TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State grad student Kellion Knibb made the most of her highly-anticipated discus competition at Stanford’s Cardinal Classic on Friday, felling a trio of records with a lifetime-best mark Saturday at Angell Field. Knibb broke her own Jamaican national, Atlantic Coast Conference and Florida State records with a throw of 61.59 meters (202-1), solidifying her position atop the NCAA Division I rankings this season.
On Tuesday, Knibb was recognized at the ACC Women’s Field Performer of the Week for the second time this season.
“I can’t say enough about Kellion Knibb,” Florida State coach Bob Braman said. “She continues to be the NCAA’s dominant discus thrower, but more impressively, she responds to all challenges. Last weekend she was competing against one of the world’s finest and she raised her game to a lifetime best, NCAA best, and Jamaican record. Coach Dorian Scott has an excellent program for her and she’s flourishing under his guidance.”
The three-time ACC discus champion and 2016 NCAA runner-up was locked in a duel with Valarie Allman, last year’s NCAA bronze medalist from Stanford, who was competing unattached. Knibb ultimately finished second in the competition as Allman posted the No. 4 mark in the world this year (64.69m) for the win.
“I’m glad for another personal-best,” Knibb said. “It only took me all year, but I’m always grateful to see my hard work manifesting at track meets. I’m hoping to progress even more and become more consistent and be able to compete better.”
Knibb’s mark qualifies her for the 2017 IAAF World Championships, which will be contested August 4-13 in London. The St. Catherine, Jamaica, native is currently ranked No. 15 in the world.
Knibb will be joined by the rest of the Seminole throws group, as well as the men’s 4×100 relay team, when the 123rd Penn Relays Carnival gets underway Thursday at historic Franklin Field in Philadelphia, Pa. Knibb is the defending discus champion, setting the meet record in 2016 to earn Outstanding Field Performer honors.
The balance of the team will travel to Gainesville, Fla. for Friday’s all-day Tom Jones Memorial.
The Seminole women will enter this week’s competition at No. 16 in the USTFCCCA national rankings, while the men check in at a season-best No. 29.
“I’m not a big fan of mid-season rankings, but one can certainly see that we’ve consistently been in the Top 10-15 on the women’s side, and on the men’s side we’ve been steadily climbing each week,” Braman said. “Our goal is to finish the season with both teams in the Top 10 and that’s certainly within our capability.”
Noles Combined Signing Class Ranked No. 3 Nationally
Florida State opened some eyes nationally during the early signing period when it landed huge national talents Trey Cunningham, Jayla Kirkland, Shamon Ehiemua, Caleb Pottorf and Ka’Tia Seymour. That short list does not include January enrollees Cortney Jones, Eleonora Omoregie and Lauri Parades; two of whom have already had a major impact on the program.
And with the spring signing period underway, the Seminoles have not lost any steam.
In an article which appeared last week, MileSplitUSA has recognized the Seminoles as the No. 3 combined recruiting class in the nation, which only takes domestic signees into account. You can review the story here: http://www.milesplit.com/articles/208798?page=1
“I’m extremely proud of the job all of our coaches are doing in recruiting,” Braman said. “This number 3 ranking of our U.S. class shows we can compete against the best and land the superstars. We’ve been able to sign some of the top athletes in the U.S. and that’s a great compliment to our usual international recruiting.”
Well the Noles aren’t resting on their laurels. The spring signing period has brought the signatures of men’s sprinters Andrew Ewers (Butler CC) and Darryl Gay (Orlando Evans) and Karimah Davis (Palm Beach Central) to the women’s sprints squad.
Not included in MileSplit’s rankings are the addition of four distance runners. Southern Utah transfer Istvan Szogi from Hungary will join the men’s team, while the women have added Shelby Morrison (Greenock, UK, Notre Dame High), Jennifer Lima (Palm Harbor, Fla. East Lake) and Addi Coggins (Franklin, Tenn. Independence).
The Seminoles still have not finished up their class, with additional signees to come before the August 1 deadline.
“Excellence in recruiting is the final step towards being among the nation’s true elite and we’re one step closer to that goal with this class,” Braman added.