CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The FSU track and field team had a productive day one at the Virginia Challenge, as six distance runners posted FSU all-time top ten performances Saturday night in Charlottesville, Va.
“I’m really pleased with our performances today,” Head Coach Bob Braman said. “We always want to lock in a time for regionals, and we did that today along with several FSU top ten performances.”
Matthew Owens was the first of six Noles to post a top ten performance Saturday night. Owens clocked a personal best time of 8:51.40 in the 3000m steeplechase. Owen moved to No. 5 on the FSU all-time list just two weeks after his previous personal best at the Florida Relays.
Amanda Beach is quietly having a very productive season for the Noles. After cracking the top ten list in the 10,000m run on Mar. 25 at the Raleigh Relays, Beach posted another top ten time, this time in the 5000m run. Beach moved to No. 9 on the top ten list with a time 16:09.70.
In the men’s 10,000m run, the Noles had four athletes entered and all four posted personal bests. Caleb Pottorff (29:09.80) and Silas Griffith (29:10.89) each shattered their previous best and moved to No. 9 and No. 10 on the FSU all-time list. Zach Leachman (29:23.26) and Paul Stafford (31:13.47) also posted personal bests.
Rebecca Clark (34:13.93) and Erin Phelps (34:18.48) were not going to be left out of the fun in the women’s 10,000m run. Both runners posted personal bests and are now No. 9 and No. 10 on the school’s all-time list.
The Noles had one athlete compete at the Crimson Tide Invitational today in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Megan Cook competed in the hammer and finished with a throw of 57.85m.
The Noles will begin competition in Tuscaloosa tomorrow at 10 a.m. Ruby Stauber will be the only athlete competing tomorrow at the Virginia Challenge. She will be running the 800m run at 4:25 p.m.
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