A Little Lightning Can’t Stop a Great Final Day at FSU Relays

By: FSU Sports information
By: FSU Sports information

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – A mid-afternoon lightning delay wasn’t enough to put a damper on the final day of the FSU Relays at Mike Long Track.

Saturday’s finale to the four-day event saw the nationally-ranked Florida State men’s and women’s track and field teams add to their victory total. And, across the country at the Stanford Invitational, the top men’s distance runners were strongly competing, too.

“The FSU Relays were another very successful meet,” FSU associate head coach Harlis Meaders said. “We had a lot of good teams come in and compete with us. The officials did a great job and the facilities crew did a great job putting on the meet. I thought a lot of our athletes did really well.”

In one of the most anticipated events of the day in Tallahassee, senior star Charles Clark did not disappoint. Clark earned the win in the men’s 300m dash invitational with a Mike Long Track-best time of 32.86 to just barely get by fellow ’Nole Brandon O’Connor’s 32.87 mark.

The invitational run also included FSU’s Kevin Williams and former star Brian Dzingha.

Senior Teona Rodgers then achieved victory Saturday with an impressive performance in the women’s 200m dash. Rodgers finished the race with a time of 23.63. She edged out national champion jumper Kim Williams, who finished fourth with a time of 24.55.

Freshman Bianca Smith came in eighth with a 24.81 time.

A week after setting a new personal record in the discus throw at USF, Michael Putman dominated the event at the FSU Relays. Putman finished the day with a first-place finish on a throw of 176-09.

Putman followed up his discus throw performance with a second-place finish in the men’s shot put on a throw of 59-05.

Garnering another FSU victory was Kamorean Hayes.

Hayes uncorked a throw of 50-04 in the women’s shot put to take the title. Allyn Laughlin was closely behind in the event with a second-place finish on a length of 49-11. Freshman Chelsea Whalen, who a day earlier won the women’s javelin throw, finished fourth in the shot put with a toss of 46-00.75.

Freshman Markindy Sineus finished 15th in the discus throw with a distance of 128-04.

Freshman Marsha Ariol performed well in the women’s 400m hurdles. Ariol crossed the finish line at 1:02.60 for a fifth-place mark.

Keeping up with the youth movement, the men’s 800m run saw redshirt freshman Darrin Gibson came within 1 1/2 seconds of his personal best with a time of 1:50.32. That time earned him a second-place finish. On the women’s side, Lyndsey Spragins finished in the 12th spot with a time of 2:18.54.

In the women’s high jump, Colleen Schwab finished 14th with a jump of 4-11. Her teammate, Michelle Cullum, was 15 th with a height of 4-11, too.

Latera Davis jumped to a distance of 39-01.75 in the women’s triple jump. That length was enough to give the junior a second-place finish.

The men’s 400m hurdles saw Tremaine Grant finish in fourth place with a time of 52.48. Behind a time of 53.04, Phillip Young came in fifth and Andrew Jacobs (54.08) finished eighth.

Maxwell Hyman (55.47), Brix Gomez (55.83) and Miles Sparks (55.87) finished 15-17 in the 400m hurdles for FSU.

Freshman Morgan McGhee generated a time of 12.52 in the women’s 100m dash for a 13th-place finish.

After the lightning delay temporarily halted all action on Mike Long Track, the men’s pole vaulters returned to the runway where Andrew Lehaye finished third with a jump of 16-02.75. Warren Harper placed sixth with a height of 16-03.

While Florida State was hosting its first of three home meets of the outdoor season, the program’s top men’s distance runners were across the United States competing at the Stanford Invitational.

Senior Ciaran O’Lionaird represented the Seminoles well as he finished second in the men’s 10000m run on a blistering time of 28:32.30. Not only did that time come with four seconds of matching the all-time FSU record but it is the current national leader.

In the men’s 5k at Stanford, Michael Fout (13:46.19) finished fifth and David Forrester (13:47.60) completed the race in eighth.

“We had some fantastic races at Stanford,” said FSU coach Bob Braman, who accompanied the Seminole distance runners to California. “Ciaran had a terrific day and Fout and Forrester are second and fifth nationally. We’ll need Ciaran, Mike and Dave to be factors for us in June if we are going to compete for a National Championship.”


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