Jan. 19, 2008
CLEMSON, S.C. - On a day when the voters in the state were helping shape the political landscape of the country, the Florida State women's and men's track teams were starting to shape the indoor season. The Seminoles kicked off the 2008 campaign at the Clemson Invitational.
Backed by a pair of first place finishes from freshmen, a limited women's team took third at the event with 67 points. The men's team only took field athletes and had several good showings during the two-day event.
Winning her first collegiate race was rookie Brittany St. Louis (Arima, Trinidad and Tobago) as she led a dominated Florida State performance in the 400-meter dash. St. Louis was one of three Seminoles in the finals as her winning time of 56.7 was followed by senior Kandia Batchelor (Hillsborough, Fla.) in third at 56.95 and sophomore Auja Pughsley came in seventh with a 57.83.
Also winning an event on the track was junior Keyla Smith (Daytona Beach, Fla.) as her time of 2:18.14 won the 800-meter run. Just tenths of a second behind her was junior Hshkeni Richemond (Sufferin, N.Y.) with a time of 2:18.36. St. Louis, Batchelor, Smith and Richemond ran the winning 4x400m relay in a time of 3:46.00.
Another highly-touted freshman, Kamorean Hayes (Charlotte, N.C.), came away a winner in her collegiate debut. She took top honors in the shot put with a winning distance of 14.61m/47'11.25" on her last throw.
Florida State got valuable points in another field event as Tori Allen (Indianapolis, Ind.) cleared a height of 3.80m/12'5.5" to take second in the pole vault. Pughsley was the only Seminole to score in two individual events as she also took seventh in the 200-meter dash in 25.18. Rounding out the point scorers was another promising freshman, Teona Rodgers (Tampa, Fla.), as she crossed the line in eighth place of the 60-meter dash at 7.69.
The men's team had a trio of athletes score points in the field events. FSU's best event of the weekend was the high jump. Junior Timothy Reen (Jupiter, Fla.) cleared a height of 2.04m/6'8.25" on his second jump to tie for second. Sophomore Andrew Bachelor (Pompano Beach, Fla.) cleared the same height on his third jump to come in fourth. Senior Matt Wernke (Tallahassee, Fla.) took third in the weight throw with a top hurl of 17.44m/57'2.75".
The Seminoles are back in action next weekend when they travel to Gainesville for the Tom Jones Memorial on January 26.