Spartan Track & Field’s Daniels Breaks Florida Relays Record
Sophomore Katelyn Daniels took third despite breaking a 25-year old record in the women’s discus on the second day of the Pepsi Florida Relays
GAINESVILLE, Florida – Sophomore Katelyn Daniels took third despite breaking a 25-year old record in the women’s discus on the second day of the Pepsi Florida Relays at the Percy Beard Track, located inside James G. Pressly Stadium, on Friday, April 1.
“Competition went really well,” said assistant coach Blaine Maag. “As an opener, you aren’t always sure what you’ll get, but everyone that competed today and yesterday stepped up to the plate. We had three personal records yesterday and a few more today as far as openers go.”
Daniels’ 58.02-meter throw came on her fourth attempt of the evening. She was one of three competitors to break the Florida Relays record of 57.75m set back in 1991.
“We were hoping for that number,” Maag said. “Her consistency last season took time to get to that level, and now that she is already here is good news.”
Senior Cynthia Watt opened the day for MSU with a seventh-place effort in the women’s hammer throw. Watt notched a mark of 62.32 meters on her second attempt of the opening round.
Sophomore Vinny Gjokaj earned a top-15 finish for the Spartans, taking 14th in the hammer. Gjokaj recorded a heave of 63.44 meters on his second throw.
“They (Connor Kostrzewa and Vinny Gjokaj) picked up the hammer quickly and had good indoor seasons,” said Maag. “They are hungry for more, and having Connor open with personal best and possibly the fourth best competition of Vinny’s life, they are ready to go.”
In the pole vault competition, junior Hannah Sailar finished seventh with a clearance at 4.05m, setting a new outdoor personal best. Senior Lauren Chorny was knocked out at 4.05m after sailing over 3.90m.
Freshman Will Agodu, running in his first outdoor meet as a Spartan, clocked a 14.43 in the 110-meter hurdles to take 39th. In the 400 hurdles, senior David Washington took 21st with an effort of 52.89. Sophomore Alex Waiter followed in 55.58. On the women’s side of the 400 hurdles, freshmen Taylor Mullins and Asya Reynolds finished consecutively in 42nd and 43rd, respectively. Mullins ran a 1:04.06, while Reynolds went 1:04.51.
Competing in the women’s 400 meters, sophomore Cierra Pryor turned in a 57.31 for 52nd. Sophomore Antonio Clark crossed the line in 45th with a time of 48.99 in the men’s race.
Pryor, Reynolds, Mullins and freshman Denise Spann combined for a 3:49.27, taking 26th in the prelims of the women’s 4×400-meter relay. The men’s relay team clocked a 3:21.34 to finish 29th.