Starkville, MS - Junior Paul Madzivire made the most of his sixth and final long jump attempt Saturday at the Jace LaCoste Invitational, soaring 7.68 meters (25-2.50) for Florida State’s lone victory of the day at Spencer Stadium.
Madzivire’s leap, a lifetime-best outdoors, moved him into the No. 10 position on Florida State’s all-time list and solidified his standing as an NCAA East Preliminary qualifier as he moved into a tie for sixth. The top 48 athletes in each individual event qualify for the East Preliminary meet.
In all, five Seminoles posted lifetime-best marks on the day.
Sophomore Otniel Teixeira’s career-best time of 1:48.74 was good for a second place finish in the 800-meter run. The USF transfer and ACC Outdoor champion significantly improved his previous best of 1:49.15 which he recorded at the Seminole Invitational last month and also moved up in the East Preliminary rankings.
Clearing 16 feet for the first time in his career, freshman Cayman Ellis placed third in the pole vault. Ellis was credited with a mark of 4.90 meters (16-0.75). Fellow freshman Austin Droogsma joined the lifetime-best club in the shot put, placing fourth with a throw of 17.12 meters (56-2), which is the top mark among Seminoles this season.
In a rare outdoor mile, junior Chelsi Woodruff shattered her previous career-best by nearly 10 seconds, placing fifth in 4:53.54.
The Seminoles also received a second place finish from sophomore Der’Renae Freeman in the long jump (6.12m/20-1). Garrett Singletary was third in the javelin (56.82m/186-5) and Victoria Reiman placed sixth in the discus (44.08m/144-7).
Florida State’s distance runners will compete at the Payton Jordan Invitational on the Stanford campus Sunday. The annual meet draws some of the finest distance runners both nationally and internationally.
A trio of FSU women – Colleen Quigley, Linden Hall and Georgia Peel – will pursue 1500-meter marks, while Pippa Woolven races in the steeplechase and Hannah Walker in the 5000-meter run.
On the men’s side, senior Jakub Zivec will begin his late-season push for an NCAA qualifying mark in the 1500, while Glen Yarham will try and pick up a qualifying standard in the 5000. Zak Seddon, still battling back from injury, will compete in his second steeplechase race of the season with an eye toward making a second consecutive NCAA Championship appearance in his specialty.
The action begins at 3:50 p.m. (Pacific) Sunday with the women’s steeplechase. Live results can be found at: http://rtspt.com/events/stanford/pjc14/