Five Noles win individual titles
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State track team wrapped up its first weekend of outdoor competition Saturday afternoon at the Tiger Track Classic in Auburn, Alabama and the Hurricane Invitational in Miami, Florida.
“The goal of a season-opening competition is always to compete well and get a qualifying mark for regionals if possible. We competed well at all levels this weekend, and that sets us up well. for the FSU relays next week,” said head coach Bob Braman.
In Miami, Sean Watkins Jr. led the way for men’s sprinters by taking first place in the 400m with a time of 47.28.
Alex Collier and Amir Willis each set personal bests in their respective events. Collier finished third in the 200m with a solid time of 20.95. Willis had a strong performance in the 100m finishing third, with a time of 10.25.
In Auburn, the Noles got off to a good start with Jacore Irving (15.15m) and Jeremiah Davis (15.06m) taking the top two spots in the men’s triple jump.
Sukeil Foucha took his first career victory in the 800m with a time of 1:51.86 to give the Noles their second victory of the day at the Tiger Track Classic.
The Noles had an excellent performance in the 3000m race for both men and women. Riley Bahr clocked a personal best 9:59.03 to win the event.
On the men’s side, Luke Reid won his first-ever outdoor track race with a time of 8:28.68 in the 3000m. FSU held the top six spots in the event thanks to strong performances from Andy Martinez (8:36.81), Matthew Owens (8:37.42), Lucas Bouquot (8:43.94), Coleman Cronk (8:54.45) and Harrison Martingayle (8:58.30).
Amani Heaven had a great day in the shot put and discus. Heaven finished third in the shot put with a throw of 14.79m. Heaven finished second in the discus throw with a score of 52.04m.
The Noles will be back in action next Thursday and Friday at the FSU Relays at Mike Long Track. The distance runners will travel to Raleigh, North Carolina for the Raleigh Relays.
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