In what was one of the most impressive performances of the week in the entire nation, newly signed FSU commit Tyson Williams put everyone on notice as he ran to not only two new school records, but also two US #1 times Saturday. Flying out of the blocks in the 110MH, Williams ran away from the competition with a winning time of 13.68,with teammate Damarcus Sneed finishing 3rd with a time of 14.12 (US #6). To top off his day, Williams also easily ran away from the competition in the 300MH with a time of 36.65, winning the event, with Sneed finishing 2nd in a new personal best time of 38.21 (US #7).
In the jumps, the Eagles were led by Senior Riley Ott, who jumped to a massive personal best mark of 23’7.5” in the Long Jump, good enough for 2nd place and a US #3 mark in the early season. Finishing closely behind Ott was Damarcus Sneed, who finished in 5th place, with a jump of 22’7”, very close to his personal best mark of 22’10”. Also scoring points for the Eagles were Senior Kyle Murawski, who took home the win in the Pole Vault competition with a new personal best height of 14’ and Tyrique Starks, who cleared 5’11.5” in the High Jump, good enough for a 5th place finish.
Senior sprinters Austin Cowans and Michael Flores both ran to new personal best times in the 200 meters, with Cowans finishing 2nd and nearly breaking the school record with a time of 21.46, and Flores running a time of 22.19, finishing 6th overall. Along with Riley Ott, who finished 5th, both Cowans and Flores ran impressive times in the 100 meters as well, with Cowans finishing 3rd and Flores finishing 6th in the event. In the 400 meters, Ott ran to 2nd place finish while newcomer, Sophomore Jordan Rupe, ran an impressive race, finishing 7th with a time of 52.52. Junior Ar’Marion Hargrove finished 9th in the event with a time of 53.02.
In the mid-distance and distance events, the Eagles were paced by Thomas Townley, who ran to a 4th place finish in the 800 with a new personal best time of 2:00.89. Finishing just outside the top-8 in the event were Will Mosley and Gavin Bendross, who finished 9th and 10th respectively. In the 1600, Andrew Guerrero ran to a new personal best time of 4:48.56, finishing 9th.
With the addition of Javelin to the meet schedule this season, the Eagles had a great showing in the event with Jake Memmoli finishing 2nd with a throw of 135’7”, labeling him the current school record holder in the event. Teammate Logan Birket finished in 6th place with a throw of 127’7”, while Cameron Rupe finished 10th in the event with a throw of 121’9”.
In the team standings, the Eagles finished 2nd, only 6 points behind IMG Academy who actively recruits athletes from around the world. With 4 broken school records and over 20 personal bests on the day, the Eagles set the stage for what should be one of the best years in program and Polk County history.
The Eagles will continue their season this Saturday, February 22 as they compete at the Steinbrenner Invitational at George Steinbrenner High School in Tampa.