March 22, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Freshman Kellion Knibbcapped a strong day by Florida State's field event competitors, closing Friday's 34th FSU Relays competition with a victory in the women's discus.
On a day when four Seminoles set personal-best marks in a wide range of field events, Knibb delivered FSU's first victory with a toss of 49.94 meters (163-10) in her debut at Mike Long Track.
Redshirt junior Sean Quinn gave the Seminoles a second victory, leading a pack of FSU runners across the finish line in the night-cap 10,000 meters (30:50.68). Quinn was one of five FSU runners to set new personal-best marks. Freshman Chris Godwin, who ran unattached, was second (31:13.55), followed by Marc Akbar (31:14.14) and Dominick Cabrera(31:19.87). Michael Wallace (31:25.69) was sixth.
"Obvioulsy the throws were very strong," Florida State head coach Bob Bramansaid. "All of our field events, if they weren't personal-bests or season-bests, they were still very good."
Redshirt sophomore Briana Cherry-Bronsonopened up her outdoor season in style, with a career-best mark in the weight throw (52.63m/172-8). Cherry-Bronson, who set the FSU record in the hammer indoors, finished second overall and was the first collegian in the opening event of the day. Her mark was is the fourth-best in school history.
The Seminole women didn't own the show. Sophomore Garrett Singletaryunleashed a near career-best in the javelin (58.26m/191-2) to place fourth overall and was the second finisher among collegians.
High jumpers Cristobal Hurtado and Nick Medich each turned in collegiate-best efforts, placing third and fourth with jumps of 2.06m (6-9) and 2.01 (6-7), respectively.
Junior Chelsea Whalen (44.22m/145-1) and freshman Grete Sadeiko (42.83/140-6) authored a 2-3 finish in the javelin, while freshmen pole vaulters Hannah Acton (3.86/12-8) and Karly Jackson(3.71/12-2) placed second and fourth.
Back on the track, junior Darrin Gibson stepped up to the 1500 meters for the first time in his career and delivered a runner-up finish in 3:50.22. On the women's side, sophomore Linden Hall continued her comeback from injury with a fourth-place finish in 4:28.07, and Chelsi Woodruffwas seventh (4:33.29).
Tremaine Grantcontributed a third-place finish in the 110-meter hurdles (14.32) to the highlights.
More than 2,400 athletes are competing in the two day meet, which brings together not only outstanding collegiate, but also, high school competition. Friday's high school races produced meet records for the girls in the 400, 800 and 3200 events.
"This has been the high-water mark on the high school side," Braman said. "We've got meet records and just phenomenal high school competition and results at the highest level."
Saturday's action begins with consolation high school races at 8 a.m. and culminates with the 4x400 relays beginning at 4:30 p.m.