April 12, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida State graduate student Jeff Pelage unleashed the No. 4 discus throw in school history Friday night, providing one of the highlights on the first day of competition at the Seminole Invitational.
Pelage posted a massive six-meter personal-best with a throw of 56.19 meters (184-4). The former Boston University basketball standout settled for second place behind former Seminole All-American Michael Putman, who won with a final throw of 56.36 (184-11).
The Seminole men and women earned their share of victories, and posted several solid marks in the final tune-up before next week's Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Raleigh, N.C.
FSU's field event performers were once again at the center of success.
James Harris matched his season-best by leaping 2.24m (7-4.25) to claim the high jump. Chelsea Whalen continued her strong spring performance with a victory in the javelin (44.31m/145-4), while freshman Der'Renae Freeman claimed the women's long jump with a season-best leap of 6.04m (19-9.75).
On the track, Kayleigh Tyerman ran elbow-to-elbow with 2012 FSU All-American Hannah Brooks and prevailed in the 3000-meter run (9:25.02). Senior Michael Fout rolled to an easy win in the 5000-meter run with a big push from mid-race on to finish in 14:45.25. The `Noles also received a win from Marc Akbar (8:57.50) in the 3000-meter run.
Beyond the winners, sophomore long jumper Stefan Brits placed second with a season-best mark of 7.59m (24-11). Former Seminole star and 2011 Bowerman Award winner Ngoni Makusha also made his competitive return in the long jump following Achilles surgery with fine short-approach mark of 7.50m.
Graduate student Stacey Alvarez made her Seminole debut with a third-place finish in the javelin (40.79m/133-10).
"The field events were pretty nice," FSU coach Bob Braman said. "The formerly injured Stefan Brits jumped at least a regional mark. Jeff [Pelage], every day I see him with his hand wrapped up in ice, comes out and throws a bomb. James Harris' knee had been bothering him and jumps 2.24. Mike Fout came back with a nice negative split.
"It was a pretty successful day. Those are potential national [scorers]. I'm looking forward to some things tomorrow."
Braman is expected hot competition in both the men's and women's 1500-meter run, the pole vault and the triple jump. Florida State will also eye NCAA East qualifying marks in both the 4x100 and 4x400 relays for the men and women.
The Seminole Invitational continues Saturday with the action heating up at 12 noon. Admission is free and fans can follow the action via Twitter at FSU_Track #SemInv.