COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium, part of Texas A&M’s 191,000-square foot McFerrin Athletic Center, is a fitting stage for the biggest event of the collegiate indoor track & field season.
Six Seminoles – three men and three women – will represent Florida State at the two-day NCAA Indoor Championships, which brings together the nation’s top 16 athletes in 15 individual events and the top 12 teams in each of two relays.
Five of the six will be in action Friday, with senior pentathlete Melissa-Maree Farrington gets things started in the 60-meter hurdles (1:15 p.m., ET); the first of her five events on the day. ACC high jump champion and FSU record-holder Eleonora Omoregie will begin competition at 7 p.m., followed by ACC long jump champion Jogaile Petrokaite at 8:10 p.m.
On the men’s side, ACC 60-meter champion Darryl Haraway will take to the track for the semifinals at 7:10 p.m., with shot putter Austin Droogsma stepping into the circle at 8:20 p.m.
Triple jumper Montel Nevers won’t compete until Saturday at 6 p.m.
ESPN3 will stream live coverage throughout the meet, beginning Friday at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday at 5 p.m.
The competing Seminoles enter the meet with plenty momentum, following strong performances at the ACC Championships two weeks ago at Notre Dame. Farrington, Omoregie, Petrokaite and Droogsma all registered lifetime best marks, while Nevers posted his season-best mark. Haraway became FSU’s second 60-200 champion in program history, posting a lifetime-best in the 200. It was also the first time he doubled in the two sprint events all year.
“All of our qualifiers have a good chance to score,” FSU coach Bob Braman said. “They all were at their best at ACC’s and they are all 100-percent healthy.
“I’m excited to see if we can get on a roll like we did at ACC’s. We could end up Top 20 on both sides with some strong performances.”