TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The nationally-ranked Florida State indoor track team found itself on opposite sides of the country this weekend but the results were the same: strong showings from a group of Seminoles.
Florida State coach Bob Braman and assistant coach Karen Harvey ventured to the University of Washington with some of FSU’s top distance runners.
While at the Husky Classic, Michael Fout and David Forrester left their marks in the 5000m and 3000m, respectively. Fout ran his race in 13:52.56 and Forrester finished with a time of 8:00.06 in his event.
“Fout's 5,000-meter time is a National Top-20 performance and the second- fastest time in FSU history,” Braman said afterwards. “It's also the top time in the ACC this year. Dave's 3,000-meter time is a National Top-25 performance and a lifetime best.”
Justin Harbor also posted an 8:41.26 in the 3000m.
As for the women, Harvey was especially pleased with the performance of a savvy veteran and talented new Seminole.
"We saw a big improvement from newcomer Violah Lagat in the 800m,” Harvey said. “Pasca Cheruiyot hit the automatic qualifier time for NCAAs in the 5000m."
Lagat ran the 800m in 2:06.94 and Hannah Brooks finished the same race in 2:08.50. Cheruiyot posted a 16:05.36 in that 5000m race and Astrid Leutert ran the 3000m in 9:20.94.
Amanda Winslow (4:38.69) and Jessica Parry (4:42.80) competed in the one-mile run.
“We took six ladies to Washington and we had all of them improve and run lifetime bests,” Harvey said. “This was only our second meet of the season so we are really looking forward to more improvements."
While the distance runners were representing FSU on the Pacific Coast, several ’Noles were in action at the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark.
And just like their teammates, the Seminoles competing a little closer to home certainly left a garnet-and-gold impression.
In the sprints, Maurice Mitchell and Brandon Byram claimed the No. 2 and No. 3 spots for the 200-meter dash in the entire nation. Mitchell finished first by running the 200m in just 20.70 and Byram was closely behind at 20.74.
In the 800-meter run, Darrin Gibson had an excellent performance as his third-place mark of 149.96 is the second fastest time in the ACC to date.
Like Mitchell, Seth Proctor (14.29.08) topped his race as both he and teammate Nicholas Maedel (14:35.18) set lifetime best performances in the 5000m and improved their positions on the ACC honor roll.
In the jumps, Ngoni Makusha jumped 26 feet, which is the fourth-best jump in the country. Freshman Paul Madzivire added his name to the list of potential ACC scorers with a 24-foot long jump and a 49-foot triple jump.
In the triple jump, Paul finished behind fellow freshman Phillip Young, who broke the 50-foot barrier with a two-foot personal record jump of 50'11".
In the throws, Michael Putman claimed his third victory of the indoor season by throwing 59'6". Kemar Hyman then ran a 6.76 in the 60-meter dash and Termaine Grant posted an 8.00 in the 60-meter hurdles as both continue to improve.
On the women’s side of things in Arkansas, Kim Williams won the Tyson Invitational with her season-best jump of 45’5” in the triple jump. In the same event, Michelle Jenije improved to 43’3”, which is the No. 4 jump in the country behind Williams.
The women’s sprints saw Teona Rodgers (23.67 in the 200m), Stephanie Simpson (24.17 in the 200m), Danielle Jeffrey (7.58 in the 60m) and Marecia Pemberton (7.44 in the 60m) lead the group to season-best times.
In the shot put, Chelsea Whalen continues to improve and she increased her personal record to 47’6”.
The women's mile relay is taking shape, as the group improved by five seconds from its previous competition.
“It’s only two weeks away from the ACC Indoor Championship and we are reaching championship form,” FSU associate head coach Harlis Meaders said.