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Walter Dix Sets Records In Last Day Of Seminole Twilight
Head Coach Bob Braman was pleased with the efforts of the Seminoles this weekend.

Head Coach Bob Braman was pleased with the efforts of the Seminoles this weekend.

May 8, 2010

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Despite a weather delay that postponed competition for an hour, the Florida State track and field teams put on an exciting last home meet in the Seminole Twilight at the Mike Long Track. Former Seminole Walter Dix highlighted the day with a blistering 100m time of 9.98 that set a new FSU record and then continued to break records in the 200m as he ran a time of 19.89. Both of Dix's performances today rank second in the world.

"It was pretty good today," Dix said. "I came out and did what I wanted to do. I wanted to run a sub 10 in the 100 and a sub-20 in the 200. I didn't know the events were an hour back-to-back so I ran pretty good for the time. This is my home. I like running here because I can run in front of my family and my friends and they get the first taste of what's going on in my life as far as track and field so it's a blessing to be able to come here and run well. Most of the crowd is family, friends and teammates. It's my home crowd so it's a perfect atmosphere for me to start up in."

The Elite Section implemented in this meet for the first time was a success as several of the world's top athletes competed in front of Seminole fans. Throughout the thrilling day, fans were able to see new records broken and many of FSU's current athletes set some of the nation best performances.

"This was exciting," FSU head coach Bob Braman said. "More than anything else, hats off to (Assistant Coach) Ken Harnden. He's been saying for years that we needed to do this, this European model, a 90-minute program with as many stars as we can bring in. I was just amazed that Walter (Dix) could run that double (100m and 200m) in that short period of time where normally he gets much more recovery time. Obviously, we had the rain delay and it ended up clearing up but it's not ideal conditions, it was awfully thick out here, which certainly hurts the distance runners but it's not even good for the sprinters."

The women's 4x100m foursome of Candyce McGrone, Marecia Pemberton, Danielle Jeffrey and Teona Rodgers ran the nation's second fastest time this season with an impressive time of 43.13 to capture first place.

"The first two events, right out of the box, were awesome with the women's 4x100 with a 43.13," Braman said. "Last year we were second in the NCAA Meet with a 43.30 so now you start going head to head with Texas A&M who has the collegiate record so teams are going to have to pay attention to us a little bit."

The men's 4x100m quartet composed of David Ambler, Brandon Byram, Maurice Mitchell and Brian Chibudu also recorded a notable time of 39.06 to earn first place which is now tied as the second-fastest performance in the nation this season.

"In the men's 4x100, we lose our leader, Charles Clark, for the year," Braman said. "He's our anchor and we were the NCAA champion two years ago with him so we drop Brian Chibudu in there and run an outstanding 39.06 which should be in the top four in the country so we're right in there and that's really exciting."

Sprinters continued to control the track in both the 100m and 200m Elite Sections. While Dix posted an impressive time of 9.98 in the 100m, Mitchell quickly followed his lead with a second-place time of 10.28. The 200m again saw Dix governing the track with Byram quickly following as the first collegiate athlete to finish with a time of 20.40 which ranks second in the NCAA.

Kevin Borlee ran a season-best in the 400m Elite Section as the `Nole trumped the opposition with a time of 45.60 to take first place. His time ranks in the top 10 best performances in the NCAA this season.

On the women's front, Pemberton continued to lead the `Noles in the 100m Elite Section as the newcomer ran a time of 11.33 with Rodgers coming in second place with a time of 11.51. The 200m saw McGrone leading the pack with a first place time of 23.19.

Jumper Marlon Woods led the men in the long jump Elite Section as he leaped a mark of 7.69m to win first place.

Kim Williams earned her second title of the weekend as the `Nole took first place in the triple jump Elite Section with a mark of 13.51m.

Valerie Flournoy governed the track for the 100m hurdles as she earned first place with a season-best time of 13.62.

Gonzalo Barroilhet also recorded a season best in the 110m hurdles as he posted a time of 14.13 to take first place.

The women's 1500m Elite Section featured an array of Seminoles setting personal bests with Pilar McShine leading the way with a first place time of 4:14.20 that ranks fourth in the NCAA this season. Following her lead was Amanda Winslow in second place with a time of 4:19.29, while Pasca Cheruiyot came in third place with a time of 4:24.22.

Mid-distance runner Wes Rickman took third place in the 1500m with a time of 3:55.86.

Thrower Caila Coleman dominated the hammer throw with a first-place toss of 49.10m, while Trevor Andrews set a new personal record in the same event with a mark of 49.21m.

Michael Putman also joined the list of Seminoles directing the field as the sophomore won first place in the shot put Elite Section with a toss of 18.37m.

Sister duo Callie Giffin and Lauren Giffin had good showings in the pole vault as they took second and third place, respectively, with a mark of 3.67m.

"It's about racing hard and competing really hard and we had a lot of that today," Braman said. "We beat good people, had good marks and competed well."

Results

100m hurdles

1. Valerie Flournoy 13.62

110m hurdles

1. Gonzalo Barroilhet 14.13

5. Michael Fingado 15.10

Men Hammer

4. Trevor Andrews 49.21m

Women Hammer

1. Caila Coleman 49.10m

4. Amber Cornell 41.82m

Women 4x100m

1.FSU 43.13

Men 4x100

1.FSU 39.06

Women 1500m

8. Arica Halila 5:46.50

Men 1500m

3. Wes Rickman 3:55.86

5. Matthew Huckaby 3:58.16

Women 100m

4. Valerie Flournoy 12.45

Women 800m

5. Lyndsey Spragins 2:15.73

8. Jenevah Porter 2:24.22

Women 200m

3. Latera Davis 24.78 PR

11. Briana Emanuel 25.58

Women Pole Vault

2. Callie Giffin 3.67m

3. Lauren Giffin 3.67m

6. Brittany Janson 3.37m

7. Kelly Schiefer 3.20m

Men Shot Put Elite

1.Michael Putman 18.37m

Women 100M Elite

1. Marecia Pemberton 11.33

2. Teona Rodgers 11.51

4. Danielle Jeffrey 11.66

Men 100m Elite

1. Walter Dix 9.98

2. Maurice Mitchell 10.28

5. David Ambler 10.58

Men 400m Elite

1. Kevin Borlee 45.60

6. Pablo Navarrete 48.20

Men Long Jump Elite

1. Marlon Woods 7.69m

Women 1500m Elite

1. Pilar McShine 4:14.20 PR

2. Amanda Winslow 4:19.29 PR

3. Pasca Cheruiyot 4:24.22 PR

5. Bree McArdle 4:28.79

7. Amanda Quick 4:29.29 PR

9. Jennifer Dunn 4:31.08

10. Emily Ness 4:35.13

11. Andrea Palen 4:37.39 PR

Men Pole Vault Elite

3. Andrew LaHaye 4.65m

Men 1500m Elite

3. Justin Harbor 3:47.76

Men 400m Hurdles Elite

4. Andrew Jacobs 53.31

Women 200m Elite

1.Candyce McGrone 23.19

Men High Jump Elite

3. Andrew Bachelor 2.00m

Men 200m Elite

2. Brandon Byram 20.40

Men 800m Elite

5. Nathan Duby 1:49.86

6. Darrin Gibson 1:49.98

Women 4x400m Elite

2. FSU `A' 3:51.44

3. FSU `B' 3:59.33

Women Triple Jump Elite

1. Kim Williams 13.51

3. Latera Davis 11.97

4. Tiara Swanagan 11.45

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