TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Three Florida State track & field athletes – a pair of rising sophomores and an incoming freshman – will test their mettle against the finest young athletes on the planet at the IAAF World U20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
Representing their home nations, Shaquania Dorsett and Armani Wallace, who recently completed their freshmen seasons with the Seminoles, will be joined by FSU signee Shanice Love Zawisza Stadium at the six-day meet.
The competition begins Tuesday with Love, Jamaica’s junior national record holder in the women’s discus, getting things started for the Seminole trio. With a lifetime-best mark of 54.72 meters (179-6), Love enters the competition as the No. 4 seed. The most recent in an impressive line of Jamaican throwers inked by FSU throws coach Dorian Scott, she is scheduled to compete in group A, which begins competition at 12:20 p.m. (ET).
Love will need a mark of 51.50m, or a spot among the top 12 from the field of 28, to advance to Thursday’s final, which is scheduled for 12:50 p.m.
Dorsett, who will represent the Bahamas, is the No. 7 seed in the 400-meter dash on the strength of her 2016 Carifta Games silver medal (52.50). Ranked eighth all-time at FSU, she has drawn lane two in the first of six qualifying heats, needing a top three finish – or one of the next six best times – to advance to Wednesday’s semifinals. Dorsett is scheduled to compete at 1:10 p.m. (ET) Tuesday. The finals are scheduled for Thursday.
Wallace enters the competition as the No. 14 seed overall in the triple jump, following his runner-up finish at the USA Track & Field Junior Championships earlier this month in Clovis, Cal. The ACC Outdoor runner-up earlier this season, Wallace matched his lifetime – 16.12 meters (52-10.75) – at the US Junior Championships, and already ranks No. 7 on FSU’s all-time list after just one season of competition.
He will compete Wednesday at 5:35 p.m. with the top 12 advancing to Thursday’s final.
Florida State head coach Bob Braman and throws coach Dorian Scott have traveled to Poland for the meet.