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Freshman sprinter Marvin Bracy announced his arrival on the NCAA stage Friday evening at the Razorback Invitational, posting the fastest qualifying time in the preliminary heats of the 60-meter dash at the Randal Tyson Track Complex.
In his first race since injury his hamstring at the Florida High School state meet in May, the Florida State dual-sport star did not disappoint, bolting from the blocks on the way to victory in the opening heat. His time of 6.64 seconds was not only a personal best - he had only run the 60-meter distance once before in high school - but is the third-fastest time in Division I early on in the 2013 season.
"Obviously Bracy has that innate ability to go out after three weeks of practice and he throws down the third-fastest time," FSU head coach Bob Braman said. Frankly 6.64 is going to make it (to nationals) every time. ...
"He didn't look intimidated at all. He didn't look like he was digging, either. It looked easy"
Bracy heads into Saturday's semifinal round, where he will run out of lane 4 in the first of two heats. The top two runners in each heat, plus the next four fastest finishers will advance to the evening final. FSU teammates David Ambler (6.88) and Dentarius Locke (6.81) also advanced to the semifinal. Ambler will join Bracy in the first heat while Locke will run in the second heat.
While Locke did what was necessary to move on from the preliminary round in the 60, he saved just enough for a solid scoring performance in his 200-meter season debut. The redshirt junior covered the single-lap event in 21.15 seconds, good for a fourth-place showing and the fastest time among Atlantic Coast Conference sprinters this season.
"Locke gets another race (in the 60) and looked pretty darn good in the 200," Braman added.
On the women's side, junior Marecia Pemberton also moved on to the 60-meter semifinals, qualifying with the fifth-fastest time in the preliminary round (7.50). It's just another step on the comeback trail for Pemberton, who is competing in just her second meet since undergoing hip surgery in the spring.
Competing in a rare, early-season scored meet, the unranked Seminole women closed out the first day with 15.5 points after seven events, good for seventh place in the 11-team event which includes eight nationally ranked teams. The No. 21 Florida State men are in eighth place with 17 points from a field of 11 that includes six nationally ranked teams.
"We did a lot of decent things on both side," Bramans said. "Stefan Brits was pretty good in the long jump. Both girls - Maryke Brits and Der'Renae Freeman - qualified for the finals. ... It was a pretty good first day. We've got to put the pieces together. I thought we were OK. We've got some exciting things coming up tomorrow."
Five women earned top-eight finishes to contribute to the Seminoles' point total. Freshman long jumper Maryke Brits, competing in just her second meet, leaped 6.05 meters (19-10.25) to tie for third place. Brits' effort ranks second among ACC jumpers this season. Freeman was seventh with a season-best effort of 5.78m (18-11.75).
A pair of freshmen pole vaulters - Hannah Acton and Karly Jackson - continued to show early-season signs of improvement with new season-best marks. Acton was fifth, clearing 3.87 meters (12-8.25), while Jackson was seventh (3.57/11-8.50). Another freshman, Ewa Marcinkiewicz, placed seventh in the pentathlon. The Swede finished with 3,404 points in her first collegiate competition in the five-event competition.
Over the on the men's side, sophomore Stefan Brits claimed a fifth-place finish in the long jump, despite a controlled effort. Brits matched his career indoor best for the `Noles by going just 7.37 meters (24-2.25), despite passing on his three final attempts in an attempt not to tax a nagging hamstring issue.
Seth Proctor matched Locke for the highest finish among Seminole men, placing fourth in the 5,000 meters (14:47.16). Proctor led two-thirds of the way through the event before a slight fade over the closing four laps.
Senior Andrew Lahaye closed out the first-day scoring for the `Noles with a sixth-place finish in the men's pole vault (5.06m/16-7.25).
The Seminoles will return to action Saturday with a full slate of competitors, including both the men's and women's distance teams. Karen Harvey's FSU women will chase national qualifying marks when Amanda Winslow, Colleen Quigley and Georgia Peel line up in the invitational mile run. Kayleigh Tyerman and Jessica Parry will compete in the 3,000-meter women's invitational and freshman Natalie Concepcion will try and improve on last week's 800-meter personal best as one of seven runners in the invitational section of her speciality.
On the men's side, senior Michael Fout hopes to crack the 4-minute mile barrier for the first time, while David Forrester lines up in a star-studded 3,000-meter field. Darrin Gibson will be hunting an NCAA-worthy time in the invitational section of the 800.
Saturday's action will begin with the field events, where sophomore Briana Cherry-Bronson looks to put together an encore performance after her school-record weight throw last week in Alabama. Junior Izzy Ileso will compete in the triple jump for the first time since her 2012 season ended prematurely with a knee injury. All-American Phillip Young will also open his season in the triple jump, where he will be joined by Owen Cain.
The 400-meter dash heats will include freshman Sage Watson on the women's side and both Alonzo Russell and Stephen Newbold for the men.
Of course the most highly anticipated race will be the 60-meter dash, with Bracy leading the Seminole crew into the semifinals, which are set for 3:25 (ET).
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Fingers crossed running track doesn't result in any injuries! Wanna see him on the grid iron
I cannot wait to see this kid with the ball in his hands. If he is fearless and isn't scared of contact this kid will make Greg Reid look like a high schooler as a punt returner. One move and he will be GONE! Catch the the ball like you aren't scared and run like you are scared!!
He may turn out to be a great punt returner. I don't know!
Being fast doesn't translate into being a great punt returner.
Greg Reid was not super fast.
Peter Warrick was not super fast.
Willie Reid was not super fast.
The only great PR we've ever had that was elite fast was Deion.
All the others had good speed, but great quickness and elusiveness.
Charlie Ward was not super fast, but he was super elusive.
Amp Lee was actually slow by most RB measurements, but he was
quicker than a water bug.
Michael Ray Garvin was very fast. Shannon Baker was very fast.
Neither were great return men.
With all due respect, Greg Reid was very fast.
"It's not the SEC conference vs. the ACC conference," "It's Florida State vs. Auburn." --Lamarcus Joyner
Bracy showed that he was a pretty good returner in HS and in the UA game.
Like another poster said, hopefully track will not cause injuries.
Now off to try and find how to watch this event.
I think you put that type of speed at kick returner. Usually guys like Bracy have more straight line speed which doesn't translate to punt return. Leave Shaw at punt returner, at the very least he makes good decisions and catches everything. Unless a more dynamic guy Steps up, like Darby, etc.
But I'm really excited to see Bracy on the football field. I hope he isn't talked into only competing in track.
I like Shaw at PR. He actually looks comfortable back there. Green and Hunter both looked like they were going to poop their pants. But if Bracy or Kermit or Jesus can do it then that's great. We need those youngins on the field.
"I never knew I had a foot until I noticed it was on your neck"
greg reid was not fast he was quick. He runs probably in the 4.6 range. He was quick and had a feel for lining up his blockers and finding the hole that very few people have. He has the PR awareness that made him elite.
He would not have been in the top 10 on our team in the 40 though
Bracy has plenty of lateral quickness.
We have a winner!
People all the time equate straight line speed to great PR.
Quickness is much more important.
Some straight liners make very good KOR, but not all.
The only great PR we have had, and we've had many, that
was a great straight liner was Deion.
Deion was and is in a class by himself.
As much as I loved Deion, he would not be my first choice for
all time PR at FSU.
I agree with your thoughts but Deion what definitely be my first choice PR. Deion is the rare breed who would be a good PR even without elite speed. You add the ability to erase a tackler with an angle and he is super elite
Agree with much of what you said. However, I would submit that Terrell Buckley was a great punt returner with straight line speed. I found an old packer article that said he ran a 4.3, which I believe to be elite. Plus he ran track at FSU. Foola from Pascagoula for the win!
Terrell Buckley's infamous fake fair catch.
Sorry I don't have the audio.
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This post was edited by sctn8noles 15 months ago
That is certainly debatable.
You could make a good case for 3-5 PRs.
I personally loved Deion, G5, Willie Reid, TBuck and Peter Warrick.
For me it might come down to PW or Willie, but we are splitting hairs with
all of them IMO.
PR and KR are very different scenarios. On a punt return, the return man needs to make 1 or 2 guys miss with some jiggle. After that, he's probably faster than everybody on the defense but still has up to 9ish defenders to worry about between him and the endzone. They need a punter and 5 big uglies to punt, who aren't going to catch you but can only get in your way. Jiggle is important.
On a KR, the kicking team has 10 guys out there who can flat out run and make tackles. I mean Nigel Bradham and Telvin Smith go out there for this. You simply aren't going to have much luck juking out 10 guys like that, all coming down field at you. If you are faster than them all, find and hit the seam, then it's time to fly. That almost automatically puts you behind a majority of the potential tacklers, in space, and now it's time to burn the kicker and maybe 1 or 2 more guys. I mean think about how many time a PR almost stops, yet still gets yards? You just don't see that in KR because there are too many fast, quick, and solid tacklers on the field coming down field for you. It's like putting 10 fliers out there for PR.
I was thinking that T-Buck was going to be the monkey wrench in this argument, as I read through.
Greg Reid probably runs in the 4.5-4.6 range, not very fast. He's very quick and has elite lateral movement. Just like Peter Warrick. Warrick wasn't very fast, but he was very quick and elusive.
Will be on KR for sure next year, will have to see if he has enough wiggle to be on PR duties
If anyone doubts Bracy's pad speed or football moves, go watch that Under Armour game. He was absolutely filthy. Shook 3 defends to the ground, at once, on a punt return and made a one handed TD catch.
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So what was the outcome of Saturdays race?
He ran another 6.64 to qualify for the finals in first. The guy in second was another Nole who came in with another 6.70.
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