TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – To say Eleonora Omoregie wasted no time leaving her mark on the Florida State track & field program would be a huge understatement. The freshman from Udine, Italy, smashed one of the oldest school indoor records, won the first ACC Indoor women’s high jump title in program history, qualified for the NCAA Championships and earned second-team All-American honors, all within her first three months after enrolling at Florida State.
On Friday, Omoregie added another line to her growing Seminole resume when she was named the 2017 ACC Women’s Indoor Track & Field Freshman of the Year.
“Eleonora had an unbelievable season and is truly deserving of this award,” Florida State head coach Bob Braman said. “She broke one of our oldest and best school records in Holly Kelly’s 1990 high jump mark. She is a perfectionist on and off the track and we’ll see Olympic level performances from her over the next four years.”
With her selection, Omoregie becomes the eighth Seminole – just the third woman – win ACC Indoor Freshman of the Year honors, joining a group which includes future NCAA champions and Olympians Kimberly Williams, Rafeeq Curry, Walter Dix and Gonzalo Barroilhet.
Omoregie’s crowning moment of the indoor season came on the second day of competition at Notre Dame’s Loftus Center, when she out-dueled North Carolina’s Nicole Greene for the high jump title. The two came into the competition tied with the nation’s sixth-best clearance on the year.
Trailing Greene and down to her third and final attempt at 1.82 meters (5-11.5), Omoregie broke through.
“I needed to adjust my approach and at 1.82 I got the right feeling and after that, everything changed,” she said.
She went on to knock out Greene by clearing 1.85 on her first attempt, then sailed over 1.88 (6-2) for a new lifetime-best, indoors or outdoors. Not only did she beat her previous best of 1.86, which came back in 2014, she recorded the third-best mark in the nation.
While a cranky calf prevented Omoregie from challenging for an NCAA Indoor title in her first trip to the collegiate national championship meet, she earned a share of 11th place to close out her the indoor season.
The other ACC Indoor honorees included Virginia Tech’s Dave Cianelli and Miami’s Amy Deem as the men’s and women’s Coach of the Year winners. Miami’s Shakima Wimbley and Syracuse’s Justyn Knight were the women’s and men’s Track Performers of the Year, while Miami’s Michelle Atherley and Virginia’s Jordan Young were Field Performer of the Year selections. Virginia Tech’s Michael Davenport was the Men’s Freshman of the Year winner.
Omoregie will likely make her outdoor track & field season debut with the Seminoles on Friday, March 24 at the FSU Relays.