Juarez wins event at Fla. St., awaits invitation to nationals

From staff reports

Clayton State junior Tony Juarez came away with a win while sophomore Carlos Guyton ran the second fastest 400-meter run in Clayton State track history Saturday night at the Seminole Twilight meet, hosted by Florida State University.

On the women's side, Kim Daniel improved her personal best in the 1500m, while Aletha Binion and Heather Krehbiel had season-best efforts.

Juarez, tuning up for a possible trip to the NCAA Division II national meet later this month, was hoping to get pulled to a time faster than his best of 3:52.77.

Seeded sixth-fastest in the meet, Juarez ended up with a much slower field than promised and ended up out-kicking Florida State's Giscard Titus to win in 3:54.03.

Laker Head Coach Mike Mead had hoped the field would have helped Juarez to a 3:51.

"Tony and I were disappointed that the field was not more aggressive," said Mead. "Three guys who would have helped push the pace dropped out at the last minute before the start. The win was nice, but time was much more important."

Juarez, currently ranked 27th on the NCAA Division II performance list must wait until Tuesday to find if he'll advance to next week's NCAA national meet.

"Last year 19 runners in the 1500m made it to the national meet," said Mead.

"But some runners have qualified in multiple events. Those with better standings in other events will likely scratch from the 1500m, allowing Tony to move up on the list. Only time will tell."

Guyton turned in the fastest 400m by a Clayton State runner since 1999. He ran 48.76 to finish seventh in the competitive field.

"Carlos had a major breakthrough in the 400," said Mead. "With the proper strength training, there is no reason he shouldn't break our 400 record (48.34) next season."

Also running personal bests at FSU were juniors Elijah Ajayi and Stephen Hughes.

Ajayi clocked a 22.72 in the 200m while Hughes ran a PR of 1:57.52 in the 800m.

Also running in the meet for the Lakers was Adil with a 1:55.91 800m time and Njoroge Ngaruiya who placed seventh with a 16:03.31 in the 5,000-meter run.

Daniel finished ninth in the 1500m with a best of 4:47.72.

Krehbiel, also in the 1500m event, ran a personal best of 5:03.09.

Binion improved her season mark in the discus with a throw of 116-10 to place seventh.

"We did not bring many ladies to this meet, but the ones who competed turned in their best performances of the season and that was our goal for this meet," said Mead.

While Juarez awaits his fate, he'll be tuning up for at least one more meet this season when he'll be the lone Clayton State representative at the Georgia Tech Invitational this weekend.

n For more information about the Clayton State track team and athletic program, visit the http://athletics.clayton.edu website.