June 21, 2018 - by
Noles Jump Back Into Fray At USATF, Jamaican Nationals

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The collegiate track & field season ended two weeks ago at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, but six Florida State athletes will test their skills against the best from their respective countries over the next four days.

Rising senior sprinter Darryl Haraway is one of four Noles competing in the four-day USATF Championships at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa. With a season and lifetime-best time of 10.09 in the 100-meter dash, Haraway ranks 12th among the 32 men who will line up this evening for the opening round of competition.

Austin Droogsma, Corion Knight and Trey Cunningham round out the four Noles men competing for a national championship and an opportunity to represent the United States later this summer at either the Athletics World Cup in Birmingham, UK or the NACAC Senior Championships in Toronto, Canada.

In the case of all four, it marks the first time they will be competing as senior athletes (20 years of age or older) at the USATF Championships.

“It’s incredible experience for our athletes to compete at their national championships,” FSU coach Bob Braman said. “We can learn a ton by competing head to head against the world’s best, and that’s what we hope to gain at the USA and Jamaican championships.”

At National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica, Shanice Love and Gleneve Grange are scheduled to compete Jamaica Senior and Junior Championships. Love will compete in the women’s discus on Friday, while Grange tackles the shot put on Saturday.

In addition to those on the 2018 FSU roster, a pair of signees, sprinters Jhevaughn Matherson and Tyreke Wilson, will compete in the 100-meter dash in the U20 division at the Jamaica Senior and Junior Championships. Quarterfinal round competition in the 100 is set for Thursday evening.

The competition at the USATF Championships is historically deep in each event, and extremely challenging. Haraway, who earned first-team All-American honors on FSU’s 4×100 relay and second-team honors in the 100, has drawn lane 3 in the first heat. His heat (7:10 p.m., ET) includes Ronnie Baker and Jaylen Bacon, who rank Nos. 5 and 7 in the world, respectively.

The top three from each of four heats and the next four fastest times will advance to Friday’s semifinal rounds. The men’s 100 final is set for Friday at 8:30 p.m.

Droogsma will make his USATF debut in the shot put on Saturday (3:45 p.m.). Coming off one of the finest seasons in program history, capped by a seventh-place finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, his personal-best 20.32 meters ranks 15th in the tightly-bunched field of 18.

Knight, the ACC Championship Field MVP, is the highest seed among FSU entries. The Wakulla High product’s qualifying mark of 8.02 meters ranks 11th in the field. Knight is looking for a measure of redemption after coming up short on his bid to qualify for the NCAA Championships. The long jump is set for Sunday at 3:25 p.m.

Freshman sensation Trey Cunningham rounds out the FSU quartet. Fresh off a fourth-place finish in the 110-meter hurdles at the NCAA Championships, the Winfield, Ala. native ranks 12th out of 21 qualifiers (13.57) set for three heats of first round action Saturday at 3:35 p.m. The top four from each heat and the next four fastest times advance to Sunday’s semifinals (3:30), with the final to follow at 5:52.

NBC Sports Gold will provide live coverage by subscription throughout the four-day meet. Live results will also be available via www.flashresults.com

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