Through the first two meets of the indoor season, FSU athletes have combined to score 15 event wins, posted 60 personal-bests and contributed 14 entries on the school’s top 10 list.
More importantly, the Seminoles are currently well-represented on the NCAA descending order list, which determines the top 16 qualifiers in each event for the 2017 NCAA Indoor Championships.
Currently, six Seminoles – four women and two men – are ranked within the top 16 nationally. The women are: Petrokaite (9th, long jump); Shauna Helps (12th, 200); Eleonora Omoregie (tied 13th, high jump) and Peta-Gay Williams (15th, 60 hurdles). In addition to Haraway’s tied-for-eighth standing, Keniel Grant ranks 16thin the long jump.
A handful of Seminoles are knocking at the door of NCAA Indoor Championships inclusion, including Gleneve Grange (17th, shot put), Nicole Setterington (19th, 60 hurdles), Armani Wallace (22nd, triple jump), Austin Droogsma (22nd, shot put) and Carmela Cardama Baez (24th, 3000).
Return Trip To Clemson On Tap This Weekend
More than 60 Seminoles are scheduled to compete when the teams return to Clemson for the Bob Pollock Invitational, which is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, and will include the most competitive field of the season to date.
On the men’s side, No. 7 Alabama and No. 19 South Carolina lead a group which also includes ACC competitors Clemson, Duke, NC State and Georgia Tech, as well as Troy and North Carolina A&T. Three ranked women’s teams – No. 15 NC State, No. 22 Alabama and No. 24 South Carolina – will compete alongside Clemson, Georgia Tech, Troy, UCF and North Carolina A&T.
Seminole multi-event athletes Melissa-Maree Farrington, Dante Newberg and Hunter Napier will get their first taste in the pentathlon and heptathlon. Farrington, the ACC runner-up last year, will try and improve on her 2016-best score of 4,082 points, which left her six spots shy of an NCAA Indoor Championships berth. The senior from Australia should also make a run at Grete Sadeiko’s school record (4,105).
As a freshman, Newberg authored a season-best 4,810 points in the heptathlon, which ranks fourth in program history. Based on his early-season performances in events, he should challenge to become just the third 5,000-point heptathlete in program history. Napier, a freshman, will be making his multi-event debut.
Among other notable scheduled entrants for the meet are: Carmela Cardama Baez (mile, 5000); Bridget Blake (mile), freshman Cortney Jones (60 hurdles), Harry Mulenga (mile), Steven Cross (3000), Ibrahim Ahmed (5000) and Ed’Ricus Williams (high jump). The Seminoles will also enter men’s and women’s distance medley relay teams.