TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (March 16, 2019) – Tallahassee Community College's track team participated in its first major event this weekend and didn't have far to go to do so, traveling cross-town to the prestigious FAMU Relays.
Eight runners participated in the 67th edition of the Rattlers' signature event. Highlighting the Eagles' day were wins in the women's 800m and the men's sprint medley relay.
Mia Wiederkehr recorded the Eagles' first-ever individual win with an impressive 800m run. After letting the field set the pace in the first 400m, Wiederkehr blew past the competition on the second lap – thanks to a negative split (1:12 over the final 400m) – and posted a time of 2:25.58.
In its final event of the day, Tallahassee posted a win in the seldom-run 1600 sprint medley relay. Jovanny Valdez, Mekhi Reynolds, Khalil Randell and Gannon Hundley ran the 200, 200, 400 and 800 legs, respectively, in a time of 3:56.12.
Earlier in the day, Valdez posted top-five finishes in both the 100m and 200m.
In the 100m, Valdez ran an 11.19 in the morning prelims to draw the sixth seed in the finals where he lowered his time to a 10.90 and was part of a four-way tie for third. His time of 22.80 in the 200m was good for fourth.
Reynolds, meanwhile, ran the 200m and 400m. He finished seventh in the 200m with a time of 23.12. His 400m time of 52.15 was good for 12th.
Randell and Hundley's lone individual event was the 1500m. The duo placed sixth and seventh with times of 4:23.24 and 4:48.38, respectively.
The 200m featured another pair of Tallahassee runners – Sheldon Wilson, who placed ninth in 23.29, and Antonio Durant, who ran a 24.94 to finish 21st.
Meanwhile, the women's 200m featured Asia Charlton, who finished 13th with a time of 32.73.
Genevieve Printiss, running the women's 1500m, placed fourth in her heat and 16th overall with a time of 5:04.99.
Tallahassee will run at the Sheraton UNF Spring Break Invitational in Jacksonville, Fla., on Friday.