TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Darryl Haraway is a man with big plans. And with good reason.
A sophomore who has already emerged as Florida State’s top sprinter, Haraway isn’t shy about his goals for the next few months. He wants individual titles in both indoor and outdoor NCAA competitions.
And he wants FSU’s men’s track team to regain the form the led to multiple national championships in the mid-2000s.
But before that, though, Haraway wants himself and the Seminoles to conquer the ACC indoor track and field championships, which began Thursday in South Bend, Ind.
Haraway, a native of Upper Marlboro, Md., will run in both the 60- and 200-meter dashes. The preliminary rounds start on Friday.
“I’m looking forward to competing there,” Haraway said. “I want to win both the 60 and the 200. And I want my men’s team to win a championship.”
Haraway has reason to feel confident.
Just two weeks ago, at the Tyson Invitational in Arkansas, Haraway blew away his competition in the 60-meter dash with an eye-popping time of 6.59 seconds.
That’s good for best this season in the ACC, second-best in the nation and has Haraway rubbing shoulders with some of the fastest Seminoles of all time.
He’s now tied with 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Walter Dix and former two-sport star Michael Ray Garvin for the sixth-fastest 60-meter time in school history.
“When I jumped out the block, I was like, ‘Oh I’m in first place,’” Haraway said. “I knew it was going to be fast, but I didn’t know how fast.”
Not only does Haraway have confidence, but he has the motivation to go with it.
That came after a freshman season that, while successful, left Haraway wanting more.
A year ago at ACC indoor championships, Haraway finished second in the 60-meter dash and third in the 200-meter, behind Clemson’s Tevin Hester in each event.
More than that, though, a hamstring injury that limited Haraway in NCAA outdoor championships left him feeling like he ended the season on a sour note.
That Haraway felt he perhaps could have done more to prevent the injury stung even worse.
A former football standout at DeMatha Catholic High – and former teammate of FSU offensive lineman Brock Ruble – Haraway can now admit that there were some responsibilities of being a major college athlete that didn’t come easily at first.
Among them, maintaining a proper regimen at the training table.
“I wasn’t the person to always get treatment because I (thought) my body was fine,” Haraway said. “So I was like, ‘Oh well, I don’t need treatment.’
“The injury kind of helped, in a way, because I now can see what it takes to get to the top.”
FSU track coach Bob Braman believes that Haraway did some growing up while nursing his hamstring.
Ability has never been an issue – Haraway ran the 100-meters in 10.20 seconds as a high school sophomore and is one of the fastest sprinters in Maryland high-school history.
But, as Haraway himself noted, everyone at the college level is a former prep star.
And in order to evolve from good to great, Haraway had to push himself beyond his raw ability.
“He ran out of talent overcoming his lack of detail,” Braman said. “All those opportunities that he saw for himself went away. So, he truly has been on a mission this year.”
Added Haraway: “I know people were sleeping on me. And I wanted them to know that I’m still here. I’m still Daryl Haraway.”
Haraway first delivered that message with a first-place finish at the Clemson Indoor Invitational in January. He then doubled down with his star turn in Arkansas a few weeks ago.
But a championship showing this week would be a clear statement: Haraway is here and, after a two-year hiatus, the Seminoles might be back, too.
“The kid’s a great kid,” Braman said. “Good family. Just completely dedicated to the sport. He’s a good person.
“I am relieved a bit, but more just happy for Darryl. We knew he would get there.”