FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – As the indoor track & field season calendar shifts to over-drive with the postseason fast approaching, the Florida State men and women will take dead aim at their fastest times and best marks yet this weekend.
In search of elite competition on the fastest surfaces, the Seminoles will split into two groups this weekend. The distance women and men headed to Boston University’s David Hemery Invitational, while the sprinters, jumpers and throwers tackle the competition at the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark.
“This is the biggest regular season weekend of the entire indoor season,” FSU veteran coach Bob Braman said. “Most national qualifying marks are achieved this weekend, but also important are ACC qualifying marks and relay seedings.
“We often split up this weekend and get each event group to the absolute best competitions that can enable those key marks. It’s going to be an incredibly exciting weekend.”
One of the highlight events at the Tyson Invitational will be the women’s 60-meter hurdles, with 18 of the nation’s top 38 entered in the field, including FSU’s quartet of Peta-Gay Williams, Cortney Jones, Nicole Setterington and Marissa-Maree Farrington. That group of Noles all ranks among the top 10 in program history.
Four Seminoles have been selected to invitational sections in Arkansas, pitting the best of the best around the nation. Jogaile Petrokaite (women’s long jump), Eleonora Omoregie (women’s high jump) and the men’s triple jump tandem of Armani Wallace and Montel Nevers will have an opportunity to move up the national rankings while battling the elite.
In addition to the field events, Williams (60-meter hurdles) and Darryl Haraway (men’s 60-meter dash) received automatic byes into the second round of their respective events, based on their national rankings.
The Tyson Invitational field is top-heavy with nationally ranked programs as well, as 13 of the nation’s top 25 women’s teams and nine nationally ranked men’s squads will be represented.
The meet will be streamed via ESPN’s SEC+ on both days beginning at 1 p.m. (ET):
Live results are available via Flashresults: http://www.flashresults.com/2017_Meets/Indoor/02-10_Tyson/
The women’s distance group kicks things off at Boston University on Friday, with the men’s distance team following on Saturday. Both the men and women will compete simultaneously over the same two days at the University of Arkansas’ Randal Tyson Center.
Among the featured Noles competing Friday are Bridget Blake (mile) and Carmela Cardama Baez (3000). Graduate transfer Jaap Vellinga is scheduled to make his FSU debut on Saturday in the 800 alongside red-hot freshman Humberto Freire, while Steven Cross and Harry Mulenga will chase fast times in the 3000.
Flotrack will provide a for-pay, live stream each day beginning at 1 p.m. (ET) from Boston University http://www.flotrack.org/event/254626-2017-bu-david-hemery-valentine-invitational with live results scheduled to be provided by lancertiming.com
As always, you can follow via Twitter @FSU_Track for updates throughout the weekend and check back nightly for recaps at Seminoles.com.