CLEMSON, S.C. – The wait is over. Florida State’s men and women launch their 2018 indoor track & field campaign here on Saturday at the Orange & Purple Invitational. While the day-long, 12-team meet gives the Noles an opportunity to knock off some competitive rust, it will also provide a baseline for progress made in the offseason.
FSU coach Bob Braman’s squads will certainly be tested, with the men’s field including 2017 NCAA Indoor Championships runner-ups Florida and fourth-place Georgia, as well as ACC rivals Georgia Tech and host Clemson. Georgia’s women also posted a runner-up finish last season.
Though the Noles won’t send their full contingents into competition until the Jan. 19-20 Larry Wieczorek Invitational at Iowa, a handful of elite performers are set to compete in their primary events on and around the 200-meter Clemson Indoor Complex.
Two senior Noles who qualified for the 2017 NCAA Indoor Championships – Montel Nevers and Austin Droogsma – will be joined by junior qualifier Darryl Haraway. Nevers was eighth nationally in the triple jump, while Droogsma placed 13th in the shot put. Haraway, the ACC Indoor co-MVP, finished 14th in the 60-meter dash.
Senior Gleneve Grange, the school record-holder in the shot put, and sprint standout Shauna Helps, who ranks No. 4 all-time in the 200 among Noles, will compete in their specialties for the women.
Most noteworthy, 17 first-year Noles – 12 men and five women – are scheduled to make their indoor debuts on the track which will host the ACC Championships, Feb. 22-24. Among that group for the men are heralded freshmen Shamon Ehiemua (60, 200), Caleb Pottorff (3,000), Tyricke Dickens (60 hurdles) and Trey Cunningham (4×400), in addition to Bethune-Cookman graduate transfer Kenneth Fisher (long jump).
On the women’s side, redshirt freshman Shanice Love (shot put) and freshman Jayla Kirkland (4×400) will make their indoor debuts.
Competition begins with field events at 10 a.m., including the women’s pole vault and high jump and men’s weight throw, with the men’s 4×400 relay pulling the curtain on the day at 7 p.m.
You can follow the Noles throughout the day via Twitter @FSU_Track and also through the live results link http://adkins.trackscoreboard.com/#/results/meet/29.
A complete recap of events will be posted to Seminoles.com at the conclusion of competition, with additional photos and coverage on the official Facebook page for Florida State Track & Field www.facebook.com/FSUTrack/#.