TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – In the midst of a record-setting season, two-time ACC discus champion Kellion Knibb claimed her first conference honor Tuesday, earning the league’s Women’s Field Performer of the Week following her Penn Relays victory. Knibb’s winning throw of 58.55 meters (192-1) on Friday shattered the 20-year-old Penn Relays and Franklin Field record, set by Washington’s Aretha Hill in 1996 (57.76/189-6). For her effort, the redshirt junior was named the Penn Relays College Women’s Athlete of the Meet.
By claiming the college women’s discus championship section at the 122nd Penn Relays, Knibb was victorious for the third time in four meets this spring. The St. Catherine, Jamaica native ranks fourth nationally and is unbeaten against collegiate competition this season.
Her record-setting mark in Philadelphia was the second long-standing meet record to tumble in as many meets. On April 15 at the Seminole Invitational, Knibb broke the 30-year-old Mike Long Track record in her home circle with a top mark of 57.99m. Knibb’s season-best throw (59.55m/195-4) came at the Florida Relays, where she finished second to post-collegian and US Olympic hopeful Paige Blackburn.
In her final tune-up for next week’s ACC Outdoor Championships – May 13-15 at Florida State – Knibb will compete in Wednesday’s UNF Twlight Invitational at Hodges Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla. After missing the entire 2015 outdoor season due to injury, she has her future sights set on a third ACC discus title – she won in 2013 and 2014 – and improving on her fifth-place finish at the 2014 NCAA Championships.
Knibb is the fifth Seminole to earn ACC Performer of the Week honors this season, joining Jogaile Petrokaite, Stefan Brits, Darryl Haraway and Zak Seddon.
Noles tune up for ACC Championships at NCAA East site
On Wednesday, more than 50 Florida State athletes will get a glimpse of the Hodges Stadium track which will host the NCAA East Preliminary meet while competing at the UNF Twilight Invitational at Jacksonville’s University of North Florida campus.
The meet will provide the Noles with a final tune-up before hosting the ACC Outdoor Championships next week.
Relay performances will be among the most important goals for the Noles at the one-day meet, which will include NCAA Division I competitors from Jacksonville, UCF, FIU, Florida Atlantic, The Citadel, Troy and host UNF, as well an unattached athletes.
FSU will field its first women’s 4×400 relay of the season in an effort to, minimally, secure a spot in the fast heat at the ACC Championships and hopefully earn an NCAA East qualifying mark. The Noles will look to some combination of Jande Pierce, Chelsea Jarvis, Madison Harris, Shaquania Dorsett and Melissa-Maree Farrington to get that accomplished.
Meanwhile, the men’s 4×100 relay team will take a look at a third different combination this season, with Jamal Pitts set to anchor the unit, which will include Raheem Robinson, Darryl Haraway and Edward Clarke. The Noles already boast the ACC’s top time this season and have secured an NCAA East mark, but are hopeful of improving on their season-opening best of 39.41.
While the meet will serve as competitive work for some, it will also provide last-chance ACC Championship qualifying opportunities for others. A number of Seminoles are still hunting NCAA East qualifying marks.
Action begins with field events at 10 a.m. and concludes with the men’s 4×400 relay at 9 p.m.
You can keep up with the Seminoles throughout the meet via Twitter @FSU_Track. A complete recap will be posted at Seminoles.com at the conclusion of the competition.