January 24, 2017 - by
ACC Honors Haraway From Cast Of Stars

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – For the second time in as many weeks a Florida State track & field athlete has collected Atlantic Coast Conference Performer of the Week honors.

Sophomore sprinter Darryl Haraway was selected the ACC Men’s Track Performer of the Week following his personal-best performance in the 60-meter dash at the Larry Weiczorek Invitational on the University of Iowa campus. Haraway laid down a lifetime-best 6.65 in the 60-meter final, finishing second to Northern Iowa’s Brandon Carnes (6.59).

Both Haraway and Carnes eclipsed the previous UI Recreation Center facility record in the prelims and finals.

Haraway, who was the ACC Indoor runner-up in the 60 last season, now holds the top time in the conference and is tied for eighth nationally.

“Darryl is very deserving of this honor,” Florida State coach Bob Braman said. “He’s worked incredibly hard to come back from last year’s injury and is on a mission this season.”

Haraway suffered a leg injury at the ACC Outdoor Championships and was unable to compete individually for a spot at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, though he did run on the Seminoles’ 4×100 relay team.

Last week, junior Jogaile Petrokaite parlayed her 6.31-meter (20-8.5) long jump into ACC Field Performer of the Week honors. Surprisingly, Haraway and Petrokaite are the first Seminoles to claim weekly indoor honors from the conference since the 2015 season.

The Seminoles weren’t short of recognition-worthy performances at Iowa, where they logged nine event wins, 22 personal-bests and posted eight new entries on the school’s top 10 list.

ACC Honors Haraway From Cast Of Stars

Through the first two meets of the indoor season, FSU athletes have combined to score 15 event wins, posted 60 personal-bests and contributed 14 entries on the school’s top 10 list.

More importantly, the Seminoles are currently well-represented on the NCAA descending order list, which determines the top 16 qualifiers in each event for the 2017 NCAA Indoor Championships.

Currently, six Seminoles – four women and two men – are ranked within the top 16 nationally. The women are: Petrokaite (9th, long jump); Shauna Helps (12th, 200); Eleonora Omoregie (tied 13th, high jump) and Peta-Gay Williams (15th, 60 hurdles). In addition to Haraway’s tied-for-eighth standing, Keniel Grant ranks 16thin the long jump.

A handful of Seminoles are knocking at the door of NCAA Indoor Championships inclusion, including Gleneve Grange (17th, shot put), Nicole Setterington (19th, 60 hurdles), Armani Wallace (22nd, triple jump), Austin Droogsma (22nd, shot put) and Carmela Cardama Baez (24th, 3000).

Return Trip To Clemson On Tap This Weekend

More than 60 Seminoles are scheduled to compete when the teams return to Clemson for the Bob Pollock Invitational, which is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, and will include the most competitive field of the season to date.

On the men’s side, No. 7 Alabama and No. 19 South Carolina lead a group which also includes ACC competitors Clemson, Duke, NC State and Georgia Tech, as well as Troy and North Carolina A&T. Three ranked women’s teams – No. 15 NC State, No. 22 Alabama and No. 24 South Carolina – will compete alongside Clemson, Georgia Tech, Troy, UCF and North Carolina A&T.

Seminole multi-event athletes Melissa-Maree Farrington, Dante Newberg and Hunter Napier will get their first taste in the pentathlon and heptathlon. Farrington, the ACC runner-up last year, will try and improve on her 2016-best score of 4,082 points, which left her six spots shy of an NCAA Indoor Championships berth. The senior from Australia should also make a run at Grete Sadeiko’s school record (4,105).

As a freshman, Newberg authored a season-best 4,810 points in the heptathlon, which ranks fourth in program history. Based on his early-season performances in events, he should challenge to become just the third 5,000-point heptathlete in program history. Napier, a freshman, will be making his multi-event debut.

Among other notable scheduled entrants for the meet are: Carmela Cardama Baez (mile, 5000); Bridget Blake (mile), freshman Cortney Jones (60 hurdles), Harry Mulenga (mile), Steven Cross (3000), Ibrahim Ahmed (5000) and Ed’Ricus Williams (high jump). The Seminoles will also enter men’s and women’s distance medley relay teams.

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