florida State track and field team wrapped up the Clemson Invite on Saturday. The team picked up four first-place finishes and 11 personal bests on the weekend, kicking off their spring season on a high note.
“We had a lot of good performances this weekend. We fought hard this weekend. We are going to continue to get better, and we’re excited to compete in two weeks at Texas Tech and Clemson,” Head Coach Bob Braman said.
The Seminoles dominated in the sprints this weekend with first-place finishes from Don’drea Swint and Trey Cunningham on Friday followed by Edidiong Odiong on Saturday.
Jacore Irving started the day for the Seminoles with a second-place finish in the men’s triple jump with a mark of 15.67 meters, just 0.2 meters behind the first-place finisher.
Ruby Stauber earned third place in the women’s 800-meter run with a time of 2:07.68. Stauber is a graduate student transfer from Vanderbilt and today was her first competition in the Garnet and Gold.
The women’s team went first and fourth in the 200m dash. Odiong placed first with a time of 23.34, followed by Ka’Tia Seymour in fourth with a time of 23.69. Odiong’s personal best time places her fourth in Florida State history and is the second-fastest time in the country this season.
FSU’s Sam Field ran a time of 8:25.50 in the men’s 3,000m to place third. In the women’s 3,000-meter Riley Bahr ran a personal best time of 10:07.73.
The day ended with the 4x400m relays. The women’s team (Klein, Odiong, Toombs, K. Seymour) finished fifth with a time of 3:43.22. The men’s team (Willis, Watkins Jr., Collier, Butler) finished fourth with a time of 3:13.69. The Noles were tripped up on the final turn of the first leg losing precious seconds. On the final leg, Clemson and Kennesaw State’s teams did not finish leaving DaeQwan Butler running by himself for nearly the entire last leg.
The Seminoles will split up for the next weekend of competition with athletes traveling to Clemson and Texas Tech. The meets will both take place Friday, January 28th and Saturday, January 29th. More information on streaming and updates to come.
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