March 28, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas - Florida State freshman Sage Watson's collegiate debut in the 400-meter hurdles proved successful as she nabbed the ninth and final qualifying spot for the finals on Thursday at the 86th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays.
The Canadian native of Medicine Hat, Ontario made the one-lap trip around track at Mike A. Myers Stadium in 59.74 seconds to gain a spot in Friday's final.
Watson was one of five Seminoles in action Thursday, with seven others set to take the stage on Day 3 of the prestigious four-day meet.
Pole vaulters Andrew Lahaye and Drew Marcello also turned in season-best performances on Thursday. LaHaye, an NCAA Outdoor Championship qualifier as a last season, finished seventh by clearing 5.31 meters (17-5). Marcello, a redshirt junior who hopes to make his first NCAA appearance later this spring, took a step in the right direction. He cleared a career-best 5.21 meters (17-1), marking the first time he has been over the bar at better than 17 feet.
Freshman heptathlete Grete Sadeiko's day was going well - at least on the leaderboard - until she was forced to bow out of the competition before the seventh and final event. The Estonian native entered the day in 12th place and climbed all the way to sixth with 4,582 points after two events.
Sadeiko picked up 700 points in the long jump (18-0.50) and 699 with the fourth-best javelin throw (136-8) in the field. A sore foot prevented her from taking the track for the 800-meter run, the seventh and final event of the competition. On the cusp of likely registering an NCAA Championship qualifying mark, she will have to wait for another opportunity.
The only other Seminole in action Thursday was sophomore Sarah Chandler, who failed to advance from her preliminary heat of the 400 hurdles.
A full schedule of action on Friday will include the season debut of freshman javelin thrower Morne Moolman. Indoor All-American long jumper Stefan Brits and his freshman sister Maryke Brits, will compete, as will junior Owen Cain in the triple jump. ACC indoor high jump champion James Harris will round out the Seminole jumpers scheduled to compete.
Three Seminole men's distance runners will compete Friday night at the Stanford Invitational. Freshman Zak Seddon will kick things off with his collegiate debut in the 3000-meter steeplechase, while senior Breandan O Neill and junior Josh Gracia will compete in the 10,000-meter run.