Georgia Tech Day 1 Results
May 17, 2014
ATLANTA, Ga. - Zak Seddon entered Friday night's 3000-meter steeplechase race at the Georgia Tech Invitational in dire need of at least a five-second improvement in order to earn a qualifying spot at the NCAA East Preliminary meet later this month.
Seddon proceeded to shave seven seconds off his previous season-best time, which was good for a 28-pot move up the NCAA East rankings. His runner-up finish in 8:58.53 was good for a second place finish, but more importantly vaulted him from 58th in the East to 30th and a second consecutive trip to the postseason.
"That was a gutsy race," FSU coach Bob Braman said of Seddon, who has been on the comeback trail since suffering an injury that kept him out of indoor season competition. "He knew he had to qualify and finds himself in the lead earlier than he wanted to. He pushed the pace and responded when the other guy caught. He was very focused on getting that mark. ... He wanted to get something out of this season and that gives him a chance."
While Seddon was the lone Seminole to move into a qualifying spot on Friday, Florida State athletes had several strong performances. Katja Vangsnes improved her own school record in the women's hammer, winning with a season-best mark of 60.99 meters (201-1). Dentarius Locke and Linden Hallalso supplied the Seminoles with first-day victories.
Locke captured the 100-meter dash in 10.12, while Hall won the women's 1500 in 4:18.45.
"Katja was the field event athlete of the meet so far," Braman said. "Locke was Locke. He beat good people and looked in control. He was just doing exactly what he was supposed to do and was exactly on task.
"Linden Hall looked really good and Georgia (Peel) was right there."
Peel placed third in the 1500 in a season-best 4:21.68, and more importantly moved from 42nd to 31st in the East qualifying rankings for the event.
FSU freshman quarterback/sprinter John Franklin III turned in a lifetime-best time of 10.64 in the 100-meter dash preliminary round. The `Noles also received a second-place finishes from Anne Zagre in the 100-meter hurdles (13.16) and Paul Madzivire in the long jump (7.48m/24-6.50).
"The one thing from the Friday perspective was, we didn't get a lot of lifetime bests, but we wanted to compete well," Braman said. "You're going to have to compete well in Jacksonville, whether it's raining or 100 degrees. It's real easy for us to come out of a great last weekend and have a little bit of a letdown. For the most part I felt our focus was really good and we'll need more of that tomorrow."
Saturday's competition, which will be highlighted by the FSU men's and women's 4x100 relay teams as well as the men's 400-meter dash.
You can follow the action via Twitter @FSU_Track and visit www.seminoles.com for a complete recap of the meet.