April 12, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.- Putting a wrap on the Seminole Invitational with another inspiring performance Saturday at Mike Long Track, the Florida State track & field teams can turn their attention to next week's Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Championships.
Despite limited competition from the opposition, the Seminoles completed their ACC tune-up with multiple personal-best marks on the final day of the two-day meet.
"The obvious conclusion on this is our people really got the message and they really stepped up," FSU coach Bob Braman said. "We had a great meet. We had a really, really strong focused meet in spite of a lack of competition. We knew this was critical and the kids responded.
"We had a lot of people move up on the ACC list and get into scoring position that we did not have during the early outdoor season."
Junior Anne Zagre provided a pair of highlight victories, winning the 100-meter hurdles in 13.04 and coming back a short time later to claim the 200-meter dash in a personal-best time of 23.31. Those times moved the Brussels, Belgium native to No. 1 in the ACC in both events.
Just hours after Friday's rousing start to the meet, the Seminole throws group came through again, led by junior Markindey Sineus. Despite a late arrival to the event and a limited warm-up period, due to transportation issue, Sineus unleashed a career-best mark of 62.55 meters (205-2) on his opening throw to claim the victory.
"Markindey's hammer may have been the men's performance of the day," said Braman, after Sineus posted the No. 2 mark in program history, and the second-best mark this season in the ACC.
Junior Briana Cherry-Bronson claimed the women's weight throw with a mark of 53.22m (174-7).
"Standing out would be Coach Hon's group - all the high hurdlers - and you can include Anne Zagre throwing down a conference-leading 23.31 in the 200. It was a big, big meet for Anne."
Freshman Chadrick DaCosta scored his second win in as many days, claiming the shot put title with a career-best throw of 17.07 meters (56-0), after winning the discus on Friday. Senior Chelsea Whalen back up her Friday javelin win by claiming the women's shot put win in 15.78m (51-9.25) as the Seminole men and women combined to claim first place in all eight throwing events.
The Seminoles were also a force in the sprint events, led by freshman Cejhae Greene, who shaved nearly one-tenth of his previous fastest 100-meter dash mark to win in 10.38. Fellow freshman Michael Cherry, making his outdoor season individual event debut, claimed the 400-meter dash in 46.38.
Veterans James Harris and Dentarius Locke made the most of their first individual running event performances of the outdoor season, finishing 1-2 in the 200-meter dash. Harris won the second heat in 20.81, while Locke claimed the first heat in 20.87.
One of the more pleasant performances was freshman Kali Davis-White'stime of 23.65 in the 200-meter dash. The nation's top high school sprinter last season, Davis-White has been slowly working her way back from an injury suffered in the opening meet of the indoor season.
"Kali Davis-White - welcome back," Braman said. "The freshman has kind of arrived at the right time. Kudos to the training staff for getting our kids healthy at the right time. Knock on wood, we can carry that through the season."
FSU's middle distance runners also stepped up with inspired performances, despite a lack of outside competition. Sophomore Otniel Teixeira registered a personal-best of 1:149.15 - which currently ranks No. 3 in the ACC - to claim the 800-meter win. On the women's side, the 1500-meter trio of Colleen Quigley (4:17.06), Linden Hall (4:19.25) and Georgia Peel (4:22.14) claimed the top three spots.
The Seminoles will now turn their attention to the ACC Outdoor Championships, which begin Thursday at the University of North Carolina. The FSU women will try and complete the triple crown with an outdoor title to go along with indoor and cross country championships, while the Seminole men will chase a second consecutive outdoor title.