TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – For the third time in as many weeks, Florida State athletes have been recognized for their outstanding performances by the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Sophomore Peta-Gay Williams and freshman Eleonora Omoregie were named ACC Women’s Performers of the Week for track and field, respectively.
Williams dropped the ACC’s fastest time of the season in the 60-meter hurdles final at the Bob Pollock Invitational, capturing the individual event title on Friday of the two-meet. The Jamaican junior national record-holder ran 8.19 in the final, a new personal-best and the 12th-fastest mark among NCAA Division I athletes this season, after finishing behind freshman teammate Cortney Jones in the preliminary rounds.
Williams’ time is the third-fastest mark in Florida State history, trailing only Teona Rodgers (8.07) and Meme Jean (8.08) as she eclipsed two-time Olympian Anne Zagre (8.21) and Kim Jones (8.21) on the top 10 all-time list.
It marked the second consecutive win for Williams in as many meets this season. Jones, who ran 8.26 in her collegiate debut in the prelims – she ran 8.51 for sixth in the final – now holds down the No. 6 spot on FSU’s all-time list. They join teammates Nicole Setterington and Melissa-Maree Farrington as the current squad boasts four of the 10 fastest 60-meter hurdlers in program history.
In her second competition for the Seminoles since arriving from Udine, Italy, Omoregie matched the 27-year-old school record in the high jump. The two-time Italian Senior National silver medalist soared 1.85 meters (6-0.75), matching the top mark of FSU Hall of Famer Holly Kelly, who cleared 1.85 meters to finish fourth at the 1990 NCAA Indoor Championships.
Omoregie defeated a pair of 2016 Olympians – St. Lucia’s Jeanelle Scheper and Nigeria’s Doreen Amata – for the win at Clemson. Scheper was the 2015 NCAA outdoor high jump champion as a senior at South Carolina, while Amata has represented Nigeria in the last three Olympic Games.
With her clearance, Omoregie moved into a tie for the lead among ACC high jumpers this season with North Carolina’s Nicole Greene, and is currently tied for sixth nationally; virtually assuring herself a trip to the NCAA Indoor Championships.
The Seminoles will take a week off from competition this weekend and return to action next week with the men’s and women’s distance runners heading to Boston University for the David Hemery Invitational, while the sprinters, jumpers and throwers travel to Fayetteville, Ark. for the Tyson Invitational.
After being shut out for individual weekly ACC top performer honors during the 2016 indoor track & field season, four Seminoles have already been recognized in 2017. Williams and Omoregie join Jogaile Petrokaite and Darryl Haraway, who have been recognized over the past two weeks.