Gators earn six victories at FSU track meet

TALLAHASSEE – Senior Mariam Kevkhishvili led a 1-2-3 Florida sweep in the shot put with a Mike Long Track record toss and the Gators track and field teams picked up six victories on the final day of the Seminole Twilight Invitational at Florida State.

Kevkhishvili won the shot put with a toss of 59 feet, 7½ inches that shattered the previous Mike Long Track record of 58 feet, 10¼ inches set by Kim Barrett of Miami in 2005. Sophomore Fidela James had a personal-best toss of 51-11¾ and junior Keely Medeiros was third with a toss of 50-2¼.

James also set a personal record in the women’s hammer throw with a second-place toss of 152 feet, 3 inches.

In the two-day event, Florida won eight times and had several athletes establish personal bests in the final preparations before the SEC Outdoors Track and Field Championships are conducted beginning Thursday at Knoxville, Tenn.

Junior Daisy Glasser won the women’s pole vault with a season-best effort of 13 feet, ¼ inch. Sophomore Claire Spurling finished fifth.

Freshman Jeremy Rankin clocked a collegiate-best time in the men’s 100 meters, winning the event in 10.52 seconds to better his previous effort of 10.58 seconds at the UCF Invitational in March.

Eric Foran won the men’s pole vault elite section with a season-best effort of 15-9, while freshman Max Lang was the runner-up at15-3.

Freshman Bryan Turner won the men’s high jump with a leap of 6 feet, 8 ¾ inches. Frankie Hammond was third with a 6-6¾ leap.

Freshmen Sean Obinwa and John Mitchell each had personal-best times of 49.31 and 49.56, respectively, in the 400 meters. Senior Carlos Phillips matched his season best in the event with his effort of 47.28 seconds.

Michael Anderson ran a personal-best in the 1,500 meters, finishing in 3:48.37.