CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Adriaan Wildschutt made his Florida State outdoor season debut on Friday, posting one of the best 10,000-meter times in the nations and in school history. Wildschutt put on a show at the Virginia Challenge while the other half of the FSU track and field team were battling crazy weather conditions on day one of the Tom Jones Memorial Invitational at Percy Beard Track inside James G. Pressly Stadium.
The South African native competed in his first outdoor competition after coming off one of the most successful indoor track and cross country seasons in Florida State History. Wildschutt’s event winning 10,000-meter time of 28:25.11 was not only a personal best but also shattered the FSU, ACC, meet and facility record.
Continuing the trend on the track at Virginia was Ahmed Muhumed who set a new personal best by 7 seconds in the 5,000-meter with a 13:51.15. His performance currently ranks No.7 on FSU’s All-Time list.
“Adriaan and Ahmed ran fantastic races today!” said Head Coach Bob Braman. “They really set the tone for the ACC Championships next month.”
Tom Jones Memorial Invitational
Due to the weather delay, things were off to a slow start for the rest of the Florida State track and field squad down in Gainesville. However, the Noles didn’t let that stop them from having a strong first day showing.
Immediately after the lightning delay, Milton Ingraham headed back out in the men’s discus to finish up runner-up with a throw of 56.80m (186’4”). Jordan Wesner also finished out competition in the men’s high jump earning fourth place with 2.11m (6’11”). Also taking fourth place was Amani Heaven in the women’s discus throw with a distance of 50.05m (164’2”).
As the rest of the field events got pushed to later in the day, Maudie Skyring got things started on the track in the women’s 1,500-meter, finishing first overall at a PB of 4:11.43 in her outdoor season debut. That time stands as the fifth-best in program history.
“Our 1,500-meter men and women ran well in both Virginia and Florida, so that bodes well for the future,” said Braman.
The women’s sprinters were next in the 200-meter dash as Ka’Tia Seymour led the pack finishing third overall clocking in at 23.42. Edidiong Odiong was next at eighth with the time of 23.75. Followed by Ashley Seymour in tenth at 23.84 and Shian Hyde in 11th in 24.02.
Isaac Grimes closed out day one in Gainesville in the men’s long jump post a big mark of 7.91m to win the event. Fabian Edoki also had a good showing as he jumped 7.55m to finish fourth while Jacore Irving placed ninth with a mark of 7.23m.
The Seminoles will be solely focused on the Tom Jones Memorial Invitational tomorrow, with the action set to begin again at 10:00 a.m. with the women’s hammer throw.
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