Tuscaloosa, AL - Florida State juniors Hannah Walker and Colleen Quigley established new Sam Bailey Stadium track records Saturday night, and Katja Vangsnes broke a school record, highlighting the action at the Crimson Tide Invitational.
Walker delivered the Seminoles one of two victories on the night, winning in 16:13.77 to lead a 1-2-3 sweep by the women’s distance team in the 5000-meter rush. The junior took down a 25-year-old facility mark, previously set by Nebraska’s Samme Resh (16:17.00) in 1989. Georgia Peel (16:38.06) and Linden Hall (16:44.21) followed Walker across the finish line as the ‘Noles piled up 24 points to climb from fourth to third place in the eight-team, scored meet.
Quigley provided the Seminoles with the first win of the day as the 2013 NCAA Outdoor runner-up in the 3000-meter steeplechase paced a 1-2-4 finish by FSU runners in her specialty event, crossing the line in 9:56.96. That eradicated the old track mark set by Georgia’s Sarah Madebach (10:13.73) in 2007. Pippa Woolven was second (10:14.16), followed by Chelsi Woodruff in fourth (10:32.50).
Host Alabama captured the men’s team title with 165 points, while the Seminoles placed fourth with 63. Penn State ran off with the women’s team title, amassing 164.5 points, followed by Alabama (125) and Florida State (74).
“We got some good things done,” FSU women’s distance coach Karen Harvey said. “We’re very tired this week, so to see the girls put up some solid performances really speaks to their toughness. We are working really hard. A lot of these girls are looking to June, not to just regionals. A lot of them hit their times, which is real encouraging.”
In addition to the stellar women’s distance efforts, Vangsnes smashed the Florida State school record in the hammer throw. Competing in just her second outdoor meet for the ‘Noles, the sophomore unleashed a season-best mark of 59.08 meters (193-10) on her sixth and final attempt, breaking the 14-year-old mark previously held by LaKeisha Mose (57.22m/182-8).
Junior Lakitta Johnson also scored a runner-up finish for the Seminole women in the shot put (15.19m/49-10). Only the top six places scored in the meet, which also included Indiana, Louisville, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas-Arlington.
The Florida State men failed to log an individual victory, but received runner-up finishes from Paul Madzivire in the long jump (7.60m/24-11.25), James Harris in the high jump (2.21m/7-3) and both the 4x100 (40.49) and 4x400 (3:10.38) relay teams, neither of which included stacked lineups.
Freshman Chadrick DaCosta registered a personal-best in the discus on his sixth and final throw with a mark of 52.49 meters (172-2), which was good for fourth place. Namer Ray placed third in the 400-meter hurdles (53.19).
“It wasn’t a very good meet for us,” said FSU associate head coach Ken Harnden. “We did some of the things we wanted to do, getting the two relay teams into the fast heat for the ACC Championship.”
Hardnen, however, said the overall performance will likely lead to a little more emphasis placed on next week’s Seminole Invitational meet, with the ACC Outdoor Championships coming a week later in Chapel Hill, N.C.
“We can lick our wounds and get ready for the home meet,” he added. “We’ve got to get ourselves ready for the conference meet some way.”
Yarham, Zivec solid at Stanford
Florida State’s Glen Yarham and Jakub Zivec opened their outdoor seasons at the Stanford Invitational with solid performances in races contested late Friday night (Pacific Time) under cool and rainy conditions at Cobb Track and Angell Field.
Competing in his first 10,000-meter race as a Seminole, Yarham placed seventh is section B in 29:18.77; the ninth-fastest time in school history. The sophomore from Australia covered the first 5000 meters in 14:53, but came back with a strong finish over the final 5000 in 14:25.
Zivec, competing in section 3 of the 1500-meter run, nearly pulled off the heat victory with a 55.8 second final lap. The senior finished in 3:48.75, just .07 off Arkansas All-American Patrick Rono’s winning time of 3:48.68.