Tallahassee, FL -- Florida State senior track & field standouts Maurice Mitchell and Michelle Jenije earned more than individual victories over the weekend at the 68th Florida Relays. The duo has also swept Atlantic Coast Conference Performer of the Week honors, handed out Tuesday afternoon.
Mitchell posted the nation’s top time with his 200-meter dash (20.08) victory on Friday at Percy Beard Field. Despite a 3.4 mph aiding wind, the Kansas City, Mo. native blew away the competition, which included top 10-ranked opponents Isiah Young (Ole Miss) and Kind Butler (Indiana), as well as All-American sprinters Jeff Demps, Brandon Byram, Horatio Williams and Torrin Lawrence. In the process, the 2011 NCAA 200-meter champion posted the second-fastest all-conditions time in the World this year.
Jenije earned her second triple jump victory in as many meets during the 2012 outdoor season, capturing the title during Saturday’s competition. The Tallahassee native, who came into the meet on the heels of her nation-leading jump and win at the Texas Relays, leaped 13.33m (43-9) to edge Clemson’s April Sinkler by a half-inch. Jenije has been nothing short of sensational in her final season of eligibility. Competing in seven meets - indoors and outdoors – she has forged four victories to go along with three second-place finishing, including her runner-up performance at the 2012 NCAA Indoor Championships.
FSU Men Climb To No. 2 In USTFCCCA National Poll
The Florida State men’s track & field team moved up a notch to No. 2 nationally in this week’s United States Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association computer rankings. The ‘Noles slipped past LSU and now trail only rival Florida in the national rankings.
“We’re real excited to be back in contention for a national title, but we have so many goals to achieve before we can even get to that showdown in June,” said FSU coach Bob Braman. “It’s like a page out of the baseball rankings with us and Florida being 1-2 most of the season, thus far.”
The Seminoles ascent was made possible by a handful of strong individual performances over the weekend at both the Florida Relays and the Stanford Invitational.
Senior Kemar Hyman currently ranks third nationally in the 100-meter dash (10.14), following his runner-up performance in Gainesville, while Mitchell and Horatio Williams (20.57) are ranked first and tied for ninth, respectively, in the 200 based on their Florida Relays performances.
Mike Fout used a strong performance at Stanford in the 10,000 meters (28:57.89) to move into the No. 9 spot nationally at that distance, rounding out the current top-10 spots among ‘Noles.
The Florida State women slipped two notches to No. 24 in this week’s computer rankings. The Seminoles are well-represented in the individual event rankings as well. Jenije (13.47m/44-2.50) currently holds the nation’s top triple jump mark, while fellow senior Amy Harris ranks ninth in the long jump (6.40m/21-0).
Freshman Colleen Quigley’s currently holds down the No. 6 position following her impressive debut in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (10:13.73) at Stanford, while Kayleigh Tyerman checks in at No. 10 in the 5,000 meters (16:09.74) following her performance in Palo Alto, Calif.
Seminole Invitational On Tap This Weekend
The Seminoles will participate in their final tune-up before next week’s ACC Outdoor Championships in Charlottesville, Va. on their home turf Friday and Saturday in the Seminole Invitational meet. The action at Mike Long Track gets underway Friday at 4 p.m. with the discus and high jump, with the javelin, long jump, 3,000 meters, 2,000- and 3,000-meter steeplechase and 5,000-meter runs to follow.
Saturday’s schedule, which will include a full complement of sprints and middle distance races, as well the as remaining field events, begins at 12 noon. The action will culminate with the 4x400-meter relay, which should conclude just in time to get to Doak Campbell Stadium for the annual Garnet & Gold spring football game.
There is no admission charge for the meet. As always, you can follow all of the Seminole Invitational action via Twitter @FSU_Track or get a complete recap each day by logging on at Seminoles.com.