AUBURN, Ala. – With Corion Knight and Trey Cunningham delivering event victories Saturday at the Tiger Track Classic, the Florida State track & field teams put a wrap on a productive weekend of action.
Knight’s second personal-best performance of the weekend at Auburn University came in the high jump, with the senior transfer rising above the competition with a leap of 2.20 meters (7-2.5). It moved the Crawfordville, Fla. native into a tie for eighth place on FSU’s all-time top 10 list.
“Corion was outstanding,” FSU coach Bob Braman said. “That is the kind of jump that scores at the national meet. He’s getting more consistent in both jump, so that’s really good.”
Knight won Friday’s long jump with an outdoor personal-best of 7.68 meters (25-2.5).
Cunningham, a freshman returning to his home state to compete for the first time as a collegian, did not disappoint in front of family and friends. He was the runaway winner in the 110-meter hurdles in 13.72 with freshman teammate Tye Dickens close behind (14.01) in third.
On the women’s side, Cortney Jones was the top collegian, finishing third overall in the 100-meter hurdles in a slightly-windy season-best 13.03.
“The hurdlers did a nice job,” Braman said. “Trey hit two or three hurdles but 13.7 is a very solid time for an imperfect race. Tyricke was very near his PF and that’s a solid performance. Cortney is nursing a bad heel so 13.03 is quite good. The No. 1 goal was for her to come out of the race healthy and she did so.”
Dickens’ day also included a solid 400-meter hurdles debut in 54.65.
Facing a strong field in the men’s 400-meter dash, Kyle Fearrington came home third in 47.05 while freshman Calvin Golson was sixth in an outdoor personal-best of 47.75. Fearrington came back later in the day with a fourth-place finish in the 200-meter dash, registering a windy season-best time of 21.11.
“Kyle held his own against some truly elite runners, and that’s an impressive opener for Calvin coming off an injury,” Braman noted.
Redshirt freshman Bert Freire parlayed an outdoor personal-best of 1:50.86 into a third-place finish, Maudie Skyring was fourth in the women’s 800 (2:09.66).
“Bert ran a really good race,” Braman said. “It was too windy for super fast times but he held his own against the best in the ACC. That was a perfect tactical race for him.”
Collectively the Noles produced six personal-best performances on the day. The men added two more ACC Outdoor Championships automatic qualifying berths in the triple jump. Graduate transfer Kenneth Fisher’s first triple jump competition in two years produced a top mark of 15.29 meters (50-2), good for sixth place, while freshman Jacore Irving was 11th with a wind-aided mark of 14.61 meters (47-11.25).
In addition to Knight’s long jump win, Friday’s late action from Auburn also saw sophomore Hailey Hendry register her first career victory with a lifetime-best 17:22.80 in the 5000-meter run. Nicole Breske was the runner-up in the pole vault with a season-best and ACC qualifying clearance of 4.00 meters (13-1.5), while Kayla Maczuga’s mammoth personal-best in the javelin (44.32m/145-5) earned a sixth-place finish.
The men’s 1500-meter run produced three ACC qualifying and likely NCAA East Preliminary times as Michael Hall (3:45.04) was second, followed by David Barney (fifth, 3:46.33) and Toby Hardwick’s personal-best (3:46.33) for sixth place.