April 22, 2016 - by
Setterington, Lebert Post Breakthrough Marks At Tom Jones

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Lifetime-best marks by Nicole Setterington and Sasha-Ann Lebert paced a host of breakthrough performances by Florida State track & field athletes at Friday’s Tom Jones Memorial Invitational. Setterington lowered her career-best in the 100-meter hurdles to 13.24 – the fifth-fastest time in program history – with her third-place finish in the finals. She qualified for the finals with her first personal-best of the day (13.35).

Lebert, a graduate transfer who enjoyed a monster indoor campaign with the weight throw, broke out with her career-best discus throw. She became just the third Seminole in program history to exceed 50 meters, finishing fourth with a career-best throw of 51.22 meters (168-0), which trails only teammate and school record-holder Kellion Knibb, and 2003 graduate Makiba Batten on the top 10 list.

“Nicole is on a roll right now,” FSU coach Bob Braman said. “She’s on a mission to make nationals and maybe even the Canadian Olympic team.

“Our throws continue to impress. Coach [Dorian] Scott has them all progressing well and even when they don’t reach personal bests they’re still very close. Katja Vangsnes is a great example of this. She’s been consistent all year at a national level.”

Vangsnes was fifth (58.74m/192-8) in the women’s hammer, which was once again won by first-year FSU student Veronika Kanuchova, who is competing unattached this season. Kanuchova came into the meet ranked No. 23 in the world and moved up with her third consecutive lifetime-best mark of 69.48m (227-11).

“We can’t wait to get a jersey on Veronika,” Braman said. “She’s competing at world-class level.”

Another unattached Seminole, Gleneve Grange was the runner-up in the women’s discus (53.61m/175-11).

On the men’s side in the throws, Chad DaCosta was fourth in the discus (52.25m/171-5) with freshman teammate Frederick Jones close behind in sixth. Jones posted a season-best 51.77m (169-10), a new season-best, in his second competition since joining the team at the conclusion of spring football.

Freshman Ashton Butler turned in a personal-best in the long jump (7.13m/23-4.75) for seventh place. Cayman Ellis flirted with his season-best in the pole vault, tying for third with a clearance of 4.76m (15-7.25), while Clayton Washburn did post a season-best in 4.61 (15-1.50).

“Ashton did a really nice job in the long jump and that’ll set him up nicely for a huge triple jump,” Braman added. “We could have 4 scorers in the ACC Long Jump.”

On the track, Jamal Pitts’ 100-meter dash debut produced a collegiate-best 10.68, while Alistair Moona (47.74) and Ricardo Roy (47.85) were solid in the 400. Roy’s time was a collegiate-best for the senior.

Madison Harris’ 2:11.54 800 was her best outdoors, while Makoya Banton turned in a personal-best of 14.33 in the 100 hurdles. Grete Sadeiko, who had a busy day all around, registered a season-best in the 100 hurdles of 13.99.

Fatema Jaffer (10:25.46) led a trio of personal-best performances by Noles in the 3000-meter run, out-pacing Marianne Aguilar (10:34.02) and Bella Poole (10:43.12).

The Seminoles will return to action next week with a group of sprinters, hurdlers and throwers heading to Penn Relays, while the distance crew travels west to Stanford for Sunday’s Payton Jordan Invitational.

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