GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Florida State’s sixth-ranked women produced a glimpse of their considerable upside on the national scene with three victories on a Friday at the Florida Relays and plenty promising developments elsewhere.
Cortney Jones got the day off to a big start when she took down a solid field in the 100-meter hurdles, winning in 13.04 into a headwind and claiming the Tom Jones Award, presented to the top collegian in the field.
Jones’ time bested a field of 45, including ACC Indoor 60-meter hurdles champion Tiara McMinn, and set a day of positives in motion for the women, who were just getting started.
Junior Shanice Love registered her third discus victory in as many starts this season, topping a strong field in the invitational section with a winning throw of 60.29 meters (197-10). Her win came against a field which included four other 2018 NCAA Championship qualifiers, including Iowa’s Tausaga Laulauga, who was fourth in Eugene last June.
Sophomore Lauri Paredes capped the night by breaking her own Florida State javelin record. Paredes’ fifth-round throw of 55.38 meters (181-8.50) moved her into the lead and bettered her previous record of 55.17 meters. It was the season-opening performance for the Paraguay native, who finished third at the NCAA Championships last season.
The highlights didn’t stop there:
• Sophomore Ka’Tia Seymour ran an all-conditions 100-meter best of 11.08 to finish second to North Carolina A&T’s Kayla White (11.04) in a head-to-head battle. With the benefit of a wind-aided 2.3 mark, they laid down the top two times in the nation this season;
• Karimah Davis and Janae Caldwell posted respective 400-meter times of 53.18 and 54.11. It was a personal-best for Caldwell, a junior, and the fastest season-opening time for Davis;
• Senior Madison Harris checked in with an 800-meter personal-best of 2:09.50;
• Redshirt freshman Jodie Judd placed eighth in the 1500-meter run in a personal-best time of 4:21.87. Ellie Wallace also recorded a PB (4:33.17).
Trey Cunningham posted the top finish for the Seminole men on Friday, placing fifth in the 110-meter hurdles in 13.74.
Junior Kyle Fearrington’s 46.85 400-meter dash performance was his fastest in two seasons and easily the fastest season-opener of his career in the event.
Saturday’s schedule at the Percy Beard Track will begin with the invitational women’s hammer, where Veronika Kanuchova and Nadia Maffo will tangle with a strong field at 11 a.m.
The relay-heavy schedule on the track will include the Noles women in the shuttle hurdle relay (12 p.m.) and the women’s and men’s 4×100 relay teams (2:40 p.m.).
Distance Squads Rise Up In Raleigh
Megan Mooney and Jacob Holmes led impressive performances in the 5000-meter run Friday at the Raleigh Relays.
Mooney, a redshirt sophomore, slashed nearly a minute from her previous personal-best to finish in 16:34.23. Holmes, a freshman from New Zealand, ran 14:20.15 in his 5000-meter debut on the track to place 10th in a deep field.
All four FSU women came away from the meet with new personal-bests in the 5000. Redshirt freshman Kayla Easterly (16:49.85) was strong in her event debut, while Jennifer Lima (17:16.31) pared 40 seconds from her previous best. Senior Althea Hewitt bettered her previous best by 58 seconds, finishing in 17:28.64.
This story will be updated later with complete results from the Stanford Invitational, where Maudie Skyring ran 4:21.88 in the second-fastest section of the 1500-meter run to place fourth in her heat.
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