Florida State Men's Track & Field - 2014-15 Year In Review

Florida State Men's Track & Field - 2014-15 Year In Review

Coaching Staff
Bob Braman, Head Coach
Ken Harnden, Associate Head Coach, Director Sprints & Relays, Director Hurdles
Karen Harvey, Distance
Brandon Hon, Sprints & Relays, Hurdles
Ngoni Makusha, Jumps, Sprints & Relays
Dennis Nobles, Director of Field Events, Pole Vault, Jumps, Multis
Felipe Ortiz, Assistant Coach
Dan Schaefer, Strength and Conditioning
Dorian Scott, Throws
Nick Stenuf, Assistant Coach
Kimberly Williams, Jumps

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2014-15 Track & Field Record Book


2014-15 Florida State Signees/Newcomers

Seth Bailey, HJ, Palmyra, NY

Ben Bonhurst, T, Smithtown, NY

Ashton Butler, J, Nassau, Bahamas

Matt Butler, MD, Fort Lauderdale

D'Mitry Charlton, H, Nassau, Bahamas

Zyaire Clemes, S, Trenton, NJ

Trentavis Friday, S, Gastonia, NC

Michael Hall, MD, Cincinnati, OH

Fredrick Jones, 6-2, 307, T, Miami

Alistair Moona, MD, Montego Bay, Jamaica

Emmanuel Onyia, T, Montego Bay, Jamaica

Kendal Williams, S, Jacksonville


2014-15 Roster - By Name

L
T                                    PY
R Name                  Pos     Cl   Ltr  Hometown (Prior School)
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  Seth Bailey           HJ      Jr        Palmyra, NY (Palmyra-Macedon/East Stroudsburg)
  Bryant Blahnik        D       Jr-R      Red Wing, MN (Red Wing/Missouri)
* Ben Bonhurst          T       Fr        Smithtown, NY (Smithtown West)
* Matthew Boone         JAV     Jr-R      Tallahassee (Chiles)
* Stefan Brits          LJ      Jr-R **   Cape Town, South Africa (Paul Roos Gymnasium)
* Jake Burton           MD      So-R *    Stuart (Martin County)
  Ashton Butler         J       Fr        Nassau, Bahamas (Bolles)
  Matt Butler           MD      Fr        Fort Lauderdale (Saint Thomas Aquinas)
  D'Mitry Charlton      H       Fr        Nassau, Bahamas (Queen's College)
* Michael Cherry        S       So   *    Chesapeake, VA (Oscar Smith)
  Zyaire Clemes         S       Fr        Trenton, NJ (Trenton)
* Chadrick DaCosta      T       So   *    Kingston, Jamaica (Kingston College)
  Max del Monte         D       So-R      Tampa (Chamberlain)
* Austin Droogsma       T       So   *    Gulf Breeze (Gulf Breeze)
  Cayman Ellis          PV      So   *    Saint Petersburg (Saint Petersburg)
  Abdin Fator           D       So        Tampa (Sickles)
  John Franklin         S       So        Plantation (South Plantation)
* Trentavis Friday      S       Fr        Gastonia, NC (Cherryville)
  Jack Goodwin          D       Jr-R      Bedford, England (Wootton Upper/Bedfordshire)
* Cejhae Greene         S       So   *    Saint John's, Antigua (Princess Margaret)
  Michael Hall          MD      Fr        Cincinnati, OH (Saint Xavier)
* Cristobal Hurtado-Arteaga
                        HJ      Jr   **   Vitacura, Chile (Colegio San Benito)
  Fredrick Jones        T       Fr        Miami (Miami Central)
  Bryce Kelley          D       Fr-R      Hope Valley, RI (Chariho)
  Stanley Linton        D       So-R *    Crawfordville (Wakulla)
* Paul Madzivire        J       Sr-R ***  Harare, Zimbabwe (Gateway)
* Matt Magee            MD      Fr-R      Lutz (Steinbrenner)
* Nicholas Medich       HJ      Jr   *    Tampa (Jesuit)
  Travis Michaud        JAV     Jr-R *    Wellington (Wellington)
* Morne Moolman         JAV     So-R *    Cape Town, South Africa (D.F. Malan)
* Alistair Moona        MD      Jr        Montego Bay, Jamaica (Mississippi State)
  Grant Nykaza          D       Fr-R      Beecher, IL (Beecher)
* Emmanuel Onyia        T       Jr        Montego Bay, Jamaica (Munro College/Minnesota)
  Jamal Pitts           S       So-R      Jacksonville (Paxon/North Florida)
* Jalen Ramsey          S-J     So   *    Smyrna, TN (Brentwood)
  Namer Ray             H       Sr   *    Camden, NJ (Brimm Medical Arts/Iowa Central CC)
* Jonathan Reid         J       Sr-R *    Kingston, Jamaica (Kingston College/Alabama)
* James Rhoden          H       Jr        Katy, TX (Cinco Ranch)
* Chris Rose            S       Sr        Kingston, Jamaica (Clasical Magnet/Essex County College)
  Ricardo Roy           S       Jr   *    West Palm Beach (King's Academy)
* Zak Seddon            D       Jr   *    Reading, England (Piggott)
* Markindey Sineus      T       Sr-R ***  Lecanto (Seven Rivers Christian)
* Garrett Singletary    JAV     Sr   **   Tampa (Jesuit)
  Stephen Sutherland    S       Jr        Kingston, Jamaica (Kingston College/Wayland Baptist)
  Antony Taylor         D       Sr        Arlington, MA (Arlington/Massachusetts)
* Otniel Teixeira       D       Jr   *    Miami (Lake Brantley/South Florida)
  Kermit Whitfield      S       So        Orlando (Jones)
* Kendal Williams       S       Fr        Jacksonville (Stanton)
* Stargell Williams     T       Sr-R *    Tallahassee (Chiles/Coffeyville CC)
  Glen Yarham           D       Jr        Ipswich, Australia (Queensland Tech)

2014-15 All-Americans

Name                     NCAA Championships
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Stefan Brits             Long Jump (12th) - Outdoor - 2nd Team

Michael Cherry           400 Meters (10th) - Indoor - 2nd Team
                         400 Meters (9th) - Outdoor - 2nd Team

Trentavis Friday         200 Meters (11th) - Indoor - 2nd Team
                         4x100-Meter Relay (9th) - Outdoor - 2nd Team

Cejhae Greene            4x100-Meter Relay (9th) - Outdoor - 2nd Team

Alistair Moona           4x100-Meter Relay (9th) - Outdoor - 2nd Team

Jalen Ramsey             Long Jump (4th) - Indoor
                         Long Jump (14th) - Outdoor - 2nd Team

Jonathan Reid            Triple Jump (5th) - Outdoor

Zak Seddon               3000 Meter Steeplechase (8th) - Outdoor

Kendal Williams          60 Meters (9th) - Indoor - 2nd Team
                         100 Meters (5th) - Outdoor
                         200 Meters (8th) - Outdoor
                         4x100-Meter Relay (9th) - Outdoor - 2nd Team

All-Americans -  9

2014-15 Schedules and Results

DATE
REF
LOC
OPPONENT
SCORE
01/17
Ref
N
AUBURN INVITATIONAL
Birmingham, Al
 
01/24
Ref
N
ROD MCCRAVY INVITATIONAL
January 23-24, 2015, Lexington, Ky
 
01/31
Ref
N
RAZORBACK INVITATIONAL
January 30-31, 2015, Fayetteville, Ar
 
02/07
Ref
N
VIRGINIA TECH ELITE MEET
February 6-7, 2015, Blacksburg, Va
 
02/14
Ref
N
TYSON INIVITATIONAL
February 13-14, 2015, Fayettevill, Ar
 
02/14
Ref
N
DAVID HEMERY VALENTINE INVITE
February 13-14, 2015, Boston, Ma
 
02/21
Ref
N
ALEX WILSON INVITATIONAL
South Bend, In
 
02/28
Ref
N
ACC INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
February 26-28, 2015, Blacksburg, Va
2nd Place
03/14
Ref
N
NCAA INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIP
March 13-14, 2015, Fayetteville, Ar
38th Place
03/20
Ref
N
BULLS INVITATIONAL
March 19-20, Tampa, Fl
 
03/28
Ref
H
OHIO STATE
FSU Relays, March 27-28, 2015
L 146-152
03/28
Ref
H
MIAMI
FSU Relays, March 27-28, 2015
L 146-148
03/28
Ref
H
NORTH CAROLINA
FSU Relays, March 27-28, 2015
W 146-46
04/04
Ref
N
FLORIDA RELAYS
April 2-4, 2015, Gainesville, Fl
 
04/04
Ref
N
STANFORD INVITATIONAL
April 3-4, 2015, Palo Alto, Ca
 
04/11
Ref
N
HURRICANE INVIATIONAL
April 10-11, 2015, Coral Gables, Fl
 
04/18
Ref
N
MT SAC RELAYS
April 16-18, 2015, Walnut, Ca
 
04/24
Ref
N
TOM JONES INVITATIONAL
Gainesville, Fl
 
04/25
Ref
N
PENN RELAYS
April 23-25, 2015, Philadelphia, Pa
 
05/02
Ref
N
PAYTON JORDAN INVITATIONAL
Palo Alto, Ca
 
05/02
Ref
N
LONGHORN INVITATIONAL
Austin, Tx
 
05/08
Ref
N
UNF INVITE
Jacksonville, Fl
 
05/16
Ref
H
ACC OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
May 14-16, 2015
1st Place
05/30
Ref
N
NCAA EAST
May 28-30, 2015, Jacksonville, Fl
 
06/13
Ref
N
NCAA OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIP
June 10-13, 2015, Eugene, Or
19th Place
                Overall   Home    Away   Neutral
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FSU RECORD IS    1- 2     1- 2     0- 0     0- 0


2015 ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE RESULTS
 
INDOOR
 1  VIRGINIA TECH         101
 2  FLORIDA STATE          86.5
 3  VIRGINIA               71
 4  NORTH CAROLINA         67
 5  CLEMSON                63
 6  SYRACUSE               41
 7  DUKE                   39
 8  MIAMI                  37.5
 9t LOUISVILLE             29
 9t PITTSBURGH             29
 9t NORTH CAROLINA STATE   29
12  NOTRE DAME             26
13  WAKE FOREST            24
14  GEORGIA TECH           20
 
OUTDOOR
 1  FLORIDA STATE         136
 2  VIRGINIA              100
 3  VIRGINIA TECH          98
 4  CLEMSON                89
 5  NORTH CAROLINA         67
 6  DUKE                   53
 7  SYRACUSE               51
 8  LOUISVILLE             40
 9t NOTRE DAME             37
 9t PITTSBURGH             37
11  MIAMI                  36
12  NORTH CAROLINA STATE   33
13  GEORGIA TECH           22
14  WAKE FOREST            18

AUBURN INVITATIONAL
01/17/2015, Birmingham, Al

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Friday Among Four Winners At Indoor Opener.
Cherry, Quigley, Funderburk also scores wins at Auburn Invitational.

BIRMINGHAM, AL – The Florida State track & field teams announced their arrival on the indoor scene Saturday at the Auburn Invitational, highlighted by four event victories and five performances which ranked among the top 10 in program history.

Freshman Trentavis Friday did not disappoint in his highly-anticipated collegiate debut, winning the 200-meter dash against a solid field in 20.86 at the Birmingham CrossPlex. Friday, the World Junior 200 champion this past summer, ran down 2014 NCAA Outdoor All-American Aaron Ernest (21.21) to claim the title.

Friday’s time ranks seventh all-time among Seminoles.

“I’m very pleased with our opener,” FSU coach Bob Braman said. “We earned several wins against top-notch competition, but just as importantly we had several lifetime best and a handful of all-time Top 10s.”

A pair of Seminole All-American veterans – senior Colleen Quigley and sophomore Michael Cherry – collected the first victories of the day. Quigley cruised to a season-opening win in the mile (4:44.29), leading a pack of five Noles who finished in the top 10. Cherry opened his season by claiming the 400-meter dash is 47.21.

Two Florida State women making their debuts as Seminoles – Kala Funderburk and Chelsea Jarvis – wasted no time making their presence felt.

Funderburk, a junior transfer from Memphis who was forced to sit out last season, won the 400-meter dash in 54.42 against a solid field. Beyond the victory, the St. Petersburg native laid down the ninth-fastest indoor time in program history.

Jarvis, a freshman from Great Britain, flashed her enormous potential with the No. 3 indoor 800-meter time among Seminoles all-time, placing second in 2:07.10.

Sophomore sprinter Cejhae Greene made the most of his season-opening appearance, advancing to the finals of the 60-meter dash as the No. 3 qualifier in a personal-best 6.75. The Antigua & Barbuda native was even better in the final, finishing second in 6.67, shaving nearly two-tenths of a second off his freshman season best.

A year ago Ben Bonhurst ranked No. 1 nationally among high schoolers in the shot put. On Saturday the New York native uncorked a sixth and final throw of 17.65m (57-11) to place fourth overall. Sophomore Chad DaCosta also saved his best for last, with a final throw of 17.49m (57-4.75) to place fifth. Their top marks moved them to Nos. 6 and 7, respectively, on FSU’s all-time top 10 list. Five Noles placed among the top nine in the event, with junior Emmanuel Oniya (17.02m, 55-10.25) and Austin Droogsma (career-best 16.96, 55-7.75), finishing seventh and eighth. Stargell Williams (16.83, 55-2.75) was ninth.

The Seminoles also scored well in the women’s long jump with junior All-American Der’Renae Freeman placing second (6.07m, 19-11) and freshman Jogaile Petrokaite opening her collegiate career with a fourth-place showing (5.87, 19-3.25).

Also registering scoring performances were junior pole vaulters Karly Jackson (3.85m, 12-7.50) and Hannah Acton (3.70, 12-1.50), who finished fifth and eighth. Georgia Peel (4:54.51) and Pippa Woolven (4:55.13) were seventh and eighth in the mile, while Sydnee Over (2:15.5) was eighth in the 200. Grete Sadeiko (1.65m, 5-5) was sixth in the high jump.

On the men’s side, junior high jumper Cristobal Hurtado-Arteaga cleared a career-best mark of 2.10m (6-10.75) to place fifth.

The day-long meet, which included competitors from Auburn, Alabama, Ole Miss, Georgia, Tennessee, LSU, Ohio State and Southern Miss, among others drew to a close with solid efforts by the Seminole 4x400 relay teams.

FSU’s women’s team of Funderburk, Over, Jande Pierce and Jarvis placed third in 3:45.92, while the men’s quartet of Cherry, Friday, Greene and Chris Rose Jr. was fourth in 3:12.82.

A bout with tonsillitis prevented heralded freshman Kendal Williams from opening his collegiate career at the CrossPlex.

Event 1 - 60 Meters
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
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  23   Cejhae Greene                    6.67              8
 13    Jamal Pitts                      6.96             

Event 2 - 200 Meters
==============================================================
Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  1    Trentavis Friday                20.86             10

Event 3 - 400 Meters
==============================================================
Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  1    Michael Cherry                  47.21             10
 11    Chris Rose                      50.16             
 12    Ricardo Roy                     50.43             

Event 4 - 800 Meters
======================================================
Place  Name                               Results     
======================================================
  9    Matt Butler                   1:55.77             
 10    Matt Magee                    1:56.19             

Event 5 - 4x400-Meter Relay
==============================================================
Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  4    Relay Team A                  3:12.82              5
       1) Michael Cherry
       2) Trentavis Friday
       3) Cejhae Greene
       4) Chris Rose

Event 6 - High Jump
==============================================================
Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  5    Cristobal Hurtado-Arteaga      6-10.75    2.10m    4
 10    Nicholas Medich                6- 8.75    2.05m   

Event 7 - Shot Put
==============================================================
Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  4    Ben Bonhurst                  57-11      17.65m    5
  5    Chadrick DaCosta              57- 4.75   17.49m    4
  7    Emmanuel Onyia                55-10      17.02m    2
  8    Austin Droogsma               55- 7.75   16.96m    1
  9    Stargell Williams             55- 2.50   16.83m   


ROD MCCRAVY INVITATIONAL
01/24/2015, January 23-24, 2015, Lexington, Ky

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Ramsey Soars To 3rd In Indoor Debut For Noles.
Over is runner-up in 600 at Kentucky's McCravy Memorial

January 23, 2015

LEXINGTON, KY – Providing an exclamation point with his sixth and attempt in the final event of the night, Florida State sophomore Jalen Ramsey soared to a third-place finish in the long jump to cap Friday’s action at the Rod McCravy Memorial meet.

Ramsey, just three weeks – and a handful of practices – removed from the conclusion of the football season, registered a mark of 7.52 meters (24-8.25) on his final attempt. The sophomore defensive back for the Seminole football team finished just .02 cm out of first place after posting the 11th-best long jump in the nation.

“Overall it was a good day; something to build on for tomorrow,” FSU coach Bob Braman said. “People were making finals while competing against the top teams in the country. You’re really not thinking about national qualifying just yet, but hear Jalen Ramsey’s 7.52 and now you’re in the ballpark….

“It just takes time to get those ‘Wow’ performances, so for Jalen to come out and give us a ‘Wow-one’ is the highlight of the day.”

Competing against some of the finest teams in the nation at Nutter Field House on the University of Kentucky campus, the Seminoles registered six, top-10 finishes and two lifetime-best performances on the first of two days of competition.

The top finish of the day was turned in by sophomore Sydnee Over, who placed second in the rarely-contested 600-yard dash. Over’s time of 1:23.80 was the fifth-best ever by a Seminole. Freshman teammate Helene Swanepoel, in her collegiate debut, placed fourth in 1:24.76.

“Second place in the meet is big,” Braman said of Over’s effort. “That sets her up for conference and gives her a lot of confidence. It wasn’t a bad day for Swanepoel’s debut.”

Junior All-American Der’Renae Freeman advanced to the finals of the long jump and placed ninth with a season-best mark of 6.00 meters (19-8.25). Sophomore teammate Grete Sadeiko, in her final tune-up for next week’s pentathlon competition in Arkansas, was 10th overall with a lifetime-best mark of 5.91m (19-4.75).

The Seminoles’ weight throwers made their season debuts count as senior Lakitta Johnson was seventh with a mark of 19.07 meters (62-6.75), while senior Katja Vangsnes unleashed a career-best throw of 16.37m (53-8.50) to move into the No. 8 spot on FSU’s all-time indoor list for the weight throw and place 12th overall.

Senior Markindey Sineus also opened up his final indoor campaign with a solid effort of 18.12m (59-5.50) to finish 11th.

In the women’s 200-meter dash, both Kali Davis-White (24.33) and Jande Pierce (24.52) improved on their season-opening marks from a week ago at the Auburn Invitational. Junior Hannah Acton posted a season-best pole vault of 3.73m (12-2.75), as did sophomore Madison Schmidt (3.43m, 11-3).

Though the Seminoles were unable to produce any winners against a host of nationally-ranked teams, like Florida, Oregon, Arkansas, LSU, Texas and host Kentucky, they did gain some valuable experience to carry forward.

“It’s all about building up today for tomorrow; building up this week for next week,” Braman said. “We have more going on tomorrow; more opportunities. Women’s distance is going to bust out some of their big pieces and go after some big times. Kala Funderburk is going to be huge. The men’s sprints, with Trent (Friday) and Kendall (Williams); the men’s shot put and the women’s shot put.”

Funderburk will be pitted against a stout field in the women’s 400-meter dash, while Friday and Williams will test their speed and skill in the 60-meter dash against what is arguably the best early-season field in the nation, featuring NCAA 100-meter outdoor champion Trayvon Bromell of Baylor.


Big Day For Track Noles At McCravy Memorial.
Freshmen sprint duo, Funderburk and Quigley led way on final day of meet.

January 24, 2015

LEXINGTON, KY – Florida State’s stars – old and new – surfaced Saturday at Nutter Field House on the final day of the Rod McCravy Memorial, providing the first real glimpse of what the Seminoles’ indoor track & field season could be nearly two months down the road.

Led by freshman sprinters Trentavis Friday and Kendal Williams, senior distance standout Colleen Quigley and junior transfer 400-meter star Kala Funderburk, the Seminoles more than held their own against the finest assembled competition this side of an NCAA Championship meet.

Friday and Williams finished third and sixth, respectively, in the 60-meter dash finals. Friday finished in 6.60 seconds – a lifetime best and tied for the 10th-fastest time in program history – while Williams made a huge jump with a 6.66 mark in the final.

Both men trailed Baylor sophomore Trayvon Bromell, who won in a nation-leading time of 6.58.

If the NCAA Indoor Championships fields were set today, Friday and Williams would be in, having posted the No. 4 and No. 12 (tied) times in the country thus far.

“I’ve run a few [60s], but high school is different than college,” Friday said afterward. “The experience was great. Everybody is fast in college, so coming in with that kind of experience, I was able to show how talented I am. At the same time I had fun.”

While the youngsters were making their collegiate 60-meter dash debuts, Funderburk was building on a solid performance last week at Auburn. The transfer from Memphis dropped a new lifetime best time of 53.64, marking the third-fastest performance in Seminole history. It also moved her to No. 9 in the NCAA rankings.

“I didn’t get out at all,” Funderburk said of her race. “By the first 150 everyone had caught me. By the time I got to the break line I had to mentally get back in it…It was a tough race and even though I was expecting a better race, I’m happy that I PR’d and happy that I get to learn from it and move forward.”

Quigley turned in a workhorse effort, placing second in the mile (4:39.33) and following up a short time later with a lifetime-best 2:08.69 in the 800 to place fourth. Not only does she rank fifth nationally in the mile, but sits at No. 11 in the 800 after posting the ninth-best mark by a Seminole at that distance.

“We had good efforts, very good focus and hit very few potholes,” FSU coach Bob Braman said of the team’s performance. “It’s early in the process (but) that’s what you’re looking for; people going forward and consistency of effort.

“I feel pretty pleased with what we did. We’re a long way away from where we want to be and where we will be. It’s just going to take us a while to get there.”

Among the other top performances by Seminoles on Saturday, Kellion Knibb opened her indoor season with a fourth-place finish in the shot put (15.64m. 51-3.25).

On the men’s side, the Seminoles were unable to get anyone through to the finals, but two of the five competing posted career-best marks. Junior Emmanuel Oniya, a transfer from Minnesota, notched his best throw in two seasons (17.55m, 57-7) to finish 10th, while Austin Droogsma (17.30, 56-9.25) and Stargell Williams (17.29, 56-8.75) placed 12th and 13th with career-best throws.

Oniya moved to No. 7 on FSU’s all-time indoor list in the shot put, while Droogsma joined the group at No. 10.

In all, there were five new entries on FSU’s indoor top-10 lists this weekend to go along with 18 career-best efforts.

Among the other career-best marks, were: Matt Butler (800, 1:53.93); Matt Magee (800, 1:55.70); Sydnee Over (800, 2:10.28), Bridget Blake (3000, 9:56.02); Bryce Kelley (3000, 8:31.09); Kiera Brown (60, 7.77) and Alejandra Martinez (60 hurdles, 8.97).

Event 2 - 60 Meters
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  3    Trentavis Friday                 6.60              6
  6    Kendal Williams                  6.66             
 28    Jamal Pitts                      7.00             

Event 6 - 200 Meters
======================================================
Place  Name                               Results     
======================================================
 30    Jamal Pitts                     22.39             

Event 8 - 400 Meters
======================================================
Place  Name                               Results     
======================================================
 25    Stephen Sutherland              48.91             
 35    Ricardo Roy                     50.05             
 37    Chris Rose                      50.50             

Event 12 - 800 Meters
======================================================
Place  Name                               Results     
======================================================
 23    Matt Butler                   1:53.93             
 35    Matt Magee                    1:55.70             

Event 20 - 4x400-Meter Relay
======================================================
Place  Name                               Results     
======================================================
 14    Relay Team A                  3:16.35             
       1) Stephen Sutherland
       2) Chris Rose
       3) Kendal Williams
       4) Ricardo Roy

Event 24 - High Jump
======================================================
Place  Name                               Results     
======================================================
 10T   Nicholas Medich                6- 6.25    1.99m   

Event 26 - Pole Vault
======================================================
Place  Name                               Results     
======================================================
 18    Cayman Ellis                  14- 8       4.47m   

Event 30 - Long Jump
==============================================================
Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  3    Jalen Ramsey                  24- 8.25    7.52m    6

Event 34 - Shot Put
======================================================
Place  Name                               Results     
======================================================
 10    Emmanuel Onyia                57- 7      17.55m   
 12    Austin Droogsma               56- 9.25   17.30m   
 13    Stargell Williams             56- 8.75   17.29m   
 14    Ben Bonhurst                  56- 6      17.22m   

Event 36 - Weight Throw
======================================================
Place  Name                               Results     
======================================================
 11    Markindey Sineus              59- 5.50   18.12m   


RAZORBACK INVITATIONAL
01/31/2015, January 30-31, 2015, Fayetteville, Ar

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Sadeiko Smashes Own School Pentathlon Record; DMR Shines.
Small Seminole contingent performs well at Razorback Invitational.

January 30, 2015

FAYETTEVILLE, AR – For a small group of Florida State track & field athletes, Friday’s performance at Razorback Invitational could not have gone a lot better.

The day began with Grete Sadeiko smashing her own school record in the pentathlon and finished with the men’s distance medley relay team posting the third-fastest time in school history.

Sadeiko, a redshirt sophomore from Estonia, performed solidly in all five events – 60-meter hurdles, high jump, shot put, long jump and 800-meter run – on the way to a 3,969-point performance. That was good for fifth-place against a small, but competitively strong field. The day-long effort obliterated her previous school record of 3,776, set last season at the ACC Indoor Championship meet.

Senior Alejandra Martinez registered four new career-best marks over the five-event competition for a new career-best of 3,620 points – third-best in FSU history – to finish seventh.

“I was really pleased with Grete and Ali,” FSU coach Bob Braman said. “They both hit lifetime-best scores and were very solid in all five events. They’ll be ready for a big one at ACC’s in a month.”

The day ended with the distance medley relay team of Otniel Teixeira, Chris Rose, Matt Butler and Zak Seddon sailing to a time of 9:48.56 to place sixth against a loaded field. It was the fastest effort by a Seminole DMR quartet in five years and the No. 3 performance all-time over the combined 4000-meter event.

Teixeira opened the race with a 2:57.96 for 1200 meters and Rose followed with a strong 48.48 400-meter split. Butler, a freshman, paid late for an aggressive start as he attempted to close a widening gap and split 1:53.67 over 800 meters. Seddon used a strong kick to finish his 1600-meter leg in 4:08.27 and turn back Tulsa, LSU and Notre Dame.

“I’m pleased with it,” Braman said of the overall relay performance, which currently ranks No. 2 among ACC teams this season. “It’s a good, solid effort. You can see where we can improve. We can certainly put that together to compete for a conference championship.”

Between the fast start and strong finish, FSU junior and Wakulla High product Stanley Linton got his very first taste of indoor competition. Linton’s lifetime-best 14:30.03 was good for third place.

“Stanley did a fantastic job,” Braman said. “It was a 24-second improvement over his outdoor PR, and it was the first time he’s ever competed indoors. He also notched an ACC qualifying time.”


Five Personal-Bests Highlight Final Day At Razorback.
Seddon, Rose post breakthrough performances for Seminole men.

January 31, 2015

FAYETTEVILLE, AR – A handful of personal-bests highlighted the performance of the Florida State men’s track & field athletes competing Saturday at the Razorback Invitational.

Though the Seminoles did not post any scoring performances, they did use the combination of stout competition and a fast track to post several noteworthy efforts.

Zak Seddon opened up the day by winning his heat in the 3000-meter run in a personal-best time of 8:11.39, with teammate Jack Goodwin close behind in 8:13.92. Goodwin’s time was just a second off his all-time best, which was set outdoors in 2012. Grant Nykaza’s long-awaited indoor debut ended with an 8:30.82 performance.

“Zak had a fantastic opener with his 3000-meter win,” Braman said. “He had a big kick and that’s what he’ll need at ACC’s. Jack’s opener was really strong as well.”

Senior Chris Rose, who contributed to the third-fastest distance medley performance in school history on Friday, followed up Saturday with a personal-best time of 48.44 in the 400-meter dash. It was the second of three 48-second efforts over the weekend by Rose.

“He was third at the break and it caused him to go to lane 2 on the final turn to pass,” Braman said of Rose. “He’s really pumped.”

Another bright spot was the performance of junior Jake Burton, who opened up his indoor season in the 800-meter run with a 1:51.51; just .23 off his personal-best. Teammates Matt Butler (1:54.59) and Matt Magee (1:54.72) also competed. Magee’s time was a personal-best.

“Jake had a really strong opener and earned an ACC qualifying mark,” Braman added. “He was smooth. He will run 1:49 this indoor season.”

Otniel Teixeira ran 4:10.22 to finish second in his heat of the mile, in his second of three weekend races. After leading off Friday’s distance medley relay team, Teixeira capped his weekend with a solid second leg on FSU’s 4x400 relay team. Bryce Kelley ran a lifetime best 4:13.93.

Event 1 - 5000 Meters
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
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  3    Stanley Linton               14:30.03              6

Event 2 - Distance Medley Relay
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
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  6    Relay Team A                  9:48.36              3
       1) Otniel Teixeira
       2) Chris Rose
       3) Matt Butler
       4) Zak Seddon

Event 3 - 400 Meters
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Place  Name                               Results     
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 20    Chris Rose                      48.44             

Event 4 - 800 Meters
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Place  Name                               Results     
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 15    Jake Burton                   1:51.51             
 30    Matt Butler                   1:54.49             

Event 5 - Mile Run
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Place  Name                               Results     
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 11    Otniel Teixeira               4:10.22             
 20    Bryce Kelley                  4:13.93             

Event 6 - 3000 Meters
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Place  Name                               Results     
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 12    Zak Seddon                    8:11.39             
 15    Jack Goodwin                  8:13.92             
 28    Grant Nykaza                  8:30.82             

Event 7 - 4x400-Meter Relay
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  8    Relay Team A                  3:19.18              1
       1) Matt Butler
       2) Otniel Teixeira
       3) Matt Magee
       4) Chris Rose


VIRGINIA TECH ELITE MEET
02/07/2015, February 6-7, 2015, Blacksburg, Va

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Sineus, Johnson Lead Way On Day Of Highs And Lows.
Throwers come through huge on day of many highs and a few lows.

February 6, 2015

BLACKSBURG, VA – Competing head-to-head against a most of its Atlantic Coast Conference competition, the Florida State track & field teams opened the Doc Hale Virginia Tech Elite meet on Friday with 11 new personal-best performances and a few more season-best marks.

“It was a highs and lows type day, where the highs were a lot of PRs and a lot of really good efforts; the progress we’re looking for,” FSU coach Bob Braman said. “There were no home runs but a lot of progress…A lot of things progressed nicely. Our biggest performances were the two weight throwers with huge PRs – Markindey and Lakitta.”

Seniors Markindey Sineus and Lakitta Johnson inched their way closer to become the Seminoles’ all-time leaders in the weight throw with career-best marks against highly competitive fields. Sineus eclipsed his all-time best on two throws, including a sixth and final attempt in the final that carried 19.81 meters (65-0) and was good for an eight-place finish. The third-longest throw in program history moved him within six inches of No. 2 all-time Andrew Diakos and also in close pursuit of school record-holder B.J. Linnenbrink’s 20.91m (68-7.25) standard set in 2002.

Johnson also used her final attempt of the night to edge closer to former teammate Briana Cherry-Bronson’s year-old school record and post a fourth-place finish. Johnson’s best throw of 20.15 meters (66-1.50) is second only to the record of 20.98 (68-10).

While neither Sineus nor Johnson was able to move up on the career standings, Katja Vangsnes jumped three spots to No. 5 all-time in the weight throw with a first flight effort of 16.91m (55-5).

Sophomore Nicole Setterington recorded the No. 9 time in program history in the 60-meter hurdles, coming on strong late in the race to finish in 8.54. Classmate Sydnee Over placed fourth in the 800-meter run with a season-best mark of 2:09.95.

The night, however, was marred by a few lows as well. Oddly enough, they reared their head in the sprint events, though they had little to do with competitiveness or production.

FSU’s men sent three men to the 60-meter finals, where Trentavis Friday (6.63) and Cejhae Greene (6.66) finished third and fourth, and Jamal Pitts (6.93) was eighth. Greene posted a lifetime best in the final, while Pitts ran a career-best 6.92 in the final.

Unfortunately, they raced without teammate Kendal Williams, who had a rare false start disqualification in the preliminary round. To make matters worse, Friday was forced to ease up – and relinquish his lead – just shy of the finish line and was helped off the track by the medical staff.

“There was really a lot going on today, most of it positive and a lot of it encouraging, but the biggest concern is Trent being a little dinged up,” Braman said. “He finished the race and seemed in good spirits, so I can’t imagine it’s disastrous if he’s in good spirits.”

Seminoles Michael Cherry and Kala Funderburk made their way into Friday’s invitational 400-meter races. Cherry, looking to work his way back into a top-16 national ranking, won his heat going away in 47.46, but did not draw any real threats from the field after North Carolina’s Ceo Ways was a scratch.

Funderburk found herself locked in a heat showdown with Miami’s Shakima Wimbley. Funderburk came within a stride of scoring a wire-to-wire win over the No. 2 runner in the country. She was nipped at the finish line despite posting a personal-best time of 53.49. Unfortunately, she was later disqualified for impeding the progress of Wimbley at the conclusion of the first lap; a ruling the FSU staff contested.

“The lows were obviously Trent being hurt, Kendal with the false start and a DQ taking away a tremendous race for Kala,” Braman said. “I was a little disappointed for Mike Cherry, who wins his heat going away and doesn’t get to compete against the two Carolina guys who were in the other heat.”

Cherry finished third.

Seminoles Kali Davis-White and Kiera Brown raced their way in the 60-meter dash finals with season-best times of 7.48 and 7.62, respectively. With slower times in the final, they finished sixth and eighth, respectively.

The Seminoles will return to action Saturday at the Rector Field House looking to avoid mishaps and make progress wherever possible.

“Our key events tomorrow to make more progress are the shot put – for men and women,” Braman said. “The 200 with Kendal [Williams] is going to be a highlight. Kala [Funderburk] is going to come back from one one-hundredth second loss that was taken from her to try and get a good mark in the 200.”


Bonhurst's Bomb, Funderburk's Thunder Lead Track Noles.
Frosh Williams wins 200; FSU teams close Doc Hale Elite on high note.

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Freshman Ben Bonhurst unleashed a bomb in shot put and junior Kala Funderburk backed up a Friday personal-best in the 400 with an all-conditions best 200 and a monster leg on the 4x400 relay team.

Their performances Saturday at the Doc Hale Virginia Tech Elite set the standard the nationally-ranked Florida State track & field teams have come to expect and what they will need when they return Rector Field House to defend their ACC Indoor Championship titles in three weeks.

"What I'm pleased with is we're getting better each meet," FSU coach Bob Braman said. "The challenge is, we're running out of time. We've got two big meets next weekend and this meet will help set that up, but we're three weeks from conference and the ACC has gotten better and better. We've got to keep it going forward…

"We have some pieces moving forward. We need more fireworks like we had from Bonhurst and hopefully in an environment like Tyson or Boston, we're going to see that."

By and large, Saturday's performances were a positive step.

Bonhurst, one of three Seminoles to reach the finals in a loaded shot put field, delivered a monster throw on 19.05 meters (62-6) on his first throw of the final. It's the No. 3 indoor throw in Florida State history and the second-best mark in the ACC this season.

"Making that final with all these big names I was looking up to for so long was honestly the best feeling," said Bonhurst, who qualified for the finals with a personal-best 17.78, but found himself trailing sophomore teammate Austin Droogsma, who also unleashed a PR (17.97m/58-11.50). "It got me so hyped. I told my coach that if I make to the finals, I'm going to go over 18 meters."

Bonhurst synched up his first attempt and propelled the 16-pound shot down, though he admittedly had no idea he had just unleashed the third 19-meter mark in program history.

"I thought the throw was like 18-mid," he said. "I definitely knew I could go over 18 pretty easily… Everything just clicked. I had a lot of adrenaline."

Bonhurst finished fifth, followed by Droogsma in seventh and Stargell Williams, whose lifetime-best indoors (17.54m/57-6.50) was good for ninth.

"My teammates, I love practices with them," Bonhurst said. "They push me every day. I was really happy for Stargell to get in the final. He was really pumped up. Droogsma, I practice with him every day and know what he's capable of. These guys have more in the tank."

Funderburk, who backed up a personal-best 53.49 400-meter dash on Friday with a lifetime-best 23.72 200 on Saturday - good for second- and third-place finishes - was even more excited about her contribution to the collective 4x400 relay effort. Helene Swanepoel, Funderburk, Sydnee Over and Jande Pierce ran 3:39.77 - the No. 7 time in FSU history - to finish third.

"That was probably the highlight of my weekend," Funderburk said of the relay, led by her 52.70 split. "That was the best 4x4. It's a great group of girls. Everyone worked really hard and left their heart on the track, and it showed. The time showed everyone gave all their effort and we had a lot of fun with it." In all, the junior transfer came away from the meet encouraged.

"It was a good weekend; two PRs for me is a really good weekend," she said. "I know we're going to go faster. I know coach Ken [Harnden] has a lot more planned for us. It's really just like a stepping stone. I'm not going to get too excited because there's a lot more work to do. There are going to be better times."

The Seminoles' lone victory of the meet came from freshman sprinter Kendal Williams, who rebounded from a Friday false start in the 60-meter dash, to win the 200 in 21.37. It was a personal-best indoors for Williams, who was not pleased with his time or a chance to tangle with former Jacksonville area rival and North Carolina sophomore Ceo Ways, who was a scratch.

"For it to be my first college win, I'm happy about that," Williams said. "I'm definitely happy that I got an indoor PR in the 200…It was my first 200 all year. I'll take it, but I still want to get better, especially for Arkansas next week where I'm going to be running against heat."

Seminole teammate Cejhae Greene made his 200 debut and delivered a runner-up finish in 21.61. It was Greene's first career indoor 200; just one more than Williams has run.

Junior Der'Renae Freeman, who was joined by Grete Sadeiko in the finals of the long jump, delivered a season-best leap of 6.11 meters (20-0.50) to finish fourth. Sadeiko (5.86/19-2.75) finished eighth.

Sadeiko and newcomer Kiara Wright, who is moonlight with the team after a banner volleyball season, each cleared 1.68m (5-6) in the high jump. Wright's debut effort earned her a share of ninth on FSU's all-time indoor list.

Kellion Knibb finished third in the shot put (15.47m/50-9.25) and teammate Lakitta Johnson (14.78m/48-6) placed seventh in her first performance of the season.

"I see some positive things," Braman said. "We're a little dinged up too, but it really helped get Mike [Cherry] and Cejhae [Greene] back, who didn't run at Kentucky. And they both ran well…

"Kendal got some good work in, and of course 17.96 is a PR for Droogsma and Stargell made the final with a PR. It was obviously a nice weekend for Kellion and Lakitta. Der'Renae is starting to come around a little bit and Grete makes the final."

Event 1 - 60 Meters
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
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  3    Trentavis Friday                 6.63              6
  4    Cejhae Greene                    6.63             
  8    Jamal Pitts                      6.93              1

Event 2 - 200 Meters
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  1    Kendal Williams                 21.37             10
  2    Cejhae Greene                   21.61              8
 11    Jamal Pitts                     22.25             
 14    Stephen Sutherland              22.38             

Event 3 - 400 Meters
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  3    Michael Cherry                  47.46              6
 12    Chris Rose                      49.07             
 37    Stephen Sutherland              51.62             

Event 4 - Weight Throw
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  8    Markindey Sineus              65- 0      19.81m    1

Event 5 - 4x400-Meter Relay
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
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  2    Relay Team A                  3:14.24              8
       1) Stephen Sutherland
       2) Chris Rose
       3) Trentavis Friday
       4) Michael Cherry

Event 6 - High Jump
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  7    Cristobal Hurtado-Arteaga      6- 6.25    1.99m    2
 10    Nicholas Medich                6- 6.25    1.99m   

Event 7 - Shot Put
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  5    Ben Bonhurst                  62- 6      19.05m    4
  7    Austin Droogsma               58-11.50   17.97m    2
  9    Stargell Williams             57- 6.50   17.54m   
 10    Emmanuel Onyia                57- 4.25   17.48m   
 13    Chadrick DaCosta              56- 3.50   17.16m   


TYSON INIVITATIONAL
02/14/2015, February 13-14, 2015, Fayettevill, Ar

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Track Noles Take Big Steps Forward At Tyson Invitational.
Williams, Funderburk and Freeman make biggest moves on opening day.

February 13, 2015

FAYETTEVILLE, AR – A trio of Florida State track & field athletes used Friday performances at the Tyson Invitational to edge closer to securing NCAA Indoor Championship qualifying marks, highlighting a solid performance of on the opening day of the loaded meet.

Freshman Kendal Williams etched his name among the all-time Seminole greats when he jetted to a 60-meter dash time of 6.57 in the semifinal round of competition at the Randal Tyson Track Complex. The marked vaulted the Jacksonville native to No. 4 on the NCAA descending order list – the top 16 times at the end of season advance to the NCAA Indoor Championships – and sole possession of eighth place on FSU’s all-time top 10 list.

“I definitely was feeling good today,” Williams said. “From the prelim to the semifinal all I needed to do was run through the line. I did that and the time showed.”

Junior Kala Funderburk extended her string of lifetime-best performances in the 400-meter dash to three meets with a commanding invitational heat victory in 52.90. Not only did the mark move her to No. 2 on FSU’s all-time list – just .09 behind school record-holder Samantha George’s 52.81 – but it bumped her up one spot to No. 13 in the nation.

Der’Renae Freeman, the eighth of nine qualifiers for the final in the open women’s long jump, responded by putting together an outstanding performance in the finals to place fourth. The junior from Orlando opened the finals with a season-best 6.17 meters, then improved on that by soaring 6.22 meters (20-5) on her final attempt, improving her standing to No. 2 in the ACC and No. 16 nationally on the collegiate descending order list.

The trio were the biggest winners – but not the only standouts – as the nationally ranked Seminole men and women wind their season toward the ACC Indoor Championships in two weeks, with the NCAA Championships less than a month away.

Williams virtually guaranteed himself a spot at the NCAA Indoor Championships with his semifinal heat time in the 60, finishing right behind his budding rival and reigning NCAA 100-meter champion Trayvon Bromell (6.55) of Baylor. He came into the meet ranked 17th nationally and departs 13 spots higher and suddenly the ACC leader.

“I liked my overall reaction to the gun and I definitely liked how I felt through the middle of the race, and definitely toward the end, when I stood up and way able to pick up my knees,” who opened the day by running a season-best 6.65 in the preliminary round. “I definitely felt a lot smoother.”

And it didn’t hurt that Williams was in the adjoining lane to Baylor’s Trayvon Bromell, the reigning NCAA 100-meter dash champion and the man he beat for the World Junior 100-meter title this past summer in Eugene, Ore.

“I think it’s really helpful, because I like Trayvon and I like to run against him,” Williams said. “In general, I like to have people to against, because I know it will push me and motivate me to run a better race.”

Funderburk was a wire-to-wire winner of her section of the invitational women’s 400, taking charge on the first lap around the banked, 200-meter track.

“I don’t think I could have executed any better,” Funderburk said. “I came through at 24.5, which is the fastest I’ve come through the 200. I kind of dropped my form, but that’s just a little thing to work on. I finished really well. I was really confident today.”

As an added bonus, Funderburk’s sixth-place finish was ahead of Miami’s Shakima Wimbley and Clemson’s Natalie Gouye, who are currently ranked first and third in the ACC. The St. Petersburg, Fla. native supplanted Gouye with the No. 3 time in the conference this season.

“Come conference they’ll know I will be a force to be reckoned with,” Funderburk said. “It’s a big boost for me going into conference and I know I’m only going to get better.”

Freeman made the most of her second opportunity when she narrowly earned her way into the nine-woman final of the long jump.

“I honestly didn’t know I got a second chance,” said Freeman, who was clearly disappointed with her performance after three jumps. “I was so excited…I was given a second chance, so why not take advantage of it. I just did what I had to do and went from eighth to fourth. I was so happy with that.

“I felt like I stepped up. I put my emotions aside, my temper aside and all that frustration aside and did what I had to do to get into the national rankings.”

Junior Hannah Acton turned in an indoor career-best pole vault performance, clearing 3.99 meters (13-1) on her final attempt, which moved her from fifth to third on FSU’s all-time list. Acton placed fourth after narrowly missing her final attempt at 4.09 meters. That would have been the highest bar - indoors or outdoors - cleared by a Seminole other than 2012 Olympian Lacy Janson.

Among the other highlight performances, Michael Cherry lowered his season-best time in the 400-meter dash by running 46.81 to move into the top 20 in the national rankings and No. 5 in the ACC.


Women's DMR Highlight Saturday Track Action For Noles

February 14, 2015

FAYETTEVILLE, AR and BOSTON, MA - Just 17 hours after authoring the fifth-fastest mile in NCAA history, Florida State senior Colleen Quigley anchored the Seminoles’ distance medley relay to the nation's fourth-fastest time (11:04.53) on Saturday, highlighting a solid final day of action the program.

Quigley’s 4:32.3 1600-meter leg, capped by a 66-second final 400, all but secured what should stand as the fourth NCAA Indoor Championships qualifying mark of the weekend for the Florida State track & field teams. Quigley teamed with freshmen Chelsea Jarvis and Helene Swanepoel, and sophomore Sydnee Over, to record the fourth-fastest time in FSU history at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational at Boston University’s Track & Tennis Center.

It wasn’t the only strong relay performance of the day by a Seminole quartet as the women’s 4x400 relay team of Sarah Chandler, Kala Funderburk, Sage Watson and Jande Pierce lowered FSU’s season-best time for the second consecutive meet. At the Tyson Invitational, the quartet teamed to run 3:39.25 to win its heat with the No. 5 time in program history.

Funderburk, who ran the second-fastest indoor 400 in school history on Friday, teamed with Watson to rally the Noles into the lead. After a 51.8 second leg, she passed the baton to Watson, the redshirt sophomore who was making her first competitive appearance in a year due to injury.

“Kala gave it off to me in a great position and I just had one more girl to catch,” Watson said.

Watson overhauled Louisiana Tech for the lead with 180 meters to go as she split 53.4 seconds, and Pierce held on for the win at the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, Ark.

“I was really excited because it has been over a year since I’ve been back on the track with my team,” said Watson, who owns the No. 3 indoor 400 in school history. “At first I was nervous since it has been a year since I raced. Once I got on the track, everything came back to me and I remembered how it was supposed to go.

“For being only back on the track for a week, I was really happy with the time. I went out a bit faster than I should, but that just came from the excitement of racing again. Overall I was happy with the time. I felt like it was a good step. We’re not where we should be, but I see it coming for ACC’s.”

Among a handful of other highlights from the Tyson Invitational, senior Lakitta Johnson recorded an indoor best shot put mark of 15.58 meters (51-1.50) to finish fifth. Sophomore Austin Droogsma finished sixth in the shot put with a throw of 17.78m (58-4).

Also in Boston, junior Otniel Teixeira put together a strong performance in his first 800-meter race of the season with a career-best 1:49.09 – No. 3 all-time among Seminoles – to place fourth.

Zak Seddon recorded a lifetime-best 3000-meter performance (7:59.40) to move to No. 7 on FSU’s all-time list and finish eighth, while teammate Jack Goodwin followed in 8:06.76; the 11th-best mark ever recorded by a Seminole.

Stanley Linton capped the day in snowy Boston with another personal-best, finishing 11th in the fast heat of the 5000-meter run in 14:27.87.

Event 1 - 60 Meters
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Place  Name                               Results     
======================================================
  9    Kendal Williams                  6.57             
 10    Cejhae Greene                    6.67             
 60    Jamal Pitts                      6.99             

Event 2 - 400 Meters
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Place  Name                               Results     
======================================================
 10    Michael Cherry                  46.81             
 35    Matt Magee                    1:53.58             
 48    Matt Butler                   1:56.42             
 52    Stephen Sutherland              49.62             

Event 3 - Weight Throw
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Place  Name                               Results     
======================================================
 17    Markindey Sineus              61- 2.25   18.65m   

Event 4 - High Jump
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Place  Name                               Results     
======================================================
 10    Cristobal Hurtado-Arteaga      6- 7.25    2.01m   

Event 5 - Shot Put
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  6    Austin Droogsma               58- 4      17.78m    3
 11    Emmanuel Onyia                57- 0.25   17.38m   
 17    Stargell Williams             55- 0.75   16.78m   
 21    Chadrick DaCosta              53- 4.25   16.26m   


DAVID HEMERY VALENTINE INVITE
02/14/2015, February 13-14, 2015, Boston, Ma

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Quigley Smashes ACC, FSU Mile Records With 4:29.67!
Men’s DMR posts No. 2 time in school history at Boston.

February 13, 2015

BOSTON, MA - With one of the finest mile performances in collegiate history, Florida State senior Colleen Quigley etched her name among some of the greats on Friday, winning at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational in 4:29.67.

With teammates Sydnee Over and Chelsea Jarvis setting the pace through the first half-mile at 2:12, Quigley shattered the old Atlantic Coast Conference and FSU records previously, held by her former teammate, Amanda Winslow (4:31.08). Not only did the St. Louis, Mo. native take over the NCAA lead this season, she posted the third-fastest mile in the world to this point in 2015.

Only four other collegiate women – Jenny Barringer, Sally Kipyego, Abby D’Agostino and Vickie Huber – have ever run faster.

Florida State coach Karen Harvey had an idea that Quigley was on the cusp of something special when she finished a demanding workout last Saturday at Mike Long Track.

“After her workout Saturday…I looked back at four years of results, and you know who’s been here: Pilar McShine, Hannah Brooks and Amanda Winslow,” Harvey said, rattling off a list of recent Seminole All-American milers. “I was looking at the results and she blew them out of the water on this extremely hard workout.

“I just thought we had to go for it.”

Harvey also credited associate head coach Ken Harnden with an assist.

“Ken said, ‘Let’s send a DMR and Jarvis and Sydnee will pace her,’” Harvey said. “They did an incredible pace job.”

Pushed from behind by former Georgetown star Rachel Schneider over the final half-mile, Quigley dug deep with help from the crowd accustomed to seeing blazing times on the near-perfect, 200-meter oval.

“The crowd and the announcer, they were so great,” said Harvey. “Here’s this random chick from Florida and they couldn’t have got into it more. The last 600 meters they started going wild because the announcer said, ‘She’s trying to run under 4:30.’ The crowd just pulled her around. Then you’ve got Rachel Schneider, who is a stud, pushing her. It was the perfect set-up and I’m just so happy for all four of them.”

In addition to Quigley, who pulled away from Schneider to win by nearly a full second, Seminole teammate Georgia Peel battled her way to a new season-best for fifth in 4:44.12.

“Georgia had a huge rally with 400 to go,” Harvey said. “She made a move and even in the last 50, with nothing left, she was still trying to pass people. She couldn’t be more happy.”

Prior to Quigley’s fireworks, the FSU men’s distance medley dished out a special performance as well, posting the No. 2 time in school history – 9:39.50 – to finish second behind Villanova, which won with the third-fastest time in collegiate history.

The team of Otniel Teixeira, Chris Rose, Jake Burton and Zak Seddon covered the 4000-meter distance with the second-fastest time in the Atlantic Coast Conference this season, and at the time, the 14th best mark nationally. Teixeira ran 2:59.41 for his 1200-meter leg, with Rose backing him with a blistering 47.46 400 split. Burton, who has never run faster than 1:50, followed with a 1:47.68 800 and Seddon brought home the baton in 4:04.64 over the final 1600.

“We had three lifetime relay bests,” FSU coach Bob Braman said. “Burton’s 1:47 (800) was a true breakthrough performance. These four men can be proud to have achieved the second-best performance in school history.

Capping the night for the Seminoles in Boston, Pippa Woolven ran a season-best 9:33.69 in the 3000-meter run, while teammates, Chelsi Woodruff (9:46.71) and Bridget Blake (9:48.27) followed with lifetime-best marks at the same distance.

“I’m really excited for tomorrow’s open races after today’s fireworks,” Braman said.


Women's DMR Highlight Saturday Track Action For Noles

February 14, 2015

FAYETTEVILLE, AR and BOSTON, MA - Just 17 hours after authoring the fifth-fastest mile in NCAA history, Florida State senior Colleen Quigley anchored the Seminoles’ distance medley relay to the nation's fourth-fastest time (11:04.53) on Saturday, highlighting a solid final day of action the program.

Quigley’s 4:32.3 1600-meter leg, capped by a 66-second final 400, all but secured what should stand as the fourth NCAA Indoor Championships qualifying mark of the weekend for the Florida State track & field teams. Quigley teamed with freshmen Chelsea Jarvis and Helene Swanepoel, and sophomore Sydnee Over, to record the fourth-fastest time in FSU history at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational at Boston University’s Track & Tennis Center.

It wasn’t the only strong relay performance of the day by a Seminole quartet as the women’s 4x400 relay team of Sarah Chandler, Kala Funderburk, Sage Watson and Jande Pierce lowered FSU’s season-best time for the second consecutive meet. At the Tyson Invitational, the quartet teamed to run 3:39.25 to win its heat with the No. 5 time in program history.

Funderburk, who ran the second-fastest indoor 400 in school history on Friday, teamed with Watson to rally the Noles into the lead. After a 51.8 second leg, she passed the baton to Watson, the redshirt sophomore who was making her first competitive appearance in a year due to injury.

“Kala gave it off to me in a great position and I just had one more girl to catch,” Watson said.

Watson overhauled Louisiana Tech for the lead with 180 meters to go as she split 53.4 seconds, and Pierce held on for the win at the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, Ark.

“I was really excited because it has been over a year since I’ve been back on the track with my team,” said Watson, who owns the No. 3 indoor 400 in school history. “At first I was nervous since it has been a year since I raced. Once I got on the track, everything came back to me and I remembered how it was supposed to go.

“For being only back on the track for a week, I was really happy with the time. I went out a bit faster than I should, but that just came from the excitement of racing again. Overall I was happy with the time. I felt like it was a good step. We’re not where we should be, but I see it coming for ACC’s.”

Among a handful of other highlights from the Tyson Invitational, senior Lakitta Johnson recorded an indoor best shot put mark of 15.58 meters (51-1.50) to finish fifth. Sophomore Austin Droogsma finished sixth in the shot put with a throw of 17.78m (58-4).

Also in Boston, junior Otniel Teixeira put together a strong performance in his first 800-meter race of the season with a career-best 1:49.09 – No. 3 all-time among Seminoles – to place fourth.

Zak Seddon recorded a lifetime-best 3000-meter performance (7:59.40) to move to No. 7 on FSU’s all-time list and finish eighth, while teammate Jack Goodwin followed in 8:06.76; the 11th-best mark ever recorded by a Seminole.

Stanley Linton capped the day in snowy Boston with another personal-best, finishing 11th in the fast heat of the 5000-meter run in 14:27.87.<

Event 6 - 400 Meters
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Place  Name                               Results     
======================================================
  9    Chris Rose                      47.80             

Event 8 - 800 Meters
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  4    Otniel Teixeira               1:49.09              5
 14    Jake Burton                   1:52.30             

Event 14 - 3000 Meters
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  8    Zak Seddon                    7:59.40              1
 14    Jack Goodwin                  8:06.76             
 63    Bryce Kelley                  8:33.44             
 99    Grant Nykaza                  8:51.62             

Event 35 - 5000 Meters
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Place  Name                               Results     
======================================================
 13    Stanley Linton               14:27.87             

Event 37 - Distance Medley Relay
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
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  2    Relay Team A                  9:39.50              8
       1) Otniel Teixeira
       2) Chris Rose
       3) Jake Burton
       4) Zak Seddon


ALEX WILSON INVITATIONAL
02/21/2015, South Bend, In

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Cherry, Women’s 4x400 Post Championship-Worthy Marks.
Noles make most of qualifying effort at Notre Dame.

SOUTH BEND, IN – On the penultimate weekend of the indoor track regular season, six Florida State athletes headed to Saturday’s Alex Wilson Invitational with one goal in mind: earning spots at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships.

While they will have to wait out next week’s conference championship meets to be certain, Michael Cherry and the Seminoles’ 4x400 relay team of Helene Swanepoel, Kala Funderburk, Jande Pierce and Sage Watson turned in championship-worthy performances at the Loftus Sports Center.

Entering the meet ranked 22nd nationally in the 400-meter dash, Cherry summoned up an indoor career-best time of 46.31, good enough to jump to No. 10 on the NCAA Division I descending order list.

The relay team was even further back, checking in at No. 40 before they dropped a 3:35.26, which vaulted them to No. 9 nationally.

Only the top 16 athletes in individual events and top 12 relay teams on that list after next weekend qualify for the NCAA meet, March 13-14 in Fayetteville, Ark.

Making Cherry’s performance – the third-fastest in Florida State history – even more impressive was the speed and efficiency he displayed around the 300-meter flat track without any serious competition. The sophomore from Chesapeake, Va. beat the other two runners in his heat by more than three seconds each.

“It wasn’t that bad,” Cherry said of what amounted to a virtuoso effort. “I just listened to what coach Ken [Harnden] said and I finally got my race pattern down.”

Cherry, admittedly impatient while awaiting a breakthrough performance, came away feeling much more confident.

“A PR is always good,” he said. “I feel like I can move forward from here. The ACC will have a little more competition, so if I come in and run the same way I ran today, I should be good. I’m expecting a PR next week, and when we get to nationals I want to PR again.”

While the Seminoles’ 4x400 women’s relay team had already posted two top-10 marks in school history this season, Harnden put together his fastest quartet to date for the first time. The results were impressive.

“I knew when this group got together that we were going to do something special, so I’m not surprised by anything that anyone did today,” said Funderburk, whose split 51.5 on the second leg to take the Noles from third to first. “I knew we all had it in us.”

Swanepoel, a freshman, led off with a 54.8 leg and passed the stick to Funderburk, who chased down Notre Dame and Purdue runners in short order.

“That helped me a lot because coach is always telling us to be aggressive and the fact that I was bunched up with about four girls, I really had to get out aggressively,” Funderburk said “I made my move at the right time and held on.“

Pierce retained the lead Funderburk gave her with a 55.6 split. Watson, racing for just the second time this season, anchored home the win in 52.8.

Only one FSU indoor 4x400 team has ever run faster. The 1996 team of Sophia Danvers, Maria Embom, Erica Shepard and Yashiva Edwards ran 3:33.59 to finish second at the NCAA Indoor Championships.

That’s a place the current Seminoles hope to compete after their breakthrough effort on Saturday.

“I feel like right now we’re in a good position…I feel like we’re secure; like we can just focus on conference,” Funderburk said. “I feel like we’re going to go faster once we get to nationals.

“I feel like we can relax, take a deep breath and just know that we will be at nationals.”

Otniel Teixeira had hoped to add his name to the those with NCAA-worthy standards in the 800, but finished third in his heat in 1:49.92 and will now focus on backing up his 2014 ACC Outdoor 800 title with an indoor crown.

The Seminoles – men and women - will now turn their attention to defending their ACC Indoor titles of a year ago.

Event 2 - 400 Meters
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
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  1    Michael Cherry                  46.31             10

Event 3 - 800 Meters
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  3    Otniel Teixeira               1:49.92              6


ACC INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS, 2nd place
02/28/2015, February 26-28, 2015, Blacksburg, Va

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Sadeiko, DMR’s Spur Strong Opening Start For Noles At ACC Indoors.
Women win DMR gold; Sadeiko silver in another record pentathlon performance.

February 26, 2015

BLACKSBURG, VA – Grete Sadeiko helped Florida State get its ACC Indoor Track & Field Championship title defenses off to a roaring start Thursday inside cozy Rector Field House.

Sadeiko opened the three-day meet will a silver medal finish in the pentathlon, smashing her own school record with a 4,105-point performance which vaulted her to into NCAA Indoor Championship qualifying contention.

The women’s distance medley did Sadeiko one better with the quartet of Georgia Peel, Helene Swanepoel, Sydnee Over and Colleen Quigley delivering gold in commanding fashion, winning in 11:09.82. Lakitta Johnson capped the opening day performance with a seventh-place finish in the weight throw (18.68m/61-3.50), pushing the Seminoles’ team total to 20 points after three events and sole possession of second place.

North Carolina leads the women’s team competition with 22 points, while NC State and Miami are chasing FSU with 18 and 16, respectively. Fifteenth-ranked Clemson, seen as the most serious threat to the Seminoles’ crown, is fifth with eight points coming from their runner-up distance medley finish.

“I felt like we had a good day,” FSU coach Bob Braman said. “On the women’s side, vs. the chalk, we were probably equal or plus a couple. Clemson held their own. I felt like we did what we needed to do. You certainly can’t win the meet on Day 1.”

Receiving a strong fourth-place showing by its distance medley relay team, the Florida State men will head into the first full day of action Friday in sixth place with five points. The Seminioles’ team of Otniel Teixeira, Chris Rose, Jake Burton and Zak Seddon were in the mix to win with 200 meters remaining, finishing in 9:44.44.

With just two of 17 events scored, Virginia leads the men’s race with 20 points – courtesy a pair of victories in the only contested events - followed by host and eight-ranked Virginia Tech (11).

“It laid out well for Virginia where they had the No. 1 thrower, who was as good as advertised, and a distance medley that was an equal with Virginia Tech,” Braman said. “I thought we did very well. Very much like the women’s distance medley, we competed well and didn’t wear people out. We were seeded five and finished four. Virginia Tech was ranked one and got three, so we got a little help from the ‘Hoos and Duke.”

The Noles were building momentum from the start, thanks to Sadeiko. Squaring off in the first heat with pentathlon rivals and accomplished hurdlers Xenia Rahn and Teddi Maslowski, she busted out a lifetime best time of 8.60 for the 60-meter hurdles – good for 995 points.

“When I saw yesterday that I was in the hurdle heat with all of them that ran 8.40 it made me real happy, because I knew they would push me to run faster,” said the redshirt sophomore from Estonia. “It’s such a big help. Every time the first event goes good, you feel better. You can go to the next event with a happy mind and confident…To run an 8.60 I was real happy because that’s what I wanted to run.”

She carried that momentum over to the high jump, where she equaled the best mark in the 13-athlete field, clearing 1.73 meters (5-8), matching her lifetime best effort indoors. With 891 points, Sadeiko moved into second place – behind North Carolina’s Rahn – and never looked back.

With a shot put mark of 12.16 meters (39-10.75) – her second-best effort of the season – she pushed her total to 2,558 points and stayed on pace to move into the top 16 nationally. Her bid for an NCAA berth was enhanced by her collegiate-best effort in the long jump, soaring 5.94 meters (19-6) on her second attempt.

After pocketing 831 points in the long jump, pushing her four-event total to 3,389 points – 181 points clear of Duke’s Malowski in third place – Sadeiko closed the day in the 800 by running 2:28.16.

Not only did she destroy her own FSU record of 3,969 points – and her career-best of 3,988 set in 2012 back home in Estonia – but she sailed past the 4,100-point barrier to move into 15th-place on the national descending order list. The top 16 ranked athletes at the conclusion of this weekend will advance to the NCAA Indoor Championships.

Sadeiko hopes her mark will stand up.

“I’m happy with the overall meet; I’m happy with the new PR,” she said. “I still have more in me, though.”

“Grete kicked us off good with three PBs,” Braman said. “She got what she came to get. She got her national mark and she’s sitting 15th (nationally). As good as she was with all that effort, there are more points there and she’s excited about that.”

Despite a shake-up in the women’s distance medley lineup – inserting Peel for the leadoff 1200-meter leg in place of Chelsea Jarvis – the Seminoles were the class of the field as the No. 3 seed. Peel kept Clemson star Natalie Gouye within less than a second of her sights with a strong 3:24 split, while Helene Swanepoel and Sydnee Over held that position before passing the baton to Colleen Quigley for the anchor leg.

Quigley passed Clemson for the lead at the end of the second lap and never looked back, easing away for a comfortable five-second win.

“It was really exciting,” Peel said. “I was really nervous before because I haven’t run the DMR in like a year and I was with these guys when they ran brilliantly in Boston. I was doing what Chelsea did last week...The adrenaline was pumping. Everyone did so well. It’s really all about team.”

“The women’s distance medley couldn’t have gone better for us,” said Braman, admitting that he was nervous about the head-to-head battle with a Clemson squad. “In a tactical race Georgia would compete. She would have see it, sense and respond. And she did. Georgia that set the table.

“Helene ran a really good, solid 400. Sydnee was chasing nobody and we really didn’t want Colleen to have the lead anyway so it worked out just great. Colleen didn’t have to go too hard. We got the win – which is what this meet is about – and we kept her [Quigley] as fresh as possible.”

The men’s race also took a tactical turn and the Noles were well-positioned, especially after Burton’s blazing 1:48.5 800-meter split – the second-fastest in the field – put FSU in second place with Seddon on the anchor. Battling with a three sub-four-minute milers, Seddon held his own before yielding just a bit of ground around the final turn.

“We’re ranked fifth coming into it and anything above that is superb,” Burton said. “Obviously we wanted to make the podium, but fourth-place coming off a fifth-place rank is outstanding in my eyes. Everybody ran well and ran their hardest…It came down to the last little bit and I’d say we did well.”

With the first of three days of competition behind them, the Noles turn their attention to Friday’s schedule, which will include qualifying heats in races covering anywhere from 60 meters to a mile.

In addition to qualifying rounds, the Noles are positioned to potentially pile up a bountiful number of points in the men’s and women’s long jump, led by Jalen Ramsey and Der’Renae Freeman. FSU will have scoring threats in both high jumps with Cristobal Hurtado-Arteaga and Kiara Wright, as well as Sadeiko.

Pippa Woolven, last year’s runner-up, will contend for points in the women’s 5,000-meter run, while Jack Goodwin will pace the men at the same distance in the only running final of the day.

“Tomorrow is moving day, so to speak,” Braman said. “We’ve got to get qualified or you won’t have your opportunities on Saturday. You can take yourself out of the meet on Friday, but you can’t slam the door on Friday. You can definitely position yourself well. Tomorrow is the most critical day to set up a chance to win.”


Ramsey Soars To Victory; FSU Men Carry Narrow Lead Into Finale.
Men’s team must cash in for big points; women need a big last day.

February 27, 2015

BLACKSBURG, VA – Jalen Ramsey delivered Florida State its first Atlantic Coast Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships individual victory Friday, teaming improbably with Paul Madzivire for a 1-3 finish in the long jump.

Those 16 points loom large as the Seminoles carry a half-point lead into the final day of competition at Rector Field House. With 30.5 points, FSU leads North Carolina (30), with challengers Duke (25) and favorite Virginia Tech (24) very much in the team title hunt with their strongest events on the Saturday schedule.

Ramsey soared 7.69 meters (25-2.75) for the victory and perhaps a spot at the NCAA Indoor Championships. His mark is tied for the 14th-best nationally this season, with the top 16 earning championship berths.

And with the seventh-best indoor long jump in FSU’s illustrious event history, the sophomore dual-sport athlete joined Marvin Bracy, Michael Ray Garvin, and Phillip Riley as Seminole football players with ACC track & field individual titles alongside their names.

“I was really locked in the whole time,” Ramsey said. “I wanted to really come out here and prove myself and hopefully get a jump good enough where I can make it to nationals and come away with a ‘W’.”

Ramsey’s win was impressive as he knocked off top-seed Jonathan Addison of NC State, but Madzivire’s bronze medal was at least his equal. The FSU Seminole senior – last year’s indoor champion - suffered a broken neck in the fall, requiring surgery and Friday marked his first competition since the incident.

“I had kind of written off my whole season, but I felt like I was feeling a little better and I figured I might as well go,” Madzivire said. “This is a meet I really enjoy and in my head I was also thinking about the title I had to defend. I might as well go out there and give it a shot and see what happens. I’m just glad I managed to pull out a bronze…

“It’s a blessing….Sometimes God surprises you and you just pop off a big one and you end up on the podium.”

Madzivire improved throughout the finals and nailed a mark of 7.48 meters on his final attempt to secure third place.

“That’s very impressive,” Ramsey said. “For him to be coming off a broken neck, only have two practices and jump how he jumped – to be able to get a medal and the team points is huge. No one really expected that. It’s a huge thing.”

In addition to the 16-point haul in the long jump, Cristobal Hurtado-Arteaga used a lifetime-best high jump of 2.11 meters (6-11) for a share of third place, while teammate Nick Medich matched his career-best (2.05m/6-8.75), totaling 6.5 team points for the Seminoles.

Jack Goodwin closed out the scoring for the FSU men with a strong sixth-place effort in the 5,000-meter nightcap, with the No. 7 time in school history (14:12.97), chipping in three points to the cause.

“On the men’s side we had a really good day,” FSU head coach Bob Braman said. “It started off in the high jump with two lifetime-bests indoors for those guys and finished up with the long jump, which was huge. We needed a big one. We needed something to make a jump, not one point or two points. They did that…

“That win by Ramsey was huge, and by the way, Paul beats the guy from Virginia Tech for a two-point swing. Jack finished up with a fantastic race; very tactical, very competitive and he was picked 10th or 11th and got three points.”

On the women’s side, junior Der’Renae Freeman was unable to successfully defend her long jump title, but she did score a second-place finish with a season-best mark of 6.30 meters (20-8) that put her on the cusp of sealing an NCAA Championship spot.

“She’s close to having three or four giant jumps,” Braman said. “She had one and is really close to making nationals.”

Freeman was the lone Seminole woman to record a point Friday, which is one reason the defending champions find themselves in third place with 28 points, staring up at North Carolina (48.50) and NC State (28). Duke (27.50) sits in fourth but lurking in sixth place is Clemson (19), positioned itself for a final day title run with a strong qualifying effort.

“We’re going to have to have an unbelievable day for the women to pull it out,” Braman added. “Can it happen? Yeah…We’ve got to win our battles and see if we have a shot in the end.”

Those hopes were bolstered by some outstanding qualifying efforts. Kala Funderburk recorded the No. 2 200-meter indoor time in FSU history to qualify second in 23.45, and also moved on to grab a spot in the 400-meter finals.

As expected, ACC record-holder Colleen Quigley was the top qualifier in the mile (4:45.68), and Georgia Peel was a pleasant surprise with a strong heat win and the third-fastest qualifying time (4:41.71). Freshman Chelsea Jarvis ran like a seasoned-veteran to win her heat and advance to the 800 final in a season-best 2:07.0.

Lifetime best marks by Nicole Setterington (8.45) and Kali Davis-White (7.43) have them advancing to the finals in the 60-meter hurdles and 60-meter dash, respectively.

“Funderburk’s 200 was incredible,” Braman said. “In the 200 and 400 she was incredible. Georgia and Colleen looked fantastic qualifying well. Jarvis looked fantastic qualifying with a season-best.”

Aside from a minor hiccup or two, FSU’s men did nothing to hurt their shot at a title defense in the qualifying rounds.

Among the highlights were Kendal Williams (6.61) and Cejhae Greene (6.68) qualifying first and third for the 60-meter final and reversed roles in the 200 with Greene and Williams checking in third and eighth. Michael Cherry earned the No. 2 qualifying spot in the 400.

The Noles received a big lift in the 800 when Otniel Teixeira and Jake Burton charged to the front in the final heat to qualify with the two fastest preliminary times – 1:49.67 and 1:49.82 – respectively.

“The 800 went as good as we hoped,” Braman said. “We beat good people and some really good people did not execute and are out of the meet; the fastest time (entering the meet) and the defending champion are out.”

“Tomorrow we’ve got to get those [big points]. It’s nice to qualify good in the 800, but those guys need to be in the top three or four to really grab this championship. Cherry has got to be there in the 400 and we have to finish much higher than we qualified in the 200.”


Noles Claim Four Wins, Three Records On Final Day At ACC.
Florida State men and women finish second behind spirited effort.

February 28, 2015

BLACKSBURG, VA – Florida State athletes broke three school records and scored four individual victories Saturday, but the opportunity to successfully defend Atlantic Coast Conference Indoor team titles slipped away late in the day.

The 19th-ranked Seminole men and 22nd-ranked women finished second to No. 8 Virginia Tech and No. 15 Clemson, respectively, at Rector Field House, despite a spirited effort which saw records fall and newcomers emerge.

Getting off to a fast start, especially the Seminole women, who received back-to-back wins from Kellion Knibb and Colleen Quigley, lent momentum to both sides.

“It did and our kids didn’t ever get tight,” FSU coach Bob Braman said. “They competed their butts off and said, ‘Is that enough?’ We lost to two really good teams; two top 10 teams. If they weren’t [top 10] coming in, they will be going out.”

Knibb climbed from third to first in the shot put finals, winning with a season-best mark of 15.65 meters (51-4.25). Quigley successfully defended her mile title, cruising in wire-to-wire fashion and crossing the line in 4:36.23.

“I was very relaxed and the race didn’t turn out like I thought,” Quigley said. “I wanted to be raced, but after a lap in I knew no one wanted to race me. It wasn’t the plan to go out and lead wire-to-wire like that, but I was like, ‘I’ll just do this.’

“I still felt decently good, even though it was my third mile. Josh [Seitz, graduate assistant] was joking that it was it was a workout – three times a mile with 24 hours rest. It was the third one of the weekend, which is not easy to do, but I got the job done.”

Quigley contributed an anchor leg to FSU’s winning DMR on Thursday.

Freshman Kendal Williams got things started for the men, delivering the Seminoles their sixth consecutive 60-meter dash crown in a season-best time of 6.56. Williams won at the wire against Clemson’s Tevin Hester by .004 of a second. Teammate Cejhae Greene was third in a career-best 6.64.

“That was the hard race,” Williams said. “Tevin, who was in the lane next to me, got out. When he got out I tried not to lose my composure, keep under control and stay low and when I come up, keep running. I knew my speed would carry me to the finish…I knew how close it was, but deep down I knew I had won.”

Redshirt sophomore Jake Burton delivered the final and perhaps most surprising victory of the day in the 800-meter final with a lifetime-best mark of 1:49.31, with teammate Otniel Teixeira chasing him across the line in third. They continued a meet-long trend of Noles performing at their best on the biggest stage of the season.

In between all the victories were equally impressive storylines. Junior Kala Funderburk turned in a brilliant meet, finishing third in the 400-meter dash in a school-record 52.26, then backing it up will a second-place finish in the 200 (23.41), toppling another long-standing school mark.

“I’m really happy with my performance today,” Funderburk said. “I think I executed my race perfectly. My kick was the perfect timing. It wasn’t too late….I’m happy with my 400 overall. I’m happy with a PR and it pushed me up to the top eight for NCAAs.

“The 200, I was really just having fun with it, to be honest. I was happy to score points for the team and I guess I’ll take the record, too.”

“Funderburk was as good as anybody we’ve had nationally for one day in years,” Braman said.

Another freshman, 800-meter runner Chelsea Jarvis, finished fifth in her first ACC track championship in a school-record 2:05.18.

There were plenty of highs on a day that began with a flurry.

Knibb and Lakitta Johnson provided the jolt in Saturday’s opening event. Knibb, a redshirt sophomore indoors, won her first ACC Indoor championship by moving from third to first place on her fourth throw of the competition. The two-time ACC discus champion turned up the heat on the field on her fifth attempt with a season-best mark to seal the deal.

“It was a solid field but I saw that I could come out here and conquer it as we do as Noles,” Knibb said. “All I had to do was prepare mentally and make sure my technique was efficient.”

Johnson advanced to the finals on her opening throw, but after four consecutive fouls was in fifth place before unleashing a mark of 15.29m (50-2) to improve to fourth.

The 15-point haul moved the Noles from third to second place – just 5.5 points behind leading UNC – after eradicating most of the 20.5-point deficit as the day began. Quigley kept the momentum rolling with her win, which coupled with Georgia Peel’s gritty fifth-place finish in 4:44.68, gave the Noles the team lead.

Clemson women and FSU traded leads throughout the middle of the day, the Tigers proved too potent, riding an upset win the 60-meter hurdles, a 24-point haul in the triple jump and a 19-point gain in the 60-meter dash to the team title. The Tigers finished with a 102-81 advantage over the Noles.

Virginia Tech’s prowess in the pole vault - a 25-point grab – and wins in the triple jump, mile and 3000, put the Seminole men in a deficit they could not escape. The Hokies’ final tally of 101 points out-distanced FSU’s 86.5.

“I look at the whole meet over three days and on the men’s side, a couple points here, a couple points there and we really could have pulled it out,” Braman said. “We really were the underdog and they really were who they are, particularly at the indoor meet and they’re fantastic at home…They won the meet. We didn’t lose it.”

Event 1 - 60 Meters
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
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  1    Kendal Williams                  6.56             10
  3    Cejhae Greene                    6.64              6
 10    Jamal Pitts                      7.00             
 15    Kermit Whitfield                 7.21             

Event 2 - 200 Meters
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
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  3    Kendal Williams                 21.15              6
  8    Cejhae Greene                   21.47              1
  9    Trentavis Friday                21.80             
 13    Stephen Sutherland              22.13             

Event 3 - 400 Meters
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
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  3    Michael Cherry                  46.80              6
 26    Chris Rose                      49.32             
 27    Ricardo Roy                     49.43             

Event 4 - 800 Meters
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  1    Jake Burton                   1:49.31             10
  3    Otniel Teixeira               1:49.67              6

Event 6 - 3000 Meters
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  5    Zak Seddon                    8:05.99              4

Event 7 - 5000 Meters
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
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  6    Jack Goodwin                 14:12.97              3
 18    Stanley Linton               14:47.50             

Event 10 - Distance Medley Relay
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
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  4    Relay Team A                  9:44.44              5
       1) Otniel Teixeira
       2) Chris Rose
       3) Jake Burton
       4) Zak Seddon

Event 11 - High Jump
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
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  3T   Cristobal Hurtado-Arteaga      6-11       2.11m    5.50
  8    Nicholas Medich                6- 8.75    2.05m    1

Event 13 - Long Jump
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
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  1    Jalen Ramsey                  25- 2.75    7.69m   10
  3    Paul Madzivire                24- 6.50    7.48m    6

Event 15 - Shot Put
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
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  5    Stargell Williams             58- 3.25   17.76m    4
  6    Austin Droogsma               57- 5.50   17.51m    3
  9    Ben Bonhurst                  56- 0.75   17.09m   
 11    Emmanuel Onyia                55- 5.75   16.91m   
 12    Chadrick DaCosta              55- 3.75   16.86m   

Event 16 - Weight Throw
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Place  Name                               Results     
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 11    Markindey Sineus              58- 7.50   17.87m   


NCAA INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIP, 38th place
03/14/2015, March 13-14, 2015, Fayetteville, Ar

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Ramsey Leaps To Fourth-Place NCAA Long Jump Finish.
Quigley, Funderburk advance to finals in mile, 400, respectively.

March 13, 2015

FAYETTEVILLE, AR – The competitor within Florida State sophomore Jalen Ramsey wasn’t about to be satisfied with just qualifying for the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships in the long jump. Clearly the moonlighting star defensive back was much better than the No. 14 seed that accompanied his name on the entry list.

Ramsey proved that on his first legal jump of the night, then catapulted himself into a different stratosphere on his sixth a final attempt.

Ramsey’s second lifetime-best leap of the night – 7.97 meters (26-1.75) – propelled him to a fourth-place finish against a field which produced the top two jumps in the world.

Unfazed by the competition in his NCAA Championship debut – in just his third meet of the season – Ramsey secured a spot in the finals on his second jump, when posted his first personal-best of the night (7.76m/25-5.50). That leap, which came without getting a foot on the board, followed a first attempt foul.

“At that point I knew I’d make the finals and felt like all I had to do was get on the board and maybe get eight meters,” Ramsey said. “I fell a little bit short of it, but overall it’s my personal-best. I’m very happy and pleased with my performance. I’m really blessed.”

He followed with two more legal marks over 25-feet before launching the No. 3 jump in Florida State history on his sixth and final attempt of the night. Only 2011 national champion Ngoni Makusha and Brian Chibudu have soared further among Seminoles.

It was an impressive day of work for the ACC champion-turned-All-American.

“This was my first time on that mark,” Ramsey said. “I moved my mark back a whole stride length. It’s my first time at Arkansas, jumping on this platform. It’s very bouncy and I had to get used to how bouncy it was and how fast I was moving down the runway.”

With jumps coach Dennis Nobles’ help, Ramsey made the necessary adjustments.

He climbed into third place with his sixth attempt, only to lose one spot when Arkansas’ Jarrion Lawson went 8.27 meters for second place, behind Florida’s Marquis Dendy (8.28). Those are the top two marks in the world this year.

“I’m one of the biggest competitors there is and I’m always going to rise to the challenge,” Ramsey said. “I’m a competitor and will go the extra mile and do whatever it takes to win.”

And while it wasn’t a win, it was FSU’s best NCAA Indoor long jump finish since Makusha’s win four years, and in the process it equaled the second-best mark in an NCAA final by a Seminole.

“Unbelievable,” FSU coach Bob Braman said of Ramsey. “In the third competition of the year he jumps over 26 feet; indoors our third-best mark ever. He’s a competitor, but you’ve got to be more than a competitor. You’ve got to be talented and he’s a talented human being. He’s focusing on what he’s doing and not all the noise that’s around him, because he’s had 80,000 people around him.

“I think that’s a good lesson for all our kids. ‘Hey, block out the noise and just compete.’”

While Ramsey was soaring to new heights, senior Colleen Quigley was handling her business in the preliminary heat of the mile run. The No. 1 seed in the field, Quigley was content to finish in the top four of her heat, which would automatically move her on to Saturday night’s final.

She did just that, running a near-perfectly split 4:35.36, which was fourth in her heat and fourth-fastest overall.

“I ran a safe race, just to get the job done and qualify for the real deal tomorrow,” said Quigley. “My plan was not to lead and clearly Leah (O’Connor, Michigan State) planned on setting a good pace, so that was perfect. I just got to sit back and relax, saving the speed for the finals.”

“Colleen ran probably as easily as you can to qualify,” Braman said. “It’s going to be a tough final because the two heat winners (O’Connor and Arizona State’s Shelby Houlihan) played their hand. ‘I’m going to pound it tomorrow.’ That’s the tea leaves I read. If you can match their intensity, you’re going to give yourself a chance and she’s got a shot [to win].”

While Quigley is a veteran of NCAA Indoor Championship competition, redshirt junior Kala Funderburk was making her debut on the big stage. The newly-minted school record-holder in the 400-meter dash ran 52.66 to place second in her heat, which was good enough for the sixth-fastest qualifying mark for Saturday’s final.

“It felt great, being my first time at indoor nationals,” said Funderburk. “I just made the decision to go out and give it my all and I’m happy with my performance.”

The red-hot third-place finisher from the ACC Indoor Championships qualified faster than conference champion Margaret Bamgbose (52.82), who narrowly advanced to the finals. ACC runner-up Shakima Wimbley of Miami did not, running 52.87.

“I thought Kala did a great job running from lane 3,” Braman said. “She made that one little move that was do-or-die right at the break…and she just squirted right through there. She has a chance to put some big points on the board. She’s not afraid of anything. When you’re courageous like she is, you’re going to get rewarded for that.”

The opening night of competition was not without some disappointment. Freshman Kendal Williams, the No. 4 seed in the 60-meter dash, had the ninth-fastest time overall (6.62) and missed the final by .01 seconds. Sophomore Michael Cherry ran 46.69 to place third in his heat, but was 10th overall. Freshman Trentavis Friday, still battling back from the leg injury, showed significant signs of improvement from the ACC Championships but was 11th-fastest in the 200 preliminary (20.96).

“I didn’t think either Kendal or Mike ran a bad race,” Braman said. “And Trent, for a guy who is really, really limited that 20.96 was pretty impressive. He’s almost a second better from ACC.

“Knocking on some wood here, this will be a launching pad outdoors. A learning experience for Kendal, kind of a hunger thing for Mike and a health thing for Trent.”


Quigley, Funderburk Deliver Women Top 25 Indoor Finish.
Veterans finish third, fifth, respectively on final day in Arkansas.

March 14, 2015

FAYETTEVILLE, AR – On a team of youngsters, the most veteran members of the Florida State women’s track & field team set the example on the final day of the NCAA Indoor Championships.

Senior Colleen Quigley finished third in the mile and redshirt junior Kala Funderburk was fifth in the 400 as the Seminoles tied for 24th with Michigan State, a 15-place improvement from last season.

“Those individual performances were really as good as we could possibly ask for,” said FSU coach Bob Braman. “They weren’t PRs, but they were PR-efforts…They gave our team a chance to be in the top 25. And I was real pleased with our 4x400.”

There were no surprises awaiting Quigley in the opening event Saturday at the Randal Tyson Track Center. Michigan State’s Leah O’Connor took the lead from the gun with Arizona State’s Shelby Houlihan and Quigley in tow.

“The race went exactly like I thought it was going to go,” Quigley said. “I knew Leah wasn’t going to mess around with the pace and I knew she wanted to lead it. I got in that little pack of four or five people, right on the outside. I was exactly where I wanted to be…

“I just knew that the third 400 was going to be brutal and that’s where they put some space on me with three laps to go. I let the gap get a little bit too big for me to reel them back in. By the time the bell lap was there was too much space to make up.”

Quigley, who came into the meet as the top seed with the fifth-fastest time in collegiate history, was third in 4:31.24; the second-fastest mile of her career.

It took O’Connor’s championship-record 4:27.18 – the second-fastest collegiate time in history – and Houlihan’s 4:28.71 (No. 5 all-time and also faster than the previous championship record) to leave Quigley in third place.

“The only thing that makes me feel better about it is it’s really just an in-between thing to get to the more important season,” Quigley said. “I learned a lot this year even though it didn’t end up the way I wanted it to...Even though I didn’t win a title, I’m progressing toward my ultimate goal.”

Funderburk didn’t back down from former NCAA champion Ashley Spencer in the first heat of the 400 final, nearly pulling even entering the final turn around the 200-meter track before finishing second in 52.51, just ahead of ACC champion Margaret Bamgbose of Notre Dame.

“I knew Ashley Spencer was going to go out fast,” Funderburk said. “I anticipated getting a little bit faster to the break, but I didn’t. From there I had to recover and reanalyze. I really, really hammered going into the 300 curve…I was boxed in, so I just waited. I saw my opportunity to go by Arizona [runner Brianna Tate] on the outside, so I took that went with it. I had enough speed to come home.”

When the dust settled after the second heat, the St. Petersburg, Fla. native had a piece of Seminole history as her fifth-place finish is the best by an FSU athlete in the 400 in NCAA Championships competition.

“I wanted to go faster,” Funderburk added. “I thought I was going to PR today, but I’m happy with it. I wasn’t even expected to be in the finals so to make top-five is great.”

The Seminoles had one last chance to add to their point total in the final event – the 4x400 relay – and they left their best effort on the track in an attempt to get there. With freshmen Helene Swanepoel and Chelsea Jarvis carrying the baton in the leadoff and anchor positions, respectively, with sophomore Sage Watson second and Funderburk third, the Noles placed second in the first of three heats.

Watson had the fastest leg (52.83) and Jarvis was equally impressive, running down Miami with a 54.08 split in her anchor role as the Seminoles posted the third-fastest time in school history (3:35.41).

In the end, the 11th-seeded quartet finished ninth out of 12 teams and one spot off the podium.

“I think we have a really good trending karma for the women’s team,” Braman said. “The men’s team, I just think they are going to be hungry outdoors…It’s not where we wanted to finish, but outdoors has been our focus and we’re not going to flinch from that.

“I felt like the kids came here, particularly one the women’s side, and didn’t let the moment swallow them up and that’s hard to do.”

Event 1 - 60 Meters
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Place  Name                               Results     
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  9    Kendal Williams                  6.62             

Event 2 - 200 Meters
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Place  Name                               Results     
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 11    Trentavis Friday                20.96             

Event 3 - 400 Meters
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Place  Name                               Results     
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 10    Michael Cherry                  46.49             

Event 13 - Long Jump
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
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  4    Jalen Ramsey                  26- 1.75    7.97m    5


BULLS INVITATIONAL
03/20/2015, March 19-20, Tampa, Fl

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Hurtado-Arteaga, Singletary Shine In Outdoor Opener.

TAMPA, FL – Collegiate-best performances by Cristobal Hurtado-Arteaga in the high jump and Garrett Singletary in the javelin proved most noteworthy as the Florida State track & field teams opened the 2015 outdoor season at the Bulls Invitational, Thursday and Friday at the University of South Florida.

Hurtado-Arteaga, coming off a career-best leap of 2.11 meters for third-place at the ACC Indoor Championships, opened his junior season outdoors with a winning mark of 2.08m (6-9.75). It was the Chilean’s top outdoor mark as a Seminole. Classmate and Tampa native Nick Medich was second, clearing 2.03m (6-8) on Saturday.

Garrett Singletary, another Seminole competing in his hometown, got the meet off on the right foot Friday night in the javelin. The Tampa Jesuit graduate unleashed a lifetime-best mark of 62.37 meters (204-7) to move into the No. 8 position on FSU’s all-time list, which placed him fourth in the field.

Long jumpers Jogaile Petrokaite and Grete Sadeiko persevered despite leaping into head-winds and came away from the long jump by placing second and third, respectively. Petrokaite, a freshman coming off an injury-marred indoor campaign, posted a top mark of 5.85m (19-2.50), while Sadeiko was close behind with a top effort of 5.80m (19-0.50).

Sadeiko later followed up with a fourth-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles, opening her outdoor campaign in a time of 14.31.

Pole vaulters Hannah Acton and Karly Jackson each cleared 3.76 meters (12-4) to lock down third- and fourth-place finishes, while redshirt freshman Madison Schmidt place fifth with a top clearance of 3.66m (12-0) for fifth.

Redshirt freshman Hannah Welsh made her outdoor debut as a Seminole in the women’s high jump and came away with a fourth-place finish after clearing 1.65 meters (5-5).

"It was important to knock the rust off for a lot of the athletes who competed," FSU coach Bob Braman said. "Many of them had not competed in several weeks and some were competing in events that are not contested indoors.

"The opportunity to get a meet under their belt in a low-key meet, before we come home and compete at FSU Relays in a scored meet against quality opponents and in front of some talented high school athletes is invaluable."

Event 2 - High Jump
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
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  1    Cristobal Hurtado-Arteaga      6-10       2.08m   10
  2    Nicholas Medich                6- 8       2.03m    8

Event 14 - Javelin
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
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  4    Garrett Singletary           204- 7      62.37m    5
  8    Travis Michaud               157- 0      47.86m    1


OHIO STATE 152, FLORIDA STATE 146
03/28/2015, TALLAHASSEE, FL, FSU Relays, March 27-28, 2015

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Vangsnes’ Hammer Record Paces Strong Effort By FSU Women.
Seminole ladies lead after Day 1 at FSU Relays.

March 27, 2015

TALLAHASSEE, FL – With her first throw of the season, Florida State junior Katja Vangsnes broke her own school hammer record, highlighting a banner opening day for the Seminole women at the FSU Relays.

Vangsnes’ victory, the sixth in 10 events by the ninth-ranked Seminole women, enabled the hosts to open up a 112-81 lead on Miami in the quadrangular collegiate competition which also includes Ohio State and North Carolina.

At the end of a long day of racing action between collegiate as well as standout high school talent, the Oslo, Norway native didn’t waste any time picking up from where she left off after qualifying for the NCAA Outdoor Championships last year. Her opening mark of 61.39 meters (201-5) was good enough to beat a strong field, including reigning ACC Outdoor champion Lea Johnson of Miami, and better her own FSU record of 60.99m.

“That was pretty shocking to me, because it’s so early and we’ve been holding back in practice,” Vangsnes said. “If I had thrown 60 [meters] today I would have been happy, based on how practice has been. I was just enjoying myself being here at the home meet. I wasn’t thinking too much. I was just relaxed and the first throw just came.”

The Seminole women actually had quite a bit to enjoy, beginning with sophomore Nicole Setterington’s victory in the 100-meter hurdles to get things started. The Ontario, Canada native pulled away against a quality field to win in 13.60, with teammate Grete Sadeiko recording a personal-best (14.02) to place sixth.

“I feel like near the end of the race I could have controlled myself a little more,” Setterington said, critiquing her performance. “I got a little sloppy, but I was really happy with the start of my race. The time is decent for me, so it’s a good start...I have some stuff to work on, but that will just come with more races.”

Sage Watson and Elizabeth Ichite, each competing in the 400-meter dash for the first time since 2013 after sitting out last season as redshirts, provided the Noles with a 1-2 finish in 53.69 and 54.00, respectively.

Juniors Hannah Acton and Der’Renae Freeman registered wins in the pole vault and long jump. Acton cleared 3.95m (12-11.50) for the vault win, while Freeman came back away victorious with a leap of 6.18m (20-2).

Redshirt freshman Bridget Blake contributed a victory to the cause, winning the 3000-meter run (9:41.48), leading a 1-2-3 sweep for the Noles. Linden Hall, sidelined for the entire indoor season by injury, was second in 9:43.28 and Chelsi Woodruff was third (9:44.63).

In short, it was a good day all around for the FSU women.

“Katja, particularly, was huge,” said FSU coach Bob Braman. “That’s almost NCAA-scoring good; it’s that close. She’s been dying to get out here and throw her implement rather than the weight throw, so I’m really happy for her.

“That was a good opener for Sage, coming back late from injury. She and Liz had a nice 1-2. Der’Renae in the long jump and Hannah in the pole vault [were strong]. And that was a good comeback for Bridget. That’s a PR and better than her high school times. She’s starting to look really good and aggressive and took it on. Setterington was really good in the hurdles - and Grete - so those were nice points there.”

FSU’s ninth-ranked men’s team will open Saturday’s action at Mike Long Track chasing both Ohio State (89) and Miami (86). The Seminoles are third with 71 points, well clear of North Carolina, but with quite a bit of work to do.

The Seminoles did pick up three wins in eight contested events. Sophomore Austin Droogsma opened up with a victory in the discus, posting the 10th-best mark in program history 53.47m (175-5).

Junior Nick Medich scored his first collegiate victory in the high jump with a mark of 2.07 meters (6-9.50), and classmate Zak Seddon was an easy winner in the 3000-meter run (8:16.72).

Among a handful of other noteworthy performances on the men’s side were Alistair Moona’s 400-meter debut with the Seminoles, which resulted in a third-place finish with a time of 47.90. Emmanuel Oniya was third in the discus with a solid opening mark of 52.68m (172-10), which ranks No. 11 all-time among Noles.

The much-anticipated debut of freshmen Trentavis Friday and Kendal Williams in the 4x100 relay was derailed, as the Seminoles did not finish.

“We had a little bit of bad luck with Trent re-aggravating that hamstring,” Braman said. “He caught it early on so it wasn’t full-blown, so that was good. We’ve got time [to get healthy]…

“The women were ahead of the guys a little bit, so we’ll see what we can do tomorrow.”

The high school portion of the FSU Relays was not short on highlights as new meet records were established in the girls 4x800 relay and the boys pole vault.


Seminole Women Claim FSU Relays Quad Team Title.
Men add four event wins on final day of meet filled with highlights.

TALLAHASSEE, FL – Inspiring individual wins from Kala Funderburk and Chelsea Jarvis and a 4x400 relay victory from a balanced lineup helped the Florida State women secure victories over Miami, Ohio State and North Carolina on the final day of the FSU Relays.

Funderburk slayed defending ACC Outdoor 200-meter champion Shakima Wimbley, running through the finish in 23.37 to win by .04 to continue a budding rivalry under sunny skies Saturday. Jarvis followed the lead of teammate and pace-setter Linden Hall through a good portion of the 1500, before pulling off the win in 4:29.19.

The only other victory by the Noles came from the 4x400 quartet of Elizabeth Ichite, Sage Watson, Sydnee Over and Sarah Chandler. In addition to taking the best shot from Miami and Ohio State, they also had to contend with an equally balanced FSU team of Helene Swanepoel, Funderburk, Georgia Peel and Jarvis. They did, winning in 3:39.03, as Watson and Over opened an sizeable gap during their mid-race legs.

“Our women are after it pretty good right now,” FSU coach Bob Braman said, after watching his ninth-ranked team prevail. “Everybody is rolling pretty good. We had the re-emergence of Bridget Blake a little bit. The 4x400 was strong and Sage is looking really good. Kala – that’s a big win in the 200 over Shakima Wimbley. I was real pleased…

“Our stars are really starting to stand out. It’s a pretty good group. It’ a good overall group.”

The Seminoles tallied 187 points to claim the first scored quadrangular meet at Mike Long Track since 2001. Miami was second with 161, followed by Ohio State (146) and North Carolina (49).

FSU’s men were not as fortunate, largely due to a lack of bodies in a select few events. Still, the Noles came within six points of the win, finishing behind both Ohio State (152) and Miami (148), as they closed out the meet with 146 points.

Morne Moolman and Zak Seddon provided the Noles with their lone outright individual wins on the final day. Moolman, a redshirt sophomore competing for the first time since the 2013 NCAA Championships, won the javelin with an opening throw of 67.82 meters (222-6). Seddon and teammate Otniel Teixeira mowed through the 1500-meter field for a 1-2 finish in 3:46.77 and 3:46.99.

In addition to the individual victories, the 4x400 relay team of Chris Rose, Michael Cherry, James Rhoden and Ricky Roy prevailed in 3:11.38.

Jonathan Reid also scored a win for the Noles in the triple jump as the first collegian behind former Seminole star Rafeeq Curry (16.03m/52-7.25). Competing for the first time since the 2014 indoor season, posted a mark of 15.45m (50-8.25).

Among other highlights, Austin Droogsma backed up his Friday discus win with a new personal-best in the shot put (18.33m/60-1.75) to finish third. That mark moved him from 10th to sixth on FSU’s all-time list outdoors.

“For the men, the horizontal jumps will continue to come along,” Braman said. “The throwers have been great. That was a big PR for Droogsma today and he had two of them. The other guys were equal or better than their indoor marks…3:46 twice for two guys who aren’t 1500-meter runners, was good.

“Having Morne back – that’s a big-big thrower who is going to throw probably 70 meters the next time out.”

Perhaps most importantly, the Seminoles walked away from the first full outdoor meet of the season in relatively good health with some baseline performances to build on.

“It was a good meet,” Braman said. “The weather was incredible. It was kind of fun having two balanced 4x400s, and they ran 3:11 and 3:39 which aren’t bad, balanced team times.

“The high school kids had some amazing performances with really good marks and good competition. It was a well-run meet, top-to-bottom. It was about as good an opener as you could hope for.”

Event 2 - 200 Meters
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
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  1    Michael Cherry                  21.11              9

Event 3 - 400 Meters
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
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  3    Alistair Moona                  47.90              6
  5    Chris Rose                      49.23              4
  7    Ricardo Roy                     49.74             

Event 4 - 800 Meters
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
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  2    Matt Magee                    1:54.18              7

Event 5 - 1500 Meters
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
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  1    Zak Seddon                    3:46.77              9
  2    Otniel Teixeira               3:46.99              7
  3    Bryce Kelley                  3:52.76              6

Event 6 - 3000 Meters
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
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  1    Zak Seddon                    8:16.72              9
  4    Abdin Fator                   9:05.97              5

Event 9 - 400 Meter Hurdles
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
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  2    James Rhoden                    53.06              7

Event 10 - 4x100-Meter Relay
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Place  Name                               Results     
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 DNF   Relay Team A                                      
       1) Paul Madzivire
       2) Trentavis Friday
       3) Kendal Williams
       4) Michael Cherry

Event 11 - 4x400-Meter Relay
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
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  1    Relay Team A                  3:11.38              9
       1) Alistair Moona
       2) Chris Rose
       3) Trentavis Friday
       4) Michael Cherry

Event 12 - High Jump
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
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  1    Nicholas Medich                6- 9.50    2.07m    9
  2    Cristobal Hurtado-Arteaga      6- 5.50    1.97m    7

Event 14 - Long Jump
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
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  2    Paul Madzivire                24- 2.50    7.38m    7

Event 15 - Triple Jump
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
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  1    Jonathan Reid                 50- 8.25   15.45m    9

Event 16 - Shot Put
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
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  3    Austin Droogsma               60- 1.75   18.33m    6
  5    Ben Bonhurst                  58- 0.50   17.69m    4
  6    Emmanuel Onyia                57- 9      17.60m   
  7    Stargell Williams             57- 7.75   17.57m   
  8    Chadrick DaCosta              57- 5.75   17.52m   

Event 17 - Discus
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
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  1    Austin Droogsma              175- 5      53.47m    9
  3    Emmanuel Onyia               172-10      52.68m    6
  6    Chadrick DaCosta             171- 0      52.12m   
 10    Stargell Williams            155- 2      47.30m   
 12    Ben Bonhurst                 153- 2      46.70m   

Event 18 - Hammer
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
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 10    Austin Droogsma              135- 0      41.16m    2

Event 19 - Javelin
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
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  1    Morne Moolman                222- 6      67.82m    9
  3    Garrett Singletary           197- 1      60.08m    6
  6    Travis Michaud               174- 2      53.09m   
  8    Matthew Boone                141- 1      43.00m   


MIAMI 148, FLORIDA STATE 146
03/28/2015, TALLAHASSEE, FL, FSU Relays, March 27-28, 2015

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Vangsnes’ Hammer Record Paces Strong Effort By FSU Women.
Seminole ladies lead after Day 1 at FSU Relays.

March 27, 2015

TALLAHASSEE, FL – With her first throw of the season, Florida State junior Katja Vangsnes broke her own school hammer record, highlighting a banner opening day for the Seminole women at the FSU Relays.

Vangsnes’ victory, the sixth in 10 events by the ninth-ranked Seminole women, enabled the hosts to open up a 112-81 lead on Miami in the quadrangular collegiate competition which also includes Ohio State and North Carolina.

At the end of a long day of racing action between collegiate as well as standout high school talent, the Oslo, Norway native didn’t waste any time picking up from where she left off after qualifying for the NCAA Outdoor Championships last year. Her opening mark of 61.39 meters (201-5) was good enough to beat a strong field, including reigning ACC Outdoor champion Lea Johnson of Miami, and better her own FSU record of 60.99m.

“That was pretty shocking to me, because it’s so early and we’ve been holding back in practice,” Vangsnes said. “If I had thrown 60 [meters] today I would have been happy, based on how practice has been. I was just enjoying myself being here at the home meet. I wasn’t thinking too much. I was just relaxed and the first throw just came.”

The Seminole women actually had quite a bit to enjoy, beginning with sophomore Nicole Setterington’s victory in the 100-meter hurdles to get things started. The Ontario, Canada native pulled away against a quality field to win in 13.60, with teammate Grete Sadeiko recording a personal-best (14.02) to place sixth.

“I feel like near the end of the race I could have controlled myself a little more,” Setterington said, critiquing her performance. “I got a little sloppy, but I was really happy with the start of my race. The time is decent for me, so it’s a good start...I have some stuff to work on, but that will just come with more races.”

Sage Watson and Elizabeth Ichite, each competing in the 400-meter dash for the first time since 2013 after sitting out last season as redshirts, provided the Noles with a 1-2 finish in 53.69 and 54.00, respectively.

Juniors Hannah Acton and Der’Renae Freeman registered wins in the pole vault and long jump. Acton cleared 3.95m (12-11.50) for the vault win, while Freeman came back away victorious with a leap of 6.18m (20-2).

Redshirt freshman Bridget Blake contributed a victory to the cause, winning the 3000-meter run (9:41.48), leading a 1-2-3 sweep for the Noles. Linden Hall, sidelined for the entire indoor season by injury, was second in 9:43.28 and Chelsi Woodruff was third (9:44.63).

In short, it was a good day all around for the FSU women.

“Katja, particularly, was huge,” said FSU coach Bob Braman. “That’s almost NCAA-scoring good; it’s that close. She’s been dying to get out here and throw her implement rather than the weight throw, so I’m really happy for her.

“That was a good opener for Sage, coming back late from injury. She and Liz had a nice 1-2. Der’Renae in the long jump and Hannah in the pole vault [were strong]. And that was a good comeback for Bridget. That’s a PR and better than her high school times. She’s starting to look really good and aggressive and took it on. Setterington was really good in the hurdles - and Grete - so those were nice points there.”

FSU’s ninth-ranked men’s team will open Saturday’s action at Mike Long Track chasing both Ohio State (89) and Miami (86). The Seminoles are third with 71 points, well clear of North Carolina, but with quite a bit of work to do.

The Seminoles did pick up three wins in eight contested events. Sophomore Austin Droogsma opened up with a victory in the discus, posting the 10th-best mark in program history 53.47m (175-5).

Junior Nick Medich scored his first collegiate victory in the high jump with a mark of 2.07 meters (6-9.50), and classmate Zak Seddon was an easy winner in the 3000-meter run (8:16.72).

Among a handful of other noteworthy performances on the men’s side were Alistair Moona’s 400-meter debut with the Seminoles, which resulted in a third-place finish with a time of 47.90. Emmanuel Oniya was third in the discus with a solid opening mark of 52.68m (172-10), which ranks No. 11 all-time among Noles.

The much-anticipated debut of freshmen Trentavis Friday and Kendal Williams in the 4x100 relay was derailed, as the Seminoles did not finish.

“We had a little bit of bad luck with Trent re-aggravating that hamstring,” Braman said. “He caught it early on so it wasn’t full-blown, so that was good. We’ve got time [to get healthy]…

“The women were ahead of the guys a little bit, so we’ll see what we can do tomorrow.”

The high school portion of the FSU Relays was not short on highlights as new meet records were established in the girls 4x800 relay and the boys pole vault.


Seminole Women Claim FSU Relays Quad Team Title.
Men add four event wins on final day of meet filled with highlights.

TALLAHASSEE, FL – Inspiring individual wins from Kala Funderburk and Chelsea Jarvis and a 4x400 relay victory from a balanced lineup helped the Florida State women secure victories over Miami, Ohio State and North Carolina on the final day of the FSU Relays.

Funderburk slayed defending ACC Outdoor 200-meter champion Shakima Wimbley, running through the finish in 23.37 to win by .04 to continue a budding rivalry under sunny skies Saturday. Jarvis followed the lead of teammate and pace-setter Linden Hall through a good portion of the 1500, before pulling off the win in 4:29.19.

The only other victory by the Noles came from the 4x400 quartet of Elizabeth Ichite, Sage Watson, Sydnee Over and Sarah Chandler. In addition to taking the best shot from Miami and Ohio State, they also had to contend with an equally balanced FSU team of Helene Swanepoel, Funderburk, Georgia Peel and Jarvis. They did, winning in 3:39.03, as Watson and Over opened an sizeable gap during their mid-race legs.

“Our women are after it pretty good right now,” FSU coach Bob Braman said, after watching his ninth-ranked team prevail. “Everybody is rolling pretty good. We had the re-emergence of Bridget Blake a little bit. The 4x400 was strong and Sage is looking really good. Kala – that’s a big win in the 200 over Shakima Wimbley. I was real pleased…

“Our stars are really starting to stand out. It’s a pretty good group. It’ a good overall group.”

The Seminoles tallied 187 points to claim the first scored quadrangular meet at Mike Long Track since 2001. Miami was second with 161, followed by Ohio State (146) and North Carolina (49).

FSU’s men were not as fortunate, largely due to a lack of bodies in a select few events. Still, the Noles came within six points of the win, finishing behind both Ohio State (152) and Miami (148), as they closed out the meet with 146 points.

Morne Moolman and Zak Seddon provided the Noles with their lone outright individual wins on the final day. Moolman, a redshirt sophomore competing for the first time since the 2013 NCAA Championships, won the javelin with an opening throw of 67.82 meters (222-6). Seddon and teammate Otniel Teixeira mowed through the 1500-meter field for a 1-2 finish in 3:46.77 and 3:46.99.

In addition to the individual victories, the 4x400 relay team of Chris Rose, Michael Cherry, James Rhoden and Ricky Roy prevailed in 3:11.38.

Jonathan Reid also scored a win for the Noles in the triple jump as the first collegian behind former Seminole star Rafeeq Curry (16.03m/52-7.25). Competing for the first time since the 2014 indoor season, posted a mark of 15.45m (50-8.25).

Among other highlights, Austin Droogsma backed up his Friday discus win with a new personal-best in the shot put (18.33m/60-1.75) to finish third. That mark moved him from 10th to sixth on FSU’s all-time list outdoors.

“For the men, the horizontal jumps will continue to come along,” Braman said. “The throwers have been great. That was a big PR for Droogsma today and he had two of them. The other guys were equal or better than their indoor marks…3:46 twice for two guys who aren’t 1500-meter runners, was good.

“Having Morne back – that’s a big-big thrower who is going to throw probably 70 meters the next time out.”

Perhaps most importantly, the Seminoles walked away from the first full outdoor meet of the season in relatively good health with some baseline performances to build on.

“It was a good meet,” Braman said. “The weather was incredible. It was kind of fun having two balanced 4x400s, and they ran 3:11 and 3:39 which aren’t bad, balanced team times.

“The high school kids had some amazing performances with really good marks and good competition. It was a well-run meet, top-to-bottom. It was about as good an opener as you could hope for.”

Event 2 - 200 Meters
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  1    Michael Cherry                  21.11              9

Event 3 - 400 Meters
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  3    Alistair Moona                  47.90              6
  5    Chris Rose                      49.23              4
  7    Ricardo Roy                     49.74             

Event 4 - 800 Meters
==============================================================
Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  2    Matt Magee                    1:54.18              7

Event 5 - 1500 Meters
==============================================================
Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  1    Zak Seddon                    3:46.77              9
  2    Otniel Teixeira               3:46.99              7
  3    Bryce Kelley                  3:52.76              6

Event 6 - 3000 Meters
==============================================================
Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  1    Zak Seddon                    8:16.72              9
  4    Abdin Fator                   9:05.97              5

Event 9 - 400 Meter Hurdles
==============================================================
Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  2    James Rhoden                    53.06              7

Event 10 - 4x100-Meter Relay
======================================================
Place  Name                               Results     
======================================================
 DNF   Relay Team A                                      
       1) Paul Madzivire
       2) Trentavis Friday
       3) Kendal Williams
       4) Michael Cherry

Event 11 - 4x400-Meter Relay
==============================================================
Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  1    Relay Team A                  3:11.38              9
       1) Alistair Moona
       2) Chris Rose
       3) Trentavis Friday
       4) Michael Cherry

Event 12 - High Jump
==============================================================
Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  1    Nicholas Medich                6- 9.50    2.07m    9
  2    Cristobal Hurtado-Arteaga      6- 5.50    1.97m    7

Event 14 - Long Jump
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  2    Paul Madzivire                24- 2.50    7.38m    7

Event 15 - Triple Jump
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  1    Jonathan Reid                 50- 8.25   15.45m    9

Event 16 - Shot Put
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  3    Austin Droogsma               60- 1.75   18.33m    6
  5    Ben Bonhurst                  58- 0.50   17.69m    4
  6    Emmanuel Onyia                57- 9      17.60m   
  7    Stargell Williams             57- 7.75   17.57m   
  8    Chadrick DaCosta              57- 5.75   17.52m   

Event 17 - Discus
==============================================================
Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  1    Austin Droogsma              175- 5      53.47m    9
  3    Emmanuel Onyia               172-10      52.68m    6
  6    Chadrick DaCosta             171- 0      52.12m   
 10    Stargell Williams            155- 2      47.30m   
 12    Ben Bonhurst                 153- 2      46.70m   

Event 18 - Hammer
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
 10    Austin Droogsma              135- 0      41.16m    2

Event 19 - Javelin
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  1    Morne Moolman                222- 6      67.82m    9
  3    Garrett Singletary           197- 1      60.08m    6
  6    Travis Michaud               174- 2      53.09m   
  8    Matthew Boone                141- 1      43.00m   


FLORIDA STATE 146, NORTH CAROLINA 46
03/28/2015, TALLAHASSEE, FL, FSU Relays, March 27-28, 2015

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Vangsnes’ Hammer Record Paces Strong Effort By FSU Women.
Seminole ladies lead after Day 1 at FSU Relays.

March 27, 2015

TALLAHASSEE, FL – With her first throw of the season, Florida State junior Katja Vangsnes broke her own school hammer record, highlighting a banner opening day for the Seminole women at the FSU Relays.

Vangsnes’ victory, the sixth in 10 events by the ninth-ranked Seminole women, enabled the hosts to open up a 112-81 lead on Miami in the quadrangular collegiate competition which also includes Ohio State and North Carolina.

At the end of a long day of racing action between collegiate as well as standout high school talent, the Oslo, Norway native didn’t waste any time picking up from where she left off after qualifying for the NCAA Outdoor Championships last year. Her opening mark of 61.39 meters (201-5) was good enough to beat a strong field, including reigning ACC Outdoor champion Lea Johnson of Miami, and better her own FSU record of 60.99m.

“That was pretty shocking to me, because it’s so early and we’ve been holding back in practice,” Vangsnes said. “If I had thrown 60 [meters] today I would have been happy, based on how practice has been. I was just enjoying myself being here at the home meet. I wasn’t thinking too much. I was just relaxed and the first throw just came.”

The Seminole women actually had quite a bit to enjoy, beginning with sophomore Nicole Setterington’s victory in the 100-meter hurdles to get things started. The Ontario, Canada native pulled away against a quality field to win in 13.60, with teammate Grete Sadeiko recording a personal-best (14.02) to place sixth.

“I feel like near the end of the race I could have controlled myself a little more,” Setterington said, critiquing her performance. “I got a little sloppy, but I was really happy with the start of my race. The time is decent for me, so it’s a good start...I have some stuff to work on, but that will just come with more races.”

Sage Watson and Elizabeth Ichite, each competing in the 400-meter dash for the first time since 2013 after sitting out last season as redshirts, provided the Noles with a 1-2 finish in 53.69 and 54.00, respectively.

Juniors Hannah Acton and Der’Renae Freeman registered wins in the pole vault and long jump. Acton cleared 3.95m (12-11.50) for the vault win, while Freeman came back away victorious with a leap of 6.18m (20-2).

Redshirt freshman Bridget Blake contributed a victory to the cause, winning the 3000-meter run (9:41.48), leading a 1-2-3 sweep for the Noles. Linden Hall, sidelined for the entire indoor season by injury, was second in 9:43.28 and Chelsi Woodruff was third (9:44.63).

In short, it was a good day all around for the FSU women.

“Katja, particularly, was huge,” said FSU coach Bob Braman. “That’s almost NCAA-scoring good; it’s that close. She’s been dying to get out here and throw her implement rather than the weight throw, so I’m really happy for her.

“That was a good opener for Sage, coming back late from injury. She and Liz had a nice 1-2. Der’Renae in the long jump and Hannah in the pole vault [were strong]. And that was a good comeback for Bridget. That’s a PR and better than her high school times. She’s starting to look really good and aggressive and took it on. Setterington was really good in the hurdles - and Grete - so those were nice points there.”

FSU’s ninth-ranked men’s team will open Saturday’s action at Mike Long Track chasing both Ohio State (89) and Miami (86). The Seminoles are third with 71 points, well clear of North Carolina, but with quite a bit of work to do.

The Seminoles did pick up three wins in eight contested events. Sophomore Austin Droogsma opened up with a victory in the discus, posting the 10th-best mark in program history 53.47m (175-5).

Junior Nick Medich scored his first collegiate victory in the high jump with a mark of 2.07 meters (6-9.50), and classmate Zak Seddon was an easy winner in the 3000-meter run (8:16.72).

Among a handful of other noteworthy performances on the men’s side were Alistair Moona’s 400-meter debut with the Seminoles, which resulted in a third-place finish with a time of 47.90. Emmanuel Oniya was third in the discus with a solid opening mark of 52.68m (172-10), which ranks No. 11 all-time among Noles.

The much-anticipated debut of freshmen Trentavis Friday and Kendal Williams in the 4x100 relay was derailed, as the Seminoles did not finish.

“We had a little bit of bad luck with Trent re-aggravating that hamstring,” Braman said. “He caught it early on so it wasn’t full-blown, so that was good. We’ve got time [to get healthy]…

“The women were ahead of the guys a little bit, so we’ll see what we can do tomorrow.”

The high school portion of the FSU Relays was not short on highlights as new meet records were established in the girls 4x800 relay and the boys pole vault.


Seminole Women Claim FSU Relays Quad Team Title.
Men add four event wins on final day of meet filled with highlights.

TALLAHASSEE, FL – Inspiring individual wins from Kala Funderburk and Chelsea Jarvis and a 4x400 relay victory from a balanced lineup helped the Florida State women secure victories over Miami, Ohio State and North Carolina on the final day of the FSU Relays.

Funderburk slayed defending ACC Outdoor 200-meter champion Shakima Wimbley, running through the finish in 23.37 to win by .04 to continue a budding rivalry under sunny skies Saturday. Jarvis followed the lead of teammate and pace-setter Linden Hall through a good portion of the 1500, before pulling off the win in 4:29.19.

The only other victory by the Noles came from the 4x400 quartet of Elizabeth Ichite, Sage Watson, Sydnee Over and Sarah Chandler. In addition to taking the best shot from Miami and Ohio State, they also had to contend with an equally balanced FSU team of Helene Swanepoel, Funderburk, Georgia Peel and Jarvis. They did, winning in 3:39.03, as Watson and Over opened an sizeable gap during their mid-race legs.

“Our women are after it pretty good right now,” FSU coach Bob Braman said, after watching his ninth-ranked team prevail. “Everybody is rolling pretty good. We had the re-emergence of Bridget Blake a little bit. The 4x400 was strong and Sage is looking really good. Kala – that’s a big win in the 200 over Shakima Wimbley. I was real pleased…

“Our stars are really starting to stand out. It’s a pretty good group. It’ a good overall group.”

The Seminoles tallied 187 points to claim the first scored quadrangular meet at Mike Long Track since 2001. Miami was second with 161, followed by Ohio State (146) and North Carolina (49).

FSU’s men were not as fortunate, largely due to a lack of bodies in a select few events. Still, the Noles came within six points of the win, finishing behind both Ohio State (152) and Miami (148), as they closed out the meet with 146 points.

Morne Moolman and Zak Seddon provided the Noles with their lone outright individual wins on the final day. Moolman, a redshirt sophomore competing for the first time since the 2013 NCAA Championships, won the javelin with an opening throw of 67.82 meters (222-6). Seddon and teammate Otniel Teixeira mowed through the 1500-meter field for a 1-2 finish in 3:46.77 and 3:46.99.

In addition to the individual victories, the 4x400 relay team of Chris Rose, Michael Cherry, James Rhoden and Ricky Roy prevailed in 3:11.38.

Jonathan Reid also scored a win for the Noles in the triple jump as the first collegian behind former Seminole star Rafeeq Curry (16.03m/52-7.25). Competing for the first time since the 2014 indoor season, posted a mark of 15.45m (50-8.25).

Among other highlights, Austin Droogsma backed up his Friday discus win with a new personal-best in the shot put (18.33m/60-1.75) to finish third. That mark moved him from 10th to sixth on FSU’s all-time list outdoors.

“For the men, the horizontal jumps will continue to come along,” Braman said. “The throwers have been great. That was a big PR for Droogsma today and he had two of them. The other guys were equal or better than their indoor marks…3:46 twice for two guys who aren’t 1500-meter runners, was good.

“Having Morne back – that’s a big-big thrower who is going to throw probably 70 meters the next time out.”

Perhaps most importantly, the Seminoles walked away from the first full outdoor meet of the season in relatively good health with some baseline performances to build on.

“It was a good meet,” Braman said. “The weather was incredible. It was kind of fun having two balanced 4x400s, and they ran 3:11 and 3:39 which aren’t bad, balanced team times.

“The high school kids had some amazing performances with really good marks and good competition. It was a well-run meet, top-to-bottom. It was about as good an opener as you could hope for.”

Event 2 - 200 Meters
==============================================================
Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  1    Michael Cherry                  21.11              9

Event 3 - 400 Meters
==============================================================
Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  3    Alistair Moona                  47.90              6
  5    Chris Rose                      49.23              4
  7    Ricardo Roy                     49.74             

Event 4 - 800 Meters
==============================================================
Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  2    Matt Magee                    1:54.18              7

Event 5 - 1500 Meters
==============================================================
Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  1    Zak Seddon                    3:46.77              9
  2    Otniel Teixeira               3:46.99              7
  3    Bryce Kelley                  3:52.76              6

Event 6 - 3000 Meters
==============================================================
Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  1    Zak Seddon                    8:16.72              9
  4    Abdin Fator                   9:05.97              5

Event 9 - 400 Meter Hurdles
==============================================================
Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  2    James Rhoden                    53.06              7

Event 10 - 4x100-Meter Relay
======================================================
Place  Name                               Results     
======================================================
 DNF   Relay Team A                                      
       1) Paul Madzivire
       2) Trentavis Friday
       3) Kendal Williams
       4) Michael Cherry

Event 11 - 4x400-Meter Relay
==============================================================
Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  1    Relay Team A                  3:11.38              9
       1) Alistair Moona
       2) Chris Rose
       3) Trentavis Friday
       4) Michael Cherry

Event 12 - High Jump
==============================================================
Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  1    Nicholas Medich                6- 9.50    2.07m    9
  2    Cristobal Hurtado-Arteaga      6- 5.50    1.97m    7

Event 14 - Long Jump
==============================================================
Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  2    Paul Madzivire                24- 2.50    7.38m    7

Event 15 - Triple Jump
==============================================================
Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  1    Jonathan Reid                 50- 8.25   15.45m    9

Event 16 - Shot Put
==============================================================
Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  3    Austin Droogsma               60- 1.75   18.33m    6
  5    Ben Bonhurst                  58- 0.50   17.69m    4
  6    Emmanuel Onyia                57- 9      17.60m   
  7    Stargell Williams             57- 7.75   17.57m   
  8    Chadrick DaCosta              57- 5.75   17.52m   

Event 17 - Discus
==============================================================
Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  1    Austin Droogsma              175- 5      53.47m    9
  3    Emmanuel Onyia               172-10      52.68m    6
  6    Chadrick DaCosta             171- 0      52.12m   
 10    Stargell Williams            155- 2      47.30m   
 12    Ben Bonhurst                 153- 2      46.70m   

Event 18 - Hammer
==============================================================
Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
 10    Austin Droogsma              135- 0      41.16m    2

Event 19 - Javelin
==============================================================
Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  1    Morne Moolman                222- 6      67.82m    9
  3    Garrett Singletary           197- 1      60.08m    6
  6    Travis Michaud               174- 2      53.09m   
  8    Matthew Boone                141- 1      43.00m   


FLORIDA RELAYS
04/04/2015, April 2-4, 2015, Gainesville, Fl

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Track Noles Net Two Wins, East Prelim Qualifying Marks At Florida Relays.
Oniya claims discus title; Madzivire wins long jump Friday.

April 3, 2015

GAINESVILLE, FL and STANFORD, CA – Diving head-long into big-time competition Friday at the Florida Relays provided the ninth-ranked Florida State track & field teams with an early-season gauge of where they stand in the outdoor season.

With a pair of victories and a handful of performances certain to secure spots at the NCAA East Preliminary meet, the Seminoles got the two-day meet off to a solid start.

Redshirt sophomore Emmanuel Oniya secured the first victory of the day for the Seminoles, edging teammate Chad DaCosta in the discus. Oniya, a transfer from Minnesota, opened up the competition with a lifetime-best mark of 54.99 meters (180-5) for the win. That effort moved him into a tie for sixth on FSU’s all-time list with DaCosta, who placed second with a season-best throw of 54.13 (177-7). Austin Droogsma finished 11th (49.06/160-11).

“Oniya is a highlight and Chad is getting close to his PR, so the throwers were pretty solid,” FSU coach Bob Braman said. “Certainly the discus was a strong-point.”

Florida State’s second win came in what proved to be the final event of the night as senior Paul Madzivire captured the long jump with a leap of 7.44 meters (24-5) on his fifth of six attempts.

Beyond the wins the Seminoles scattered solid performances throughout the competition.

Freshman Kendal Williams, running his first 100-meter race since capturing the World Junior Championships gold last summer, cruised through the finish line in 10.28 to place sixth overall and fourth among collegians. It is the leading time in the ACC thus far.

“I think Kendal ran really well,” Braman said. “It’s big publicity, a big crowd and in the middle of the afternoon. It was a really good 100-meter challenge and he stepped up. I think he really wanted to after the indoor [nationals] where he missed the final by a spot. If he makes the final he’s probably a different guy. I’m sure he wanted to redeem himself.”

Kala Funderburk and Sage Watson were equally impressive in the 400-meter dash, placing fifth and 11th, respectively, in 52.23 and 52.97. Those are career-best marks in collegiate competition for both women and Funderburk climbed to No. 6 on FSU’s all-time list for the one-lap sprint.

“Kala was good,” Braman added. “She’s at the point where 52.2 is dissatisfying to her and that’s really good. You love the kid that (says), ‘I’m better than that.’ Sage had a collegiate-best and she wasn’t happy either.”

Michael Cherry’s season-opening 400-meter dash produced a time of 46.43, and he was even faster on the second leg of the 4x400 relay, which qualified for the final in 3:09.66. Alistair Moona, Chris Rose and Ricky Roy joined Cherry on the quartet.

FSU’s middle distance group was especially productive. Junior Georgia Peel’s collegiate-best 800-meter performance (2:06.49) was good for seventh place overall, while freshman Chelsea Jarvis was 10th (2:07.58).

On the men’s side, junior Otniel Teixeira scored a personal-best by running 1:48.57 in his season-opening 800, which was good for 12th, while Jake Burton came through with his fastest season-opener (1:49.88). Matt Magee (1:51.62) also pitched in a personal-best for the Noles.

Senior All-American Linden Hall, coming off an injury which sidelined for the indoor season, opened up in 4:21.92 to place fourth. It was a promising start in her first 1500 since placing third at last year’s NCAA Outdoor Championships. Senior Chelsi Woodruff placed 15th in a new personal-best of 4:29.01.

Redshirt freshmen Bryce Kelley (3:52.46) and Grant Nykaza (3:53.77) followed up with personal-best marks in the men’s 1500.

“The mid-distance group did a pretty good job,” Braman said. “Georgia had her collegiate-best, almost wins her heat and was really tough. [Matt] Magee is almost at an ACC qualifying mark. The other guys – it was a PR for Teixeira off of strength work and Burton off an injury. Both of those are regional marks no matter what, so that’s in the books. So we got some regional things done, which is what we wanted to do.

“It was a wonderful comeback for Linden from being hurt and a PR for Chelsi, and our two 1500 guys both had PRs.”

Junior Der’Renae Freeman placed fifth in the women’s long jump (6.14m/20-1.75) and Karly Jackson finished eighth in the pole vault (3.85m/12-7.50). Markindey Sineus was 10th in the men’s hammer (59.46m/195-1).

Redshirt freshman Bridget Blake pulled the curtain on the track activity, racing to a third-place finish in the 5000 in a personal-best time of 17:00.78, with junior Christine Griggs adding her own lifetime-best (17:13.41) to place 10th.

Seddon sizzles in steeplechase opener

Florida State junior Zak Seddon did not waste any time establishing himself as one of the nation’s elite steeplechase runners in 2015. The Great Britain native’s season-opening time of 8:36.55 – just two seconds off his lifetime-best – was good for second place Friday night at the Stanford Invitational. Seddon now owns the nation’s top time among NCAA Division I athletes.


Weekend Gives Track Teams Baseline For Immediate Future.

April 4, 2015

GAINESVILLE, FL and STANFORD, CA - On the heels of a weekend of competition at the Florida Relays and the Stanford Invitational, the ninth-ranked Florida State track & field teams have a better understanding of where they are, and where they need to get to before the championship season begins in just over a month.

Solid performances by Austin Droogsma and Emmanuel Oniya in the shot put, and Katja Vangsnes in the women’s hammer, highlighted Saturday’s competition at Percy Beard Stadium in Gainesville. Droogsma and Oniya finished second and third, respectively, and Vangsnes was fourth on the final day of competition.

“On a whole for the weekend, the throwers are probably our most consistent group,” FSU coach Bob Braman said. “They’re putting good, solid marks out there every week.”

Droogsma eclipsed 18 meters for the second consecutive meet, posting a series-best mark of 18.05m (59-7.25). Oniya registered his second event personal-best of the weekend with a throw of 17.93 (58-10), which moved him into 10th place on FSU’s all-time outdoor list. Vangsnes was unable to match her school record from the FSU Relays, but did post a mark of 58.92 (193-4).

While Saturday’s schedule was relatively light, the Seminoles turned in a pair of noteworthy, late-Friday performances at the Stanford Invitational. Competing in the fast heat of the 3000-meter steeplechase, junior Zak Seddon recorded the fastest season-opening time of his career, finishing second overall in 8:36.55. Not only is the time just eight seconds off his career-best, which was set two years ago, it also is the swiftest in the event among all NCAA Division I programs.

“Two years ago when Zak ran 8:34, he opened up with 8:45,” Braman said. “We felt like he would be under 8:30 at the national meet before he fell. You figure it’s probably a good 10 seconds, if not more, that is available between now and championship time. It’s really exciting for Zak. He ran really well, under control and finished strong.”

Junior Stanley Linton did not complete his 10,000-meter race until early Saturday morning eastern time, but the performance did not disappoint. The Wakulla High grad pared 45 seconds off his previous-best, finishing in 29:56.75.

“Stanley PR’d significantly,” Braman said. “Under 30 for a guy who has been with the program for almost exactly one year - that’s great. He’s a little bit ticked because he knows he’s about 10 seconds off of punching his regional ticket. In a 25-lap race, 10 seconds is not much.”

There will be an ample number of performance opportunities in front of the Seminoles before the ACC Outdoor Championships are competed at FSU’s Mike Long Track, May 14-16. A large group will travel to Miami next weekend for the Hurricane Alumni Invitational, while multi-athlete Grete Sadeiko will be hunting a national qualifying mark in the heptathlon in a multi-event meet at Georgia during the mid-week.

The Seminoles will certainly be happy to get their full complement of athletes back into the mix, sooner rather than later. Women’s discus All-American Keillion Knibb is scheduled to compete at Miami, as are sprinters Trentavis Friday and Cejhae Greene, each of whom who are on the mend following minor injuries.

“We’ve got to get some people healthy,” Braman added. “The women are healthier than the men right now. There are a couple of key people getting better. On the men’s side, we’re not that far away, but we’ve got some people that we can’t race until they’re ready to go because we can’t afford to have something carry on into the championship season and not be ready.

“The good news is we’re going to benefit from having a later conference championship date, and we’ve got a lot of warm-weather competition.”

Braman praised the efforts of the middle distance men and women, who combined to establish six personal- or collegiate-best efforts over the weekend. He also likes what he sees from the sprint group, where injuries have taken a bigger toll.

“On the sprint side we’re very consistent with Kala and Sage for the women,” he said. “They’re doing a great job. On the guys’ side, Kendal has been good every week, as has Mike Cherry…Now we’ve got to bring the rest of the guys on board.

“I kind of like the way it [the schedule] sets up, but each week we’ve got to start getting some people back in the mix.”

Event 1 - 100 Meters
==============================================================
Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  6    Kendal Williams                 10.28              3

Event 2 - 400 Meters
======================================================
Place  Name                               Results     
======================================================
 11    Michael Cherry                  46.43             
 50    Chris Rose                      48.55             

Event 3 - 800 Meters
======================================================
Place  Name                               Results     
======================================================
 12    Otniel Teixeira               1:48.57             
 23    Jake Burton                   1:49.88             
 42    Matt Magee                    1:51.62             

Event 4 - 1500 Meters
======================================================
Place  Name                               Results     
======================================================
 17    Bryce Kelley                  3:52.46             
 21    Grant Nykaza                  3:53.77             

Event 5 - Long Jump
==============================================================
Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  1    Paul Madzivire                24- 5       7.44m   10

Event 6 - Shot Put
==============================================================
Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  2    Austin Droogsma               59- 2.75   18.05m    8
  3    Emmanuel Onyia                58-10      17.93m    6
  9    Chadrick DaCosta              55- 1      16.79m   
 10    Ben Bonhurst                  58- 4.75   17.80m   
 11    Stargell Williams             54- 2.75   16.53m   

Event 7 - Discus
======================================================
Place  Name                               Results     
======================================================
  1    Emmanuel Onyia               180- 5      54.99m   
  2    Chadrick DaCosta             177- 7      54.13m    8
 11    Austin Droogsma              160-11      49.05m   

Event 8 - Hammer
======================================================
Place  Name                               Results     
======================================================
 10    Markindey Sineus             195- 1      59.46m   

Event 9 - Javelin
======================================================
Place  Name                               Results     
======================================================
 14    Garrett Singletary           193- 3      58.90m   


STANFORD INVITATIONAL
04/04/2015, April 3-4, 2015, Palo Alto, Ca

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Track Noles Net Two Wins, East Prelim Qualifying Marks At Florida Relays.
Oniya claims discus title; Madzivire wins long jump Friday.

April 3, 2015

GAINESVILLE, FL and STANFORD, CA – Diving head-long into big-time competition Friday at the Florida Relays provided the ninth-ranked Florida State track & field teams with an early-season gauge of where they stand in the outdoor season.

With a pair of victories and a handful of performances certain to secure spots at the NCAA East Preliminary meet, the Seminoles got the two-day meet off to a solid start.

Redshirt sophomore Emmanuel Oniya secured the first victory of the day for the Seminoles, edging teammate Chad DaCosta in the discus. Oniya, a transfer from Minnesota, opened up the competition with a lifetime-best mark of 54.99 meters (180-5) for the win. That effort moved him into a tie for sixth on FSU’s all-time list with DaCosta, who placed second with a season-best throw of 54.13 (177-7). Austin Droogsma finished 11th (49.06/160-11).

“Oniya is a highlight and Chad is getting close to his PR, so the throwers were pretty solid,” FSU coach Bob Braman said. “Certainly the discus was a strong-point.”

Florida State’s second win came in what proved to be the final event of the night as senior Paul Madzivire captured the long jump with a leap of 7.44 meters (24-5) on his fifth of six attempts.

Beyond the wins the Seminoles scattered solid performances throughout the competition.

Freshman Kendal Williams, running his first 100-meter race since capturing the World Junior Championships gold last summer, cruised through the finish line in 10.28 to place sixth overall and fourth among collegians. It is the leading time in the ACC thus far.

“I think Kendal ran really well,” Braman said. “It’s big publicity, a big crowd and in the middle of the afternoon. It was a really good 100-meter challenge and he stepped up. I think he really wanted to after the indoor [nationals] where he missed the final by a spot. If he makes the final he’s probably a different guy. I’m sure he wanted to redeem himself.”

Kala Funderburk and Sage Watson were equally impressive in the 400-meter dash, placing fifth and 11th, respectively, in 52.23 and 52.97. Those are career-best marks in collegiate competition for both women and Funderburk climbed to No. 6 on FSU’s all-time list for the one-lap sprint.

“Kala was good,” Braman added. “She’s at the point where 52.2 is dissatisfying to her and that’s really good. You love the kid that (says), ‘I’m better than that.’ Sage had a collegiate-best and she wasn’t happy either.”

Michael Cherry’s season-opening 400-meter dash produced a time of 46.43, and he was even faster on the second leg of the 4x400 relay, which qualified for the final in 3:09.66. Alistair Moona, Chris Rose and Ricky Roy joined Cherry on the quartet.

FSU’s middle distance group was especially productive. Junior Georgia Peel’s collegiate-best 800-meter performance (2:06.49) was good for seventh place overall, while freshman Chelsea Jarvis was 10th (2:07.58).

On the men’s side, junior Otniel Teixeira scored a personal-best by running 1:48.57 in his season-opening 800, which was good for 12th, while Jake Burton came through with his fastest season-opener (1:49.88). Matt Magee (1:51.62) also pitched in a personal-best for the Noles.

Senior All-American Linden Hall, coming off an injury which sidelined for the indoor season, opened up in 4:21.92 to place fourth. It was a promising start in her first 1500 since placing third at last year’s NCAA Outdoor Championships. Senior Chelsi Woodruff placed 15th in a new personal-best of 4:29.01.

Redshirt freshmen Bryce Kelley (3:52.46) and Grant Nykaza (3:53.77) followed up with personal-best marks in the men’s 1500.

“The mid-distance group did a pretty good job,” Braman said. “Georgia had her collegiate-best, almost wins her heat and was really tough. [Matt] Magee is almost at an ACC qualifying mark. The other guys – it was a PR for Teixeira off of strength work and Burton off an injury. Both of those are regional marks no matter what, so that’s in the books. So we got some regional things done, which is what we wanted to do.

“It was a wonderful comeback for Linden from being hurt and a PR for Chelsi, and our two 1500 guys both had PRs.”

Junior Der’Renae Freeman placed fifth in the women’s long jump (6.14m/20-1.75) and Karly Jackson finished eighth in the pole vault (3.85m/12-7.50). Markindey Sineus was 10th in the men’s hammer (59.46m/195-1).

Redshirt freshman Bridget Blake pulled the curtain on the track activity, racing to a third-place finish in the 5000 in a personal-best time of 17:00.78, with junior Christine Griggs adding her own lifetime-best (17:13.41) to place 10th.

Seddon sizzles in steeplechase opener

Florida State junior Zak Seddon did not waste any time establishing himself as one of the nation’s elite steeplechase runners in 2015. The Great Britain native’s season-opening time of 8:36.55 – just two seconds off his lifetime-best – was good for second place Friday night at the Stanford Invitational. Seddon now owns the nation’s top time among NCAA Division I athletes.


Weekend Gives Track Teams Baseline For Immediate Future.

April 4, 2015

GAINESVILLE, FL and STANFORD, CA - On the heels of a weekend of competition at the Florida Relays and the Stanford Invitational, the ninth-ranked Florida State track & field teams have a better understanding of where they are, and where they need to get to before the championship season begins in just over a month.

Solid performances by Austin Droogsma and Emmanuel Oniya in the shot put, and Katja Vangsnes in the women’s hammer, highlighted Saturday’s competition at Percy Beard Stadium in Gainesville. Droogsma and Oniya finished second and third, respectively, and Vangsnes was fourth on the final day of competition.

“On a whole for the weekend, the throwers are probably our most consistent group,” FSU coach Bob Braman said. “They’re putting good, solid marks out there every week.”

Droogsma eclipsed 18 meters for the second consecutive meet, posting a series-best mark of 18.05m (59-7.25). Oniya registered his second event personal-best of the weekend with a throw of 17.93 (58-10), which moved him into 10th place on FSU’s all-time outdoor list. Vangsnes was unable to match her school record from the FSU Relays, but did post a mark of 58.92 (193-4).

While Saturday’s schedule was relatively light, the Seminoles turned in a pair of noteworthy, late-Friday performances at the Stanford Invitational. Competing in the fast heat of the 3000-meter steeplechase, junior Zak Seddon recorded the fastest season-opening time of his career, finishing second overall in 8:36.55. Not only is the time just eight seconds off his career-best, which was set two years ago, it also is the swiftest in the event among all NCAA Division I programs.

“Two years ago when Zak ran 8:34, he opened up with 8:45,” Braman said. “We felt like he would be under 8:30 at the national meet before he fell. You figure it’s probably a good 10 seconds, if not more, that is available between now and championship time. It’s really exciting for Zak. He ran really well, under control and finished strong.”

Junior Stanley Linton did not complete his 10,000-meter race until early Saturday morning eastern time, but the performance did not disappoint. The Wakulla High grad pared 45 seconds off his previous-best, finishing in 29:56.75.

“Stanley PR’d significantly,” Braman said. “Under 30 for a guy who has been with the program for almost exactly one year - that’s great. He’s a little bit ticked because he knows he’s about 10 seconds off of punching his regional ticket. In a 25-lap race, 10 seconds is not much.”

There will be an ample number of performance opportunities in front of the Seminoles before the ACC Outdoor Championships are competed at FSU’s Mike Long Track, May 14-16. A large group will travel to Miami next weekend for the Hurricane Alumni Invitational, while multi-athlete Grete Sadeiko will be hunting a national qualifying mark in the heptathlon in a multi-event meet at Georgia during the mid-week.

The Seminoles will certainly be happy to get their full complement of athletes back into the mix, sooner rather than later. Women’s discus All-American Keillion Knibb is scheduled to compete at Miami, as are sprinters Trentavis Friday and Cejhae Greene, each of whom who are on the mend following minor injuries.

“We’ve got to get some people healthy,” Braman added. “The women are healthier than the men right now. There are a couple of key people getting better. On the men’s side, we’re not that far away, but we’ve got some people that we can’t race until they’re ready to go because we can’t afford to have something carry on into the championship season and not be ready.

“The good news is we’re going to benefit from having a later conference championship date, and we’ve got a lot of warm-weather competition.”

Braman praised the efforts of the middle distance men and women, who combined to establish six personal- or collegiate-best efforts over the weekend. He also likes what he sees from the sprint group, where injuries have taken a bigger toll.

“On the sprint side we’re very consistent with Kala and Sage for the women,” he said. “They’re doing a great job. On the guys’ side, Kendal has been good every week, as has Mike Cherry…Now we’ve got to bring the rest of the guys on board.

“I kind of like the way it [the schedule] sets up, but each week we’ve got to start getting some people back in the mix.”

Event 1 - 3000 Meter Steeplechase
==============================================================
Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  2    Zak Seddon                    8:36.55              8

Event 2 - 10000 Meters
======================================================
Place  Name                               Results     
======================================================
 71    Stanley Linton               29:56.75             


HURRICANE INVIATIONAL
04/11/2015, April 10-11, 2015, Coral Gables, Fl

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Track Noles Take A Big Step Forward On Miami's Home Turf.

CORAL GABLES, FL – For the first time this outdoor season the Florida State track & field teams flashed the type of performances that will be needed to successfully defend their Atlantic Coast Conference titles in a month.

Competing at the Hurricane Alumni Invitational at rival Miami’s Cobb Stadium, the ninth-ranked Seminole men had the top collegiate marks in seven of events, while the 10th-ranked women picked up a pair of wins. More importantly, athletes from both teams piled up personal- and season-best performances; clearly a sign of progress in the month-old outdoor campaign.

“It’s the first time this outdoor season that you’re starting to see the team that it’s going to be in about a month, so that’s kind of exciting,” FSU coach Bob Braman said Saturday, at the conclusion of the two-day competition. “I thought we competed really well.”

Sophomore Michael Cherry and freshman Kendal Williams paved the way in the sprints for the Seminole men. Cherry out-raced the field for the outright win in the 400-meter dash with a season-best time of 45.94; the third-fastest time nationally. Williams was third overall in the 200-meter dash - behind a pair of professional athletes – as he ran 20.56 in his 200-meter outdoor debut for the Noles. The time moved the Jacksonville, Fla. native into the No. 10 spot on FSU’s all-time list and equaled the seventh-best mark nationally.

The Seminole men received some major contributions from the field events at the unscored meet, thanks to senior captain Jonathan Reid’s effort in the triple jump and Austin Droogsma’s work in the shot put.

Reid registered the No. 6 performance in school history, covering 16.17 meters (53-0.75), which moved him from 19th to sixth on the national list. Reid also took over the No. 6 position on FSU’s all-time list.

Droogsma flirted with becoming just the third 19-meter shot putter in program history, as his winning throw of 18.93 meters (62-1.25) not only moved him into a share of 13th nationally, but was also the No. 3 mark in program history behind one-time NCAA champion Garrett Johnson and his current coach and two-time Olympian Dorian Scott.

The prowess of the Noles in the men’s throwing events ran deep and freshman Ben Bonhurst was second in the shot put (18.49m/60-8) – No. 25 nationally – and was followed by Stargell Williams (17.62m), Chad Dacosta (17.46) and Emmanuel Onyia (17.38).

That groups also finished second-through-sixth among collegians in the discus, with Onyia leading the way (52.47m/172-2).

Cherry and Williams handled the final two legs on the 4x100-meter relay team, which was second only to Brazil’s national team in a certain NCAA East Preliminary-qualifying time of 40.03. Paul Madzivire and Alistair Moona handled the first two legs.

Bryce Kelley (4:53.72) and Grant Nykasas (3:56.29) also went 1-2 in the 1500-meter run.

Garrett Singletary won the men’s javelin on the strength of a new personal-best (62.52m/205-1), with Matthew Boone placing third (46.32/152-0). Markindey Sineus placed third in the men’s hammer (60.20m/190-6).

The men did not corner the market on big performances. Redshirt sophomore Sage Watson made her first competitive 400-meter hurdle performance in two season count, nipping Miami’s Jamika Glades – the defending ACC outdoor champion – 57.48 to 57.51. Watson’s time ranks seventh nationally and it was both her fastest career opener as well her best all-time at sea level.

“That’s the fastest I’ve ever opened up with and I think it’s my second-fastest time ever, so I’m OK with it,” Watson said. “I know I have a lot of room for improvement.”

Watson was equally excited about the opportunity to go head-to-head with Glades, who she was able to run down over the final 20 meters.

“That was awesome,” Watson said. “I’m really happy I had competition. She pushed me…

“I just thought about, ‘Win this race and the time will come.’ I went out to win it and see what happened. I’m happy to win it.”

Seminole teammates Der’Renae Freeman and Jogaile Petrokaite authored a 1-2 finish in the women’s long jump. Freeman missed her lifetime-best by .01 and won in 6.33 meters (20-9.25), good for a tie for share of sixth place on the NCAA national descending order list.

Nicole Setterington was the runner-up in the 100-meter hurdles (13.49), and also lent a leg to the 4x100 women’s team which finished third overall.

Sophomore sprinter Kali Davis-White ran 11.72 to place sixth overall and second among collegians in the 100, then followed by going 24.24 in the 200 for fifth overall. Sydnee Over made her first collegiate foray into the outdoor 400 in 55.80, good over ninth among all comers and sixth among collegians.

Lakitta Johnson used a season-best shot put mark of 14.72m (48-3.50) to place second. Tori Reiman was third in the shot put and discus (43.22m/141-9). Katja Vangsnes added a runner-up finish in the women’s hammer (58.33m/191-4).

“This is really a much, much better meet than the Florida Relays [last week] was for us, which is all the more impressive because we really didn’t have a lot of good collegiate battles,” Braman said. “We had some good, unattached international people.

“I thought our focus was really good for a meet like this. They seemed to be a little low-key coming in and then we got after it really well. The sprinters are coming around. Definitely the men’s 400 had a good go. The men’s throwers continue to impress…they’re all in the region now for the most part.”

What made the Seminoles’ performance all the more impressive was it came with a good portion of the team back in Tallahassee training or recovering from the rash of minor, early-season injuries.

“We’re getting healthier,” Braman said. “Obviously we need some of our big hitters like Knibb, Brits, Trent, Cejhae – we need some of those big stars to come back. Colleen opens up next week and she’s obviously a big-timer. Linden Hall needs to keep getting healthier…I like that we have another month to go because we’re really on a good trajectory now.

Event 1 - 200 Meters
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  3    Kendal Williams                 20.56              6

Event 2 - 400 Meters
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  1    Michael Cherry                  45.94             10
  4    Alistair Moona                  47.63              5
  6    Ricardo Roy                     48.09              3
  7    Chris Rose                      48.63              2

Event 3 - 800 Meters
==============================================================
Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  4    Matt Magee                    1:52.56              5

Event 4 - 1500 Meters
==============================================================
Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  1    Bryce Kelley                  3:53.72             10
  2    Grant Nykaza                  3:56.29              8

Event 5 - 400 Meter Hurdles
==============================================================
Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  4    James Rhoden                    53.08              5

Event 6 - 4x100-Meter Relay
==============================================================
Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  2    Relay Team A                    40.03              8
       1) Paul Madzivire
       2) Alistair Moona
       3) Michael Cherry
       4) Kendal Williams

Event 7 - High Jump
==============================================================
Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  6    Cristobal Hurtado-Arteaga      6- 6.25    1.99m    3

Event 8 - Long Jump
==============================================================
Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  5    Paul Madzivire                23-10.25    7.27m    4

Event 9 - Triple Jump
==============================================================
Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  2    Jonathan Reid                 53- 0.75   16.17m    8

Event 10 - Shot Put
==============================================================
Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  1    Austin Droogsma               62- 1.25   18.93m   10
  2    Ben Bonhurst                  60- 8      18.49m    8
  4    Stargell Williams             57- 9.75   17.62m    5
  5    Chadrick DaCosta              57- 3.50   17.46m    4
  6    Emmanuel Onyia                57- 0.25   17.38m    3

Event 11 - Discus
==============================================================
Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  3    Emmanuel Onyia               172- 2      52.48m    6
  4    Austin Droogsma              170- 1      51.84m    5
  5    Chadrick DaCosta             168-11      51.49m    4
  6    Ben Bonhurst                 159-12      48.76m    3
  7    Stargell Williams            159- 4      48.57m    2

Event 12 - Hammer
==============================================================
Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  3    Markindey Sineus             197- 6      60.20m    6

Event 13 - Javelin
==============================================================
Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  1    Garrett Singletary           205- 1      62.52m   10
  3    Matthew Boone                151-12      46.32m    6


MT SAC RELAYS
04/18/2015, April 16-18, 2015, Walnut, Ca

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Quigley, Seddon Set Standard Of Excellence At Mt. SAC Relays.
Duo registers nationally elite 1500-meter times on Saturday.

WALNUT, CA – To say the trip to the Mt. SAC Relays was good for the Florida State men’s and women’s distance group would be grossly understated.

Between 11 athletes competing Thursday and Friday at iconic Hilmer Lodge Stadium, the Seminoles produced five new personal-best times – highlighted by a nation-leading mark in the women’s 1500 - four new all-time top-10 standards, a pair of heat wins and a whole lot of good karma.

“This was a great trip for the distance crew,” FSU coach Bob Braman said, following Friday’s slate of five races. “We had some lifetime bests, but I felt like everyone moved the needle in the right direction this weekend; a resounding success overall.”

Seminole veterans Colleen Quigley and Zak Seddon were central to FSU’s success.

Quigley opened her final outdoor season as a Seminole with the nation’s fastest 1500-meter time at the Mt. SAC Relays Friday night in the Invitational A section, placing fifth in 4:11.61. The St. Louis, Mo. native used a huge last-lap move to finish behind four professionals and beat NCAA All-Americans Dominque Scott (Arkansas), Rhianwedd Price (Mississippi State) and Emma Bates (Boise State).

By whacking nearly four full seconds off her previous best time, Quigley moved into fourth place on FSU’s all-time top 10 list for the event. Redd came into the event with the nation’s top time among collegians this season.

“That was just a fantastic opener for Colleen,” Braman said. “Her last lap was really impressive as she passed several All-Americans in the final 100 meters.”

Like Quigley, junior Zak Seddon also turned in the fourth-fastest 1500-meter time in program history, finishing sixth overall – he was the second collegian to Montana State’s Cristano Soratos – in 3:42.02 against the field in the Invitational A section. Seddon came to the meet with the nation’s top time in the steeplechase, but was 66th in the 1500. He left with the nation’s fifth-fastest time.

“That was a monster race for Zak,” Braman said. “He ran toe-to-toe with some of the finest runners in the country and the 1500 isn’t his No. 1 event.”

Quigley and Seddon weren’t the only standouts for the Noles. Jake Burton won the open 800-meter run with a lifetime-best time of 1:49.15 to hang on to the top spot by .01 seconds. Teammate Otniel Teixeira, racing in the same heat, placed 11th overall (1:50.49).

“Jake Burton earned a fantastic win over a great field,” Braman said. “He and Otniel ran in a crowded field of 16. That experience will pay dividends for the ACC and NCAA meets.”

FSU’s Georgia Peel and Linden Hall ran strong in the Invitational B section of the 1500. Peel turned in her finest race in two seasons, running one spot off the front the entire way for a strong second-place finish in 4:18.71. Hall was fifth in just her second full race since cross country season in 4:22.15.

“I was really proud of Georgia Peel,” Braman added. “She ran a great tactical race and almost pulled off the win. That kind of toughness will be great for her championship meet run.”

Senior Pippa Woolven made her season debut in the Invitational A section of the 3000-meter steeplechase and posted a certain NCAA East qualifying time of 10:17.73 to place ninth.

“She’s fought back from injuries and is back on track now with this steeple opener,” Braman said.

Late Thursday – actually early Friday back in Tallahassee – Wakulla High grad and FSU junior Stanley Linton led the final 17 laps en route to victory in Section B of the men’s open 10,000-meter run in 30:01.99.

“Stanley ran an outstanding race,” Braman said. “He took the lead with 17 laps to go and held off a big chase pack to earn a really good win.”

The Seminoles actually got things going on Thursday evening when redshirt freshman Bridget Blake and fifth-year senior Chelsi Woodruff made their season debuts in the 3000-meter steeplechase.

Blake whacked 17 seconds off her only previous dalliance with the steeplechase – a year ago as an unattached runner – to place third in the section B race in 10:28.29. That mark will likely qualify her for the NCAA East Preliminary meet. Woodruff was even better, though she too was third in her section A race, finished with a five-second personal-best of 10:23.32.

Their times rank ninth and eighth, respectively, on FSU’s all-time top-10 for the steeplechase.

“I was really pleased with our steeple ladies last night,” Braman said. “Both ran lifetime bests and both likely earned region marks in the process. Coach Long and Coach Seitz have done a wonderful job with our ladies.”

The only other Seminole to see action was senior Antony Taylor, who also made his season debut in the steeplechase Thursday night and finished 13th in Section B (9:27.83).

Florida State’s strong performances across the board in the distance events should provide a boost in the rankings next week for the seventh-ranked men and the 11th-ranked women.

Event 1 - 10000 Meters
======================================================
Place  Name                               Results     
======================================================
 17    Stanley Linton               30:01.99             

Event 3 - 800 Meters
==============================================================
Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  1    Jake Burton                   1:49.15             10
 12    Otniel Teixeira               1:50.59             

Event 4 - 1500 Meters
==============================================================
Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  6    Zak Seddon                    3:42.02              3


TOM JONES INVITATIONAL
04/24/2015, Gainesville, Fl

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Middle Distance Crew Leads At Tom Jones Memorial.

GAINESVILLE, FL – Chelsea Jarvis and Sydnee Over were the top two collegians in the women’s 800-meter run Friday at the Tom Jones Memorial Invitational, while Matt Magee earned a spot in the ACC Championship meet with his performance in the 800.

The trio of two-lap specialists provided a bulk of the top efforts at Percy Beard Stadium on the University of Florida campus.

Jarvis, a freshman, finished second overall in 2:06.46 and Over, a sophomore, turned her collegiate-best time (2:08.75) into a fourth-place finish.

Magee, a redshirt freshman, also came away with a collegiate-best mark, placing fifth overall in 1:51.05.

In the men’s 1500-meter run, redshirt freshmen Bryce Kelley and Grant Nykaza finished seventh and eighth, recording respective personal-bests of 3:50.12 and 3:50.82, to earn qualifying marks of the ACC Outdoor Championships in three weeks.

“I was really pleased with that whole middle distance group,” FSU coach Bob Braman said. “That’s a huge PB for Sydnee and the best she has looked since she has been here, and it is probably Jarvis’ third-fastest 800 of her life. Magee, Kelley and Nykaza all scored ACC qualifying spots with personal-bests.”

Juniors Hannah Acton and Karly Jackson shared a second-place finish in the women’s pole vault, each posting season-best clearances of 4.00 meters (13-1.50), which in Jackson’s case was also an outdoor personal-best.

“The women’s pole vault was fantastic," Braman said. "Both Hannah and Karly cleared four meters and jumped well at 4.15. It was a good time for both of our older vaulters to come up big.”

Redshirt junior Stefan Brits, coming off a pair of surgeries, made his season debut with a controlled effort in the men’s long jump.

“The goal was for him to run down the runway, see how he responded and come away healthy,” Braman said. “He did that and looked good doing it.”

Among the other top performances, Christine Griggs turned a big finishing kick in the 3000-meter run into a second-place finish in 10:01, narrowly pulling off the victory.

Heptathlete Grete Sadeiko followed up a season-best high jump (1.70m/5-7) with a solid 44.25m (145-2) mark in the javelin.

Event 2 - High Jump
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  4T   Cristobal Hurtado-Arteaga      6- 7.50    2.02m    4
  7T   Nicholas Medich                6- 5.50    1.97m    0.60

Event 6 - Long Jump
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  8    Paul Madzivire                22- 9       6.93m    1
 13    Stefan Brits                  21-10.75    6.67m   

Event 14 - Javelin
==============================================================
Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  3    Matthew Boone                152- 1      46.36m    6

Event 32 - 800 Meters
==============================================================
Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  5    Matt Magee                    1:51.05              4

Event 34 - 1500 Meters
==============================================================
Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  7    Bryce Kelley                  3:50.12              2
  8    Grant Nykaza                  3:50.82              1
 23    Abdin Fator                   4:02.63             


PENN RELAYS
04/25/2015, April 23-25, 2015, Philadelphia, Pa

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Cold Can't Keep Relay Teams From Heating Up At Penn.
Vangsnes third in hammer on opening day of 121st meet.

April 23, 2015

PHILADELPHIA, PA - Cold and windy conditions greeted the Florida State track & field athletes competing Thursday as the 121st Penn Relays Carnival got going at venerable Franklin Field.

The less-than-idyllic conditions certainly hampered performances - at least when it came to times and distances - but it didn't prevent the Seminoles from beating some quality competition.

By the time the FSU women's 4x400 relay team took the track in the first of 10 heats, temperatures had plummeted to 38 degrees. The competition, however, was hot as the team of Helene Swanepoel, Kala Funderburk, Sage Watson and Elizabeth Ichite raced to a runner-up heat finish in 3:42.26, directly behind Texas' nation-leading quartet.

The Noles, in fact had the lead over the Longhorns until the final leg, and by the time the heats were completed, earned a spot in Saturday's Women's Championship section as the No. 6 seed overall.

FSU's 4x100 relay team of Kiera Brown, Kali Davis-White, Nicole Setterington and Jande Pierce also advanced after running 47.01 on Thursday. On a day when only two teams cracked the 46-second barrier, the Seminoles placed 15th out of 89 competing teams. That earned the quartet another shot at moving up in Friday's College Women's section.

Katja Vangsnes was the only other Seminole to get into the competitive action Thursday, grabbing a third-place medal in the Women's Hammer Championship section. The Norwegian standout had a top mark of 57.79 meters (189-7) in the event which was won by reigning NCAA champion Julia Ratcliffe of Princeton.


Throwers Lead At Penn Relays.
Droogsma, Onyia turn in top-three throws finishes in Philly.

April 24, 2015

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Austin Droogsma and Emmanuel Onyia turned in the top individual performances by Florida State athletes on the second day of competition at the Penn Relays Carnival with second- and third-place finishes, respectively, in the shot put and discus.

Onyia, one of three Seminoles competing in the college section of the discus, registered a top mark of 53.89 meters (176-9) to lead the way. Teammate Chad DaCosta, who won the college section last year as a freshman, was seventh with a top mark of 52.92m (173-7), while Droogsma placed 13th (50.07m/164-3).

Droogsma rallied in the finals of the college section of the shot put, eclipsing 18 meters for the fourth consecutive meet. With a series-best mark of 18.37m (60-1) on his sixth and final attempt, he climbed one spot for the silver medal finish. Senior teammate Stargell Williams also advanced to the finals, notching a pair of new personal-best efforts, capped by his top mark of 17.92m (58-9.50) to place sixth.

Florida State’ 4x100 women’s relay team of Kiera Brown, Kali Davis-White, Nicole Setterington and Jande Pierce ran 46.52 to place fifth in the college section final out on the unenviable lane 1 position.

Setterington came back to place fourth in her heat and 18th overall in the women’s 100-meter hurdles, running 14.26 into a headwind on a day when the winds were swirling around Franklin Field.

A bout of the flu took out a pair of Seminoles overnight, forcing FSU to withdraw from the men’s 4x100 relay. Fortunately, the men’s 4x400 relay was able to go and the team of Alistair Moona, Michael Cherry, Trentavis Friday and Ricky Roy collaborated for a 3:14.59 time that was good for fifth in its heat and 14th overall. That group moves on to Saturday’s college section final.


Relay Teams Carry Final Day For Noles At Penn.
Reid fifth in triple jump; Sineus finishes eighth in hammer.

PHILADELPHIA, PA – A pair of solid 4x400 performances in front of nearly 50,000 fans at historic Franklin Field completed a solid, three-day effort by the Florida State men and women at the 121st Penn Relays Carnival on Saturday.

FSU’s women qualified for the Championship of America 4x400 relay with the sixth-fastest time on Friday and improved on that seeding, racing to a fifth-place finish in a season-best time of 3:36.35. Strong legs by Sage Watson in the leadoff spot and third leg Kala Funderburk (51.77 split), who sandwiched freshman Helene Swanepoel, put the Noles in the thick of a three-way battle for third with ACC rivals Clemson and Duke.

While Texas successfully defended its title (3:29.64), pulling away from Jamaica’s UTech, FSU’s Elizabeth Ichite battled elbow-to-elbow off the final turn with Clemson’s Natoya Goule and Duke’s Elizabeth Kerpon. Despite a 54.39 carry by Ichite, the Noles trailed the Tigers and Blue Devils across the finish line.

“The ladies' fifth-place finish in the Championship of America was certainly the weekend's highlight,” FSU coach Bob Braman said.

The Seminole men also logged a fifth-place finish in the college section final, recording its second-fastest time of the outdoor season (3:10.17). Chris Rose handled the leadoff leg for the Noles, and Michael Cherry rallied the group from fifth to first with a 45.6 split; a position Alistair Moona (46.7) managed to maintain. Stephen Sutherland kept the FSU group in the hunt through 300 meters as Hampton prevailed.

Just 1.5 seconds separated the first five teams.

“I'm really pleased with both 4x400 teams,” Braman said.

Two other Seminoles advanced to the finals of their respective championship sections in individual events. Senior Markindey Sineus made the most of his sixth and final hammer throw, which carried a season-best 61.34 meters (201-6). It was his first mark of more than 200 feet this season.

Fellow senior Jonathan Reid got of a finals-qualifying triple jump mark of 15.50 meters (50-10.25) on his second attempt, which stood for a fifth-place finish.

Garrett Singletary, competing in the college section of the men’s javelin, placed 11th with a throw of 61.13 meters (200-6) on his final attempt in the preliminaries.

“Overall, I was pleased with the work we got done at Penn Relays,” Braman said. “Our kids competed really hard and did a great job of dealing with 30-40 degree temperature changes from Tallahassee weather."

With just three weeks separating the Seminole men and women from their Atlantic Coast Conference title defenses – which will come at home May 14-16 – the teams will turn their attention elsewhere while beginning to polish for the postseason push.

“We'll focus on our final exams next week and then compete on Saturday at the Texas Longhorn Invitational,” said Braman.

Event 1 - 4x400-Meter Relay
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  5    Relay Team A                  3:10.17              4
       1) Chris Rose
       2) Michael Cherry
       3) Alistair Moona
       4) Stephen Sutherland

Event 2 - Discus
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  3    Emmanuel Onyia               176- 9      53.89m    6
  7    Chadrick DaCosta             173- 7      52.92m    2
 13    Austin Droogsma              164- 3      50.07m   

Event 3 - Shot Put
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  2    Austin Droogsma               60- 1      18.31m    8
  6    Stargell Williams             58- 9.50   17.92m    3
 18    Chadrick DaCosta              54- 8.75   16.68m   

Event 4 - Javelin
======================================================
Place  Name                               Results     
======================================================
 11    Garrett Singletary           200- 6      61.13m   

Event 5 - Hammer
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  8    Markindey Sineus             201- 6      61.43m    1

Event 6 - Triple Jump
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  5    Jonathan Reid                 50-10.25   15.50m    4


PAYTON JORDAN INVITATIONAL
05/02/2015, Palo Alto, Ca

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Seminoles Find Their Stride At Texas, Stanford.
Funderburk, Williams & Quigley register impressive track marks.

AUSTIN, TX and STANFORD, CA - From Texas to California, it was a very good Saturday for the Florida State track & field teams.

Freshman sprinter Kendal Williams won the 100-meter dash at the Longhorn Invitational with the fastest wind-legal time collegiately (10.09) this season. It was one of nine wins on the day at Myers Stadium for the Seminoles, including Kala Funderburk’s brilliant 51.72 400-meter dash; which was the second-fastest time in FSU history.

On the left coast at Stanford’s Payton Jordan Invitational, senior Colleen Quigley did just about everything but win in her 2015 3000-meter steeplechase debut, smashing her own school record with a time of 9:33.63. Quigley finished second to Missouri-Kansas City’s Courtney Frerichs (9:32.12) as the two produced the World’s second- and third-fastest times this year and the fifth- and sixth-fastest times in collegiate history.

Those were among a sizeable list of highlights by the Noles, who turned in some impressive marks in the last major tune-up meets before the start of the championship season.

“I think we got better this weekend,” Florida State coach Bob Braman said. “We got the momentum going and just need to keep it going. We’ve trying to win [ACC Championships] in two weeks.”

By virtue of time zones, the Texas group got things going early, and in particular, it was the sprint group leading the way.

Williams warmed up for his breakout 100 by leading off FSU’s winning 4x100 relay team, which included Cejhae Green, Alistair Moona and Trentavis Friday, to victory in 39.46. That is the No. 7 time collegiately this season.

Williams’ win in the 100 wasn’t the only bright spot. Greene was second in 10.25 and Friday was fourth in 10.34. Not only were the solid season debuts in the event for the duo that is recovering from injury, but the times were good enough to secure 100-meter NCAA East Preliminary qualifying marks.

Also on the men’s side, Michael Cherry earned a 400-meter dash victory in 46.46, which was a strong effort in windy conditions.

Der’Renae Freeman led a trio of Seminoles into the finals of the women’s long jump and won with a lifetime-best mark of 6.40 meters (21-0), while Jogaile Petrokaite was fourth with a season-best 6.09 (19-11.25) and Grete Sadeiko was seventh (5.94m/19-6).

Funderburk was not to be denied, despite lining up alongside one-time NCAA champion Ashley Spencer of Texas, in the 400. Her strong finish produced a mark that has been eclipsed by only one other Seminole – two-time Olympian Marita Payne (49.11). It is also the fifth-fastest 400 collegiately this season for Funderburk, who contributed a leg to FSU’s winning 4x400 (3:44.03).

“That’s a great win with a great time,” Braman said. “She took it early on and never really have any targets….No one helped her to that time. It might as well have been an open track. That was really exciting.”

Chelsea Jarvis and Sydnee Over authored a 1-2 finish in the 800, coming across in 2:09.31 and 2:10.07.

In the field events at Texas, Markindey Sineus and Jonathan Reid scored individual wins in the hammer and triple jump, respectively. Sineus had a winning mark of 60.61 meters (198-10), while Reid put together a leap of 15.69m (51-5.75).

Among other impressive scoring marks, Emmanuel Onyia placed sixth in the men’s discus with a new lifetime-best mark of 55.33 (181-6), which gives him sole possession of sixth on FSU’s all-time list. James Rhoden was the runner-up in the 400 hurdles (52.33), which should get him into the NCAA East Preliminary meet.

“We had some real good things,” Braman said. “Onyia’s discus throw and Der’Renae’s long jump were huge. Obviously, the guys did a good job in the 100 and the 4x100 and Rhoden did a real good job in the 400 hurdles and probably got a regional mark.

“It was a good meet. I think we stepped forward.”

It was very much the same at Stanford.

“The women out west had the bigger meet, to be sure,” said Braman, where quite obviously Quigley was outstanding.

Three other Noles also produced season breakthroughs.

Pippa Woolven (10:10.17), Chelsi Woodruff (10:14.83) and Bridget Blake (10:16.90) all registered season-best standards in the steeplechase, with Woodruff and Blake enjoying lifetime-best marks.

Georgia Peel broke free for her second consecutive season-best mark in the 1500, finishing second among collegians in a pro-heavy heat at 4:16.97. Linden Hall continued her comeback with a season-best in the 1500 (4:21.78).

Jake Burton was a wire-to-wire 800-meter heat winner in a new personal-best of 1:48.55.

Then there was Jack Goodwin, whose outdoor season debut produced a solid 14:14.20 in the 5000. Fellow Brit Zak Seddon was 10th in the men’s steeplechase in 8:42.75.

Event 1 - 800 Meters
======================================================
Place  Name                               Results     
======================================================
       Jake Burton                   1:48.55             
       Otniel Teixeira               1:51.05             

Event 2 - 3000 Meter Steeplechase
======================================================
Place  Name                               Results     
======================================================
       Zak Seddon                    8:42.75             
       Antony Taylor                 9:18.01             

Event 3 - 5000 Meters
======================================================
Place  Name                               Results     
======================================================
       Jack Goodwin                 14:14.20             


LONGHORN INVITATIONAL
05/02/2015, Austin, Tx

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Seminoles Find Their Stride At Texas, Stanford.
Funderburk, Williams & Quigley register impressive track marks.

AUSTIN, TX and STANFORD, CA - From Texas to California, it was a very good Saturday for the Florida State track & field teams.

Freshman sprinter Kendal Williams won the 100-meter dash at the Longhorn Invitational with the fastest wind-legal time collegiately (10.09) this season. It was one of nine wins on the day at Myers Stadium for the Seminoles, including Kala Funderburk’s brilliant 51.72 400-meter dash; which was the second-fastest time in FSU history.

On the left coast at Stanford’s Payton Jordan Invitational, senior Colleen Quigley did just about everything but win in her 2015 3000-meter steeplechase debut, smashing her own school record with a time of 9:33.63. Quigley finished second to Missouri-Kansas City’s Courtney Frerichs (9:32.12) as the two produced the World’s second- and third-fastest times this year and the fifth- and sixth-fastest times in collegiate history.

Those were among a sizeable list of highlights by the Noles, who turned in some impressive marks in the last major tune-up meets before the start of the championship season.

“I think we got better this weekend,” Florida State coach Bob Braman said. “We got the momentum going and just need to keep it going. We’ve trying to win [ACC Championships] in two weeks.”

By virtue of time zones, the Texas group got things going early, and in particular, it was the sprint group leading the way.

Williams warmed up for his breakout 100 by leading off FSU’s winning 4x100 relay team, which included Cejhae Green, Alistair Moona and Trentavis Friday, to victory in 39.46. That is the No. 7 time collegiately this season.

Williams’ win in the 100 wasn’t the only bright spot. Greene was second in 10.25 and Friday was fourth in 10.34. Not only were the solid season debuts in the event for the duo that is recovering from injury, but the times were good enough to secure 100-meter NCAA East Preliminary qualifying marks.

Also on the men’s side, Michael Cherry earned a 400-meter dash victory in 46.46, which was a strong effort in windy conditions.

Der’Renae Freeman led a trio of Seminoles into the finals of the women’s long jump and won with a lifetime-best mark of 6.40 meters (21-0), while Jogaile Petrokaite was fourth with a season-best 6.09 (19-11.25) and Grete Sadeiko was seventh (5.94m/19-6).

Funderburk was not to be denied, despite lining up alongside one-time NCAA champion Ashley Spencer of Texas, in the 400. Her strong finish produced a mark that has been eclipsed by only one other Seminole – two-time Olympian Marita Payne (49.11). It is also the fifth-fastest 400 collegiately this season for Funderburk, who contributed a leg to FSU’s winning 4x400 (3:44.03).

“That’s a great win with a great time,” Braman said. “She took it early on and never really have any targets….No one helped her to that time. It might as well have been an open track. That was really exciting.”

Chelsea Jarvis and Sydnee Over authored a 1-2 finish in the 800, coming across in 2:09.31 and 2:10.07.

In the field events at Texas, Markindey Sineus and Jonathan Reid scored individual wins in the hammer and triple jump, respectively. Sineus had a winning mark of 60.61 meters (198-10), while Reid put together a leap of 15.69m (51-5.75).

Among other impressive scoring marks, Emmanuel Onyia placed sixth in the men’s discus with a new lifetime-best mark of 55.33 (181-6), which gives him sole possession of sixth on FSU’s all-time list. James Rhoden was the runner-up in the 400 hurdles (52.33), which should get him into the NCAA East Preliminary meet.

“We had some real good things,” Braman said. “Onyia’s discus throw and Der’Renae’s long jump were huge. Obviously, the guys did a good job in the 100 and the 4x100 and Rhoden did a real good job in the 400 hurdles and probably got a regional mark.

“It was a good meet. I think we stepped forward.”

It was very much the same at Stanford.

“The women out west had the bigger meet, to be sure,” said Braman, where quite obviously Quigley was outstanding.

Three other Noles also produced season breakthroughs.

Pippa Woolven (10:10.17), Chelsi Woodruff (10:14.83) and Bridget Blake (10:16.90) all registered season-best standards in the steeplechase, with Woodruff and Blake enjoying lifetime-best marks.

Georgia Peel broke free for her second consecutive season-best mark in the 1500, finishing second among collegians in a pro-heavy heat at 4:16.97. Linden Hall continued her comeback with a season-best in the 1500 (4:21.78).

Jake Burton was a wire-to-wire 800-meter heat winner in a new personal-best of 1:48.55.

Then there was Jack Goodwin, whose outdoor season debut produced a solid 14:14.20 in the 5000. Fellow Brit Zak Seddon was 10th in the men’s steeplechase in 8:42.75.

Event 1 - 100 Meters
==============================================================
Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  1    Kendal Williams                 10.09             10
  2    Cejhae Greene                   10.25              8
  4    Trentavis Friday                10.34              5

Event 2 - 200 Meters
======================================================
Place  Name                               Results     
======================================================
 17    Stephen Sutherland              21.56             
 19    Alistair Moona                  21.58w            

Event 3 - 400 Meters
======================================================
Place  Name                               Results     
======================================================
  1    Michael Cherry                  46.46             
 13    Ricardo Roy                     48.40             
 14    Chris Rose                      48.51             

Event 4 - 800 Meters
==============================================================
Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  5    Matt Magee                    1:51.03              4

Event 5 - 1500 Meters
======================================================
Place  Name                               Results     
======================================================
 11    Bryce Kelley                  3:51.17             
 23    Grant Nykaza                  4:00.00             

Event 6 - 400 Meter Hurdles
==============================================================
Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  2    James Rhoden                    52.33              8

Event 7 - 4x100-Meter Relay
==============================================================
Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  1    Relay Team A                    39.46             10
       1) Kendal Williams
       2) Cejhae Greene
       3) Alistair Moona
       4) Trentavis Friday

Event 8 - 4x400-Meter Relay
==============================================================
Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  3    Relay Team A                  3:10.41              6
       1) Chris Rose
       2) Ricardo Roy
       3) Alistair Moona
       4) Stephen Sutherland

Event 9 - High Jump
==============================================================
Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  8    Nicholas Medich                6- 6.75    2.00m    1

Event 10 - Long Jump
==============================================================
Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  7    Stefan Brits                  24- 2.25    7.37m    2

Event 11 - Triple Jump
==============================================================
Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  1    Jonathan Reid                 51- 5.75   15.69m   10

Event 12 - Shot Put
==============================================================
Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  5    Austin Droogsma               57- 5      17.50m    4
  8    Ben Bonhurst                  55- 6.50   16.93m    1

Event 13 - Discus
==============================================================
Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  6    Emmanuel Onyia               181- 6      55.33m    4

Event 14 - Hammer
==============================================================
Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  1    Markindey Sineus             198-10      60.61m   10

Event 15 - Javelin
==============================================================
Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  2    Morne Moolman                216- 6      65.98m    8


UNF INVITE
05/08/2015, Jacksonville, Fl

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Vaulters Soar To New Heights In Regular Season Finale.

JACKSONVILLE, FL – For three seasons Florida State teammates Karly Jackson and Hannah Acton have been pushing each other to greater heights in the pole vault. On Friday at the UNF Region Preview meet the Seminole duo were in synch for a breakthrough performance.

Jackson and Acton set new personal-bests, each clearing 4.05 meters – 13-feet, 3.50-inches – for a 1-2 finish in the final tune-up before next week’s Atlantic Coast Conference Championships at Mike Long Track.

“Karly and Hannah have been jumping well all year and they’ve just been waiting and waiting for this one big breakthrough,” FSU coach Bob Braman said. “They got it today and looked really good at the next bar.”

Jackson earned the victory with a major improvement on her previous career-best of 4.00 meters outdoors, while Acton built on her previous-best of 4.02 meters. They now share the No. 3 spot on Florida State’s all-time list behind school record-holder Lacy Janson (4.58m) and Liz Mabry (4.06).

Perhaps more importantly, with an eye on next week’s team title defense, they moved into a share of the No. 8 spot on the 2015 ACC list of top marks. On top of that, both juniors – Jackson is a redshirt – are sure to advance to the NCAA East Preliminary meet, which will be contest back at UNF from May 28-30.

Jackson’s win wasn’t the only one on the day for the Noles. Garrett Singletary came up just short of a new season-best in the javelin, capturing the event with a throw of 61.96 meters (203-3). Chad DaCosta won the shot put (16.45m/52-11.75), but his runner-up performance in the discus (54.10m/177-6) was just three centimeters off his season-best throw.

Victoria Reiman came up just shy of a season-best with a top discus throw of 43.00 meters (141-1) on her final attempt to place fifth.

“In discus, with Tori and Chad, we were trying to get season-bests and some momentum for the conference meet,” Braman said.

Junior Kiara Wright made her long-awaited season debut in the high jump count, winning with a leap of 1.73 meters (5-8).

“It was great to get Kiara out there and put her in position where she can score in the conference meet after her season-opener with volleyball over now.”

Several Florida State athletes, who are currently competing unattached, also recorded wins. Kellion Knibb captured the discus (55.15m/180-10) at the same venue where she set the Jamaican national record last May. Freshman Michael Hall, who is sitting out as a redshirt, won the 1500 meters in a US Junior Championships qualifying time of 3:48.55.

“We got some things done and we had some other people come and get some work done,” Braman said. “It was a small group but we got a lot of productivity out of it. Hopefully we’ve got some extra momentum as we attempt to win next week.”

Event 1 - 100 Meters
======================================================
Place  Name                               Results     
======================================================
 20    Jamal Pitts                     11.14             

Event 2 - 1500 Meters
======================================================
Place  Name                               Results     
======================================================
  9    Abdin Fator                   4:02.34             

Event 3 - Shot Put
==============================================================
Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  1    Chadrick DaCosta              53-11.75   16.45m   10

Event 4 - Discus
==============================================================
Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  2    Chadrick DaCosta             177- 6      54.10m    8

Event 5 - Javelin
==============================================================
Place  Name                               Results       Points
==============================================================
  1    Garrett Singletary           203- 3      61.96m   10
  3    Matthew Boone                167-10      51.17m    6


ACC OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS, 1st place
05/16/2015, TALLAHASSEE, FL, May 14-16, 2015

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Sineus Lights Fuse, Long Jumpers Provide Fireworks.
Ramsey, Freeman win long jump titles as ACC meet begins.

May 14, 2015

TALLAHASSEE, FL - With a yell that echoed throughout Mike Long Track, Florida State senior Markindey Sineus announced the Seminoles' bid for an Atlantic Coast Conference title was on early Thursday morning.

Competing at home for the final time in his career, Sineus' fourth-place finish in the hammer - behind a lifetime-best mark of 64.08 meters (210-3) - set the tone as the defending champion FSU men carry the lead into second day of the ACC Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

"I loved his spontaneous response with the ball still in the air, he's just screaming in the Hulk position, 'Let's, go!'" FSU coach Bob Braman said of the team's emotional leader. "He knew he had got one off.

"It's that competitive thing; the message that your leadoff hitter sends to the rest of the team. Then we came right into the long jump and after the long rain delay, we go boom-boom-boom. Our first three jumps weren't our best, but after one first rotation we were 1-2-3. That was like, 'We're ready to jump; we're running with this.'"

Jalen Ramsey led a dominating performance by the Noles in the men's long jump, claiming his second ACC title of the year with an outdoor-best mark of 7.96m (26-1.50), with teammates Stefan Brits (7.51m/24-7.75) and Paul Madzivire (7.49m/24-7) finishing third and fourth.

Backing up his ACC indoor title, which he followed up with an All-American effort at nationals, was Ramsey's goal from the start. It clearly didn't matter that he spent most of the spring shutting down wide receivers on the football field from his cornerback spot.

"As a two-sport athlete I don't get to practice as much as a full-time track athlete, so that's a huge achievement for me," Ramsey said. "I just know that I'm blessed and I can't help but smile…

"Hopefully those points will come up big and we can get a team 'W.' What really motivated me most was winning indoor. I wanted to win outdoors as well; I wanted to double-up and that was the most important thing."

That 21-point haul in a single event, plus five from Sineus, accounted for all 26 of the 15th-ranked Seminoles' points - good enough for an eight-point lead over 13th-ranked Virginia and Syracuse, who are tied for second with 18.

There was a lot of good karma left behind in the long jump pit by the men as Seminole junior Der'Renae Freeman successfully defended her ACC title. Freeman overcame a sluggish start in the prelims to take the lead on her fifth attempt and put the competition well behind with her sixth, as she leaped to victory in 6.33 meters (20-9.25). As an added bonus, freshman Jogaile Petrokaite came through with a seventh-place finish (6.00/19-8.25).

Their contributions overcame some early disappointments as the 15th-ranked Seminole women will start Day 2 of the three-day affair tied for third place with 14 points. Miami leads the way with 19, followed by Louisville (15). The Noles are deadlocked with Syracuse.

In addition to the 12-point haul in the long jump, the Noles received seventh-place points from Katja Vangsnes in the women's hammer.

"We came in probably dead even with Clemson and Miami and come out of today and we're chasing those two, but it's not going to take a big score to win. If you get to 100 points you can win."

Braman, however, is quite comfortable with the firepower the Seminole women have at their disposal, most of whom were on-point during qualifying round action.

Sage Watson and Colleen Quigley secured the top marks in the 400 hurdles and 1500-meter preliminaries in 57.87 and 4:19.11, respectively, while Kala Funderburk was second-fastest qualifier in the 200 (23.52) and will be joined in the final by Kali Davis-White (23.86), who was not seeded among the top eight.

Defending ACC heptathlon champion Grete Sadeiko did not get her seven-event competition off on the best of starts, but through four events she is in third place with 3,365 points, just one point away from second place and 186 behind leader and favorite Xenia Rahn of North Carolina.

"We've got some chasing to do and you've got two days to do it," Braman said of the women. "We have to get close tomorrow and then try and snag what you can down the stretch.

"The one thing that we do have is big hitters. We've got Kala, Sage, Colleen and those kind of athletes. There's another area for us to hit a big home run and that's the pole vault, where it's a really tight bunch. It's a good event, but you're on your home runway. If you PB like you did last week, you're going to be fourth or fifth. It's a big deal."

As big deals go, the qualifying efforts of the Florida State men served notice that the Seminoles won't be an easy out in their chase for a 12th ACC title.

Trentavis Friday (20.63) and fellow freshman Kendal Williams (20.77) are heading to Saturday's 200-meter final, automatically advancing after heat victories.

Friday's performance - good enough for a NCAA East Prelim qualifying mark - continued a positive trend for the talented youngster who has battled through an injury suffered during the indoor season.

"It's good to be back," Friday said after finishing his first 200 of the season. "I'm not only trying to come out here and do well for myself, but be a good contributor to me team. I feel pretty good after that deuce."

Braman was especially pleased with the way the sprinters responded in the wake of the long jump performance by Ramsey & Co.

"Everybody felt really good after that [long jump]," Braman said. "Then the 200-meter guys grabbed that juice and just completely ran with it."

James Rhoden is also headed to his first ACC final in the 400-meter hurdles, posting a lifetime-best time of 52.15 to qualify fifth. He entered the meet as the No. 7 seed.

Braman likes the way the Noles are positioned on the men's side.

"We had a fantastic day and those first two events not only put the tipping of the dope [projections] sheet in our favor, but it really gave everybody an idea of what Florida State does," he said.

As for the women, he isn't ready to write off a repeat title either.

"We've got a lot of places to get points," Braman added. "You've got two full days to do it and you've got some really great athletes. You've got people like Kala Funderburk, who is going to try and put 20 points plus a relay on the board. We'd like to be in a better position now, but if you ask Clemson and Miami, they'd probably thought they would be in a better position spot, too."


Seminoles Charge Into Position To Defend ACC Track Titles.
Big efforts, strong qualifying bode well for second-place men, women.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Saturday's forecast calls for rain and one heck of a team battle for the Atlantic Coast Conference Track & Field Championships, where the Florida State men's and women's teams are positioned to become the first to sweep conference team titles on their home track.

Defending champions on both sides, the Seminoles are chasing the lead from a strong position following Friday's action at Mike Long Track. FSU's 15th-ranked men trail No. 13 Virginia by two points, 48-46, while the 15th-ranked Seminole women trail No. 24 North Carolina by six points, 42-36.

Both squads came through a three-hour weather delay in the middle of the qualifying-heavy day armed for championship runs.

Led by top qualifier Kendal Williams (10.18) the Seminoles qualified four men for the 100-meter dash finals. Trentavis Friday (10.32) and Cejhae Greene (10.37) were joined by Jalen Ramsey (10.69), who grabbed the eighth and final qualifying spot by .003 seconds. Not only was Virginia shut out of the 100 final, but the same FSU quartet will be a heavy favorite to win the 4x100 relay as well.

"I've been waiting all year for everybody else to come out here with me and show we've got the speed and show we've got a great sprint program here," said Williams, who is glad to have Friday and Greene back in gear after seasons slowed by injury. "We've got a real good chance of winning the title overall…We'll see what happens for here."

The Seminoles hold a two-to-one advantage in the 800 over the Cavaliers with ACC indoor champion and top-qualifier Jake Burton (1:48. 94) and defending outdoor champion Otniel Teixeira (1:50.19) both faster than Virginia's lone qualifier. Sophomore Michael Cherry qualified second for the 400-meter final (45.98), two spots in front of the Virginia's Payton Hazzard, who won the indoor title at the same distance.

"When you get into a rainy situation you've got to battle," FSU coach Bob Braman said. "I feel bad for the field event guys because they competed so hard and we lost some ground there, but we had great things happen in the 100, the 800…Michael Cherry looked completely in control.

"All of the sprint group was on their money, and it carried over to the women. The women qualified well."

Perhaps more importantly, the Noles qualified better against the leading Tar Heels for Saturday's final.

Junior Kala Funderburk laid down the third-fastest qualifying mark in the 400 (52.71), easily controlling her heat victory in an event where UNC will not have a representative. Kali Davis-White (11.76) and Der'Renae Freeman (11.81) qualified fifth and seventh for the 100-meter final which lacks a Tar Heel competitor.

Nicole Setterington qualified fourth-fastest (13.54) for the 100-meter hurdle finals, while UNC's top qualifier was seventh.

One of the days' biggest surprises came in the women's 800, where sophomore Sydnee Over pared nearly four second off her previous collegiate best to qualify second in 2:04.92, where she will be joined by Chelsea Jarvis (2:07.83).

"I went into it like I don't have a regional time, I wasn't picked to go to the final, so I have nothing to lose," Over said. "I just said, 'Forget about it. I'm just going to run as fast as I can and hope I can either qualify or get to the final.'… I crossed the line and thought I was going to cry."

"That was just monster, to sit on Virginia Tech's Hannah Green, who was the ACC indoor champion and an All-American, and you keep waiting for her to lose," Braman said of Over's effort. "Then she has the audacity in the last 100 meters to try and run her down. It was a three-and-a-half second personal best and probably something we've seen coming."

Those efforts bode well for a strong finish in head-to-head match-ups.

Of course neither squad would be positioned for championships without some strong efforts in events that wrapped up Friday.

Zak Seddon put a cap on the night for the Noles with a strong runner-up finish to Louisville's Edwin Kibichiy in 8:36.75 as the race was decided in the final 150 meters. Cristobal Hurtado-Arteaga overcame a sluggish start in the high jump to finish fourth after clearing 2.05 meters (6-8.75).

In a rain-soaked shot put final, the Seminole men were outscored by Virginia 16-7, though freshman Ben Bonhurst (17.60/57-9) and senior Stargell Williams (17.57/57-7.25) rallied late to finish fifth and sixth. That disparity led to the Cavaliers' end-of-day advantage.

"One of the things that is probably frustrating for our kids who have competed so well all year is that you get into a rainy shot put, conditions we haven't had all year," Braman said. "If anybody thinks that's not a factor I remember the year that Garrett Johnson and Dorian Scott were two of the top picks at the NCAA meet. Dorian gets one point and Garrett, one of the favorites, doesn't make the final."

Grete Sadeiko began the day for the Seminole women by closing out a silver medal finish in the heptathlon (5,551 points) with her fastest 800-meter final in three years to hold off a pair of challengers.

"I would have been miserable if the 800 had gone bad, too," said Sadeiko, who labored through the two-day competition. "I would have beat myself up for a long time."

There was no more emotional moment for the Seminoles on the second day of competition than fifth-year senior Chelsi Woodruff's third-place finish in the steeplechase. Scoring for the first time at an ACC Championship in her career, Woodruff notched a personal-best (10:13.69) and was followed by Pippa Woolven (sixth, 10:16.67) and Bridget Blake (eighth, 10:22.44) as the Noles picked up 10 points for a five-point advantage over the Tar Heels.

"I couldn't be more happy," said Woodruff, with tears of joy in her eyes. "I can't explain how amazing this experience has been. Having coach [Terry] Long and Josh [Seitz] tell me, 'You can do this,' really sparked it. I just have a lot more confidence and belief in my ability now."

"She's the Tracy Pepoon Award-winner for guts and courage as a True Seminole," Braman said. "That's what her award was in cross country and that's what she was on the track today."

Capping the day two scoring performances for the Seminole women was another fifth-year senior - Lakitta Johnson - who summoned up her best shot put on her final attempt, climbing from eighth-place to fifth with a throw of 15.45 meters (50-8.25).

"She was in a boot a week ago," Braman said of Johnson.

Now the Seminoles turn their attention to a big final day at Mike Long Track.

"We're positioned well, but most of the finals are tomorrow and you're going to have some sort of stop, go, shutdown with rain at some point," Braman said. "I was very happy how we handled our business. I'm very pleased."

The only thing that might the Seminoles in a sunnier mood would be finishing off a pair of successful title defenses, regardless what the weather brings.


Seminole Men Win 11th ACC Outdoor Track & Field Title.
FSU scores four wins on final day at over-flowing Mike Long Track.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Erasing a two-point deficit before the sun hit the mid-day sky, the Florida State men's track & field team spent the twilight hours of Saturday basking in an 11th Atlantic Coast Conference Championship coronation.

The Seminoles were celebrating in style before an overflow crowd at Mike Long Track, grabbing a cooler and dousing coach Bob Braman, singing the Warchant and performing 'The Rock' as they have now done 12 times in the last 14 years. This one was even more special with dozens of FSU track alumni on hand to see the Noles pile up 90 points on the final day, pulling away from Friday leader Virginia for a 36-point margin of victory and third consecutive title.

There was no looking back after taking the lead in the opening event of the day as Morne Moolman and Garrett Singletary combined for seven points in the javelin. Expanding the margin after Jonathan Reid's runner-up finish in the triple jump, the Seminoles were rolling in momentum when the action shifted to the track.

Jalen Ramsey, Cejhae Greene, Kendal Williams and Trentavis Friday took that momentum to a new level, racing to the win with nation's fourth-fastest 4x100 relay time (39.28) this season. Michael Cherry was the next Seminole on the track and the sophomore wasted no time delivering the Seminoles their second victory, powering up the homestretch to the roar of the crowd for the 400 win in 45.43.

"I learned how to run my race and not worry about anybody else," said Cherry, after turning back a field which included four of the nation's top 15 quarter-milers. "At the 200 I was in perfect position and I just ran the third 100 and came home. I saw coach Ken [Harnden] coming up the home straight and just kept pumping."

The Seminole men would not score another win, but that would continue to pile up the points across a multitude of events, but none were bigger than the 100-meter dash. With four runners in one of the fastest collegiate 100s in history, Williams and Friday finished 2-3 in 9.98 and 10.17 to Clemson's Tevin Hester, whose winning time of 9.87 would have been a collegiate record if not for an illegal win (+2.1) by the narrowest of margins.

Factoring in contributions from Jalen Ramsey (10.61 seventh) and Greene, the Seminoles amassed 17 points to all but build an insurmountable lead.

"The sprint guys were the big point scorers," Braman said. "We scored in every area and had great performances in every area. How much better than Kendal Williams do you have to be? That's the best freshman in America, by far. That's an unbelievable double at the highest level.

"Getting Trent back to a 10.17 from where he came from was huge. And we really wanted Michael Cherry to have a chance to win on his home track against some really good people. He comes out, measures himself, follows the race plan and comes home and does a great job."

Williams added a runner-up finish in the 200 (20.26), posting the No. 6 time in the Seminoles' rich history.

As for the 9.98, Williams wished it would have been wind-legal, though he can hardly argue with his own performance.

"My freshman year is definitely developing really well, if not better than I expected," Williams said. "I wanted to win, but I still came out here and gave it my best effort. I can't be upset about that."

The Jacksonville native followed the 2-3 finish from Jake Burton (1:48.90) and Otniel Teixeira (1:49.08), adding 14 points to the growing margin as Virginia could not muster any sort of rally.

"I knew that we were going to have a really good meet to beat Virginia," Braman said. "Virginia got most of their points. They didn't get all of them, but if we didn't have a good meet they would have been on us."

Rounding on the on-track scoring for the Seminole men were Jack Goodwin the 5,000 (fourth, 14:08.24) and the 4x400 relay team was seventh.

Mix in Jonathan Reid's runner-up finish in the triple jump (16.01m/52-6.50) and Emmanuel Oniya's fifth-place finish in the discus - in a personal-best 55.51 meters (182-1) - and you have the perfect recipe for another Seminole ACC triumph.

"We pride ourselves so much on the outdoor season," Braman said. "The outdoor ACC meet is always our first-step focal point."

Very much like the men, the Seminole women were poised to overcome an early deficit. Trailing North Carolina by six points (42-36) when the day began, FSU put on a big push to take an early lead before ultimately finishing second to Clemson's dominating 108.5-point final day performance, despite scoring in 11 of 13 final-day events.

"I thought 100 points for the women would be a good score and we nearly did that," said Braman, whose Seminole women were on the short end of a 113-.5-94.5 final margin.

With Colleen Quigley and Sage Watson providing victories in the 1500 and 400-meter hurdles, the Noles were in front ever-so-briefly. They could not, however, overcome the late-day assault by the Tigers.

Clemson scored 16 points in the 100, then moved the to the front to stay with 26 points in the triple jump sandwiched around Natoya Goule's fourth-place 400 performance and her 800-victory.

"Goule was unbelievable," Braman said. "She had 15 points in 20 minutes and then they put 26 on the board."

Not even Quigley's wire-to-wire win in the 1500 (4:14.09) and Watson's lifetime-best 56.68 400 hurdles win - which ranks No. 3 all-time among Noles - could hold off Clemson.

"Kala didn't get the win - she didn't get what she came in for - but we gave her that tough assignment," Braman said. "She was parlay that to some big success at the national level.

"Colleen was big and Sage was huge. I felt like the women really dug in. We had a couple early hiccups, but we kept banging."

Providing the source of some early momentum were the Seminole field event personnel. Karly Jackson (4.11m/13-5.75) moved into the No. 2 spot all-time in the pole vault to finish seventh and Hannah Acton (4.01m) tied for eighth. Kiara Wright was seventh in the high jump and Victoria Reiman was eighth in the discus after making the finals for the first time. An NCAA East qualifying time by the 4x100 (45.09) was good for fourth place, and so was Nicole Setterington's 13.57 in the 100-meter hurdles.

It was that kind of day where the Seminole ladies went largely unrewarded - in terms of big points - despite out-performing their predicting finishes.

Funderburk was third in the 400 (51.81) and second in the 200 (23.34). The Noles scored two runners in both the 100 - Der'Renae Freeman was sixth (11.76) and Kali Davis-White was eighth - and later came back for eighth in the 200 despite a leg injury.

A 6-8 finish by Sydnee Over (2:06.29) and Chelsea Jarvis (2:07.27) led up to the night-ending seventh-place showing in the 4x400 relay.

Braman could not have been happier with how the entire three-day meet unfolded.

"We were pretty loose," he said. "When we got on the track to compete we didn't treat it like practice. The lights were on. We came out and got after it.

"We had a great crowd. We had a ton of alumni here. That was a big boost."

The immediate focus turns to the NCAA East Preliminary meet, May 28-30 in Jacksonville's UNF, which is the first part of the final step on the road to Eugene, Ore. for the NCAA Championships.

"I'm really excited about the future, but the conference gets better and better," Braman said.

Some things - like a winning performance by the Seminole men and a gritty run at the top by the women - don't change.

Event 1 - 100 Meters
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
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  2    Kendal Williams                  9.98w             8
  3    Trentavis Friday                10.17w             6
  7    Jalen Ramsey                    10.61w             2
  8    Cejhae Greene                   10.37              1
 14    Paul Madzivire                  10.96             

Event 2 - 200 Meters
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
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  2    Kendal Williams                 20.26              8
  8    Trentavis Friday                20.63             
  9    Stephen Sutherland              21.36             
 13    Alistair Moona                  21.65             

Event 3 - 400 Meters
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
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  1    Michael Cherry                  45.82             10
 19    Chris Rose                      48.19             
 21    Alistair Moona                  48.26             
 22    Ricardo Roy                     48.37             

Event 4 - 800 Meters
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
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  2    Jake Burton                   1:48.90              8
  3    Otniel Teixeira               1:49.08              6
 13    Matt Magee                    1:51.47             

Event 5 - 1500 Meters
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Place  Name                               Results     
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 15    Zak Seddon                    3:47.18             
 25    Bryce Kelley                  3:53.96             

Event 6 - 3000 Meter Steeplechase
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
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  2    Zak Seddon                    8:36.75              8
 10    Antony Taylor                 9:19.31             

Event 7 - 5000 Meters
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
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  4    Jack Goodwin                 14:08.24              5

Event 9 - 400 Meter Hurdles
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
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  5    James Rhoden                    52.15              4

Event 10 - 4x100-Meter Relay
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
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  1    Relay Team A                    39.28             10
       1) Jalen Ramsey
       2) Cejhae Greene
       3) Kendal Williams
       4) Trentavis Friday

Event 11 - 4x400-Meter Relay
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
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  7    Relay Team A                  3:10.07              2
       1) Chris Rose
       2) Alistair Moona
       3) Ricardo Roy
       4) Stephen Sutherland

Event 12 - Long Jump
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
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  1    Jalen Ramsey                  26- 1.50    7.96m   10
  3    Stefan Brits                  24- 7.50    7.51m    6
  4    Paul Madzivire                24- 7       7.49m    5

Event 13 - Triple Jump
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
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  2    Jonathan Reid                 52- 6.25   16.01m    8

Event 14 - High Jump
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
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  4    Cristobal Hurtado-Arteaga      6- 8.75    2.05m    5
  9    Nicholas Medich                6- 7.50    2.02m   

Event 16 - Shot Put
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
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  5    Ben Bonhurst                  57- 9      17.60m    4
  6    Stargell Williams             57- 7.75   17.57m    3
  9    Chadrick DaCosta              56- 2.75   17.14m   
 10    Austin Droogsma               55- 7.75   16.96m   
 11    Emmanuel Onyia                54-10.25   16.72m   

Event 17 - Discus
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
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  4    Emmanuel Onyia               182- 1      55.51m    5
 10    Austin Droogsma              169-10      51.76m   
 14    Chadrick DaCosta             165- 6      50.45m   
 20    Stargell Williams            160- 3      48.86m   

Event 18 - Hammer
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
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  4    Markindey Sineus             210- 3      64.08m    5

Event 19 - Javelin
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
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  4    Morne Moolman                221-11      67.64m    5
  7    Garrett Singletary           211- 0      64.32m    2


NCAA EAST
05/30/2015, May 28-30, 2015, Jacksonville, Fl

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Seminole Jumpers Land Trio Of NCAA Championship Spots.
Funderburk, Williams, Cherry and Watson shine in first-round action.
May 28, 2015

JACKSONVILLE, FL - The plane to the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships is already filling up with Seminoles, thanks to a trio of long jumpers who took flight Thursday with an historic performance.

Jalen Ramsey, Stefan Brits and Paul Madzivire took care of one quarter of the qualifying spots at the NCAA East Preliminary, finishing fourth, seventh and eighth out of a field of 48 competitors.

It marks the first time in the programs' rich jumps history under assistant Dennis Nobles that the Noles will have three competitors in the event.

"It's never happened in school history, so that's exciting," FSU coach Bob Braman said. "They'll have each other to be together at the national meet, which really helps. Those guys are all potential national scorers and we knew Paul and Stefan are special when they're healthy. This is just the next step - senior, senior and NFL first-round draft pick. They will all go out together."

Brits and Madzivire, who have overcome significant medical setbacks, posted season-best jumps of 7.65 meters (25-1.25) and 7.64 (25-0.75) out of the second of four flights. Not only did they overcome long odds - they were seeded 30th and 34th entering the meet - but they did it on just three jump attempts.

Ramsey, the third seed but competing in just his second meet of the outdoor season, improved each round in the fourth and final flight. The sophomore will now have an opportunity to follow up his fourth-place finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships with another All-American opportunity.

"It's not only huge to get three, but you get two out of the second flight," Braman added. "Our people did not shy away from the moment."

The Seminoles were solid on what was largely a day of first-round qualifying.

Redshirt junior Kala Funderburk led the way, posting the top 400-meter time of the day by matching her season-best at 51.72 to move on to Friday's quarterfinal round.

"It felt pretty easy," said Funderburk, who automatically advanced to the next round by cruising to her heat win. "It felt like a really fast track….

"I put a lot of trust in coach Ken [Harnden] and the race plan. The fact that I was able to run that time in a prelim, and feel like I have a great chance for the finals, I feel confident."

Freshman Kendal Williams did not disappoint the hometown crowd. The Jacksonville native qualified second overall in the 100-meter dash, looking back over his shoulder as he won his heat in 10.13.

"It's nice running in front of the home crowd," said Williams, who won five of his six state titles at Stanton Prep on the Hodges Stadium track at UNF. "It's nice having the memories here, because this is the place where I ran my first 20 (second 200) and my first 100 state championship. There are good memories out here.

"[The crowd] showed me the love and support and I really appreciate it. It's kind of like they're all my family."

"Kala Funderburk might have been as impressive as anybody," Braman said. "Kendal looked incredible. Our two big, big splashers - even though we knew it - were Kala's 51.72 looking nice and Kendal running 10.13. They really controlled it and hit big, big marks."

So did Michael Cherry, who came into the 400-meter dash seeded third and won his heat with the third-fastest time of the event (45.99) to move on to Friday's quarterfinal.

Redshirt sophomore Sage Watson got the first round qualifying barrage started, winning her heat in the 400-meter hurdles in 57.01. Watson came into the meet as the No. 3 seed and her heat-winning time stood up as fourth-fastest going into Friday's quarterfinals.

The Seminole women will have a chance to keep their lengthy streak of NCAA Championship qualifiers in the 1500 going, thanks to strong qualifying performances by Linden Hall and Georgia Peel.

Racing out of the same heat, with the top five advancing to Saturday's quarterfinal, Hall posted a season-best 4:21.56 to finish second and Peel was fifth in 4:21.93.

"The ladies in the 1500 looked spectacular," Braman said. Linden Hall looked like the 2014 Linden Hall. And Georgia really atoned for her stumble and fall at the ACC meet. She was not going to be denied."

Hall, who was third at the NCAA Championships last season, came into the meet as the No. 27 seed, while Peel was seeded 11th. They qualified eighth and 14th on time, respectively.

Closing out the night in the 800 for the Noles, Jake Burton matched his season-best in 1:48.55 and Otniel Teixeira ran 1:48.74, with each advancing on time to Friday's quarterfinal. They made the field of 24 despite entering the meet seeded 28th and 29th.

"I'm real proud of the kids and proud of the coaches," Braman said. "They had us well-prepared."


Seminoles Qualify Eight More For NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Seddon, Funderburk and Williams claim top qualifying marks; Quigley second.

May 29, 2015

JACKSONVILLE, FL - Florida State junior Zak Seddon capped a huge day of NCAA Championship qualifying performances Friday, posting the top time in the 3000-meter steeplechase in the final race of the night at UNF's Hodges Stadium.

Seddon's last lap charge and win in 8:34.84 set a new stadium record and pushed the Seminoles total of NCAA qualifiers to 11; eight of which came during Friday's action-packed competition at the NCAA East Preliminary. Florida State teammates Kala Funderburk and Kendal Williams also posted the top marks in their respective 400- and 100-meter performances. Funderburk also set the Hodges Stadium record in the 400, winning in a lifetime-best 51.09, which ranks No. 7 in the world, No. 5 in the United States and No. 3 in the NCAA this season.

Williams, the Jacksonville native, won his 100-meter heat going away in 10.11, then came back to post a quarterfinal qualifying mark in the 200-meter dash (20.62).

"Zak's heat win was an appropriate finish to a fantastic day for our team," FSU coach Bob Braman said. "I absolutely loved how all event areas were competing at their absolute best…We got a lot done."

Senior Colleen Quigley secured her third career trip to the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 3000-meter steeplechase with a commanding heat win in 9:38.24; a time that stood as the second-fastest of the night. Her performance followed redshirt sophomore Sage Watson's qualifying effort in the 400-meter hurdles. Watson raced to the fifth-fastest time in the field (56.93) and a return trip to Eugene, Ore. after missing last year due to injury.

Michael Cherry had to sweat out the final heat of the 400 after his fourth-place heat finish in 46.11 required him to grab one of the final three qualifying spots on time. The sophomore standout nabbed the 12th and final qualifying spot for his second consecutive championship appearance.

One night after the Florida State men qualified three for the championship in the long jump, the Seminole ladies nailed down a pair of spots. Junior Der'Renae Freeman (6.26 meters/20-6.50) claimed the No. 4 seed and a repeat trip, where she will be joined by freshman Jogaile Petrokaite. Through two jumps Petrokaite was in last place following a pair of fouls, but the youngster from Lithuania summoned her best effort on her third and final attempt, leaping 6.08m (19-11.50) to claim an 11th-place finish.

"All of our sprinters and hurdlers had fantastic days, and obviously the two long jumpers," Braman said. "Five long jump qualifiers has to be a national lead. We batted 1,000 on the sprint-hurdle side and tomorrow we've got a couple of fired up relay teams."


Relay Teams Open, Close Big Final NCAA Qualifying Day For Noles.
FSU men and women turn in most impressive qualifying effort since 2011.

JACKSONVILLE, FL - Florida State's makeshift men's 4x100 relay set the tone for Saturday's NCAA East Preliminary finale and the Seminoles didn't stop until the women's 4x400 relay turned the lights out at UNF's Hodges Stadium with the fastest performance by an FSU team in more than 30 years.

"This feels as good as we've qualified in the last three years in terms of numbers and definitely in terms of quality performances," Florida State track & field coach Bob Braman said, assessing the three-day performance of his men and women. "This is the best we've had a squad compete in the national qualifying meet since we last challenged for a title in 2011."

It's hard to argue otherwise given a three-day effort which produced 18 NCAA Outdoor Championships qualifying spots, including the aforementioned relay teams and four individuals on a dramatic final day of action.

The day began with a bang as the 4x100 team of Kendal Williams, Alistair Moona, Jalen Ramsey and Kevin Sutherland ran 39.55 to qualify fifth overall; just one spot behind where the Noles were seeded despite the absence of proven stars Trentavis Friday and Cejhae Greene.

Braman called it, "maybe the gutsiest performance of the entire meet."

Of course that claim was made before the Noles qualified the 27th-seeded women's 1500-meter runner, the 38th-seeded men's 5,000-meter man and finished off the night with the 18th-seeded 4x400 relay team recording just the eighth sub-3:30 time in the country this season.

Senior Elizabeth Ichite, sophomore Sage Watson, freshman Helene Swanepoel and senior Kala Funderburk secured a spot at the NCAA Championships by winning the first of three qualifying heats in 3:29.85. The fastest effort by a Seminole quartet since 1984 was good enough for No. 5 on FSU's all-time list.

"It was amazing!" Ichite said. "We knew we were ready to go fast; we knew a fast time was coming, but that 3:29 was definitely a surprise. We're all very excited and ready to go faster.

"It's an honor to be competing at the same level as the FSU legends that came before us, and we're very excited to chase down that school record. The entire team has been fired up all week in Jacksonville and that fire was truly contagious."

There was no shortage of evidence.

Senior Linden Hall grabbed the first individual qualifying mark of the final day, securing the last spot on time in the 1500 with her season-best 4:16.97. The bronze medalist in the 1500 at last year's NCAA Championships, Hall finished seventh in the blistering first of two heats Saturday, which proved to be the seventh-fastest time of the meet as well.

"Linden Hall made a veteran move to fight all the way to the finish and that effort got her the last spot to nationals," Braman said.

In something of a similar scenario, junior Jack Goodwin - competing at his first NCAA East Preliminary meet - latched on to the lead pack in the wicked-quick second heat of the 5,000 and came home in a lifetime-best of 14:01.83. That was good enough for seventh in his heat and good enough to grab the final at-large spot as the No. 38 seed entering the meet.

In between the somewhat surprising performances, freshman Kendal Williams and senior Jonathan Reid handled their business like consummate professionals. Williams capped his qualifying sprint triple with the No. 7 time overall in the 200-meter quarterfinal (20.38).

Reid, who was the No. 7 seed entered in the triple jump, was ruthlessly efficient when he sailed 16.09 meters (52-9.50) on his first attempt to lock in his first NCAA Outdoor trip as a Seminole. Reid ended up as the No. 3 qualifier overall.

"Kendal Williams was simply spectacular all weekend," Braman said. "His performance compares closely with Walter Dix's freshman year...Jonathan was the savvy veteran today and took care of business on his first jump."

The Seminoles were clearly hitting on all cylinders, including the efforts of non-qualifiers like senior Stargell Williams, who posted a lifetime best shot put on the final throw of his career (18.09m/59-4.25) to finish 18th overall. That topped all four Seminole qualifiers in the event, though Williams was the 35th seed entering the meet and fourth on the team.

Florida State has a combined 18 qualifying spots for the June 10-13 NCAA Outdoor Championships at Eugene, which will be filled by 12 men and 11 women.

Event 1 - 100 Meters
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
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  1    Kendal Williams                 10.11             10

Event 2 - 200 Meters
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
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  6    Kendal Williams                 20.38              3

Event 3 - 400 Meters
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Place  Name                               Results     
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 12    Michael Cherry                  45.99             

Event 4 - 800 Meters
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Place  Name                               Results     
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 19    Jake Burton                   1:48.55             
 22    Otniel Teixeira               1:48.74             

Event 6 - 3000 Meter Steeplechase
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
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  1    Zak Seddon                    8:34.84             10

Event 7 - 5000 Meters
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Place  Name                               Results     
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 12    Jack Goodwin                 14:01.83             

Event 10 - 400 Meter Hurdles
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Place  Name                               Results     
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 36    James Rhoden                    52.80             

Event 11 - 4x100-Meter Relay
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
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  5    Relay Team A                    39.55              4
       1) Kendal Williams
       2) Alistair Moona
       3) Jalen Ramsey
       4) Stephen Sutherland

Event 13 - Long Jump
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
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  4    Jalen Ramsey                  25- 7.75    7.82m    5
  7    Stefan Brits                  25- 1.25    7.65m    2
  8    Paul Madzivire                25- 0.75    7.64m    1

Event 14 - Triple Jump
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
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  3    Jonathan Reid                 52- 9.50   16.09m    6

Event 17 - Shot Put
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Place  Name                               Results     
======================================================
 18    Stargell Williams             59- 4.25   18.09m   
 20    Ben Bonhurst                  59- 2.75   18.05m   
 25    Austin Droogsma               58- 3.25   17.76m   
 35    Emmanuel Onyia                55-10.75   17.04m   

Event 18 - Discus
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Place  Name                               Results     
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 25    Chadrick DaCosta             176- 8      53.86m   
 27    Emmanuel Onyia               175- 3      53.42m   
 28    Austin Droogsma              174- 6      53.20m   

Event 19 - Hammer
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Place  Name                               Results     
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 22    Markindey Sineus             204- 8      62.39m   

Event 20 - Javelin
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Place  Name                               Results     
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 21    Morne Moolman                212- 4      64.73m   


NCAA OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIP, 19th place
06/13/2015, June 10-13, 2015, Eugene, Or

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Williams, Seddon Perform Like Veterans As NCAA Championships Begin.
Freshman sprinter advances in 100, 200; Seddon in steeplechase.

June 10, 2015

EUGENE, OR - As the shadows settled on the track in front of the grandstand at Historic Hayward Field, Florida State freshman Kendal Williams emerged as the brightest light on the opening day of the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Performing like a seasoned veteran on the same track where he won a pair of World Junior Championships 11 months ago, the Jacksonville, Fla. native qualified for Friday's finals in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes, and came agonizingly close to leading the Seminoles' 4x100 relay on as well.

"Making the finals was definitely a huge goal of mine," Williams said, after nabbing the final qualifying spot on time in the 200 (20.30). "So I did that. I could have had better performances, but I'm living to fight another day. I'm happy with that."

As well he should be. Williams' day didn't start as well as he would have liked as he led off the Seminoles' 4x100 relay team of Alistair Moona, Cejhae Greene and Trentavis Friday, which finished ninth in 39.48, and missed the final by one spot.

Williams channeled that opening race disappointment moving forward.

"It put a little fire in me, to make sure I go out there and push, run to the best of my ability, and to make these finals," Williams said.

The 100-meter was next and Williams overcame a self-described "horrible" start to qualify automatically second in heat 2 finish in lifetime-best 10.07, right behind TCU's Kolby Listenbee (10.04). A little more than an hour later, he corrected his start problem and fought to a third-place heat 3 finish in 20.30, behind Baylor's Trayvon Bromell (20.02) and Clemson's Tevin Hester (20.14) to nab the last position in the final on time.

"My body feels pretty good and I think it's ready to go and pop off another day," Williams said, after navigating a new championship meet schedule which required three races on the opening day. "This is definitely a new experience. Running three races in a day wasn't that bad, but running them all so fast, that's what killed me."

FSU coach Bob Braman heaped praise on Williams for his poise under pressure.

"Kendal ran like a veteran all day," Braman said. "He was not intimidated in his first day of NCAA Outdoor competition. We're all really proud of how well he has done. Friday will have provide great opportunities for him."

As it will for junior Zak Seddon, who qualified third overall for Friday's 3000-meter steeplechase in 8:41.12, which he laid down in highly competitive first heat which produced the six fastest times of the day. Making amends for a semifinal spill that spoiled his 2013 trip to the NCAA Championships, the Great Britain native is the first Seminole to reach the steeplechase final since Luke Gunn in 2008.

"Zak ran like the experienced runner that he is," Braman said. "He was always in qualifying position and had a really nice kick as well."

Only defending champion Anthony Rotich from UTEP (8:40.52) and Illinois' Dylan Lafond (8:41.11) were faster than Seddon, who ran comfortably within the top five from the third lap on.

Several other Seminoles were not as fortunate as Williams and Seddon.

Even with Greene and Friday back in the 4x100 relay after missing the NCAA East Preliminary meet while recovering from injuries, the Noles were just off their season-best set at the NCAA Championships. They finished fourth in their heat behind finalists Florida (38.91), LSU (38.92) and Alabama (39.23), as the Crimson Tide grabbed the last spot in the final on time.

"With all of the injuries we've had to overcome it was impressive for them to compete so tough and just miss the final," said Braman. "They fought through and never gave up. Ninth in the country was hard-earned this year."

The 4x100 relay team wasn't the only event where the Noles finished one spot out of the finals. Sophomore Michael Cherry ran his second-fastest 400 of the season (46.02), which was good enough for fourth in the opening heat which produced three finalists. Cherry, who qualified for last year's meet but was unable to go due to injury, was ninth overall.

There were high hopes for FSU's long jump trio of Jalen Ramsey, Stefan Brits and Paul Madzivire as well, but all three were denied. Brits popped off a season-best leap of 7.66 meters (25-1.75) on his first attempt, but followed with two fouls and finished 12th. Ramsey was 14th, following a first attempt foul with a final attempt of 7.60 (24-11.25), denying him a chance to back up a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Madzivire placed 21st with a top mark of 7.39 (24-3).

"It's really unfortunate given how great that group has been all year," Braman added. "I really hurt for the seniors."

The only Seminole woman to compete Wednesday was Grete Sadeiko in the heptathlon, where she entered the competition as the No. 16 seed. The redshirt sophomore from Estonia posted lifetime-best marks in the 100 hurdles (13.92) and 200 dash (24.74) - winning her heat in both races - and finished the day with 3,426 points.

Her 200-meter performance was especially promising, since it followed an agonizingly near-miss at 1.75 meters on her first attempt in the high jump, and a sub-par shot put effort.

Though she sits in 16th place, Sadeiko is just 90 points out of sixth with three events remaining Thursday and on pace to break her own school record of 5,706 points.

"Grete is competing like a champion," Braman said. "Two lifetime best is a great first day, and she won her 200 heat out of lane 1! She has a definite shot to score tomorrow. I'm really proud of her effort."


Freeman, Qualifiers Position FSU Women For Big Finish.
Noles get sixth in long jump, advance five to finals with near-perfect day.

June 11, 2015

EUGENE, OR - Entering Thursday's competition with seven opportunities to leave their mark, the 13th-ranked Florida State women's team painted Historic Hayward Field garnet & gold with a near-perfect day.

Junior Der'Renae Freeman put the Seminoles on the scoreboard at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships with a sixth-place long jump finish on the strength of an all-conditions lifetime-best jump of 6.59 meters (21-7.50).

Freeman's three team points won't be the last as FSU athletes were a perfect five-for-five in semifinal qualifying races, positioning the women to post the best team finish since the Seminoles were ninth in 2011.

"It was a near-perfect day in terms of qualifying," Florida State coach Bob Braman said. "It's a pretty good spot for the ladies make some noise on Saturday."

Nabbing first-team All-American honors outdoors in the long jump was no small feat for Freeman, whose mark matched the school record held by Esmeralda Garcia since 1986 but won't go into the record books because of an aiding 2.9 wind, which is .9 over the allowable margin.

Regardless, her second-attempt mark was no less impressive on a day when the first four finishers exceeded 22 feet.

"It meant everything," Freeman said of her breakthrough leap. "I stayed in the competition and did my best for today, but there is definitely more in me. I'm just so thankful."

"Der'Renae Freeman just ran into a firestorm," Braman added. "Usually somewhere around 6.50 (meters) wins every year. It was the best long jump in NCAA history by far and she was not intimidated."

Collectively, the Seminoles performed with poise on the biggest stage, which not only included elite competition, but also an ESPN primetime audience for the first time.

Talented and savvy seniors Linden Hall and Colleen Quigley showed the way, assuring their third NCAA finals appearances in the 1500 and 3000 steeplechase, respectively.

Each finished third in their respective heats, with Hall cruising home in 4:14.41 to secure a shot at matching of bettering her third-place championship finish last year. Quigley set the pace in her heat, finishing in 9:54.12 to set up what believe could be the fastest steeplechase final in NCAA history.

"That was a really smart race for Linden," said Braman. "She stayed out of trouble and ran strong down the homestretch to easily qualify."

With a top-eight finish Saturday, Hall could extend FSU's streak of producing first-team All-American 1500-meter runners to 10 consecutive years.

Quigley heads into her steeplechase final showdown with defending champion Leah O'Connor of Michigan State and Missouri-Kanas City's Courtney Freirichs stalking her first NCAA title in her final race. To do that she will have to improve on her 2013 runner-up finish, which carries the distinction of being the fastest second-place performance in championship history.

"Colleen was clearly saving her energy for Saturday's final," Braman said. "She stayed on the outside and hurdled cleanly the whole way. It was a very smart race."

Like their distance teammates, redshirt junior Kala Funderburk and redshirt sophomore Sage Watson were equally proficient, locking in spots in the 400 and 400 hurdles, respectively.

Funderburk ran 51.80 to finish third in her heat - behind Texas' Ashley Spencer (51.72) and Oklahoma's Daye Shon Roberson (51.76) - with the sixth-fastest 400 of the day.

"Maybe I got a little too comfortable," said Funderburk, who made her move with 200 meters to go. "Oklahoma came out of nowhere and we kind of had to turn the jets back on."

"Kala ran in the toughest section and held her own right to the line," Braman said. "She's on a mission to improve on her [fifth-place] indoor finish and crack that top three."

Watson was charging hard toward an automatic qualifying spot when she clipped the 10th and final hurdle with her knee and nearly crashed to the track.

"It was scary," Watson said. "I looked straight at the ground. I knew I wasn't going to get second, but I just had to keep that possibility and I'm glad I leaned at the line, because I just out-leaned her."

The "her" Watson referred to was fellow Canadian and Miami Hurricane Kelsey Balkwill. Watson's recovery and well-timed lean nipped Balkwill by .003 - they both finished in 57.06 - for the final qualifying spot on time.

"I'm proud of Sage," said Braman. "That was a real gut-check to hit the 10th hurdle and maintain her composure. She'll have a chance to hit it big in the final."

With one qualifying event remaining on a breezy Thursday evening, the Seminoles' 4x400 relay team took the track in search of becoming the first FSU team to reach that event final since 2007.

Redshirt senior Elizabeth Ichite was charged with leading off a quartet aiming to complete a perfect day of qualifying.

"It wasn't even stressful," said Ichite, who was competing in her first NCAA Outdoor Championship. "It was motivation. Kala and I were talking before the race (saying), 'The girls can really make some noise this meet. Der'Renae was out there PR-ing and we had great performances across the board. We can walk out of here as a team with a really high standing.' It was motivation for us as a 4x4 team."

With fellow veterans Watson and Funderburk sandwiching freshman third leg Helene Swanepoel, the Noles came through in the end. Funderburk carried the Noles from sixth to second with the fastest leg - 50.94 seconds - from all three heats and 24 teams, to secure second place in 3:34.17.

"I don't know where it came from," Funderburk said. "I knew Sage and I are going to get a trophy because of our open events, but everybody has worked so hard and I want them to get a trophy too."

Beyond the highlight performances, two other Seminoles out-performed their seeded positions with solid showings.

Though redshirt sophomore Grete Sadeiko was unable to hang on to a top-eight finish in the heptathlon, she finished 15th with a lifetime-best 5,730 points, securing second-team All-American honors and improving her own school record against one of the deepest fields in meet history.

"Grete has competed like a champion for two days," said Braman. "It was true redemption from last year when she had to drop out of her NCAA debut with an injury."

And freshman Jogaile Petrokaite, the No. 23 seed in the long jump, finished 22nd (5.88m/19-3.50) in her NCAA Championships debut.

The women will now get a day of rest before sending five event finalists - three of which are already assured of scoring spots - to the track for Saturday's final.

"Track & Field News had us predicted for 11 points [and 20th place] and I think there's a chance we could double that," Braman said. "If we could double the form chart, that's pretty impressive."


Williams, Reid & Seddon Lead FSU Men On Final Day At Track.
Noles claim four All-American honors, finish NCAA meet tied for 19th.

EUGENE, OR - With freshman Kendal Williams and graduate student Jonathan Reid providing a pair of team-leading fifth-place finishes, the Florida State men's track & field team pulled the curtain on the NCAA Outdoor Championships Friday at Historic Hayward Field.

The Seminole men claimed four first-team All-American honors on their final day of competition in the meet's new format, finishing tied for 19th place with 10 points.

Williams was responsible for half of that total - and half of the All-American honors - following up a fifth-place finish in the 100 with an eighth-place showing in the 200 final. As if the schedule was daunting enough - the two finals were just 45 minutes apart - the competition was deep in speed.

The Jacksonville, Fla. native was fifth in the 100 in a wind-aided 9.98, then came back with a 20.45 out of lane one in a 200 final which saw the top three runners crack the 20-second barrier. USC junior Andre De Grasse claimed the sprints sweep in 9.75 and 19.58.

Though not satisfied with his placing, Williams came away from the day with a great deal of confidence after testing himself against the best.

"It says I have a lot of potential to be one of those bigger guys; one of the best in the world one day," Williams said. "In a field that was that fast, it was a good learning experience to get to see what that speed looks like up close. It makes me more confident that I can go out there and get it."

The first FSU freshman to compete in both the 100 and 200 final since Walter Dix in 2005, Williams eclipsed Dix's winning 100 time (10.21) that day in Sacramento, Cal. and came within .01 seconds of the Seminole great's fourth-place 200 finish.

"It was a great season for Kendal," FSU coach Bob Braman said of the only freshman to make both finals. "A double-finalist is truly rare for anyone, let alone a freshman. He is special."

Reid's finale with the Noles included the top two triple jump leaps of his career outdoors, including a sixth and final attempt of 16.52 meters (54-2.50), which moved him up a spot in the final standings. Only an aiding 2.2 wind prevented him from recording the fourth-best mark in program history.

"I've been doing this for a little while and I just made the necessary adjustments," Reid said. "This is my last time around collegiately and I just went after it."

Reid was the picture of calm on the wind-swept day, even though the conditions may have contributed to him bailing out on a potentially monstrous fourth attempt of the day.

"That was the best one," Reid said, reflecting on the fourth attempt that wasn't. "If I was ever going to jump 17 meters, that was the jump. It was so good I wasn't ready for it. I didn't anticipate the ground enough and I buckled."

Reid was also forced to bail out on his fifth attempt, but rallied up for his final runway pass as a collegian.

"On the last one I just got it all together and said, 'I have to pass at least one person. My last jump has to be my best one,'" Reid said.

And it was.

"We're gonna miss Jonathan Reid," Braman said. "What a clutch competitor, moving into fifth on the final jump of his collegiate career."

Zak Seddon got things started for the Seminoles in the 3000-meter steeplechase final, running with the lead pack from the opening gun, though he was unable to maintain his position over the final 200 meters. The junior's eighth-place finish in 8:43.77 provided the Noles with their first point of the meet, and their first All-American honor of the day.

"I went for it, but I wanted it to be quicker," Seddon said of the race. "We got a little gap and then the lead slowed, which was not what I expected. That meant all the hard work I had done to get away, I just lost it."

Seddon said he, 'missed the move' made by the leaders with about 600 meters to go.

"I panicked a bit down the home stretch and it cost me my energy," he added. "I could not have tried harder, that's for sure.

"All-American is still an achievement; that's pretty good. Only eight people in the country get that. I learned a lot this year and if I use it properly next year I should go fast."

"It was a tough result for Zak on a really gutsy effort," Braman said. "First-team All-American is a huge redemption from his disastrous fall two years ago."


Quigley, Funderburk Golden For Sixth Place Seminole Women.
FSU claims two wins, five All-American honors on final day.

EUGENE, OR – In a span of 20 minutes Saturday, Colleen Quigley and Kala Funderburk delivered Florida State its first two women’s NCAA Outdoor Championship titles since 2011, propelling the Seminoles to their best team finish since 2009.

Carrying the baton home on the anchor leg of the 4x400 relay in 50.98, Funderburk delivered the Seminoles a third-place finish (3:31.78) and a sixth-place finish overall, with a whopping 35 points.

“Our ladies were simply phenomenal,” FSU coach Bob Braman said, after watching his women pile up 32 points in five events on the final day of competition. “We were picked for 20th and finished sixth. I’m so proud of these ladies. They are fierce competitors.”

It didn’t take long for the Seminoles to get things started, as senior Linden Hall delivered an eighth-place finish in the 1500-meter run (4:16.58). The first Seminole to reach three consecutive 1500-meter finals since Susan Kuijken (2007-09), Hall extended Florida State’s nation-leading streak of first-team All-Americans in the event to 10 consecutive years.

Thunder struck under the clear blue sky moments later, when Quigley toed the line for the highly anticipated 3000-meter steeplechase final, featuring three of the seven-fastest women in event history.

With a blazing final lap, Quigley broke away from defending champion, Michigan State’s Leah O’Connor, to claim her first NCAA championship – and her ninth All-American honor - in her final collegiate race. Quigley’s win in 9:29.32 was not on the first for the Seminoles in the event, but marked the third-fastest collegiate time in history behind a pair of Jenny Simpson marks.

The first three-time steeplechase finalist in program history, Quigley came into the meet with the distinction of posting the fastest runner-up finish in NCAA Championship history when she chased Colorado’s Emma Coburn to the finish in the 2013 final in 9:38.23.

Two years later, Quigley’s ACC record and career-best 9:33.63, ranked sixth in NCAA history, sandwiched between fellow finalists Courteny Frerichs’ 9:32.12 and Leah O’Connor’s 9:35.33.

None of that matter when Quigley moved in front of O’Connor off the first hurdle on the final lap, blazed down the backstretch, then opened an insurmountable lead off the final water barrier.

“That was a phenomenal win for Colleen,” Braman said. “It’s rarified air to go under 9:30. There’s no better way for a senior to go out.”

As Quigley was collecting her trophy on the podium, Funderburk stepped into the blocks immediately below her on the track, in lane 8 for the 400-meter final.

The St. Petersburg native defied the long-standing notion that the 400 cannot be won from the outside lane, patiently waiting to make her move at the 200 and powering up the homestretch for victory in 51.67.

Not only was it the first 400-meter title for the Seminoles since Marita Payne claimed her second in 1984, but it was the first All-American honor in the event since Samantha George’s sixth-place finish in 1999.

“What an amazing race for Kala,” Braman said. “No one ever wins from lane 8 – what a gutsy effort.”

Sophomore Sage Watson wasn’t able to duplicate the earlier magic, but produced a near-flawless fourth-place finish in the 400 hurdles – out of lane 1 – in a lifetime-best time of 55.97, which secured the Medicine Hat native a Canadian Olympic qualifying standard. With the second-fastest time in school history, Watson posted the best NCAA Championship finish by a Seminole since Kim Batten in 1991.

Watson is FSU’s first 400-meter hurdle finalist since Olympic silver medalist and one-time world record-holder Kim Batten finished second and third in back-to-back appearances (1990-91).

“Sage was on mission,” Braman said. “Sub-56 from lane 1 is unheard of. What an amazing effort.”

Senior Elizabeth Ichite, Watson, freshman Helene Swanepoel and Funderburk teamed to finish off what was truly one of the finest single days in the history of the Florida State program.

“This is very special to me, because I’ve been working for it for all these years,” Ichite said, clutching her first All-American relay trophy like an infant. “I’m glad to see it become a reality because it’s been a big dream for a while.”

As for the sixth-place team finish, after more than tripling their projected 11-point meet total, Ichite was equally ecstatic.

“That’s amazing,” she said. “We weren’t even predicted to be top 10 coming in. We had a chance to make some serious noise. We came in and got it done.”

Event 1 - 100 Meters
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
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  5    Kendal Williams                 10.07              4

Event 2 - 200 Meters
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
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  8    Kendal Williams                 20.30              1

Event 3 - 400 Meters
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Place  Name                               Results     
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  9    Michael Cherry                  46.02             

Event 6 - 5000 Meters
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Place  Name                               Results     
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 DNF   Jack Goodwin                                      

Event 10 - 3000 Meter Steeplechase
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
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  8    Zak Seddon                    8:41.12              1

Event 11 - 4x100-Meter Relay
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Place  Name                               Results     
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  9    Relay Team A                    39.48             
       1) Kendal Williams
       2) Alistair Moona
       3) Cejhae Greene
       4) Trentavis Friday

Event 13 - Long Jump
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Place  Name                               Results     
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 12    Stefan Brits                  25- 1.50    7.66m   
 14    Jalen Ramsey                  24-11.25    7.60m   
 21    Paul Madzivire                24- 3       7.39m   

Event 14 - Triple Jump
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Place  Name                               Results       Points
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  5    Jonathan Reid                 54- 2.50w  16.52mw   4


2015 EOY Stats

Ben Bonhurst Date Opponent Event Place Points Results ========== ============================== ============================== ===== ====== ================== 01/17/2015 AUBURN INVITATIONAL Shot Put (I) 4 5.00 57-11 17.65m 01/24/2015 ROD MCCRAVY INVITATIONAL Shot Put (I) 14 0.00 56- 6 17.22m 02/07/2015 VIRGINIA TECH ELITE MEET Shot Put (I) 5 4.00 62- 6 19.05m 02/28/2015 ACC INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS Shot Put (I) 9 0.00 56- 0.75 17.09m 03/28/2015 OHIO STATE Shot Put 5 4.00 58- 0.50 17.69m 03/28/2015 OHIO STATE Discus 12 0.00 153- 2 46.70m 04/04/2015 FLORIDA RELAYS Shot Put 10 0.00 58- 4.75 17.80m 04/11/2015 HURRICANE INVIATIONAL Shot Put 2 8.00 60- 8 18.49m 04/11/2015 HURRICANE INVIATIONAL Discus 6 3.00 159-12 48.76m 05/02/2015 LONGHORN INVITATIONAL Shot Put 8 1.00 55- 6.50 16.93m 05/16/2015 ACC OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS Shot Put 5 4.00 57- 9 17.60m 05/30/2015 NCAA EAST Shot Put 20 0.00 59- 2.75 18.05m 29.00 Matthew Boone Date Opponent Event Place Points Results ========== ============================== ============================== ===== ====== ================== 03/28/2015 OHIO STATE Javelin 8 0.00 141- 1 43.00m 04/11/2015 HURRICANE INVIATIONAL Javelin 3 6.00 151-12 46.32m 04/24/2015 TOM JONES INVITATIONAL Javelin 3 6.00 152- 1 46.36m 05/08/2015 UNF INVITE Javelin 3 6.00 167-10 51.17m 18.00 Stefan Brits Date Opponent Event Place Points Results ========== ============================== ============================== ===== ====== ================== 04/24/2015 TOM JONES INVITATIONAL Long Jump 13 0.00 21-10.75 6.67m 05/02/2015 LONGHORN INVITATIONAL Long Jump 7 2.00 24- 2.25 7.37m 05/16/2015 ACC OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS Long Jump 3 6.00 24- 7.50 7.51m 05/30/2015 NCAA EAST Long Jump 7 2.00 25- 1.25 7.65m 06/13/2015 NCAA OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIP Long Jump 12 0.00 25- 1.50 7.66m 10.00 Jake Burton Date Opponent Event Place Points Results ========== ============================== ============================== ===== ====== ================== 01/31/2015 RAZORBACK INVITATIONAL 800 Meters (I) 15 0.00 1:51.51 02/14/2015 DAVID HEMERY VALENTINE INVITE 800 Meters (I) 14 0.00 1:52.30 02/14/2015 DAVID HEMERY VALENTINE INVITE Distance Medley Relay (I) 2 2.00 9:39.50 02/28/2015 ACC INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS 800 Meters (I) 1 10.00 1:49.31 02/28/2015 ACC INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS Distance Medley Relay (I) 4 1.25 9:44.44 04/04/2015 FLORIDA RELAYS 800 Meters 23 0.00 1:49.88 04/18/2015 MT SAC RELAYS 800 Meters 1 10.00 1:49.15 05/02/2015 PAYTON JORDAN INVITATIONAL 800 Meters 0.00 1:48.55 05/16/2015 ACC OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS 800 Meters 2 8.00 1:48.90 05/30/2015 NCAA EAST 800 Meters 19 0.00 1:48.55 31.25 Matt Butler Date Opponent Event Place Points Results ========== ============================== ============================== ===== ====== ================== 01/17/2015 AUBURN INVITATIONAL 800 Meters (I) 9 0.00 1:55.77 01/24/2015 ROD MCCRAVY INVITATIONAL 800 Meters (I) 23 0.00 1:53.93 01/31/2015 RAZORBACK INVITATIONAL Distance Medley Relay (I) 6 0.75 9:48.36 01/31/2015 RAZORBACK INVITATIONAL 800 Meters (I) 30 0.00 1:54.49 01/31/2015 RAZORBACK INVITATIONAL 4x400-Meter Relay (I) 8 0.25 3:19.18 02/14/2015 TYSON INIVITATIONAL 400 Meters (I) 48 0.00 1:56.42 1.00 Michael Cherry Date Opponent Event Place Points Results ========== ============================== ============================== ===== ====== ================== 01/17/2015 AUBURN INVITATIONAL 400 Meters (I) 1 10.00 47.21 01/17/2015 AUBURN INVITATIONAL 4x400-Meter Relay (I) 4 1.25 3:12.82 02/07/2015 VIRGINIA TECH ELITE MEET 400 Meters (I) 3 6.00 47.46 02/07/2015 VIRGINIA TECH ELITE MEET 4x400-Meter Relay (I) 2 2.00 3:14.24 02/14/2015 TYSON INIVITATIONAL 400 Meters (I) 10 0.00 46.81 02/21/2015 ALEX WILSON INVITATIONAL 400 Meters (I) 1 10.00 46.31 02/28/2015 ACC INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS 400 Meters (I) 3 6.00 46.80 03/14/2015 NCAA INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIP 400 Meters (I) 10 0.00 46.49 03/28/2015 OHIO STATE 200 Meters 1 9.00 21.11 03/28/2015 OHIO STATE 4x100-Meter Relay DNF 0.00 03/28/2015 OHIO STATE 4x400-Meter Relay 1 2.25 3:11.38 04/04/2015 FLORIDA RELAYS 400 Meters 11 0.00 46.43 04/11/2015 HURRICANE INVIATIONAL 400 Meters 1 10.00 45.94 04/11/2015 HURRICANE INVIATIONAL 4x100-Meter Relay 2 2.00 40.03 04/25/2015 PENN RELAYS 4x400-Meter Relay 5 1.00 3:10.17 05/02/2015 LONGHORN INVITATIONAL 400 Meters 1 0.00 46.46 05/16/2015 ACC OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS 400 Meters 1 10.00 45.82 05/30/2015 NCAA EAST 400 Meters 12 0.00 45.99 06/13/2015 NCAA OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIP 400 Meters 9 0.00 46.02 69.50 Chadrick DaCosta Date Opponent Event Place Points Results ========== ============================== ============================== ===== ====== ================== 01/17/2015 AUBURN INVITATIONAL Shot Put (I) 5 4.00 57- 4.75 17.49m 02/07/2015 VIRGINIA TECH ELITE MEET Shot Put (I) 13 0.00 56- 3.50 17.16m 02/14/2015 TYSON INIVITATIONAL Shot Put (I) 21 0.00 53- 4.25 16.26m 02/28/2015 ACC INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS Shot Put (I) 12 0.00 55- 3.75 16.86m 03/28/2015 OHIO STATE Shot Put 8 0.00 57- 5.75 17.52m 03/28/2015 OHIO STATE Discus 6 0.00 171- 0 52.12m 04/04/2015 FLORIDA RELAYS Shot Put 9 0.00 55- 1 16.79m 04/04/2015 FLORIDA RELAYS Discus 2 8.00 177- 7 54.13m 04/11/2015 HURRICANE INVIATIONAL Shot Put 5 4.00 57- 3.50 17.46m 04/11/2015 HURRICANE INVIATIONAL Discus 5 4.00 168-11 51.49m 04/25/2015 PENN RELAYS Discus 7 2.00 173- 7 52.92m 04/25/2015 PENN RELAYS Shot Put 18 0.00 54- 8.75 16.68m 05/08/2015 UNF INVITE Shot Put 1 10.00 53-11.75 16.45m 05/08/2015 UNF INVITE Discus 2 8.00 177- 6 54.10m 05/16/2015 ACC OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS Shot Put 9 0.00 56- 2.75 17.14m 05/16/2015 ACC OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS Discus 14 0.00 165- 6 50.45m 05/30/2015 NCAA EAST Discus 25 0.00 176- 8 53.86m 40.00 Austin Droogsma Date Opponent Event Place Points Results ========== ============================== ============================== ===== ====== ================== 01/17/2015 AUBURN INVITATIONAL Shot Put (I) 8 1.00 55- 7.75 16.96m 01/24/2015 ROD MCCRAVY INVITATIONAL Shot Put (I) 12 0.00 56- 9.25 17.30m 02/07/2015 VIRGINIA TECH ELITE MEET Shot Put (I) 7 2.00 58-11.50 17.97m 02/14/2015 TYSON INIVITATIONAL Shot Put (I) 6 3.00 58- 4 17.78m 02/28/2015 ACC INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS Shot Put (I) 6 3.00 57- 5.50 17.51m 03/28/2015 OHIO STATE Shot Put 3 6.00 60- 1.75 18.33m 03/28/2015 OHIO STATE Discus 1 9.00 175- 5 53.47m 03/28/2015 OHIO STATE Hammer 10 2.00 135- 0 41.16m 04/04/2015 FLORIDA RELAYS Shot Put 2 8.00 59- 2.75 18.05m 04/04/2015 FLORIDA RELAYS Discus 11 0.00 160-11 49.05m 04/11/2015 HURRICANE INVIATIONAL Shot Put 1 10.00 62- 1.25 18.93m 04/11/2015 HURRICANE INVIATIONAL Discus 4 5.00 170- 1 51.84m 04/25/2015 PENN RELAYS Discus 13 0.00 164- 3 50.07m 04/25/2015 PENN RELAYS Shot Put 2 8.00 60- 1 18.31m 05/02/2015 LONGHORN INVITATIONAL Shot Put 5 4.00 57- 5 17.50m 05/16/2015 ACC OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS Shot Put 10 0.00 55- 7.75 16.96m 05/16/2015 ACC OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS Discus 10 0.00 169-10 51.76m 05/30/2015 NCAA EAST Shot Put 25 0.00 58- 3.25 17.76m 05/30/2015 NCAA EAST Discus 28 0.00 174- 6 53.20m 61.00 Cayman Ellis Date Opponent Event Place Points Results ========== ============================== ============================== ===== ====== ================== 01/24/2015 ROD MCCRAVY INVITATIONAL Pole Vault (I) 18 0.00 14- 8 4.47m 0.00 Abdin Fator Date Opponent Event Place Points Results ========== ============================== ============================== ===== ====== ================== 03/28/2015 OHIO STATE 3000 Meters 4 5.00 9:05.97 04/24/2015 TOM JONES INVITATIONAL 1500 Meters 23 0.00 4:02.63 05/08/2015 UNF INVITE 1500 Meters 9 0.00 4:02.34 5.00 Trentavis Friday Date Opponent Event Place Points Results ========== ============================== ============================== ===== ====== ================== 01/17/2015 AUBURN INVITATIONAL 200 Meters (I) 1 10.00 20.86 01/17/2015 AUBURN INVITATIONAL 4x400-Meter Relay (I) 4 1.25 3:12.82 01/24/2015 ROD MCCRAVY INVITATIONAL 60 Meters (I) 3 6.00 6.60 02/07/2015 VIRGINIA TECH ELITE MEET 60 Meters (I) 3 6.00 6.63 02/07/2015 VIRGINIA TECH ELITE MEET 4x400-Meter Relay (I) 2 2.00 3:14.24 02/28/2015 ACC INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS 200 Meters (I) 9 0.00 21.80 03/14/2015 NCAA INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIP 200 Meters (I) 11 0.00 20.96 03/28/2015 OHIO STATE 4x100-Meter Relay DNF 0.00 03/28/2015 OHIO STATE 4x400-Meter Relay 1 2.25 3:11.38 05/02/2015 LONGHORN INVITATIONAL 100 Meters 4 5.00 10.34 05/02/2015 LONGHORN INVITATIONAL 4x100-Meter Relay 1 2.50 39.46 05/16/2015 ACC OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS 100 Meters 3 6.00 10.17 05/16/2015 ACC OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS 200 Meters 8 0.00 20.63 05/16/2015 ACC OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS 4x100-Meter Relay 1 2.50 39.28 06/13/2015 NCAA OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIP 4x100-Meter Relay 9 0.00 39.48 43.50 Jack Goodwin Date Opponent Event Place Points Results ========== ============================== ============================== ===== ====== ================== 01/31/2015 RAZORBACK INVITATIONAL 3000 Meters (I) 15 0.00 8:13.92 02/14/2015 DAVID HEMERY VALENTINE INVITE 3000 Meters (I) 14 0.00 8:06.76 02/28/2015 ACC INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS 5000 Meters (I) 6 3.00 14:12.97 05/02/2015 PAYTON JORDAN INVITATIONAL 5000 Meters 0.00 14:14.20 05/16/2015 ACC OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS 5000 Meters 4 5.00 14:08.24 05/30/2015 NCAA EAST 5000 Meters 12 0.00 14:01.83 06/13/2015 NCAA OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIP 5000 Meters DNF 0.00 8.00 Cejhae Greene Date Opponent Event Place Points Results ========== ============================== ============================== ===== ====== ================== 01/17/2015 AUBURN INVITATIONAL 60 Meters (I) 23 8.00 6.67 01/17/2015 AUBURN INVITATIONAL 4x400-Meter Relay (I) 4 1.25 3:12.82 02/07/2015 VIRGINIA TECH ELITE MEET 60 Meters (I) 4 0.00 6.63 02/07/2015 VIRGINIA TECH ELITE MEET 200 Meters (I) 2 8.00 21.61 02/14/2015 TYSON INIVITATIONAL 60 Meters (I) 10 0.00 6.67 02/28/2015 ACC INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS 60 Meters (I) 3 6.00 6.64 02/28/2015 ACC INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS 200 Meters (I) 8 1.00 21.47 05/02/2015 LONGHORN INVITATIONAL 100 Meters 2 8.00 10.25 05/02/2015 LONGHORN INVITATIONAL 4x100-Meter Relay 1 2.50 39.46 05/16/2015 ACC OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS 100 Meters 8 1.00 10.37 05/16/2015 ACC OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS 4x100-Meter Relay 1 2.50 39.28 06/13/2015 NCAA OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIP 4x100-Meter Relay 9 0.00 39.48 38.25 Cristobal Hurtado-Arteaga Date Opponent Event Place Points Results ========== ============================== ============================== ===== ====== ================== 01/17/2015 AUBURN INVITATIONAL High Jump (I) 5 4.00 6-10.75 2.10m 02/07/2015 VIRGINIA TECH ELITE MEET High Jump (I) 7 2.00 6- 6.25 1.99m 02/14/2015 TYSON INIVITATIONAL High Jump (I) 10 0.00 6- 7.25 2.01m 02/28/2015 ACC INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS High Jump (I) 3T 5.50 6-11 2.11m 03/20/2015 BULLS INVITATIONAL High Jump 1 10.00 6-10 2.08m 03/28/2015 OHIO STATE High Jump 2 7.00 6- 5.50 1.97m 04/11/2015 HURRICANE INVIATIONAL High Jump 6 3.00 6- 6.25 1.99m 04/24/2015 TOM JONES INVITATIONAL High Jump 4T 4.00 6- 7.50 2.02m 05/16/2015 ACC OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS High Jump 4 5.00 6- 8.75 2.05m 40.50 Bryce Kelley Date Opponent Event Place Points Results ========== ============================== ============================== ===== ====== ================== 01/31/2015 RAZORBACK INVITATIONAL Mile Run (I) 20 0.00 4:13.93 02/14/2015 DAVID HEMERY VALENTINE INVITE 3000 Meters (I) 63 0.00 8:33.44 03/28/2015 OHIO STATE 1500 Meters 3 6.00 3:52.76 04/04/2015 FLORIDA RELAYS 1500 Meters 17 0.00 3:52.46 04/11/2015 HURRICANE INVIATIONAL 1500 Meters 1 10.00 3:53.72 04/24/2015 TOM JONES INVITATIONAL 1500 Meters 7 2.00 3:50.12 05/02/2015 LONGHORN INVITATIONAL 1500 Meters 11 0.00 3:51.17 05/16/2015 ACC OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS 1500 Meters 25 0.00 3:53.96 18.00 Stanley Linton Date Opponent Event Place Points Results ========== ============================== ============================== ===== ====== ================== 01/31/2015 RAZORBACK INVITATIONAL 5000 Meters (I) 3 6.00 14:30.03 02/14/2015 DAVID HEMERY VALENTINE INVITE 5000 Meters (I) 13 0.00 14:27.87 02/28/2015 ACC INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS 5000 Meters (I) 18 0.00 14:47.50 04/04/2015 STANFORD INVITATIONAL 10000 Meters 71 0.00 29:56.75 04/18/2015 MT SAC RELAYS 10000 Meters 17 0.00 30:01.99 6.00 Paul Madzivire Date Opponent Event Place Points Results ========== ============================== ============================== ===== ====== ================== 02/28/2015 ACC INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS Long Jump (I) 3 6.00 24- 6.50 7.48m 03/28/2015 OHIO STATE 4x100-Meter Relay DNF 0.00 03/28/2015 OHIO STATE Long Jump 2 7.00 24- 2.50 7.38m 04/04/2015 FLORIDA RELAYS Long Jump 1 10.00 24- 5 7.44m 04/11/2015 HURRICANE INVIATIONAL 4x100-Meter Relay 2 2.00 40.03 04/11/2015 HURRICANE INVIATIONAL Long Jump 5 4.00 23-10.25 7.27m 04/24/2015 TOM JONES INVITATIONAL Long Jump 8 1.00 22- 9 6.93m 05/16/2015 ACC OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS 100 Meters 14 0.00 10.96 05/16/2015 ACC OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS Long Jump 4 5.00 24- 7 7.49m 05/30/2015 NCAA EAST Long Jump 8 1.00 25- 0.75 7.64m 06/13/2015 NCAA OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIP Long Jump 21 0.00 24- 3 7.39m 36.00 Matt Magee Date Opponent Event Place Points Results ========== ============================== ============================== ===== ====== ================== 01/17/2015 AUBURN INVITATIONAL 800 Meters (I) 10 0.00 1:56.19 01/24/2015 ROD MCCRAVY INVITATIONAL 800 Meters (I) 35 0.00 1:55.70 01/31/2015 RAZORBACK INVITATIONAL 4x400-Meter Relay (I) 8 0.25 3:19.18 02/14/2015 TYSON INIVITATIONAL 400 Meters (I) 35 0.00 1:53.58 03/28/2015 OHIO STATE 800 Meters 2 7.00 1:54.18 04/04/2015 FLORIDA RELAYS 800 Meters 42 0.00 1:51.62 04/11/2015 HURRICANE INVIATIONAL 800 Meters 4 5.00 1:52.56 04/24/2015 TOM JONES INVITATIONAL 800 Meters 5 4.00 1:51.05 05/02/2015 LONGHORN INVITATIONAL 800 Meters 5 4.00 1:51.03 05/16/2015 ACC OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS 800 Meters 13 0.00 1:51.47 20.25 Nicholas Medich Date Opponent Event Place Points Results ========== ============================== ============================== ===== ====== ================== 01/17/2015 AUBURN INVITATIONAL High Jump (I) 10 0.00 6- 8.75 2.05m 01/24/2015 ROD MCCRAVY INVITATIONAL High Jump (I) 10T 0.00 6- 6.25 1.99m 02/07/2015 VIRGINIA TECH ELITE MEET High Jump (I) 10 0.00 6- 6.25 1.99m 02/28/2015 ACC INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS High Jump (I) 8 1.00 6- 8.75 2.05m 03/20/2015 BULLS INVITATIONAL High Jump 2 8.00 6- 8 2.03m 03/28/2015 OHIO STATE High Jump 1 9.00 6- 9.50 2.07m 04/24/2015 TOM JONES INVITATIONAL High Jump 7T 0.60 6- 5.50 1.97m 05/02/2015 LONGHORN INVITATIONAL High Jump 8 1.00 6- 6.75 2.00m 05/16/2015 ACC OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS High Jump 9 0.00 6- 7.50 2.02m 19.60 Travis Michaud Date Opponent Event Place Points Results ========== ============================== ============================== ===== ====== ================== 03/20/2015 BULLS INVITATIONAL Javelin 8 1.00 157- 0 47.86m 03/28/2015 OHIO STATE Javelin 6 0.00 174- 2 53.09m 1.00 Morne Moolman Date Opponent Event Place Points Results ========== ============================== ============================== ===== ====== ================== 03/28/2015 OHIO STATE Javelin 1 9.00 222- 6 67.82m 05/02/2015 LONGHORN INVITATIONAL Javelin 2 8.00 216- 6 65.98m 05/16/2015 ACC OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS Javelin 4 5.00 221-11 67.64m 05/30/2015 NCAA EAST Javelin 21 0.00 212- 4 64.73m 22.00 Alistair Moona Date Opponent Event Place Points Results ========== ============================== ============================== ===== ====== ================== 03/28/2015 OHIO STATE 400 Meters 3 6.00 47.90 03/28/2015 OHIO STATE 4x400-Meter Relay 1 2.25 3:11.38 04/11/2015 HURRICANE INVIATIONAL 400 Meters 4 5.00 47.63 04/11/2015 HURRICANE INVIATIONAL 4x100-Meter Relay 2 2.00 40.03 04/25/2015 PENN RELAYS 4x400-Meter Relay 5 1.00 3:10.17 05/02/2015 LONGHORN INVITATIONAL 200 Meters 19 0.00 21.58 05/02/2015 LONGHORN INVITATIONAL 4x100-Meter Relay 1 2.50 39.46 05/02/2015 LONGHORN INVITATIONAL 4x400-Meter Relay 3 1.50 3:10.41 05/16/2015 ACC OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS 200 Meters 13 0.00 21.65 05/16/2015 ACC OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS 400 Meters 21 0.00 48.26 05/16/2015 ACC OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS 4x400-Meter Relay 7 0.50 3:10.07 05/30/2015 NCAA EAST 4x100-Meter Relay 5 1.00 39.55 06/13/2015 NCAA OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIP 4x100-Meter Relay 9 0.00 39.48 21.75 Grant Nykaza Date Opponent Event Place Points Results ========== ============================== ============================== ===== ====== ================== 01/31/2015 RAZORBACK INVITATIONAL 3000 Meters (I) 28 0.00 8:30.82 02/14/2015 DAVID HEMERY VALENTINE INVITE 3000 Meters (I) 99 0.00 8:51.62 04/04/2015 FLORIDA RELAYS 1500 Meters 21 0.00 3:53.77 04/11/2015 HURRICANE INVIATIONAL 1500 Meters 2 8.00 3:56.29 04/24/2015 TOM JONES INVITATIONAL 1500 Meters 8 1.00 3:50.82 05/02/2015 LONGHORN INVITATIONAL 1500 Meters 23 0.00 4:00.00 9.00 Emmanuel Onyia Date Opponent Event Place Points Results ========== ============================== ============================== ===== ====== ================== 01/17/2015 AUBURN INVITATIONAL Shot Put (I) 7 2.00 55-10 17.02m 01/24/2015 ROD MCCRAVY INVITATIONAL Shot Put (I) 10 0.00 57- 7 17.55m 02/07/2015 VIRGINIA TECH ELITE MEET Shot Put (I) 10 0.00 57- 4.25 17.48m 02/14/2015 TYSON INIVITATIONAL Shot Put (I) 11 0.00 57- 0.25 17.38m 02/28/2015 ACC INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS Shot Put (I) 11 0.00 55- 5.75 16.91m 03/28/2015 OHIO STATE Shot Put 6 0.00 57- 9 17.60m 03/28/2015 OHIO STATE Discus 3 6.00 172-10 52.68m 04/04/2015 FLORIDA RELAYS Shot Put 3 6.00 58-10 17.93m 04/04/2015 FLORIDA RELAYS Discus 1 0.00 180- 5 54.99m 04/11/2015 HURRICANE INVIATIONAL Shot Put 6 3.00 57- 0.25 17.38m 04/11/2015 HURRICANE INVIATIONAL Discus 3 6.00 172- 2 52.48m 04/25/2015 PENN RELAYS Discus 3 6.00 176- 9 53.89m 05/02/2015 LONGHORN INVITATIONAL Discus 6 4.00 181- 6 55.33m 05/16/2015 ACC OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS Shot Put 11 0.00 54-10.25 16.72m 05/16/2015 ACC OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS Discus 4 5.00 182- 1 55.51m 05/30/2015 NCAA EAST Shot Put 35 0.00 55-10.75 17.04m 05/30/2015 NCAA EAST Discus 27 0.00 175- 3 53.42m 38.00 Jamal Pitts Date Opponent Event Place Points Results ========== ============================== ============================== ===== ====== ================== 01/17/2015 AUBURN INVITATIONAL 60 Meters (I) 13 0.00 6.96 01/24/2015 ROD MCCRAVY INVITATIONAL 60 Meters (I) 28 0.00 7.00 01/24/2015 ROD MCCRAVY INVITATIONAL 200 Meters (I) 30 0.00 22.39 02/07/2015 VIRGINIA TECH ELITE MEET 60 Meters (I) 8 1.00 6.93 02/07/2015 VIRGINIA TECH ELITE MEET 200 Meters (I) 11 0.00 22.25 02/14/2015 TYSON INIVITATIONAL 60 Meters (I) 60 0.00 6.99 02/28/2015 ACC INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS 60 Meters (I) 10 0.00 7.00 05/08/2015 UNF INVITE 100 Meters 20 0.00 11.14 1.00 Jalen Ramsey Date Opponent Event Place Points Results ========== ============================== ============================== ===== ====== ================== 01/24/2015 ROD MCCRAVY INVITATIONAL Long Jump (I) 3 6.00 24- 8.25 7.52m 02/28/2015 ACC INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS Long Jump (I) 1 10.00 25- 2.75 7.69m 03/14/2015 NCAA INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIP Long Jump (I) 4 5.00 26- 1.75 7.97m 05/16/2015 ACC OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS 100 Meters 7 2.00 10.61 05/16/2015 ACC OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS 4x100-Meter Relay 1 2.50 39.28 05/16/2015 ACC OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS Long Jump 1 10.00 26- 1.50 7.96m 05/30/2015 NCAA EAST 4x100-Meter Relay 5 1.00 39.55 05/30/2015 NCAA EAST Long Jump 4 5.00 25- 7.75 7.82m 06/13/2015 NCAA OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIP Long Jump 14 0.00 24-11.25 7.60m 41.50 Jonathan Reid Date Opponent Event Place Points Results ========== ============================== ============================== ===== ====== ================== 03/28/2015 OHIO STATE Triple Jump 1 9.00 50- 8.25 15.45m 04/11/2015 HURRICANE INVIATIONAL Triple Jump 2 8.00 53- 0.75 16.17m 04/25/2015 PENN RELAYS Triple Jump 5 4.00 50-10.25 15.50m 05/02/2015 LONGHORN INVITATIONAL Triple Jump 1 10.00 51- 5.75 15.69m 05/16/2015 ACC OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS Triple Jump 2 8.00 52- 6.25 16.01m 05/30/2015 NCAA EAST Triple Jump 3 6.00 52- 9.50 16.09m 06/13/2015 NCAA OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIP Triple Jump 5 4.00 54- 2.50 16.52m 49.00 James Rhoden Date Opponent Event Place Points Results ========== ============================== ============================== ===== ====== ================== 03/28/2015 OHIO STATE 400 Meter Hurdles 2 7.00 53.06 04/11/2015 HURRICANE INVIATIONAL 400 Meter Hurdles 4 5.00 53.08 05/02/2015 LONGHORN INVITATIONAL 400 Meter Hurdles 2 8.00 52.33 05/16/2015 ACC OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS 400 Meter Hurdles 5 4.00 52.15 05/30/2015 NCAA EAST 400 Meter Hurdles 36 0.00 52.80 24.00 Chris Rose Date Opponent Event Place Points Results ========== ============================== ============================== ===== ====== ================== 01/17/2015 AUBURN INVITATIONAL 400 Meters (I) 11 0.00 50.16 01/17/2015 AUBURN INVITATIONAL 4x400-Meter Relay (I) 4 1.25 3:12.82 01/24/2015 ROD MCCRAVY INVITATIONAL 400 Meters (I) 37 0.00 50.50 01/24/2015 ROD MCCRAVY INVITATIONAL 4x400-Meter Relay (I) 14 0.00 3:16.35 01/31/2015 RAZORBACK INVITATIONAL Distance Medley Relay (I) 6 0.75 9:48.36 01/31/2015 RAZORBACK INVITATIONAL 400 Meters (I) 20 0.00 48.44 01/31/2015 RAZORBACK INVITATIONAL 4x400-Meter Relay (I) 8 0.25 3:19.18 02/07/2015 VIRGINIA TECH ELITE MEET 400 Meters (I) 12 0.00 49.07 02/07/2015 VIRGINIA TECH ELITE MEET 4x400-Meter Relay (I) 2 2.00 3:14.24 02/14/2015 DAVID HEMERY VALENTINE INVITE 400 Meters (I) 9 0.00 47.80 02/14/2015 DAVID HEMERY VALENTINE INVITE Distance Medley Relay (I) 2 2.00 9:39.50 02/28/2015 ACC INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS 400 Meters (I) 26 0.00 49.32 02/28/2015 ACC INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS Distance Medley Relay (I) 4 1.25 9:44.44 03/28/2015 OHIO STATE 400 Meters 5 4.00 49.23 03/28/2015 OHIO STATE 4x400-Meter Relay 1 2.25 3:11.38 04/04/2015 FLORIDA RELAYS 400 Meters 50 0.00 48.55 04/11/2015 HURRICANE INVIATIONAL 400 Meters 7 2.00 48.63 04/25/2015 PENN RELAYS 4x400-Meter Relay 5 1.00 3:10.17 05/02/2015 LONGHORN INVITATIONAL 400 Meters 14 0.00 48.51 05/02/2015 LONGHORN INVITATIONAL 4x400-Meter Relay 3 1.50 3:10.41 05/16/2015 ACC OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS 400 Meters 19 0.00 48.19 05/16/2015 ACC OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS 4x400-Meter Relay 7 0.50 3:10.07 18.75 Ricardo Roy Date Opponent Event Place Points Results ========== ============================== ============================== ===== ====== ================== 01/17/2015 AUBURN INVITATIONAL 400 Meters (I) 12 0.00 50.43 01/24/2015 ROD MCCRAVY INVITATIONAL 400 Meters (I) 35 0.00 50.05 01/24/2015 ROD MCCRAVY INVITATIONAL 4x400-Meter Relay (I) 14 0.00 3:16.35 02/28/2015 ACC INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS 400 Meters (I) 27 0.00 49.43 03/28/2015 OHIO STATE 400 Meters 7 0.00 49.74 04/11/2015 HURRICANE INVIATIONAL 400 Meters 6 3.00 48.09 05/02/2015 LONGHORN INVITATIONAL 400 Meters 13 0.00 48.40 05/02/2015 LONGHORN INVITATIONAL 4x400-Meter Relay 3 1.50 3:10.41 05/16/2015 ACC OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS 400 Meters 22 0.00 48.37 05/16/2015 ACC OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS 4x400-Meter Relay 7 0.50 3:10.07 5.00 Zak Seddon Date Opponent Event Place Points Results ========== ============================== ============================== ===== ====== ================== 01/31/2015 RAZORBACK INVITATIONAL Distance Medley Relay (I) 6 0.75 9:48.36 01/31/2015 RAZORBACK INVITATIONAL 3000 Meters (I) 12 0.00 8:11.39 02/14/2015 DAVID HEMERY VALENTINE INVITE 3000 Meters (I) 8 1.00 7:59.40 02/14/2015 DAVID HEMERY VALENTINE INVITE Distance Medley Relay (I) 2 2.00 9:39.50 02/28/2015 ACC INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS 3000 Meters (I) 5 4.00 8:05.99 02/28/2015 ACC INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS Distance Medley Relay (I) 4 1.25 9:44.44 03/28/2015 OHIO STATE 1500 Meters 1 9.00 3:46.77 03/28/2015 OHIO STATE 3000 Meters 1 9.00 8:16.72 04/04/2015 STANFORD INVITATIONAL 3000 Meter Steeplechase 2 8.00 8:36.55 04/18/2015 MT SAC RELAYS 1500 Meters 6 3.00 3:42.02 05/02/2015 PAYTON JORDAN INVITATIONAL 3000 Meter Steeplechase 0.00 8:42.75 05/16/2015 ACC OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS 1500 Meters 15 0.00 3:47.18 05/16/2015 ACC OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS 3000 Meter Steeplechase 2 8.00 8:36.75 05/30/2015 NCAA EAST 3000 Meter Steeplechase 1 10.00 8:34.84 06/13/2015 NCAA OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIP 3000 Meter Steeplechase 8 1.00 8:41.12 57.00 Markindey Sineus Date Opponent Event Place Points Results ========== ============================== ============================== ===== ====== ================== 01/24/2015 ROD MCCRAVY INVITATIONAL Weight Throw (I) 11 0.00 59- 5.50 18.12m 02/07/2015 VIRGINIA TECH ELITE MEET Weight Throw (I) 8 1.00 65- 0 19.81m 02/14/2015 TYSON INIVITATIONAL Weight Throw (I) 17 0.00 61- 2.25 18.65m 02/28/2015 ACC INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS Weight Throw (I) 11 0.00 58- 7.50 17.87m 04/04/2015 FLORIDA RELAYS Hammer 10 0.00 195- 1 59.46m 04/11/2015 HURRICANE INVIATIONAL Hammer 3 6.00 197- 6 60.20m 04/25/2015 PENN RELAYS Hammer 8 1.00 201- 6 61.43m 05/02/2015 LONGHORN INVITATIONAL Hammer 1 10.00 198-10 60.61m 05/16/2015 ACC OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS Hammer 4 5.00 210- 3 64.08m 05/30/2015 NCAA EAST Hammer 22 0.00 204- 8 62.39m 23.00 Garrett Singletary Date Opponent Event Place Points Results ========== ============================== ============================== ===== ====== ================== 03/20/2015 BULLS INVITATIONAL Javelin 4 5.00 204- 7 62.37m 03/28/2015 OHIO STATE Javelin 3 6.00 197- 1 60.08m 04/04/2015 FLORIDA RELAYS Javelin 14 0.00 193- 3 58.90m 04/11/2015 HURRICANE INVIATIONAL Javelin 1 10.00 205- 1 62.52m 04/25/2015 PENN RELAYS Javelin 11 0.00 200- 6 61.13m 05/08/2015 UNF INVITE Javelin 1 10.00 203- 3 61.96m 05/16/2015 ACC OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS Javelin 7 2.00 211- 0 64.32m 33.00 Stephen Sutherland Date Opponent Event Place Points Results ========== ============================== ============================== ===== ====== ================== 01/24/2015 ROD MCCRAVY INVITATIONAL 400 Meters (I) 25 0.00 48.91 01/24/2015 ROD MCCRAVY INVITATIONAL 4x400-Meter Relay (I) 14 0.00 3:16.35 02/07/2015 VIRGINIA TECH ELITE MEET 200 Meters (I) 14 0.00 22.38 02/07/2015 VIRGINIA TECH ELITE MEET 400 Meters (I) 37 0.00 51.62 02/07/2015 VIRGINIA TECH ELITE MEET 4x400-Meter Relay (I) 2 2.00 3:14.24 02/14/2015 TYSON INIVITATIONAL 400 Meters (I) 52 0.00 49.62 02/28/2015 ACC INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS 200 Meters (I) 13 0.00 22.13 04/25/2015 PENN RELAYS 4x400-Meter Relay 5 1.00 3:10.17 05/02/2015 LONGHORN INVITATIONAL 200 Meters 17 0.00 21.56 05/02/2015 LONGHORN INVITATIONAL 4x400-Meter Relay 3 1.50 3:10.41 05/16/2015 ACC OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS 200 Meters 9 0.00 21.36 05/16/2015 ACC OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS 4x400-Meter Relay 7 0.50 3:10.07 05/30/2015 NCAA EAST 4x100-Meter Relay 5 1.00 39.55 6.00 Antony Taylor Date Opponent Event Place Points Results ========== ============================== ============================== ===== ====== ================== 05/02/2015 PAYTON JORDAN INVITATIONAL 3000 Meter Steeplechase 0.00 9:18.01 05/16/2015 ACC OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS 3000 Meter Steeplechase 10 0.00 9:19.31 0.00 Otniel Teixeira Date Opponent Event Place Points Results ========== ============================== ============================== ===== ====== ================== 01/31/2015 RAZORBACK INVITATIONAL Distance Medley Relay (I) 6 0.75 9:48.36 01/31/2015 RAZORBACK INVITATIONAL Mile Run (I) 11 0.00 4:10.22 01/31/2015 RAZORBACK INVITATIONAL 4x400-Meter Relay (I) 8 0.25 3:19.18 02/14/2015 DAVID HEMERY VALENTINE INVITE 800 Meters (I) 4 5.00 1:49.09 02/14/2015 DAVID HEMERY VALENTINE INVITE Distance Medley Relay (I) 2 2.00 9:39.50 02/21/2015 ALEX WILSON INVITATIONAL 800 Meters (I) 3 6.00 1:49.92 02/28/2015 ACC INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS 800 Meters (I) 3 6.00 1:49.67 02/28/2015 ACC INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS Distance Medley Relay (I) 4 1.25 9:44.44 03/28/2015 OHIO STATE 1500 Meters 2 7.00 3:46.99 04/04/2015 FLORIDA RELAYS 800 Meters 12 0.00 1:48.57 04/18/2015 MT SAC RELAYS 800 Meters 12 0.00 1:50.59 05/02/2015 PAYTON JORDAN INVITATIONAL 800 Meters 0.00 1:51.05 05/16/2015 ACC OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS 800 Meters 3 6.00 1:49.08 05/30/2015 NCAA EAST 800 Meters 22 0.00 1:48.74 34.25 Kermit Whitfield Date Opponent Event Place Points Results ========== ============================== ============================== ===== ====== ================== 02/28/2015 ACC INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS 60 Meters (I) 15 0.00 7.21 0.00 Kendal Williams Date Opponent Event Place Points Results ========== ============================== ============================== ===== ====== ================== 01/24/2015 ROD MCCRAVY INVITATIONAL 60 Meters (I) 6 0.00 6.66 01/24/2015 ROD MCCRAVY INVITATIONAL 4x400-Meter Relay (I) 14 0.00 3:16.35 02/07/2015 VIRGINIA TECH ELITE MEET 200 Meters (I) 1 10.00 21.37 02/14/2015 TYSON INIVITATIONAL 60 Meters (I) 9 0.00 6.57 02/28/2015 ACC INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS 60 Meters (I) 1 10.00 6.56 02/28/2015 ACC INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS 200 Meters (I) 3 6.00 21.15 03/14/2015 NCAA INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIP 60 Meters (I) 9 0.00 6.62 03/28/2015 OHIO STATE 4x100-Meter Relay DNF 0.00 04/04/2015 FLORIDA RELAYS 100 Meters 6 3.00 10.28 04/11/2015 HURRICANE INVIATIONAL 200 Meters 3 6.00 20.56 04/11/2015 HURRICANE INVIATIONAL 4x100-Meter Relay 2 2.00 40.03 05/02/2015 LONGHORN INVITATIONAL 100 Meters 1 10.00 10.09 05/02/2015 LONGHORN INVITATIONAL 4x100-Meter Relay 1 2.50 39.46 05/16/2015 ACC OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS 100 Meters 2 8.00 9.98 05/16/2015 ACC OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS 200 Meters 2 8.00 20.26 05/16/2015 ACC OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS 4x100-Meter Relay 1 2.50 39.28 05/30/2015 NCAA EAST 100 Meters 1 10.00 10.11 05/30/2015 NCAA EAST 200 Meters 6 3.00 20.38 05/30/2015 NCAA EAST 4x100-Meter Relay 5 1.00 39.55 06/13/2015 NCAA OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIP 100 Meters 5 4.00 10.07 06/13/2015 NCAA OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIP 200 Meters 8 1.00 20.30 06/13/2015 NCAA OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIP 4x100-Meter Relay 9 0.00 39.48 87.00 Stargell Williams Date Opponent Event Place Points Results ========== ============================== ============================== ===== ====== ================== 01/17/2015 AUBURN INVITATIONAL Shot Put (I) 9 0.00 55- 2.50 16.83m 01/24/2015 ROD MCCRAVY INVITATIONAL Shot Put (I) 13 0.00 56- 8.75 17.29m 02/07/2015 VIRGINIA TECH ELITE MEET Shot Put (I) 9 0.00 57- 6.50 17.54m 02/14/2015 TYSON INIVITATIONAL Shot Put (I) 17 0.00 55- 0.75 16.78m 02/28/2015 ACC INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS Shot Put (I) 5 4.00 58- 3.25 17.76m 03/28/2015 OHIO STATE Shot Put 7 0.00 57- 7.75 17.57m 03/28/2015 OHIO STATE Discus 10 0.00 155- 2 47.30m 04/04/2015 FLORIDA RELAYS Shot Put 11 0.00 54- 2.75 16.53m 04/11/2015 HURRICANE INVIATIONAL Shot Put 4 5.00 57- 9.75 17.62m 04/11/2015 HURRICANE INVIATIONAL Discus 7 2.00 159- 4 48.57m 04/25/2015 PENN RELAYS Shot Put 6 3.00 58- 9.50 17.92m 05/16/2015 ACC OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS Shot Put 6 3.00 57- 7.75 17.57m 05/16/2015 ACC OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS Discus 20 0.00 160- 3 48.86m 05/30/2015 NCAA EAST Shot Put 18 0.00 59- 4.25 18.09m 17.00