BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – A new school record, some solid performances by a handful of first-year athletes and the usual dominance of the Florida State women’s distance team marked the highlights of Saturday’s Auburn Indoor Invitational at the Birmingham Crossplex.
The Seminoles opened the day in style with redshirt sophomore Briana Cherry-Bronson establishing a new school record in the weight throw, finishing second with a 19.06m (62-6.50) effort on her third throw of the day. It was not only good enough to wipe out Lakeisha Mose’s 15-year old Seminole school mark of 19.02, but moved Cherry-Bronson to second among all ACC throwers this season.
Classmate Lakitta Johnson also established a new personal-best in the weight throw, finishing fifth with a toss of 17.33m (56-10.25) on her first attempt of the day.
Taking control at the gun, freshman Georgia Peel provided the Seminoles – men and women – with the first of two victories on the day, winning the 800-meter run in 2:08.01 in her collegiate indoor debut. Freshman Natalie Concepcion finished fifth in 2:12.05.
While women’s distance coach Karen Harvey’s youngsters logged the first victory, her veterans were next in line. Senior Amanda Winslow and sophomore Colleen Quigley ran away from the field in the 3000-meter run, posting a 1-2 finish in 9:18.48 and 9:21.59, respectively. Those times moved the Seminole tandem to first and second rankings in the ACC this indoor season.
Earlier in the day, Kayleigh Tyerman turned in a solid third-place performance in the mile run, placing third in 4:53.09.
The Seminoles received another solid performance by a first-year student as freshman pole vaulter Hannah Acton soared to an all-time indoor best mark of 3.70m (12-1.50) in just her second collegiate meet to finish eighth. Acton’s previous best came as a senior at Bloomington (Ind.) South High last year when she cleared 3.50m (11-5.75).
Freshman Sage Watson placed seventh overall in the 400-meter dash, after cruising to victory in her heat in 46.15.
Watson ran the second leg of FSU’s fifth-place 4x400 relay team, taking the baton from leadoff junior Elizabeth Ichite and passing it to sophomore Sarah Chandler. Freshman Ewa Marcinkiewicz brought home the baton in 3:46.56.
While the Seminole women were registering the majority of the highlight, the men got in on the act as well.
Junior Darrin Gibson couldn’t quite hold off a sit-kick crowd in his quest for an 800-meter victory, slipping from first to third in the final 25 meters while posting a respectable time of 1:51.85. In his season-opening race the junior was one of three runners to eclipse the meet record, despite finishing just .18 seconds out of first place.
Phillip Young placed third in the long jump, despite managing just one mark – a leap of 7.16m (23-6) – on six attempts.
The Seminoles will return to action next weekend at the Razorback Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., site of this year’s NCAA Indoor National Championships.