Atlanta, GA - James Harris and Michael Cherry finished 1-2 in the 400-meter dash and Kellion Knibb captured the discus with her second-best throw of the season as the Florida State track & field teams put a wrap on the regular season Saturday afternoon at the Georgia Tech Invitational.
Crushing the fast heat field in the 400, Harris and Cherry turned in season-best times of 45.56 and 46.01, respectively, in their final tune-up for the NCAA East Preliminary meet.
Shrugging off a slow start, Knibb unleashed a throw of 56.27 meters (184-7) on her sixth and final attempt.
“We had a strong day,” FSU coach Bob Braman said. “I was most excited to see those national-level performances. James and Michael were simply dominant. It was great to see clutch performances from Kellion and Linden (Hall) as well.”
Hall’s produced a lifetime best time of 2:06.49 to place fourth in the 800-meter run. The time was nearly three seconds faster than the junior’s previous fastest mark, set a year ago, when she went on to place ninth at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 1500.
The meet served as a last-chance qualifier for the May 28-31 NCAA East Preliminary meet, which will be held at the University of North Florida. The top 48 athletes in individual events and the top 24 relay teams qualify for the first round of the NCAA postseason.
Zak Seddon was the lone Seminole outside the top 48 entering the two-day meet at the George C. Griffin who raced his way in the East Preliminary meet.
FSU senior Marsha Ariol had hoped to break through in the 400-meter hurdles, and though she came up short, she closed her career with a personal-best mark (1:00.64).
“We’re getting healthy at just the right time and that will be huge for the NCAA first round in two weeks,” said Braman.
The field of accepted entries for the NCAA East Preliminary will be posted on Thursday, May 22. The Seminoles will be represented by more than 30 athletes at the meet.