May 13, 2011
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Behind top performances by Michael Putman and Allyn Laughlin, the Florida State men’s and women’s track and field teams opened day one of the UNF Osprey Invitational Friday in Jacksonville, Fla.
Putman finished as the top performer in the men’s shot put. The junior uncorked a throw of 60’09.25” that was just shy of matching his personal record in the event.
While Putman was performing well on the men’s side, Laughlin was doing the same in the shot put for the women. Laughlin won the event with a throw of 50’02”.
In the first event of the day, Trevor Andrews placed fifth in the men’s hammer throw with a toss of 165-04.
Also in action on the field Friday were the pole vault performers.
In the women’s event, Lauren Giffin finished as the top Seminole overall with a height of 12’06.25” while her sister, Callie Giffin, was close behind with a mark of 12’0.5”. Lizbeth Mabry vaulted 12’0.5” as well.
On the track, Teona Rodgers came into the 100m hurdles preliminaries with a personal record in the event of 13.25. Behind a wind-aided 13.26 the senior placed second and qualified for Saturday’s final.
In the men’s 110m hurdles, Tremaine Grant’s wind-aided 13.87 was enough to qualify while Justin Byrd also moved on to day No. 2 with a 14.82.
A week after setting a personal record and winning the 100m dash at FSU Twilight, Amy Harris qualified with a fifth-place finish on a wind-aided time of 11.54. David Ambler then qualified in the men’s 100m dash with a wind-aided 10.63.
Prior to her performance in the 100, Harris finished second in the women’s long jump. Her wind-aided distance of 20’06.25” resulted in a second-place finish.
In the distance events, John Grellner (4:04.27) finished ninth in the men’s 1500m run. Daniel Silva was 14th with a 4:35.61. The women’s 3000m steeplechase then saw Chelsi Woodruff run an 11:09.75 and Emily Ness an 11:35.87 in a field of four.
Christopher Rego then placed fifth in the men’s 5000m run on a time of 15:34.09.
The second and final day on North Florida’s campus begins Saturday with the women’s discus throw.