TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Andre Ewers has a vision for what he would like to accomplish in his first season with the Florida State track & field team, and his season-opening 60-meter dash victory at the Larry Weiczorek Invitational was a good place to start.
Winning in a nation-leading time of 6.52 seconds, Ewers grabbed a share of the FSU school record in his debut performance with the Noles. After claiming Most Outstanding Male Track Performer honors at the meet on Saturday, he added his second award for the feat on Tuesday.
Ewers has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Track Performer of the Week.
“That’s a really special debut,” said FSU coach Bob Braman, now in his 15th season at the helm of the Noles men and women. “We knew Andre was special, but No. 1 all-time at Florida State wasn’t something I could’ve imagined.”
The Jamaica native who moved to the United States as a seven-year-old and starred at Piper High School in Lauderhill, Fla., has taken the long road to Tallahassee. He began his collegiate career at South Plains (Texas) College during the 2014-15 school year, took the following year off, then attended Butler (Kan.) Community College. Between the two stops he won a pair of junior college national titles and was an All-American 11 times.
He completed his two-year degree in December of 2017 and immediately enrolled at Florida State.
“He’s a great young man with a fantastic work ethic,” Braman said. “This is well-deserved.”
In addition to tying Dentarius Locke’s 2014 school record (6.52), which was set at altitude while winning the 2014 NCAA Championship title, Ewers is the fourth Nole to run faster than 6.55.
According to research by the USTFCCCA, no school has produced more runners to eclipse that standard.
Ewers will take the next two weeks off from competition and is slated to return to action at the Tyson Invitational, Feb. 9-10.
Cunningham Invited to Millrose Games
Fresh off his Larry Wieczorek Invitational title in his collegiate 60-meter hurdles debut, FSU freshman Trey Cunningham will take to a bigger stage when he returns to the track to compete at the Feb. 3 NYRR Millrose Games.
Contested at the Armory Track & Field Center in the heart of New York City, the meet is the longest-running and most prestigious indoor competition in the world. It will be televised by NBC.
Cunningham is no stranger to the facility, or success there. He set the World U20 Record in the finals of the 2017 New Balance Indoor Nationals, running 7.40 over 39-inch hurdles for 60 meters.
In his collegiate debut – over 42-inch hurdles – the Winfield, Ala. native’s winning time of 7.74 in the finals ranks No. 6 nationally and is the fourth-fastest time in Florida State history.
He trails only two former NCAA champions and a runner-up on the all-time list. Drew Brunson, the 2006 NCAA champion, is the only Seminole to run faster over 60-meter hurdles (7.53). Arthur Blake, an NCAA runner-up and 1988 Olympian is second (7.59c), while 1995 NCAA champion Phillip Riley (7.64c) ranks third.
The times for Blake and Riley are converted from the 55-meter hurdles.