March 27, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Despite inclement weather conditions that caused delays for several hours at the Mike Long Track, the Florida State track and field teams prevailed past the setbacks and continued to dominate the 30th annual FSU Relays today. The Seminoles will hit the track tomorrow at 8 a.m. for the final day of competition.
“Despite the weather, we responded well,” associate head coach Harlis Meaders said. “We kept our composer and had some solid performances. Javier Garcia in the 400m hurdles and Christal Washington in the women’s 400m dash gave really good efforts. Overall we did pretty well.”
Kicking off the day for the Seminoles were the veteran high jumpers. Senior Tim Reen (Jupiter, Fla.) led FSU as he dominated the competition with his first-place mark of 2.05m/6-08.75. Taking second place with a mark of 2.00m/6-06.75 was junior Andrew Batchelor (Pompano Beach, Fla.).
Senior sprinter Javier Garcia-Tunon (Miami, Fla.) guided the path for the Seminoles as he captured first place in the 400m hurdles with his time of 51.19 which also earned him regional qualification. Sophomore Andrew Jacobs (Miami, Fla.) came in second place with 54.73 with junior Collin Lomagistro (Miami, Fla.) taking third place with his finishing time of 56.12.
The rain didn’t stop the success of the FSU throwers as most of the Seminoles placed in the top three. On the men’s front, sophomore Michael Putnam (Miami, Fla.) dominated the competition and earned another regional mark with his first-place mark of 17.59m/57-08.50 in the shot put. Sophomore Bryan Howard (Warminster, Pa.) also had a successful throw in the javelin as he earned first place with a mark of 59.35m/194-09. Senior Tommy Beltz (Lehighton, Pa.) placed third with his javelin throw of 51.16m/ 167-10.
Opening the day for the women’s squad was the 4x200m relay team of Nicole Marcus (Tallahassee, Fla.), Candyce McGrone (Indianapolis, Ind.), Danielle Jeffrey (Kingston, Jamaica) and Teona Rodgers (Tampa, Fla.) as the quartet teamed up to capture first place with a time of 1:38.31.
The Seminole women continued to rule the meet as the sprinters hit the track for the 400m dash. Freshman Christal Washington (Hollywood, Fla.) led the pack in first place with a time of 54.92 followed by Hshkeni Richemond (Sufferin, N.Y.) in second place with 55.60. Senior captain Keyla Smith (Daytona Beach, Fla.) came in third place in 56.06 while junior Auja Pughsley (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) finished in fourth place with a finish time of 57.80.
Earning two regional qualifying marks for the women was sophomore Kamorean Hayes (14.95m/49-00.75: Charlotte, N.C.) and junior Allyn Laughlin (14.82m/48-07.50: Ambridge, Pa.) with their first and second place finishes respectively.
Other women having a great second-day showing were seniors Heather Leblanc (Live Oak, Fla.) with her first-place long jump of 5.66m/18-07.00 and Shannon Stuckman (Gainesville, Fla.) placing second in the 400m hurdles as she crossed the line in 1:03.17.
“We will have a number of athletes competing tomorrow,” Meaders said. “The weather will be inclement again, but we will be prepared for it this time. Our kids will be ready for it.”
Men’s High Jump
1. Tim Reen 2.05m/6-08.75
2. Andrew Batchelor 2.00m/6/06.75
Men’s Shot Put
1. Michael Putnam 17.59m/57-08.50, RQ
Men 400m Hurdles
1. Javier Garcia-Tunon 51.19 RQ
2. Andrew Jacobs 54.73
3. Collin Lomagistro 56.12
6. Michael Fingado 58.35
Men 400m Dash:
2. Pablo Navarrete (Unattached) 48.32
4. Jair Francis 48.76
Men 5000m Dash:
1. Trey Andrews 14:53.57
3. Jason Lakritz 15:12.09
6. Nick Sunseri 15:37 02
Men’s Javelin Throw:
1. Bryan Howard 59.35m/ 194-09
3. Tommy Beltz 51.16m/167-10
6. Sean Conrecode 49.17m/163-03
Women 4x200m Relay
Women Long Jump
1. Heather Leblanc 5.66m/18-07.00
Women 400m Dash
1. Christal Washington 54.92
2. Hshkeni Richemond 55.60
3. Keyla Smith 56.06
4. Auja Pughsley 57.80
Women 400m Hurdles
2. Shannon Stuckman 1:03.17
Women Shot Put
1. Kamorean Hayes 14.95m/49-00.75 RQ
2. Allyn Laughlin 14.82m/48-07.50 RQ
Women 5,000m Run
6. Meredith Kelly 19:41.35
11. Amanda Skillen 20:47.24
13. Ashley Calhoun 22:08.85
PR- Personal Record
RQ- Regional Qualifying