TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Outstanding performances at Friday’s 39th FSU Relays paid off handsomely this week with a trio of Florida State track & field athletes nabbing ACC Performer of the Week honors.
Ka’Tia Seymour and Trey Cunningham were recognized as the ACC Women’s and Men’s Track Performers of the Week, while Lauri Paredes earned ACC Women’s Field Performer of the Week honors.
The announcement was made by the conference office Tuesday afternoon.
“Three ACC Performers of the Week on the same weekend is a fantastic honor for our program,” FSU coach Bob Braman said. “The really exciting thing is they’re all freshmen. They’ll have a bunch of these before they’re through.”
Seymour was a double-winner in her outdoor debut for the Seminoles. Fresh off a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships in the 200-meter dash, the Palatka, Fla. native laid down the nation’s No. 1 200-meter time (22.75) to win the FSU Relays title. Seymour edged teammate Shauna Helps (22.97) for a 1-2 finish by the Noles. She followed up her individual win by teaming with Jayla Kirkland, Helps and Cortney Jones to anchor FSU’s 4×100 relay to victory in 44.16; the No. 10 time nationally.
Cunningham, who was sixth at the NCAA Indoor Championships in the 60-meter hurdles after claiming the ACC title, left quite an impression in his outdoor 110-meter hurdles debut. The freshman from Winfield, Ala. opened up with a winning time of 13.63, which not only leads the ACC but ranks second nationally.
Paredes, a native of Villa Elisa, Paraguay, took down a 28-year-old school record in the women’s javelin in her debut performance for the Noles. The redshirt freshman’s third-round throw of 53.50 meters (175-6) broke Kari Keith’s 1990 mark of 53.30m and temporarily gave her the lead. On the mend from injury, she passed her final two attempts and finished third, though her mark ranks No. 5 nationally.
Noles In Action Coast-To-Coast This Week
The Seminoles will spread out across the continent to compete this week, with the men and women split between five meets in three time zones, including some of the most prestigious regular season events in the nation.
The action begins in Gainesville, Fla. for the annual Pepsi Florida Relays, where the Noles will compete Thursday-Saturday. FSU will send a fairly large contingent of women’s sprinters, men’s jumpers and field event athletes.
FSU’s men’s sprinters will begin competition Friday at the 2018 Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, with preliminaries contested in the 4×100 relay and 100-meter dash during the morning session. The finals will be contested Saturday.
The Seminole distance runners will be split between both coasts – and three meets – with a large contingent heading to NC State for the two-day Raleigh Relays, which begin Friday morning. On the left coast, a smaller group will be split between the San Francisco State Distance Carnival and the Stanford Invitational, with all races contested on Friday.
Further details will follow later in the week.