EUGENE, Ore. – Nineteen strong, the Florida State track & field program is positioned to make the final NCAA Outdoor Championships contested at Historic Hayward Field a memorable one when competition for the men begins Wednesday on the University of Oregon campus.
Home to the championship meet for the 16th time for the men and 12th for the women, Hayward Field – the Fenway Park and Wrigley Field of collegiate track & field in the United States – will be razed and replaced with a $300-million facility in time for the 2021 IAAF World Championships.
The Seminoles arrive with a strong contingent for the four-day meet, which alternates competition days between genders and will be televised from start-to-finish on multiple ESPN platforms.
Junior transfer Andre Ewers, the top seed in the 200 and No. 2 seed in the 100, will help get the Noles started when he anchors the 4×100 relay Wednesday at 7:32 p.m. (ET), with the action televised live on ESPN2. The junior college transfer will compete in the preliminary rounds of all three events, joined by junior Darryl Haraway in the 100.
FSU’s eight-man contingent will also include Wednesday competitors Trey Cunningham (110-meter hurdles), Kenneth Fisher (long jump) and Austin Droogsma (shot put).
In addition to the finals in the 4×100 relay, 100, 110 hurdles and 200 on Friday, Armani Wallace will compete in the triple jump. Six of Florida State’s eight men’s entries are top-eight seeds and projected to score.
The Seminole men enter the competition ranked No. 10 in the pre-national USTFCCCA National Computer rankings and are hunting their first top-10 finish since placing ninth in 2013 here.
Florida State’s women enter the competition sitting at No. 26 in the national rankings, but with 10 entries – the 12th-largest group in the field – have an opportunity to post their best NCAA Championships finish since placing sixth in 2015.
Freshman Ka’Tia Seymour is schedule for a busy Thursday – the first day of women’s competition – when she will anchor the 4×100 and also compete in the semifinals of the 100- and 200-meter dashes. The relay, set to begin at 7:02 p.m. (ET) and also televised live on ESPN2.
The opening day of women’s competition will include Cortney Jones competing in the 100-meter hurdle preliminaries and conclude with Militsa Mircheva tackling the 10,000-meter run. In between freshman Lauri Paredes will compete in the javelin, while Gleneve Grange and Ieva Zarankaite will go in the shot put.
Saturday’s finale will begin with Shanice Love and Zarankaite in the women’s discus, followed by the finals in the 4×100 relay, 100 hurdles, 100 and 200.
You can follow the Noles throughout the competition via Twitter @FSU_Track with updates, photos and video, and get a complete recap of the day by checking www.seminoles.com.
Live results for all events are available at https://www.ncaa.com/sites/default/files/external/track-field/results/d1/outdoor18/Finals/index.htm.