April 13, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida State athletes claimed three of 12 event victories Friday night as the Seminole Invitational meet got underway at Mike Long Track.
In the final tune-up meet before next week's Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Championships, freshman BreeAnne Campbell continued her emergence as a potential conference-level scorer in the discus. Campbell came through with a career-best throw of 43.72 meters (143-5), which was also good enough to claim the victory.
"It's probably going to take 147 to score at the conference meet and she's getting close to that," Florida State associate head coach Harlis Meaders said. "She's continuing to improve and her hard work is starting to pay off."
Joining Campbell in the winner's circle for the Seminoles was freshman Christina Phipps in the 5,000-meter run. A member of the Striders program competing in just her second meet, Phipps broke the race open with four laps remaining to win in 18:20.75. Senior Emily Ness ran down USF's Jessie Prendergast for second place over the final 150 meters.
Sean Quinn scored the only win on the men's side, capturing the 3,000-meter run in 8:47.62. Quinn came back to set the early pace in the 5,000-meter nightcap, which helped junior Marc Akbar post a major personal-best in 14:58.61, good for second place behind Florida A&M's Shuaib Winters (14:56.75).
FSU multi-event athletes Gonzalo Barroilhet, Daniel Salgado and Chris Snow got in a little prep work in the long jump. Barroilhet made only two attempts, but his 6.92m (22-8.50) was good for sixth overall. First place in the long jump went to reigning 2011 World Champion triple jumper Christian Taylor (7.89/25-10.75).
The action continues Saturday at Mark Long Track beginning at 12 noon, with the final race - the 4x400 relay - set for 3:15 p.m.
The day will begin with an 11:40 a.m. commemorative ceremony honoring Spc. Marc Anderson, a former Seminole thrower, who was one of the first U.S. soldiers to die in battle in Afghanistan. A plaque recognizing Anderson, who died March 4, 2002, will be unveiled in the atrium of the McIntosh Track Building.
One of the highlight events will be the women's 1500-meter run, which will include a large Florida State contingent, led by All-Americans Hannah Brooks and Amanda Winslow, a former Seminole and Great Britain Olympic hopeful Barbara Parker. That race is set for 2:40 p.m.
Among other Olympic hopefuls expected to compete unattached are 400-meter hurdler Reuben McCoy, as well as former Seminoles Luke Gunn (men's 1500) and Lacey Janson (pole vault).
Admission to the meet is free.
You can follow the action throughout the day via Twitter @FSU_Track, or logon at Seminoles.com for a complete recap.