March 28, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Even though the outdoor season is young, the Florida State track and field teams are already putting themselves in a position for a strong contingency at the NCAA East Regional meet in May. Two more Seminoles qualified for regionals and a meet record fell on day two (March 28) of the FSU Relays at Mike Long Track.
"I'm pretty pleased with the effort today, considering that most of our athletes were not fresh," FSU head coach Bob Braman said. "We had several athletes step up and get some regional marks and I expect several more tomorrow.
"Something we haven't had in the past was some world class athletes competing, particularly in the shot put and the mile. That gave the meet a new twist and was really interesting for the fans to see."
One of the oldest records in the books went down during the afternoon in the 4x200m relay. The Florida State quartet of Drew Brunson (Snellville, Ga.), Brandon Byram (Gallatin, Tenn.), Michael Ray Garvin (Upper Saddle Rivers, N.J.) and Charles Clark (Virginia Beach, Va.) posted a winning time of 1:22.09. The women's 4x200 team clocked in at 1:37.16 to take third.
In the first collegiate event of the day, junior Tim Reen (Jupiter, Fla.) posted a career-best jump of 2.10 (6-10.75) to take second and qualify for the NCAA Regional meet in the high jump. It is also the top jump in the conference during the outdoor season.
Notching the best jump in the ACC this season was freshman phenom Kim Williams (Kingston, Jamaica) in the long jump. The rookie posted an NCAA regional qualifying mark and personal-best leap of 6.22m (20-05.00) that is the eighth-longest in school history.
Senior sprinter Dana Massiah (Arima, Trinidad & Tobago) just missed her personal best in the 400m, clocking a second-place time of 53.85 that qualified her for NCAA Regionals. Also breaking into the top eight was Hshkeni Richmond (Sufferin, N.Y.) at 55.02 and Kandia Batchelor (Tampa, Fla.) with a 55.06.
Making his FSU outdoor debut was freshman Kevin Williams (Miami, Fla.). He had the Seminoles' best time in the 400m, finishing fourth-place with time of 47.50, which is just 0.30 off the regional mark and the second-best in the league so far this year.
Florida State put a pair of runners in the top four of the women's 10,000m. Coming across the line in third place was Tina Biedenharn (Orange Park, Fla.) with a time of 38:38.60 while Ashley Andress (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) was a spot back at 38:57.51.Both times are lifetime bests.
A personal-best throw of 57.55m (188-10) got Sean Comrecole (Naples, Fla.) a fifth-place finish in the javelin.
Running unattached, freshman Tyler Price (Tallahassee, Fla.) qualified for the US Junior National Championships with a time of 323:44.15 in the 10,000m.
A pair of former Seminole had big throws in the shot putt. World Champion finalist Dorian Scott uncorked a throw of 21.45m (70-04.50) that is the farthest outdoor throw in the world this season. Checking in with a personal-best heave of 20.94 (68-08.50) was Garrett Johnson with the third-best throw on Earth.
Florida State volunteer assistant Kevin Sullivan broke the track record in the 1500m during the Invitational run. His time of 3:41.63 is just off the Olympic "B" standard of 3:39.0.
The three-day competition concludes on Saturday with field events starting at 10 a.m. and track races beginning at 11:00 a.m.