March 18, 2009
ORLANDO, Fla. – The Florida State track and field teams hit the field late this afternoon to compete at the Walt Disney World Invitational just a few hours away from home. The Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla. hosted over 50 collegiate teams including the Seminoles who dominated in the lone event they competed in.
“The team competed well,” associate head coach Harlis Meaders said. “There weren’t a lot of people competing, but we did get some solid performances. I’m looking forward to the javelin tomorrow as there will be more competitors.”
Earning first place honors and setting a new personal record in the hammer throw was junior Travis Whitfield (Jay, Fla.) with a throw of 191-00/58.22m. Whitfield’s throw also earned him another regional mark in the event. Closing out the finishes for the Seminole men was senior and Tallahassee native Matt Wernke placing third with 182-06/55.63m.
The women’s squad also found success in the same event as three Seminoles earned top three finishes with their mark in the hammer throw. Leading the pack was junior Caila Coleman (Tallahassee, Fla.) who dominated the event and took top honors in just her first meet of the outdoor season. In second place was sophomore Lea Russell (Clarksville, Tenn.) with her throw of 119-00/36.28m while junior Erin Simmons’ (Argyle, Texas) mark earned her third place.
Florida State will hit the field again tomorrow to compete in the javelin throw. For more information on Florida State athletics, go to www.seminoles.com.
Men Hammer Throw:
1. Travis Whitfield 191-00/58.22m
3. Matt Wernke 182-06/55.63m
Women Hammer Throw:
1. Caila Coleman 148.11/45.39
2. Lea Russell 119-00/36.28
3. Erin Simmons 39-00/11.88m