Jan. 27, 2012
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - The Florida State men's and women's indoor track & field teams collected a handful of personal best marks on opening day of the Razorback Invitational at the Randal Tyson Track Center Friday.
Senior shot putter Michael Putman, making his season debut, popped a career-best indoor toss of 18.28m (59-11.75) which was good enough for a fifth-place finish in finals of a Texas top-heavy event. Putman came within a quarter-inch of becoming just the third Seminole in program history to eclipse the 60-foot standard. His top throw of the night came on his first effort in the finals.
"We had some good performances," said FSU associate head coach Harlis Meaders, who works directly with Putman. "It was an indoor PR for Mike and a very good place to start off this time of year. We had to work off a little rust, but the overall competition was one of the best we'll face all year."
Putman wasn't alone when it came to turning in career-best efforts. Long jumper Paul Madzivire also touched down with a fifth-place finish after soaring 7.53m (24-8.50); a significant improvement over his season-opening performance two weeks ago in Birmingham, Ala.
Graduate student Lauren Giffin also established a new indoor personal-best in the pole vault, clearing 3.91m (12-10) on her final attempt, to snag an eighth-place finish at the meet. In the men's pole vault, outdoor All-American Andrew Lahaye tied for seventh place by clearing 5.00 meters (16-4.75), while teammate Drew Marcello established a new indoor personal best by going over the bar at 4.85m (15-11).
Senior Horatio Williams, a six-time All-American at LSU who transferred to FSU in January, put together a nice season debut effort in the 200-meter dash. Williams placed third overall - he was the second collegian - by covering the 200-meter circuit in 21.44.
Another senior, Amy Harris, strung together an solid series of six attempts in the long jump en route to a second-place finish. Harris touched down with her best effort - 6.36m (20-10.50) - on her second attempt of the night. She eclipsed the 20-foot standard on all six of her attempts.
South African freshman Stefan Brits, who like Williams enrolled at FSU in January, made his Seminole debut in the long jump. Coming off an injury that kept him out of action throughout 2011, Brits registered a best attempt of 7.12m (23-4.50), which left him one spot shy of a berth in the finals. Still, it was an impressive effort considering the Cape Town native competed conservatively with a short approach.
Four more Seminoles - including a trio of men - advanced to the semifinals of the 60-meter dash. The men were led by Kemar Hyman, who was the top collegiate qualifier and second-fastest overall (6.72). Madzivire (6.82) and Williams (6.85) also moved along as the top 16 sprinters advanced to Saturday's semifinals.
"We're pretty excited," Meaders said. "It's just the third competition and things are coming together."
Bianca Smith is the lone female Seminole to advance in the 60, posting the 11th fastest time (7.72).
A full slate of action begins with the 3,000 meter run Saturday at 12 noon (ET). You can follow the results live here http://www.flashresults.com/2012_Meets/indoor/01-27-RazorbackInvite/Day2.htm or stay up to speed via Twitter @FSU_Track.