Tallahassee, FL - Florida State sprinters Marecia Pemberton and Teona Rodgers and distance runner Christopher Rego all achieved victories Friday in the start to the 2011 FSU Twilight track & field meet at Mike Long Track.
Pemberton posted the first FSU victory on the day with an 11.50 in the women’s 100m dash invitational to take the top spot. She was followed closely by Danielle Jeffrey’s 12.12 fifth-place finish.
Rodgers then picked up win No. 2 for the ’Noles with her 23.55 in the women’s 200m dash invitational. Latera Davis placed third with a mark of 24.57, which was just a shade off her personal record of 24.51.
In the final event of the day, Rego won the men’s 5000m run invitational with a time of 15:14.16.
David Ambler began the meet with a third-place finish of 10.50 in the men’s 100m dash invitational.
Next, Pablo Navarrete finished the men’s 400m dash in 49.58, which resulted in a fifth-place finish. The men’s 200m dash invitational then saw Brandon O’Connor run a 20.93 to finish second.
Also garnering second-place finishes were Tremaine Grant, Allyn Laughlin, Callie Giffin, Chelsea Whalen and the FSU men’s sprint relay team in separate events.
Grant dashed and jumped his way to 51.67 in the men’s 400m hurdles. Brix Gomez was fourth with a 53.70.
As for Laughlin, her runner-up performance occurred in the women’s shot put. Laughlin tossed 15.43m while Kamorean Hayes (14.22m) was fourth.
Giffin was then second in the women’s pole vault with a height of 3.81m. Her sister, Lauren Giffin, was fifth with a mark of 3.51m. Whalen was second in the women’s javelin throw with a 43.76m.
Late in the day, the men’s 4-x400m relay invitational resulted in a second-place finish for the group of Phillip Young, Brandon Byram, O’Connor and Maurice Mitchell. That squad finished in 3:07.40 while an FSU Elite squad of former athletes finished first.
In the men’s javelin throw, Collin Lomagistro posted a 40.17m for a sixth-place result and Daniel Salgado was seventh with a 37.16m.
The FSU Twilight continues Saturday at 3:30 p.m. Seminoles.com will have complete coverage and wrap-up of the day’s events.