June 8, 2017 - by
Thursday Primer: It’s Ladies Night At Hayward Field

EUGENE, Ore. – It’s the ladies turn Thursday at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, and four of the nine qualifiers from the 15th-ranked Florida State women’s team will compete at Historic Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus.

Just as it was Wednesday for a trio of men, all four Seminole women will be making their NCAA Championships debuts.

 

Redshirt freshman Veronika Kanuchova will open things up in the hammer (2 p.m., ET), followed by the 100-meter hurdles duo of sophomore Peta-Gary Williams and freshman Cortney Jones in separate preliminary heats beginning at 5:32. Sophomore Shaquania Dorsett puts a wrap on Day 2 of action in her 400-meter dash preliminary heat, set for 6.

Here’s an event-by-event look at how the Seminoles stack up in their respective events.

Thursday Primer: It’s Ladies Night At Hayward Field
Women’s Hammer – Veronika Kanuchova, Redshirt Freshman
Flight 2, 12th in Order beginning at approximately 3:00 p.m. (ET)
The ACC champion and Florida State school record-holder is definitely a threat to put the first points on the board for the Seminole women, who are chasing a top 10 team finish. The three-time Slovakian National silver medalist may be a relative newbie to NCAA competition, but her international experience should pay dividends.

That experience was certainly on display at the ACC Championships, where she climbed from third to first on her sixth and final attempt (64.01m/210-0) to claim gold.

Kanuchova enters the meet with the No. 8 mark this season (65.75m/215-8) in Division I, which broke the FSU mark set by two-time NCAA qualifier Katja Vangsnes last season. Curiously enough, her lifetime-best of 69.48m (227-11) – set last season while competing unattached during a redshirt season – is further than all but one athlete in the field has thrown.

The Challengers: Arizona State’s Maggie Ewen is the national leader and the heavy favorite to grab the title, with a ’17 PB of 72.81m (238-10). A qualifier in three events, Ewen is significantly ahead of No. 2 seed Julia Ratcliffe (69.24m/227-2) of Princeton, the ‘14 NCAA champ and ’15 runner-up.

How to Watch: Exclusive coverage of the women’s hammer will begin at 4:50 p.m. (ET), and will be streamed live on ESPN3/WatchESPN at http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3093765/ncaa-track–field-outdoor-championships-womens-hammer-throw-final

Women’s 100-Meter Hurdles – Peta-Gay Williams, Sophomore
Heat 1, Lane 6 at 8:32 p.m. (ET)
It’s been a breakthrough sophomore campaign for Williams, who posted the No. 2 time (12.96) in program history en route to winning the ACC title. That mark ranks 10th for all conditions against the field, but stands sixth among legal marks registered.

Stationed in the middle of the track, Williams is well acquainted with her top challengers in an event where the top two from each of three heats advance to finals, along with the next two fastest times from the field.

Though it’s her first NCAA Championship race, Williams cut her teeth on Jamaica’s biggest stage. The junior national record-holder and three-time Girls Champs winner in the 100-meter hurdles won’t be overwhelmed by the moment.

The Challengers: Defending NCAA champ, Kentucky’s Jasmine Camacho-Quinn (12.69), was fastest out of the East Prelims and starts in lane 4. Texas’ Rushelle Burton (12.65-w) owns quickest time this season in the nation, though aided by a +2.3 wind, and will be in lane 5. Georgia Tech’s Jeannine Williams (12.99) was second to the FSU star at the ACC Championships in a legal time and runs out of lane 2. San Diego State’s Micha Auzenne also has a windy 12.99 to her credit this season.

How to Watch: Beginning at 7:30 p.m. (ET), ESPN2 will carry live action from the meet in primetime, which is also being streamed live on WatchESPN at http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3064291/2017-ncaa-mens–womens-track–field-outdoor-championships-presented-by-northwestern-mutual

Thursday Primer: It’s Ladies Night At Hayward Field
Women’s 100-Meter Hurdles – Cortney Jones, Freshman
Heat 2, Lane 2 at 8:32 p.m. (ET)
There is no way of exactly knowing, but it’s safe to say the FSU’s Jones is not only one of the youngest individual qualifiers in the field, but likely in the history of the NCAA Outdoor Championships. The 17-year-old, January enrollee has progressed at a remarkable rate in six months and has never shied from the moment and there is no reason to suggest that will change.

Already ranked No. 5 on FSU’s all-time list with her 13.06 PB, Jones has both the speed and the competitiveness to rise up in big situations. That was evident at the NCAA East quarterfinals when she roared back from an awful start to grab an auto qualifying spot for Eugene.

This is a significant moment for the ACC bronze medalist hurdler indoors and outdoors. Her all-conditions season best ranks 18th in the field, but is 10th among wind-legal marks.

The Challengers: UTEP’s Tobi Amusan (12.67) in lane 5 has the fastest legal mark nationally this season. Oregon’s Sasha Wallace (lane 7), USC’s Dior Hall (lane 6), North Carolina A&T’s Kayla White (lane 3) are all members of the legal wind sub-13 club in heat 2.

How to Watch: Beginning at 7:30 p.m. (ET), ESPN2 will carry live action from the meet in primetime, which is also being streamed live on WatchESPN at http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3064291/2017-ncaa-mens–womens-track–field-outdoor-championships-presented-by-northwestern-mutual

Thursday Primer: It’s Ladies Night At Hayward Field
Women’s 400-Meter Dash – Shaquania Dorsett, Sophomore
Heat 3, Lane 3 at 9:00 p.m. (ET)
Dorsett enters her NCAA Championships debut riding an incredible high off her lifetime-best 52.13 qualifying mark at the East Prelims. And given that the sophomore is in the midst of her longest extended stretch of healthy training, there is no reason to suggest the Bahamian star isn’t ready for another breakthrough.

If the conditions are right she is well positioned for another PB given her lane assignment and the quality depth of her heat. Dorsett’s season-best ranks 15th in the field of 24 and is fifth-fastest in her heat, but positioned to see all of her top challengers. The top two in each of three heats and the next two fastest overall advance to Saturday’s finals.

The Challengers: USC’s Kendall Ellis (50.45) is No. 2 in the nation and in lane 4, next to Dorsett. Arkansas’ Daina Harper (51.36) is the fifth seed overall in lane 6. Tennessee Tech’s NaAsha Robinson, Miami’s Ayianna Stiverne and LSU’s Rachel Misher are seeded 12-14, with season-bests within .15 seconds of Dorsett’s.

How to Watch: Beginning at 7:30 p.m. (ET), ESPN2 will carry live action from the meet in primetime, which is also being streamed live on WatchESPN at http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3064291/2017-ncaa-mens–womens-track–field-outdoor-championships-presented-by-northwestern-mutual

In addition to the unprecedented broadcast coverage of the championships from ESPN, live results are available at http://www.ncaa.com/sites/default/files/external/track-field/results/d1/outdoor17/final/index.htm

Additionally, live updates will be available via Twitter @FSU_Track with a complete wrap up of each day at the conclusion of competition at Seminoles.com.

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