April 26, 2008
PHILADELPHIA - In the City of Brotherly Love it was a pair of Florida State female track and field athletes that were getting the admiration. At one of the world's biggest weekends for track and field, the Seminoles' Kim Williams and Hannah England came away with victories during the 115th Penn Relays at Franklin Field.
The duo each brought home a title to highlight Florida State's three-day trip. Williams (Kingston, Jamaica) was victorious in the championship division of the collegiate women's triple jump. England (Oxford, England) captured the mile championship in the Olympic Development race.
For Williams this was her fourth-straight Penn Relays title in the triple jump. Prior to enrolling at Florida State, she won three consecutive titles in the high school ranks. Her leap of 13.42m/44-0.5 won by nearly a foot and put in her in the Penn Relays' all-time top ten.
England made her first Penn Relays a memorable one. Her race came down to the wire as she beat out North Carolina's Brie Felnagle by 0.6 with a winning time of 4:40.22.
The Seminoles were just edged out in the Championship of the America's men's 4x200m relay by Tennessee. The team of Drew Brunson (Snellville, Ga.), Brandon Byram (Gallatin, Tenn.), Michael Ray Garvin (Upper Saddle River, N.J.) and Charles Clark (Virginia Beach, Va.) posted a second-place time of 1:23.01.
Senior Ray Taylor (Sanguinetti, Jamaica) put his name down in the Florida State annals with his performance in the triple jump. He leaped to a season-best 15.91m/52-2.5 to take fourth. His jump is the eighth-longest in school history. Also earning a fourth place finish was Brunson with a time of 14.07 in the Championship of the America's 110m hurdles.
During the prelims, the Florida State team of Auja Pughsley (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.), Nicole Marcus (Tallahassee, Fla.), Dana Massiah (Arima, Trinidad and Tobago) and Hshkeni Richmond (Sufferin, N.Y.) posted a time of 1:36.69. Florida State was disqualified in the men's 4x100m relay and women's 4x400m relay.
The Seminoles had a pair of runners in the distance events. Coming in 21st in the women's 10,000m run was junior Christina Woytalewicz (Brandon, Fla.) with a mark of 37:31.86. Junior Steeve Gabart (Miami, Fla.) finished 25th in the 5,000m run at 14:31.09.
Florida State is back in action in two weeks when it plays host to the Seminole Twilight, May 9-10.